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This food truck posts up at three different locations in Downtown Austin. This delicious European-Turkish food is found on street corners all over the world, why should Austin be any exception? Choose from chicken, beef or lamb shawarma, falafel, hummus or a Turkish salad. All kebabs are made fresh, and they stay open late, making for a perfect post-night out meal. If you can't find them on 7th Street, try their 2nd Street location.
24 is the quintessential American diner, only far more upscale than those from the 1950s that it gets its inspiration from. Open 24 hours a day all week (except Wednesdays), the eatery is located across the famous Waterloo Records store. Texan chef Andrew Curren designs a menu that advocates the farm-to-fork philosophy and features a contemporary take on timeless favorites like chicken and waffles, burgers and milkshakes. Complement the organic fare with their impressive beer and wine list. Lively banter, modern decor and infectious vibes keep patrons revisiting.
Via 313 is the creation of brothers Zane and Brandon Hunt, the guys who revolutionized the pizza world with the delish Detroit-style pizza. They are baked in real automotive parts pans that make these pies look upside down. The food truck is at the Violet Crown Social Club's entrance and is a popular foodie destination for the locals. Garnering acclaim for their fantastic, crunchy pizzas, you will definitely swoon over Via 313's tasty offerings. Don't miss the truck while you are in Austin.
Times have changed in Austin, and now there is an explosion of activity and businesses moving east of the I35 Downtown Corridor. The Yellow Jacket Social Club is no exception to this, and provides evidence of a revamped East Austin. For example, this dive bar, amongst old warehouses and train tracks, trumps all of those negative stereotypes. It's a joint for funky hipsters, where “rockabillies” mingle over alcohol, food, and underground punk music. Enjoy company, either indoors, at the bar, or outside under the trees.
At Magnolia Cafe there is comfort food to please adults and children alike, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will wait for a table, especially on weekends, but the wait only serves to sharpen the appetite for breakfast tacos and gingerbread pancakes, fajitas and burgers, grilled chicken and vegetarian entrees. The kid's menu is vast, offering burgers, black bean and chicken tacos and breakfast items. The atmosphere is relaxed and homey. A second location is on South Congress Avenue.
This funky roadside restaurant, located on the grounds of Days Inn University along Interstate 35, provides a hip late-night hangout for all types. Musicians and music fans alike mingle over omelets, breakfast tacos and a full range of diner food. Students are drawn to it because of the late night hours, convenience to UT and affordable menu items. After 2am there is often a wait while the bar crowd trickles in. The walls are covered with artwork, not anything typical, usually very eclectic or raw pieces are shown. The atmosphere is laid back and casual with diner booths filling the small space.
Kerbey Lane Cafe has been cloned several times now, but the original location of this Austin icon is still a local favorite. Its wonderfully diverse menu is a sight to behold for vegetarians. The vegetables are homegrown and pesticide-free, and the beef and chicken are free-range. Breakfast features omelets, pancakes and great breakfast tacos. The restaurant is open 24 hours between Thursday and Sunday, perfect for your late night weekend eats. No wonder it is an institution here.
Justine's Brasserie serves up some of the best food in Austin. Specializing the French cuisine, Justine's is located in a very stylish small house in East Austin. No reservations are accepted, so be prepared to wait for a table at this popular spot. When you get a seat, make sure to start your meal with the escargot, one of the most popular dishes here.