Lovers of literature and film will flood the streets of downtown Austin this weekend, as the Texas Book Festival and Austin Film Festival take place simultaneously.
While an energy bar might sustain you between panels, if you want to take time out of your busy day or evening to grab a bite at one of Austin’s locally owned restaurants, we’ve got you covered. All of the restaurants listed below are within a half-mile walk of either the Texas Capitol or the Driskill Hotel, the de facto centers of the two respective festivals.
For a complete list of the best restaurants in Austin, visit austin360.com/eats.
Backspace. 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, thebackspace-austin.com. Neapolitan pies from Parkside chef’s small restaurant that also delivers charcuterie, sandwiches and a nice roster of antipasti.
Casino El Camino. 517 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9330, casinoelcamino.net. Grab yourself a fat burger off the grill with a side of whiskey and attitude at this Sixth Street staple. Kitchen is open until 1 a.m.
Chez Nous. 510 Neches St (512) 473-2413, cheznousaustin.com. A little bit of French class amid the boozy grumble and stumble of Sixth Street. Try the duck confit if it’s on the menu, or housemade charcuterie.
Chicon at Fareground. 111 Congress Ave. contigotexas.com/fareground. The owners of Contigo serve their popular burger and a couple of takes on rotisserie chicken in Austin’s first food hall.
Clay Pit. 1601 Guadalupe St. 512-322-5131, claypit.com. Try the bone-in goat curry that carries the essence of that gamy animal, palak paneer-stuffed naan or lamb kabobs at this Indian staple a few blocks from the Capitol.
Comedor. 501 Colorado St. 512-499-0977, comedortx.com. One of the best restaurants to open in Austin in 2019, this modern Mexican stunner serves beautiful and flavorful raw fish dishes, rich moles and the best pork chop in town.
Dai Due Taqueria at Fareground. 111 Congress Ave. daiduetaqueria.com. One of the city’s best restaurants now has a taqueria (think wild boar al pastor on homemade tortillas) in Austin’s first food hall.
Source – Austin 360
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