The CHOW Guide to Eating and Drinking in Austin, SXSW edition


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Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse
1501 S. First St., 512-416-1601
Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–midnight; Sat.–Sun., 9 a.m.–midnight

Bouldin Creek is an old-fashioned, friendly place that caters to a bohemian crowd. Located in a brightly painted old house, it’s a great place to catch up on a novel or use the free WiFi while sampling the excellent vegetarian food. Breakfast is available all day. Try “Aaric’s baked oatmeal,” a hearty dish with apples, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, and raisins, or the fluffy house omelette, filled with garlic, veggies, and cheese. There’s also a fine selection of board games if you’re looking to kill an hour or two. (South Austin)

Las Manitas
211 Congress Ave., 512-472-9357
Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

See Casual.

Magnolia Cafe
1920 S. Congress Ave., 512-445-0000; 24 hours, both locations
2304 Lake Austin Blvd., 512-478-8645

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey Lane, 512-451-1436; 24 hours, all locations
2700 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-445-4451
2606 Guadalupe St., 512-477-5717

Ask almost anybody in Austin where to eat, and they’ll probably mention Magnolia Cafe and Kerbey Lane Cafe, both with more than one location. Although the food at either restaurant won’t win any James Beard awards, both menus are extensive, and offer lots of vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, late night, and any hour in between. Kerbey Lane is better overall, with good coffee and fluffier pancakes, but Magnolia offers what might just be the best post-drinking snack: steak fries topped with Italian tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s also famous for its Mag Mud, a spicy black-bean dip with chips. We like Kerbey Lane’s fried cheesecake-stuffed taco with ice cream. And we prefer the original Kerbey Lane location, which, shockingly enough, is found on Kerbey Lane. (North and South Austin)

Taco Xpress
2529 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-444-0261
Mon., 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Tues.–Fri., 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

See Fleet Eats.

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