Where to Eat During SXSW: King & Country

King & Country

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Summary: In true Austin fashion, you’d never know that this trailer was starter by a chef hailing from a Michelin Start restaurant. Expect exceptional coffee, biscuits and sandwiches. Enjoy these on the patio surrounding the trailer. They may be the only trailer in town that takes reservations for brunch, be sure not to miss this one!

What to Order:
Eat: BLT Egg Sandwich, Chorizo Benedict, Parmesan Grits

  • Address: 2921 E. 17th Street Bldg. A, Austin, TX 78702
  • Phone number: 619-200-9888
  • Hours of Operation:Wed-Fri 9am- 3pm, Sat- Sun 11am- 3pm
  • Takes reservations: Yes on Sundays for brunch, all other times walk-up service
  • WiFi: No
  • Website: King & Country Food Co. 

Where to Eat During SXSW: Mettle

MettleSummary: This Eastside eatery is the brainchild of Rainey Street Queen Bridget Dunlap. Mettle has a bistro-inspired menu and is open for lunch, dinner and brunch. Chic glass, metal and wood design bring an industrious feel to the space. Modern cuisine and stiff drinks (she does own a lot of bars!) make this place a must try.

What to order:
Drink: Siamese Caipirinha, Tru Romance
Eat: Beef Tongue Tacos, Scallop Crudo, Pan Roasted Quail


  • Address: 507 Calles Street Austin, TX 78702
  • Phone number: 512.236.1022
  • Hours of Operation:

Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Sunday 10am-9pm

Where to Eat During SXSW: NO VA Kitchen & Bar

Rainey Street is always bustling during SXSW and thankfully this year we have NO VA Kitchen & Bar as an actual restaurant to dine at! Rainey Street keeps it pretty casual in general with all the trailers, which I love, but I am happy to have a place where I can grab a cocktail and some serious mac ‘n cheese, even into the wee morning hours. The atmosphere is clean and modern, a little isle of respite amidst hispter central.

Summary: Chef Brad Sorenson, formerly of Asti and The Next Food Network Star, brings modern comfort food to Rainey Street. Creative cocktails and an ever changing menu keep this place fresh. An airy and clean interior is laid-back, the three patios are perfect for grabbing drinks. Open late, the bar food menu is definitely something worth staying up for!

What to order:

  • Eat: Cheeseburger, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Bacon & Eggs Pasta
  • Drink: Rum Fashioned, Bloody Mary


  • Address: 87 Rainey Street Austin, TX 78701
  • Phone number: 512-
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday- Saturday 5pm-12am; Sunday brunch 11am-3pm
  • Takes reservations: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Website: www.novaonrainey.com

NO VA _Rum Fashioned

 The Rum Fashioned at NO VA is hands down my current favorite drink in town. The slow melting cider ice cube adds just the perfect amount of sweetness.

NO VA Braised Beef Short RIbs_Natalie Paramore1

The Braised Beef Short Ribs and Brussels Sprouts are the top menu seller at NO VA, and there is definitely a reason why! A hearty dish is just what you need to power through the SXSW bustle. NO VA Kale Pizza

 The Warm Kale and Potato pizza is great for a quick bite. Perfect for sharing and the crispy crust has a little cracker quality to it. I also can’t get enough of the housemade hot sauce, which is mild enough to please any palate.

NO VA Mac n Cheese

 Don’t miss the mac ‘n cheese! Creamy goodness, I like to order mine with jalapenos. They’ve sold over half a ton of it in the past six months!

NO VA Burger

 This burger is infamous for being “too juicy” so be sure to have your napkins ready! It also comes with fried potato chips.

NO VA Bacon and Eggs Pasta

 I couldn’t be happier that the Bacon and Eggs pasta is on both the brunch and dinner menus. Because let’s be honest, I really can’t get enough of the housemade noodles and crispy bacon lardons. #putaneggonit

NO VA Blueberry Donuts

Last but not least, the Blueberry Donuts with Lavender dipping sauce are light, sweet, gorgeously dusted. Just the right amount of sweetness to take you into an after meal cocktail.