Congress Ave. is Austin's Y-axis, running south from the epic State Capitol to the river and beyond, and separating EAST from WEST. Amazingly, people do actually work around here, so cheap and quick eats are offered by the usual suspects, but local treasures abound. World-class breakfasts, po-boys, kebabs, Italian, Greek, farm-to-table, food trucks, prime steaks, and everything in between, can be found down on (and just off of) Congress.
The Convention Center area caters to expense accounts with some of the finest seafood and steakhouses around, but there is much, much more. African, Asian, burgers and old-school BBQ, Indian, Mexican, pizza, sushi and even a local institution that serves up a crepe stuffed with pecan pie. So, take a break from that boring 'ole panel discussion and get some sustenance...
No, your next meal does no have to be in the form of a jello-shot. It's East Sixth, Austin's Bourbon-esque strip, but with better music, food and not one strip joint. House-cured meats, oysters, pizza both quick and LOUD as well as ultra-refined, luxurious chops, sumptuous brunch and even, in honor of The King, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Just do a little digging, you'll find what you crave...
In the Red River District, the eats are reflective of what Austin is: a music town without peer. Come here to experience legendary BBQ at a legendary venue, tremendous food truck offerings for mobile chow between clubs, and if you need Chicken Tikka Masala at 3am, you're in the right place. ROCK ON!
Swanky BBQ? It's not an oxymoron, and elegant, seasonal, farm to table fare is right around the corner. Want to be transported elsewhere? Mexico, Spain, Italy? No passport necessary. There's casual sushi and serious steak, and if all you want is a salad, well, we won't tell anyone, but you're in luck there, too.
Indulge in succulent seafood, decadent French, or artisanal hot dogs. Whatever your fancy, the Warehouse district can probably tickle it. Sticking around the 'hood for some adult beverages? When you're done imbibing, the late nite options are staggering. You want a crabcake burger, a tempura whitefish with wasabi slaw burger, an old-school classic burger or a ranch-to-trailer BISON burger? Your stomach (and head) will thank us in the morning.
Ingest a piece of carnivore history at Austin institutions as old as your grandparents, hang loose for fish tacos, or have the kind of meal you didn't know existed outside of The Bay Area. And, if an unclassifiable, only-in-Texas dining experience is what you're after, it's here. Sugar-Cured Quail with Poblano Mashed Potatoes? Ain't gonna see that in Boston.