Late-night food is often the cherry topping on a night out with friends. You’re tired but hungry, and there’s not much better than a cup of coffee for a much-needed caffeine boost or some french fries to tide you over. The city’s bar scene is far from lacking and neither is the Austin culinary arts scene. Here are some of the city’s best late-night hot spots:
600 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
24 Diner was inspired by classic diners, but the owners weren’t feeling the retro kitschy vibe. This mid-century modern 24-hour diner next to Waterloo Records offers breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and entrees made with local ingredients. Its made-to-order shakes and coffee products are also a selling point, if you’re not in the mood for a glass of wine or a beer. Oh yeah, it has a full bar as well.
Star Seeds Cafe
3101 North Interstate 35, Austin
Star Seeds Cafe has such an extensive menu that you can pretty much order anything your little heart desires at any time of the day or night. There is an extensive gluten-free and vegetarian menu as well. The prices are great, especially if you left your tab open all night. No dish exceeds $10 and you can even get a T-shirt for $4.99!
2304 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin
1920 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Magnolia Cafe opened in 1979 as the Omelettry West and was only open until 3 p.m. A lot has changed since then, with two locations, but it still has that independent diner feel. It’s just open 24 hours now. It’s perfected their omelets and Austinites love the pancakes. Also available are south-of-the-border inspired dishes like huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos.
2820 Guadalupe St., Austin
A college favorite, who doesn’t like a place to stop for donuts and coffee at any time of night? Ken’s Donuts is that place. Ken’s kolaches and samosas are also a hit. It’s the place to go for affordable deep fried goodness.
The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr., Austin
Cramming for an exam or writing a paper at the last minute? The Buzz Mill is the place for you. This 24-hour, full-service bar and coffee shop takes pride in their infused liquors. The Buzz Mill hosts music and comedy acts, but offers a quiet hall for people who need to get some work done. Food isn’t offered all 24 hours, but there are often food trucks parked outside.