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Austin Visitor’s Guide to Late Night Eats

6 March 2011 6,485 views 29 Comments

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.

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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

24 Diner at 6th and Lamar

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.

hash browns egg bacon sandwich

Fried egg sandwich on challah bun with bacon

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.

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Kerbey Lane Blueberry Pancakes

More late night eats downtown and within a few minutes drive include:

Tex-Mex

  • 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

Pizza

  • 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
Waffle Fries and a Gourmet Dog at Frank

Waffle Fries and a Gourmet Dog at Frank

Other

  • Haddington’s on 6th and Nueces will be serving until 2 a.m. during SXSW
  • BarChi Sushi on 2nd and Colorado is open until 2 a.m. Fri-Sat
  • Frank hot dogs at 4th and Colorado until 2 a.m. Mon-Sat
  • Second Bar + Kitchen on 2nd and Congress until 2 a.m. Fri-Sat
  • Trailers that should be open late-night include:

    Red River Area

    Lucky Making Puccias!

    Lucky Making Puccias!

    Downtown

    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.

    South Austin

    • Gourdoughs – South Lamar, Every day until midnight, Fri-Sat till 3 a.m.

    East Austin

    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?

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    • Mike

      I LOVE Lucky's Puccia's… His Pastrami and cheese special Puccia is my latest addiction.

    • Mike

      I LOVE Lucky's Puccia's… His Pastrami and cheese special Puccia is my latest addiction.

    • FoodieIsTheNewForty

      Great list, Jodi!

      The Peached Tortilla is also open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays (and are at the Star Bar on those evenings). May be farther out than you were trying to cover, but Justine's is open until 2 a.m….

    • FoodieIsTheNewForty

      Great list, Jodi!

      The Peached Tortilla is also open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays (and are at the Star Bar on those evenings). May be farther out than you were trying to cover, but Justine's is open until 2 a.m….

    • http://twitter.com/jkru julie k h

      Star Seeds Cafe is open 24 hours as well: http://www.starseedscafe.com/

    • Brave the Kitchen

      Kerbey Lane is great for breakfast anytime! Try their Paris Texas platter (migas and French toast)!

    • Brave the Kitchen

      Kerbey Lane is great for breakfast anytime! Try their Paris Texas platter (migas and French toast)!

    • StefunnyAtUT

      Bennu Coffee is 24 hours all the time.

    • StefunnyAtUT

      Bennu Coffee is 24 hours all the time.

    • jodibart

      I haven't been there since he first opened but am looking forward to a visit sometime during SXSW for sure.

    • jodibart

      Thank you for the addition, Michelle! I'm going to add Peached Tortilla to the list above as well. I STILL haven't tried them and hope to during SX!

    • jodibart

      What do you like at Star Seeds? I've been pretty disappointed when I've gone in the past.

    • jodibart

      Paris, Texas is such a cute name for that! The only drawback to Kerbey is they don't offer maple syrup!

    • jodibart

      That's true!

    • jodibart

      I haven't been there since he first opened but am looking forward to a visit sometime during SXSW for sure.

    • jodibart

      Thank you for the addition, Michelle! I'm going to add Peached Tortilla to the list above as well. I STILL haven't tried them and hope to during SX!

    • jodibart

      What do you like at Star Seeds? I've been pretty disappointed when I've gone in the past.

    • jodibart

      Paris, Texas is such a cute name for that! The only drawback to Kerbey is they don't offer maple syrup!

    • jodibart

      That's true!

    • Jgoldgar

      nice list, thanks. i'm looking forward to seeing you and adam. i arrive thursday for the week long dork-a-thon that is SXSW Interactive!

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    • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

      this is a great list Jodi. Hope to see you guys at sxsw!

    • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

      this is a great list Jodi. Hope to see you guys at sxsw!

    • Cat

      Great list!!! Hopefully we'll see you out downtown sometime next week!!

    • Eric

      Hey Jodi, Eric here from the peached tortilla. From March 14th – 20th, we'll be based at 5th and Colorado for lunch and dinner. Thanks!

    • Eric

      Hey Jodi, Eric here from the peached tortilla. From March 14th – 20th, we'll be based at 5th and Colorado for lunch and dinner. Thanks!

    • jodibart

      So glad we were able to hang this evening. I'm going to give the interactive dorksplosion another try tomorrow so hopefully I'll run into you at the Hyatt.

    • jodibart

      So glad we were able to hang this evening. I'm going to give the interactive dorksplosion another try tomorrow so hopefully I'll run into you at the Hyatt.

    • jodibart

      So glad we were able to hang this evening. I'm going to give the interactive dorksplosion another try tomorrow so hopefully I'll run into you at the Hyatt.