In a city like Austin, where the music plays all night and so do the fans, there’s a wide assortment of restaurants open 24 hours a day with menus to please any palate.
Serving Austin since 1980, Kerby Lane is a Capital City institution. From their original location in North Central Austin, they have grown to include five locations across town.
Kerby Lane’s menu includes everything from Tex-Mex classics like quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas to specialty dishes like Bison Frito Pie, a twist on the concession stand favorite served with bison and pork chili, and black beans.
But they’re best known for their pancakes – enormous plate covering slabs of deliciousness in flavors like: buttermilk, gingerbread, apple whole wheat and blueberry. There’re always one or two pancake flavors of the day, as well as, gluten free and vegan selections.
Another long time Austin favorite, Magnolia Café’s motto is “Everybody Knows, Everybody Goes.” With two locations serving up “fresh food cooked with passion,” Magnolia covers all the bases. There’s an entire menu of Tex-Mex selections, and another for sandwiches, burgers and deserts.
But if you really want to experience the madness that is Magnolia, you have to try some of their specialty dishes, like: the Voodoo Chicken Sandwich, the Martian Landscape, the Neptunian Landscape (hint it starts with a mound of grilled potatoes) or the Love Veggies.
The name 24 Diner is a little bit of a misnomer. Yes, they’re open 24 hours a day, but this is not your typical greasy spoon. Just west of the entertainment district at trendy 6th and Lamar, you can almost stumble there from the clubs on 6th Street.
They have a respectable wine list and offer about 20 different varieties of beer, and the food? They made Food & Wine’s list of America’s Best Diners in 2014.
24 Diner serves comfort food like chicken and waffles, but with an upscale surprise – they’re Belgian waffles. You can get a lot of the standard casual restaurant fair like, burgers, sandwiches, salads, roasted chicken, meatloaf and pork chops. But you’ll also find unusual dishes like deviled eggs made with bacon, smoked paprika and chives; or a charred bitters salad. There’s even a gluten free menu.
Austin’s Pizza Guadalupe
If you just want to grab a quick pie, Austin’s Pizza Guadalupe is the place to go after midnight. Of course you’ll be dining with loads of UT students, since it’s located just across the street from the student union and a block down from the University Co-op.
Austin’s Pizza offers three sizes of make your own pizzas with toppings that include the standard pepperoni and mushrooms, but also offers more noteworthy options like: chevre goat cheese, cilantro, basil, kalamata olives and habanero peppers.
You can get red sauce, white sauce and basil pesto sauce; four different kinds of pizza rolls; chicken wings; cheese sticks; salads and deserts. Austin’s Pizza also has lunch specials, gluten free options and on line ordering.
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