Just as we love independent and diverse films, we also enjoy local and eclectic food and libations as demonstrated by our Pre-Apocalyptic Happy Hour and the 2015: A Brunch Odyssey.
While there are plenty of restaurants to select from in Austin, we at Other Worlds Austin prefer to support local and independent food establishments. Finding a place for a quick bite or drink near the Galaxy Theatres Highland isn't too difficult, and there's even more variety just a short drive away.
This guide is meant to help both locals and out of town attendees discover some our the great places to eat and drink before or during the festival.
Two restaurants are located within walking distance in the same complex as the Galaxy Highland. Chosun Galbi is a Korean barbecue restaurant that features cook-your-own BBQ on tabletop grills as well as traditional Korean dishes. Taj Palace Indian Restaurant features tandoori and curries amongst their Indian specialties. Lunch buffet is offered seven days a week, and dinner menu available until 10 pm.
Other food recommendations within a two mile radius include:
- Dan's Hamburgers (5602 N. Lamar Blvd) -- Family-owned local favorite offers inexpensive tasty burgers and onion rings. Opens at 6am and offers full service breakfast.
- East Side Pies (5312 Airport Blvd) -- This pizza place which sources from local farmers and ranchers offers takeout and delivery, and has pizza available by the slice. Try the Marge with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil or the Buscemi with Italian sausage, roasted onions, roasted red bell peppers, jalapenos, and cilantro.
- Foreign & Domestic (306 E. 53rd St) -- Enjoy upscale seasonal American-European dishes paired with craft beer or their more extensive wine selection.
- Kick Butt Coffee (5775 Airport Blvd) -- Try the "best cold brewed in Austin" or one of their delectable smoothies, teas or coffee for a quick break. Tacos and sausage wraps offered at breakfast and salads, sammies, and wraps available for lunch.
- Michi Ramen (6519 N. Lamar Blvd) -- Pick your style of ramen that is offered with three choices of broth thickness and variety of toppings. Texas style features smoked BBQ pork ribs, vinegar slaw, and more Texas style toppings.
- Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (6319 N. I-35 northbound frontage road) -- The Pappas family of Houston have an extensive number of restaurants across Texas, but my favorite is their New Orleans-style seafood. I enjoy splitting an entree with a dinner companion with the Pappas Greek salad prepared fresh tableside.
- Quality Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar (5621 Airport Blvd) -- Combination retail fish counter with oyster far and counter-service ordering for Gulf seafood prepared in various tasty styles.
- Stiles Switch BBQ (6610 N. Lamar Blvd) -- Of the dozens of BBQ joints in and around Austin, this low-key casual restaurant is the top of our list with an assortment of smoked meats. Try the ribs or beef sandwich with a side of corn casserole or lemon vinaigrette coleslaw.
- Taqueria Los Jaliscienses (6903 Airport Blvd) -- Old-school hole in the wall taqueria offers traditional Tex-Mex comfort food including flautas, enchiladas, and more.
Several of these places are food places but we wanted to highlight their drink offerings.
- Austin Beerworks (3009 Industrial Terrace) --Enjoy the Super Awesome ales at the brewery in the Tap Room which is open Thursday and Friday nights as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoon. From the Pearl Snap Pils to the Fire Eagle IPA, there's a beer for every palate.
- Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) (5610 N. Interstate Hwy 35, southbound frontage) -- Sure you can enjoy Tex-Mex dishes at Baby A's, but it's the infamous "Purple Rita" that brings in most first-timers. Highly recommended is the Mango Rita and Sangria Rita, but be forewarned that there is a limit of the Purple Rita and Mexican Martini.
- Barfly's (5420-B Airport Blvd) -- Cheap drinks in one of Austin's classic dive bars. Note that access to this bar located above Burger Tex isn't obvious, yet can still get quite crowded on the weekends.
- Black Star Co-op (7020 Easy Wind Dr, Ste 100) -- The world's first cooperatively owned and worker-managed brewpub offers both guest drafts as well as their own beer handcrafted and brewed onsite. Try the GABF Gold Medal winner, Recalcitrant Dockhand, a robust porter full of roasty notes of coffee and cacao. The food offerings are phenomenal, and remember that everything is even better topped with a fried egg.
- Draught House Pub & Brewery (4112 Medical Pkwy) -- While located a bit further from the festival location, this neighborhood brewpub is well worth the trip to enjoy a wide assortment of craft beer from around the world.
- Nomad Bar (1213 Corona Dr) -- This neighborhood hangout features one of the spiciest bloody Mary mixes around town. Open late and offers brunch on Sundays, but be careful not to park in the neighborhood in tow zones.
- Workhorse Bar (100 N. Loop Blvd E) -- rustic local bar offering a wide variety of Texas beer and local wine and spirits, as well as various burgers including veggie options. Try the delectable White Wings -- chicken wrapped with bacon and stuffed with jalapenos, seasoned with wing sauce and served with Ranch dipping sauce -- (512) Brewing Wit.
Have suggestions for other local eateries or bars? Leave in the comments below and we will add in!