Food & Drink

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

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014
Nadia Chaudhury
Kerbey Lane
Red's Porch
Black Sheep Lodge
Maria's Taco Xpress
East Side King
Broken Spoke
Gourdough
Casino South Side Lounge
Nadia Chaudhury
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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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