It’s that time of year again. In one of the best, if not THE best festival in Austin – the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). Once again, tickets have completely sold out this year, and thousands of people will be headed to Zilker Park to see some of their favorite musicians perform!
You might be one of the few in Austin that’s trying to stay away from all of the madness. Then again, you may not be! Whether you’re planning to stuff your face inside or outside of the festival grounds, it’s always good to have a plan of attack on conquering your dinning schedule around the city.
If you’re looking for a quick stop on your way in or out of the festival you’re in luck, South Austin Social Food Truck Park is a super short walk from Zilker park. The Food Truck Park will be slinging breakfast, lunch and late night eats. from Boca Spanish Fare (serving breakfast tacos starting at 8 a.m., lunch, dinner and late night bites);Beirut (named by Huffington Post as one of the 10 food trucks you must visit in Austin, they will Lebanese/Mediterranean food from 11 a.m. to midnight), Gibroni’s (serving Italian-Mexican fusion bites like pasta and sandwiches until midnight), Gemma Love (Jamaican breakfast, lunch and dinner like oktail, jerk chicken and goat curry), Unity Vegan Kitchen (opening at 11 a.m.), Over the Moon Pies (coming soon, should be open for lunch) and Texas Chili Queen. The park will also have jewelry vendors (Claire’s Colors and Cuvee Designs) and might make an appearance. The park will be open from 8 a.m. until at least midnight.
Gardner | 1914 E 6th St
Gardner, co-owned by Ben Edgerton and Chef Andrew Wiseheart, focuses on seasonal, fresh ingredients. Gardner now serves a Sunday brunch menu offering a selection of five baked goods, three individual assorted menu items served with a bialy, and eight main entrées including a dry aged rib eye sausage dish, scrambled eggs with short ribs and hollandaise, a fried chicken sandwich, and a ricotta pancake with peaches. Gardner is a perfect place to relax and recharge before heading to Zilker Park, and the restaurant offers plenty of parking, and takes online reservations and welcomes walk-ins. Gardner was recently named one of the ’50 Best New Restaurants in America’ by Bon Appétit Magazine.
The Hightower | 1209 E 7th St
Launderette is an East Austin café located in the heart of the Holly neighborhood in Austin. Open for dinner, seven days a week at 5:00pm, Launderette features an inviting menu elevated by the vibrant and global flavors from Chefs Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki. Over a glass of wine or a perfect martini, diners can follow their whims and create a meal from “Snacky Bits” including crispy Fried Oysters and Balsamico Onions; Crab and French Feta “Toasts”; “Wood Grill” offerings like Charred Octopus and Hanger Steak, an array of “Vegetables,” including Grilled Brocollini and Caramelized Endive and a roster of “Specialties” including Brick Chicken, Fennel Sausage Garganelli and a Plancha Burger.
Mongers Market + Kitchen | 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St
The Mongers kitchen specializes in classic, simple seafood dishes prepared in an approachable yet sophisticated way. The Mongers retail market highlights the best of Texas Gulf seafood. Mongers is open for lunch and dinner service Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and for Sunday brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Mongers’ menu highlights an array of seafood delicacies. The Raw Bar, featuring a rotating selection of Fresh Oysters ($3 each), mouth-watering Clams($8, half a dozen), massive Peel ’n’ Eat Shrimp ($13, half a pound) and succulent Blue Crab(market price), also includes some of Chef Stark’s most simple yet sophisticated specialties, such as the sublime Hamachi Crudo ($15) and the delicate Tuna Ceviche ($14).
Café No Sé | 1603 S Congress Ave
Home Slice Pizza |1415 S. Congress
The Townsend | 718 Congress Ave #100
La Condesa | 400 W 2nd St
Italic | 123 W. Sixth Street
Josephine House | 1601 Waterston Ave
The elegance of Josephine House in Clarksville is a sharp contrast to the crowds of the festival. They open for breakfast at 8 a.m. (served until 10:30 am), offering delicious and filling dishes like huevos rancheros, an egg sandwich and lighter fare like avocado toast and lemon ricotta pancakes. Indulge in the charm, resting up for the party ahead. Lunch is served starting at 11 a.m.Brunch service (offered Saturdayand Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) includes items like short rib hash, steak & egg and the infamous breakfast burger.
Liberty Kitchen | 507 Pressler St #700
Liberty Kitchen Austin brings beauty, and comforting seafood food to the neighborhood in a new space that is among one of the most visually impressive you’ll see in Clarksville. The decorations pay homage to the Texas Gulf Coast with an open airy design that almost makes you feel like you’re dining near a salt water beach instead of the bustling traffic of 5th street. Prep your sea-legs and put on your stretchy pants, this menu is an adventure in tastes and endurance. Prep your sea-legs and put on your stretchy pants, this menu is an adventure in tastes and endurance.
Sway | 1417 S 1st St
40 North Pizza | 1502 S 1st St
Dolce Neve Gelato | 1713 S 1st St
Dolce Neve is situated in a charming bungalow off of south First Street. Their patio makes for an inviting place to take in a beautiful day with a cup of gelato and espresso. A visit to the shop is a one of a kind experience that is a must for all Austinites. The owners, Leo Silvestrini, Francesca Ferrarese and Marco Ferrarese moved here from Italy to pursue their dream of opening a gelato shop in the United Sates. The trio is clearly passionate and enthusiastic about providing authentic gelato to the Austin area.