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Essential eats at 10 late-night spots in Austin

Published On 07/23/2014 Published On 07/23/2014
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1. 24 Diner 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

Open 24 hours nightly, which fits well with the name, 24 Diner has food that is head and shoulders above what you would normally expect from such an establishment; this is a greasy spoon gone swanky. Order up some delicious chicken and waffles topped with maple syrup and hot sauce and see what we're talking about. Bonus points for 24's grilled cheese!

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2. Mrs Johnson's Bakery 4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Established in 1948, Mrs. Johnson's keeps Airport Blvd supplied with fried, sweet goodness by handing out hot, fresh donuts every night around 8:45 pm. although the recipes have recently been overhauled by Freddie Lee -- owner of Michi Ramen -- the nostalgic integrity remains intact. Try a Bavarian cream-filled donut, a kolache, but never skip the O.G. glazed variety.

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3. Las Cazuelas 1701 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Grab lunch or fuel up post-partying (open 24 hours!) at this divey Mexican joint, which serves a gargantuan menu of favorites and lesser-known dishes common to Mexico's San Luis Potosi region, like the air-dried beef steaks with prickly pear salsa.

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4. La Mexicana Bakery 1924 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

This bakery legitimately never quits, busting out fresh goods 24 hours each day, including fresh-baked bolillo rolls, which are grilled to perfection and then heaped with eggs, cheese, bacon, potatoes, and what have you.

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5. Ken's Donuts 2820 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (North)

Ken's Donuts is a favorite stop for both sweet and savory cravings at any time of day. This 24hr campus legend serves up decadent cream-filled eclairs right alongside authentic samosas for your late evening, or early morning, or midday dining pleasure.

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6. Big Bite Restaurant 415 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

The fat kid inside you, our just you, if you happen to be a fat kid, will go crazy for Big Bite -- skip over pizza and burgers and novice snacks like that -- get yourself one of their Phat Sandwiches, like the Phat Ass, with grilled chicken, cheese, gyro meat, fried pickles, French fries, and "Statziki" sauce.

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7. Star Seeds Cafe 3101 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (East Austin)

Intense comfort food that's available 24 hours each day -- which means if you want chicken fried steak and eggs right now, you can get chicken fried steak and eggs right now.

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8. El Taquito 1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Open late, El Taquito is ready to hook you up with enchiladas, queso flameado, or a big-as-your-head chile relleno tacos right after last call.

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