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SXSW requires lots of stamina and that means lots of carbs to keep you going. Visit Sugar Mama's Backshop on S. 1st street for some of the best cupcakes and other baked goodies in town. Bring a few back into downtown and you'll make all sorts of new friends.

For a quiet dinner with clients or friends, head just a bit south of downtown Austin on S. 1st street to Lenoir Austin. The 3-course dinner for $30 is a steal and the food swoon-worthy. Tell Todd and Jessica I said hi! (Photo by @Marshall Wright)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of SXSW at La Patisserie just off of South 1st street. Enjoy a house-made pastry (or two or three) and cup of coffee or tea. You'll be re-energized to dive back into the SXSW fray.

Just a short cab ride from downtown Austin is Vivo. Try the margaritas and puffy tacos to get your TexMex on.

Vivo (Now Closed) - Village at Anderson Mill - Austin, TX

Just a block north of west 6th street in Austin you'll find Ranch 616. In addition to some good food try the "Fire in the Hole" cocktail to really test your taste buds' heartiness.

Lucky's Fried Chicken, just a little South of Downtown Austin, is hosting Lucy’s South By South Austin Fried Chicken Revival, a down-home extravaganza from March 14 to March 18. Enjoy band, fried chicken, grilled oysters, and more daily from 12-6pm.

Fried Chicken Austin | Lucy's Fried Chicken

Second Bar + Kitchen at the corner of 2nd and Congress in Austin is the perfect place for nibbles and drinks or a dinner with the SXSW crew. The weather should be perfect for hanging out on the patio or try the upstairs balcony that's covered in lush astroturf.

Visit The Liberty, Shangri La, or The Grackle for a taste of some of Austin's best trailer food from East Side King.

Just a short cab or bike ride outside of downtown Austin is Torchy's Tacos - where the pork is tender and the queso bubbly. There's even a fried avocado taco for the vegetarians in your crowd.

  • Jenny Benevento

    i sometimes think going to sxsw is a convoluted plan to eat as much torchy's as possible.

Try Bolla Pizza at the Austin Downtown Farmer's Market for a great breakfast on Saturday morning. It's a perfect way to recover from the night before and fuel up for the day ahead.

Have a hot breakfast at the Dai Due Butcher Shop at Austin Farmer's Market on Saturday. The Biscuits and Gravy are to die for.