Austin Visitor’s Guide to Late Night Eats
It boggles my mind that SXSW and the huge crush of people it brings to Austin is starting in just a few days. In order to help out-of-towners navigate our local food scene, a group of Austinites with food blogs have decided to update and expand the Food Bloggers’ Guide to Austin, first published in 2010.
I’ll be updating my posts from last year — 24 Hour Eats and Austin Overrated. I must warn you that other than the closing of Katz’s Deli, not much has changed in the open 24 hour scene in the past year. So in order to provide more information here, I’m also including trailers that are open late night.
And without further ado, here’s the latest in Austin’s 24 Hour Eats. The spots below should be open late into the wee hours of the morning, if not all day and all night long.
24 Diner is a newer addition to the 24-hour diner scene in Austin, joining Magnolia and Kerbey Lane. Those looking to fill up on locally grown food and are up late will want to hit up 24 Diner or Kerbey Lane. The highest caliber dishes are served at 24 Diner, Magnolia is great for the quirky staff and customers, and Kerbey Lane is known for their famous pancakes. None of the spots listed above is very close to the Convention Center but 24 Diner is located downtown and is walkable from the bars.
Both Magnolia and Kerbey Lane have multiple locations and Austinites usually have a favorite between the two. They are known for their pancakes, and Kerbey sells pancake mix that you can pick up when you’re in town visiting and take home to make breakfast for your kiddos.
More late night eats downtown and within a few minutes drive include:
- El Sol y La Luna on 6th and Red River — serving Tex Mex until 2 a.m. on weekends
- La Mexicana on S. 1st is open 24 hours and has great Mexican cookies and more
- Hoboken pie (pizza) on 7th and Red River open til 2:30 a.m.
- The Onion on Brazos between 4th and 5th open til 3 a.m. Tues – Sun
- More Home Slice on S. Congress is open for slices until 3 a.m. Fri-Sat
Burgers and Dogs
- Jackalope on 6th and Trinity serves their menu until 1:30 a.m. every day
- Casino el Camino near 6th and Red River until 2 a.m. on weekends and during SXSW
- Whataburger has a handful of locations around town and serves late-night burgers and breakfast
Trailers that should be open late-night include:
Red River Area
- Austin Daily Press – 9th and Red River, Tues – Sat til 3 a.m.
- Hot Dog King – 8th and Red River, Late Night
- Kebabalicious – 7th between Trinity and Neches til 3 a.m.
- Weinerville – 7th and Trinity, Thu-Sat til 3 a.m.
- Bar-B-Que Heaven – 7th and Red River, Late night, weekends
- The Best Wurst – 6th & Red River, Fri-Sat til 3 a.m.
- Stony’s Pizza – 6th & Red River, Wed-Sat til 2:30 a.m.
- Turf N Surf Po’ Boys - 2nd and Congress, Thu-Sat til 3 a.m.
- Karma Taco – 4th and Guadalupe, Thu – Sat til 3:00 a.m.
- Roppolo’s – 4th and Colorado & 6th and Rio Grande, Thu-Sat til 3 a.m.
- Chi’Lantro – 5th and Colorado, Thu til 2:30 a.m., Fri-Sat til 3 a.m.
- One Taco – 6th and Nueces, Sat til 2 a.m.
- Lucky’s Puccia – 817 W. 5th, until 2 a.m.
- Peached Tortilla – behind Star Bar on 6th and Nueces until 3 a.m.
Rainey Street Area
- Baltimore Ballers – Rainey Street next to Lustre Pearl, Fri – Sat 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- G’raj Mahal – Davis between Red River and Rainey, daily til 3 a.m.
- Gourdoughs – South Lamar, Every day until midnight, Fri-Sat till 3 a.m.
- N0. 19 Bus – 1001 E. 6th, Thu-Fri 7:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
- Me So Hungry – 1104 E. 6th., Thurs-Sat until 2:30 a.m.
- Eastside King – at Liberty Bar AND at the Grackle until 2 a.m.
- Pig Vicious - 1001 E. 6th, Thurs-Sat until 2:30 a.m.
- Pueblo Viejo – 1001 E. 6th, Thurs-Sat until 2:30 a.m.
- The Local Yolk – 1001 E. 6th, Thurs-Sat until 3 a.m.
For more on Austin’s Food Cart scene, check out Austin Food Carts, my friend Mike’s website. What late night or 24 hour eats in Austin should I add to this list? What are some of your favorites?Tags: 24 hours, food truck, food trailer, late-night, SXSW