InFluentials, with SXSW just around the corner we’d like to share a few of Austin’s must-eat and drinks that are a short walk or drive from downtown Austin or SXSW venues, like film screenings at ZACH Theatre.
Houndstooth Coffee (Downtown Frost Bank Tower location)
Location: 401 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Hours: Mon through Fri from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (512) 394-6051
Downtown location situated in the heart of SXSW, perfect for a morning kick-start or afternoon pick-me-up. Houndstooth serves espresso beverages, brewed coffees, and teas. The downtown location will offer a limited-time drink for SXSW, the 9 Iron, a coffee take on the Arnold Palmer made with fresh lemonade and turbinado simple syrup.
The downtown location will also offer a Patio Bar from March 10-14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Espresso drinks as well as black coffee, iced coffee and the 9 Iron will be available, along with tacos and sandwiches.
Houndstooth Coffee is a locally owned and operated business. Since opening their first cafe in 2010, they have fueled the growth of community in Texas. While many places serve great coffee, Houndstooth Baristas invite Guests to help weave a vibrant social fabric – the Pattern of Coffee and People. That Pattern is growing, with four current locations in Austin and Dallas, TX, and the most recent cafe opening at the Sylvan | Thirty development in West Dallas. Houndstooth creates a warm and inviting atmosphere in each cafe by focusing on hospitality, the art of conversation and education.
Location: 83 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701
Hours: Mon through Fri from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Phone: (512) 473-0005
Located down Rainey Street, the popular entertainment district known for bungalow homes turned bars and restaurants, right off of downtown and a hub for SXSW activity.
Icenhauer’s is a bar and events venue built from traditional “wing and gable” house, renovated in 2010 in collaboration with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and Franklin-Alan Construction. The bar features handcrafted drinks made from fresh ingredients, all named after important women in Owner Michael Icenhauer’s life. Hosting events like Ladies’ Night, Super Soul Sundays along with live music, bands and DJs, the space also features an indoor bar and lounge, wine room, scotch room and backyard with stage.
Location: 213 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., daily
Underground cocktail lounge located in the Warehouse District downtown in the heart of SXSW, specializing in classic cocktails. Stop in and toast to great causes; Sellers hosts fundraisers every Sunday night, donating 10% of sales to a different local cause.
Sellers is an ideal destination for locals and travelers alike, offering lounge seating, a great cocktail program, seasoned bartenders, a variety of music entertainment and a private event space. The second bar by Michael Icenhauer / Icenhauer Ventures, Sellers was designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The space displays glowing bottles that illuminate a rich atmosphere of velvet, brass, and wood, giving Sellers the underground feel of a 1970’s basement lounge in modern downtown Austin. The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily and offers happy hour all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Renowned for their Original Kimchi Fries and build-your-own Korean-Mexican fusion concept, Chi’Lantro is a local favorite with national recognition, having been featured in Food + Wine, Food Network, Cooking Channel and more. Founder Jae Kim also landed a deal for the fast-casual concept on ABC’s Shark Tank this past fall. Find them at any of their five locations in town or at SouthBites.
Based in Austin, TX, Chi’Lantro is an award-winning restaurant, mobile food truck and full-service catering company with a passion for creating diverse, Korean BBQ-inspired cuisine.The name “Chi’Lantro” is a combination of the words “kimchi” and “cilantro.” With the vision to inspire the way people eat and think about Korean BBQ, Chi’Lantro’s founder, Jae Kim, started the company as a food truck operation in 2010 with only one employee. The company is known for its signature dish, The Original Kimchi Fries™– hot french fries with homemade caramelized kimchi, Korean BBQ, topped with fresh cilantro and onion, sesame seeds and drizzled with Magic Sauce. In the last seven years, Chi’Lantro has expanded to five brick and mortars across Austin, a full-service catering department and a homemade kimchi facility.
Location: 1234 S Lamar Blvd
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Phone: (512) 893-5561
With a ramen broth that takes nearly 60 hours to make, Ramen Tatsu-Ya serves up authentic “soul food of Japan.” The shop has received numerous accolades since opening, including Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 Best Restaurants,” #1 in Time Out’s “15 Best Ramen Restaurants in America,” and more.
In Fall 2012, Chef Tatsu Aikawa started Ramen Tatsu-Ya with chef Takuya Matsumoto and younger brother Shion Aikawa. The duo first met over 10 years ago as hip hop DJs and they remained friends as their lives followed a similar path as sushi chefs. After spending some time at the Michelin-starred kaiseki/sushi bar, Urasawa, in Los Angeles, Tatsu decided to return to Austin in the pursuit of introducing authentic Japanese ramen to Texas. With the help of friends and family, Ramen Tatsu-ya became a reality and soon after opening, the shop quickly became a local sensation boasting national accolades, including Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 Best Restaurants.”
Home Slice Pizza
Location:1415 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Sun and Mon from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wed and Thurs from 11am-11pm; Fri. & Sat.,11am-12am
Phone: (512) 444-7437
Recognized as some of the best pizza in Austin by locals in Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin,” Austin American-Statesman along with Rachael Ray’s “11 Must-Visit Austin Spots.”
Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza—by the pie or by the slice—to nice people like you. We offer our homemade, hand-tossed, bona fide pies for either dine-in or carry out.
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Location: 1421 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Sun through Thurs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri and Sat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phone: (512) 444-7437
Home Slice’s takeout/slice place located right next door to Home Slice Pizza — great for late night eats.
Location: 2713 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Wed and Thurs from 5:30 – 11 p.m., Fri and Sat from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, and Sun from 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., closed Mon and Tues
Phone: (512) 893-5561
Recently opened in January 2017, the latest concept by the Ramen Tatsu-Ya team has already become a favorite among locals on the east side of town. The Texas-influenced Japanese izakaya was recently featured in Bon Appetit’s March 2017 issue.
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, the newest project from the Ramen Tatsu-Ya team, offers ample comfort and adventure for guests seeking both. A reflection of owner and chef Tatsu Aikawa’s Japanese background and central Texas upbringing, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, inspired by the word “smoke” in Japanese, is a full service, full bar restaurant serving smoked meats, yakitori, ramen and izakaya classics.
Location: 615 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Dining Room Hours: Sun through Thurs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Fri and Sat from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cedar Tavern Hours: 5 p.m. to close, daily
Named after a rebellious Austin figure and known for being the home of the historic 150-year old Cedar Tavern bar, which previous resided in Greenwich Village, NYC, Eberly is a local hotspot just outside the downtown area, close to ZACH Theatre and more.
Forged from an old print shop on South Lamar, Eberly is a thoughtful collection of dining, drinking and thinking spaces, offering a welcoming study, a rooftop terrace overlooking downtown and its crown jewel, the historic Cedar Tavern bar of Greenwich Village in New York City. Founded by a group of Austinites, the name Eberly serves as a tribute to Angelina Eberly, a local innkeeper who stood up to President Sam Houston and his Texas Rangers by firing a cannon to stave off a rebellion and preserve Austin as the capital of Texas in 1846. Helmed by Executive Chef Jim Tripi and Executive Pastry Chef Natalie Gazaui, Eberly features Contemporary American cuisine with timeless favorites that incorporate a modern spin. Serving the highest quality fare with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality and local availability, everything served out of Eberly’s artisan kitchen and bakery is made from scratch.