Food & Drink

Your 10-step guide to eating & drinking your way through South Lamar

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014

South Lamar is a neighborhood that doesn’t get much as much recognition as more heralded locales like East Austin or North Loop. But it should! Bordered by Oltorf St, and South Lamar and Ben White Blvds, the area is booming with new restaurants and bars, with more places popping up every day. To keep up with these new changes, here’s a complete guide to all your current food and beverage needs in South Lamar.

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Coffee

Patika (address and info)
What started out as a Downtown coffee cart (that still runs) is now the newest coffee shop in South Austin. On the menu are pleasant coffees and espressos made with Austin coffee roaster Cuvee’s beans, along with beer and wine for the more alcohol-inclined. Rotating pastries are made in-house. Try to catch the orange-rosemary scones if you can. 

Kerbey Lane

Breakfast

Kerbey Lane (address and info)
Breakfast all day is always a good thing, and Kerbey Lane understands this. There are the basics, like the breakfast tacos, biscuits, eggs, gravy, and sausage, but opt for the Kerbey Lane creations, like the baked potato omelet or Paris Texas platter (French toast + migas!), for a more fulfilling morning meal.

Red's Porch

Brunch

Red’s Porch (address and info)
Brunching properly is something the South knows how to do, and Red’s Porch does the region proud with their weekend brunch. On the menu is everything from the beignets baked New Orleans-style, to shrimp & grits, to fried chicken & waffles. The multi-level space provides many nooks and crannies to set up shop for however long you’d want to linger.

Black Sheep Lodge

Lunch

Black Sheep Lodge (address and info)
Lunchtime is for the basics: burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs -- all of which are considered Black Sheep Lodge’s specialities. Wash ‘em down with one or two of the 26 beers they have on tap (along with more than 125 bottled options). Take advantage of the daily drink specials, like on Thursdays when all draft pints are $1 off. 

Maria's Taco Xpress

Happy hour drinks

Maria’s Taco Xpress (address and info)
Fun and wacky decor (and tequila) is just what you need post-work, and Maria’s Taco Xpress doesn’t fail to deliver, if the giant bust of the taco queen out front is any indication. Go straight for the giant cheap margaritas for only $2.25.

East Side King

Dinner

East Side King (address and info)
The only brick and mortar iteration of Paul Qui’s popular East Side King series still offers up the chef’s unique mix of Asian and Austin flavors. It’s where you can find his take on tacos, and the standbys like Thai chicken karaage, Poor Qui’s Buns, and beet home fries. 

Broken Spoke

Dinner & a show

Broken Spoke (address and info)
The Broken Spoke has two claims to fame: it’s Austin’s most historic honky tonk dance hall, and they have the best chicken fried steak in the state. Pop into the dancehall and try both. 

Gourdough

Sweets

Gourdough’s Public House (address and info)
Donuts are so much a part of Gourdough’s that the salads don’t come with croutons, they come with donut holes. Bypass the lunch and dinner menus that could actually pass for sweets, and go straight for the epically loaded donuts, covered and smothered with all things sugary.

Casino South Side Lounge

Late night drinks

Casino South Side Lounge (address and info)
Late nights are for bad decisions, but grabbing a drink before last call at Casino South Side Lounge isn’t one of them. A spin-off from its more famous brother, Casino El Camino on East 6th Street, this lounge has a killer jukebox as well. And sorry, don’t expect any burgers here, just a good late night drink before you head home. 

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Hangover solution

Veracruz Taco Truck (address and info)
Grab a water, coffee, and some hair-of-the-dog beer inside at Radio Coffee and Beer, and then step outside to your hangover savior: the migas at the celebrated Veracruz Taco Truck. Whatever you do, don’t forget the salsa.

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1. Patika 2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

What started out as a Downtown coffee cart (that still runs) is now a coffee shop in South Austin. On the menu are pleasant coffees and espressos made with Austin coffee roaster Cuvee’s beans, along with beer and wine for the more alcohol-inclined. Rotating pastries are made in-house. Try to catch the orange-rosemary scones if you can.

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2. Kerbey Lane Café 3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731 (South Austin)

This quaint South Austin cafe is famous for their pancakes, which come in a variety of flavors, including gingerbread and apple whole wheat (there is also a gluten free option). Expect a wait, as this place is extremely popular, but it's definitely worth it.

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3. Red's Porch 3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

With a mix of Southern, Tex-Mex, and Cajun influences, Red's Porch brings flavors like the South Austin Po-Boy and Coffee Rubbed Brisket Tacos together under one roof (or onto one porch).

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4. Black Sheep Lodge 2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

South Lamar's mistiest patio is a venerable HQ for sports fans, with all the games shown on their armada of flatscreens and accompanied by Sunday specials like a $3 sangria or Bloody.

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5. Maria's Taco Xpress 2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Fun and wacky decor (and tequila) is just what you need post-work, and Maria’s Taco Xpress doesn’t fail to deliver, if the giant bust of the taco queen out front is any indication. Go straight for the giant cheap margaritas for only $2.25.

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6. East Side King 2310 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (East Austin)

Paul Qui's popular spot of the same name crops up on South Lamar, bringing the same fresh takes on tacos, ramen, and bao. Beet home fries and Thai chicken kara-age? Count us in.

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7. Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Hit the legendary honky tonk to take in the dulcet tones of "real country musicians" (who've entertained everyone from Queen Elizabeth's entourage to a solo Troy Aikman), enjoy the "best chicken fried steak in Texas", and revel in pure honky tonk-style excitement.

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8. Gourdough's Public House 2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Gourdough's Public House, operating out of S Lamar Kerbey Lane in South Austin, has redefined the function of the donut, again. There is a "Donut Burgers" section in their menu, in real life. To bring you back down to earth, you can pair that with a specialty cocktail with bourbon-infused bacon, because that is also real.

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9. Casino South Side Lounge 1502 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

This neighborhood spot's all about a friendly staff taking care of locals with cheap drinks, a rockin' jukebox, and sweet games (pool, shuffleboard, and more).

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