Whether you've crossed over Lady Bird Lake to go swimming at Barton Springs Pool, to explore South Congress, or to take in the sights at The Cathedral of Junk, you'll be glad to know that the Southside is serving up tasty bites at every corner. Here's a few of our favorite Food Trucks, Taco Joints, and Restaurants (in no particular order) for you to feast your eyes (ahem, stomachs) on.
The Austin-established sushi spot pumping out decadent, gourmet, fresh fish nightly between 5pm and 10pm. Stick to the traditional sushi for the best experience and let your server choose a couple dishes for you if your daring enough. The Sake Social Hour (aka Happy Hour) is a great deal!
uchiaustin.com | 801 South Lamar Blvd, 78704
Odd Duck creators describe their restaurant as "shaped by our craftsmen's approach to cooking, the culture of our city, the creativity of our staff and the products from our amazing farmers." These (local!) farm-to-table meals will make your mouth water as soon as they're delivered by your server. Try one of the cocktails on special, too - crafted to perfection.
oddduckaustin.com | 1201 S Lamar Blvd, 78704
This sweet French Bistro seats few (make reservations!) but the French-country décor and the delectable cuisine, made up of a 3-course meal at a very affordable $45, make for an unforgettable night. And if you don't quite have the $45 in your dining out budget, check out the wine garden in Lenoir's backyard for a simple, appetizers-and-wine-filled evening.
lenoirrestaurant.com | 1807 S 1st St, 78704
Hey, You Gonna Eat Or What?
Austinites and visitors alike love the famous Shiner Bock beer-battered Monte Cristo sandwich with homemade Cherry/Fig Jelly and fresh-cut potato chips. This sandwich (and all sandwiches at this popular Food Truck stop) will make your tastebuds think they've exploded. Come with an empty stomach - it'll fill you up for hours. Don't be offended if the owner insults you: it's part of his fun-loving shtick!
heyyougonnaeatorwhat.com | 1720 Barton Springs Rd, 78704
In the heart of South 1st since 2008, Mellizoz Tacos brings "family tradition and delicious food made with fresh ingredients." Everything is cooked fresh and served with homemade salsa. Plus, their entire menu is available all day. Try a taco, torta, the freshly made-to-order guac, or garlic fries. Fill up on tacos or save a bit of room to split a Gordough's Donut (found next door) with a friend.
mellizoztacos.com | 1503 S 1st St, 78704
This might just be the sweetest coffee-joint South of Ladybird Lake. The café has a Danish-designed flair, locally sourced coffee & espresso, plus baked goods. If you're looking for a little something extra for your rumbling stomach, Patika's food truck outside serves up gourmet breakfast toasts, breakfast sandwiches, quiches, and more.
patikacoffee.com | 2159 S Lamar Blvd, 78704
New York style Pizza -- so be prepared to fold your slice in half New-Yorker style. Home Slice is the Locals' favorite. If the wait is too long for sitting, grab a slice at the window next door, which is open even when Home Slice is closed on Tuesdays. You're a fool if you don't try the eggplant!
homeslicepizza.com | 1415 S Congress Ave, 78704
Whether it's the middle of the summer or the first frost of the season, these soups will have you feeling fulfilled and happy. Try The O.G.: pork bone broth, chashu, ajitama, wood ear mushroom, and scallions. Don't be dissuaded by the long line outside -- it goes quickly!
ramen-tatsuya.com | 1234 S Lamar Blvd, 78704
Snooze AM Eatery
At Snooze, they believe life is for living and each person and each day is worth celebrating! Their mantra? It only takes a moment to make a difference. Funky, bright setting. Try the Chile Verde Benny, the Breakfast Pot Pie, or one of the many different flavors of pancake (all of which come with a Gluten Free option).
snoozeeatery.com | 1700 S Lamar Blvd, 78704
Central Standard Bar & Grill
If you're in the mood for classic bar & grill fare - this is the spot for you. Their Cheeseburger was recently named one of Texas Monthly's "50 Greatest Burgers in Texas." You'll also be happy if you're a wine buff; Central Standard features a rotating selection of more than 100 labels. Pro Tip: the deviled eggs and oysters are all aces.
centralstandardaustin.com | 1603 S Congress Ave, 78704
Did we forget anything? Let us know your favorites in the comments :) We're always looking for new feasting spots.