“Surrounding the perimeter” is what lots of Austinite’s are getting up to while the rest of the world takes over the city for SXSW. This is the time of year when Austin goes from laid back cool, to crazed party central. The flocks come in, we flock out. Here are my picks for a few of the off the beating path SXSW spots worth checking out if you fancy getting out of the crowds for a few an exploring a little of the local Austin flavor.
Dai Due – 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Half butcher shop, half restaurant this gem touts supper club status in the evenings, with more of a casual lunch and breakfast vibe during the day. Their out of this world venison sausage makes it a shoe in for a weekly breakfast staple . And although you may be chowing down to a show of artisan butchery, it is oddly less off-putting and more-so alluring than anything else. Talk about farm to table! With a foundation rooted in locally sourced quality fare from local farms, every detail is thought out to offer a truly sand alone dining experience.
The Peached Tortilla – 5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756
The brick and mortar version of a beloved austin food truck, asian meets southern eatery will tickle your fancy no matter who you are. Clean lined yet cozy, the space is fresh and light giving true ambiance to your culinary experience. And with a full stocked “Whiskey Bar” there are plenty of cocktail creations to keep you coming back for more. Word to the wise, the Thai Chop Chop salad is an absolute must.
Sawyer & Co.– 4827 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
50’s diner meets down by the bayou, this kitcy and quirky restaurant sits on the edge of town, just far enough away from the SXSW crowds but close enough to make it a purposeful pit stop. Cozy up on the astro turf lawn with one of their famous Gin Fizzes or jam inside by the jukebox and a batch of boudin. Think Brendan Fraiser in Blast From the Past, in all its perfect semi-tacky glory.
Billy’s on Burnet – 2105 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756
Divey and delicious, Billy’s is the holy grail when it comes to a Ruben sandwich. Perfect to soak up that one shot too many, its gritty authentic charm is both relaxing and refreshing and perfect for stepping away from the crazy for a few. Carve your name into one of the tables to leave your SXSW mark and don’t forget the onion rings!
Kome – 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Truth be told, Austin isn’t a total Sushi mecca, leaving sashimi loving visitors with a couple of great but very expensive options that could leave you both starving and broke. Kome is traditional Japanese fare, serving ramen and tonkatsu at lunch, and mostly sushi in the evenings. Cost efficient and delicious it’s generally packed by 7 so get there early though as a line should be expected!