It’s late and you’re starving. Where should you go eat? Even if you’ve lived in Austin for years that’s a tough question.
Here’s my (short) list of late night joints where you’re guaranteed a win.
- 24 Diner – map – 24 has everything you want in a diner. Except better than all the others. I’d go with a bacon Gorgonzola or bacon avocado burger. If you want something sinfully delicious, try the chicken and waffles. Want breakfast food? Get 2 fried eggs, a side of veggie sausage and a side of real sausage. Oh, and drink some coffee. Hell. Drink all the coffee.
- La Mexicana – map – In the mood for Mexican food? One of the only 24 hour taco joints in town is on S 1st and is chock full of greatness. I enjoy the barbacoa and carnitas tacos. Skip the quesadilla here. It admittedly sucks. However, definitely eat up all the Mexican baked goods you can. Everything is made in house and it is awesome. I love the pink cookies and anything with frosting.
- Magnolia Cafe – map – There are two Magnolia Cafe locations in Austin, but for some reason I swear the Lake Austin location is better. I love the omelets, particularly the T Rex. The migas are also very good here. If you’re in the mood for TexMex, try an enchilada or quesadilla: they’re all packed with flavor and are guaranteed to hit the spot. But let’s face it: the best thing here are the pancakes. I love the gingerbread, but the default buttermilk are great, too.
- Kerbey Lane – map – There are a couple Kerbey Lanes in town but the South location is nice and new. I always end up with a hamburger or an enchilada. This is yet another great place for migas. If you’re looking for something sweeter, get the French toast platter. Oh, and drink plenty of coffee here as its a little weaker than other diners in Austin.