IN WHICH MUSICIANS, CHEFS, JOURNALISTS, AND OTHER ASSORTED FOOD AND MUSIC TYPES TELL YOU WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN.
FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC
"We want to get people talking about what these indie chefs are doing out there in the food world, and we want to bring their food and ideas to Austin." - Ned Elliott, Foreign & Domestic
Ned Elliott's North Loop "neighborhood place" plays host to Indie Chefs Week once a year. A couple of the ICW chefs made us playlists for their journey to Austin.
WHAT: Your friendly neighborhood fine dining spot
WHY: Because pig ears and pickles
WHEN: Indie Chefs Week and every other one
WHERE: 306 E. 53rd. St.
"15 Best Moments From SXSW: Bob Mould at Frank" - Paste Magazine
Rock poster designer Geoff Peveto co-owns this downtown shrine to hot dogs and cold beer. In addition to franks, there's a full brunch menu and the occasional hand-selected rock show when one of his favorites (Craig Finn, Will Johnson, Bob Mould) comes through town.
WHAT: Artisan sausages and dogs
WHY: Because they made a Judas Priest dog for Fun Fun Fun Fest
WHEN: Brunch, for a show, or at FFF Fest
WHERE: 4th & Colorado St.
"When we had our first anniversary, we busted out the decks and had a great party."
- Tatsu Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya
This out of the way ramen joint from a team that left LA's Michelin-starred Urasawa had lines out the door almost immediately. Co-chef/owner Tatsu Aikawa told us about his DJ crew, Table Manners.
WHAT: One of the hottest ramen shops in the US
WHY: 60 hour broth
WHEN: Get in line early and know you can't get take out
WHERE: 8557 Research Blvd.
EAST SIDE KING
"It’s awesome to go to a show and get a bowl of Beer Bacon Miso Ramen." - Nick Tangborn
Paul Qui has endeared himself to Austin music fans by bringing his Top Chef-winning food to their favorite watering holes and rock venues. He was also tapped to curate Southbites, SXSW's food truck park.
WHAT: Asian comfort food
WHY: Because you're drunk and could do much worse
WHEN: Late night
WHERE: Five locations
"Texas is king of BBQ!" - Andy Harris, manager of the band Finch
We're not going to step into the regional BBQ debate, but if you're in Austin, by all means, get yourself some brisket. Producer Brian Paulson (Uncle Tupelo, Sling, Beck) told us about venturing out to Saltlick while Finch manager Andy Harris stayed in town and braved the lines at Franklin and La Barbecue.
WHY: Because you're in Texas
WHEN: Get in line early at Franklin or La Barbecue