Despite what you may have heard, SXSW isn't all about aural orgies and booze. It's also about food. Specifically Tex-Mex and barbecue, both of which you'll get strung out on and crave in agony for the rest of the year. Ridiculous delicious. So for day two of the Complex City Guide, we bring you the best eateries in the greater Austin area...
The Salt Lick
18300 FM 1826
• If you're not cold smoking brisket and sausage for double digit hours, then it's not barbecue, it's a cook out. And while Driftwood isn't technically in the Austin city limits, anyone will vouch for this magical meat mecca because it and its BYOB policy rules. Hard. You can also catch them in the food court at the Austin airport on your way in and out or order vacuum sealed pouches of dry-iced awesome from their online store.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey Lane
• This Austin joint has been voted "Best Breakfast" for years since its opening in 1980 and while Kerbey Lane Cafe has since spread to three more locations, the OG flagship with its wood interior still creates the warmest welcome. Especially when you need pancakes, migas, flautas, and of course their classic Kerbey Queso at 4 a.m. Twenty-four-hour party, people.
Cisco's Restaurant Bakery
1511 East 6th St.
• Migas. Migas. Migas. The one thing, hands down, that you have to eat while in Austin Texas is Migas. And Cisco's arguably has the city's best. A mix of scrambled eggs, corn tortilla strips, pico, tomatoes, and melted cheese is a combination that cures all. Even if you were genius enough to mix gin with champagne and 47 stage dives of varying success.
1300 South Congress
• Rock up to Jo's and you might not think there's a lot to this humble, shack-looking thing. But all you really need to know about them is that they've got Southern hospitality in spades. The coffee's strong the munchies are delicious and you can buy Shiner Bock beer. Plus, there's free wifi. You could basically live here.
Güero's Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Ave.
• Tacos Al Pastor, a sprawling salsa bar, and the occasional Luke Wilson sighting makes this taqueria the place to be during SXSW. While some people front on the food, its whitedude name, and the occasional Luke Wilson sighting, they're BUGGING because the fish tacos, mole poblano, and squillions of margarita flavors are wondrous.
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