My (Austin local) latest recommendations for eats and drinks.

SXSW is upon us and it’s nice to have local food and drink recommendations. Here are three places for eats and drinks I’d recommend you check out while in town:

Black Star Co-op

“The world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub.”

Haven’t had a bad thing from the menu and I go often. Fish and chips are really good. You might also want to pick from the board of fresh and some local cheeses and house-made charcuterie. Watching the wasteline? Try the ‘local green salad’ and add grilled shrimp and blue cheese. The ‘seasonal vegtables’ are also quite good. It’s a brewpub and there’s beer of the Rational, Irrational, and Infinite variety (house beers brewed on-site) and a lot of others that would take too long to describe; so here’s more on the drinks.

It’s not downtown or close to SXSW happenings, but BUT MetroRail goes right there; letting you out pretty much at the door. Can’t miss it. Take the train from downtown to Crestview for $2.00 roundtrip. Here’s the SXSW special schedule for MetroRail (no service on Sunday).

Craft Pride

There’s this Texas local beer thing happening and Austin is part of the scene. Check out Craft Pride off of Rainy Street for the best selection of Texas beer in town. Something like 54 varieties on tap. Also, the Bacon truck is conveniently parked in the back if you get hungry. Limited menu compared to the restaurant but a good mix with salad, taco, chili, and biscuit options.

Swift’s Attic

Farm to table modern American small plate offerings that are creative, whimsical, and delicious. Swift’s Attic is on Congress and above The Elephant Room (excellent for dark room jazz, but I digress). I visited once last month and am eager to go back. I had chicken liver fegatini, warm brussels sprout salad, grilled oysters, pork cheeks, and quail [small portions great for sharing]. You should probably make a reservation.

I have a list of places that I haven’t been able to check out just yet. Here’s a cheat on a few others you might like:


Second Bar & Kitchen

The Carillion

Foreign & Domestic



And, here’s my post with recommendations provided last year.