Imagine Austin, Texas, pulsating with SXSW, the convergence of technology, cinema, music, education, and culture. It is an annual celebration of cutting-edge creativity and innovation. Industry pioneers, creative minds, and culture enthusiasts exchange ideas, advice, and experiences. This year, SXSW returns to the Texas capital March 8-16.

At the heart of SXSW are its prestigious keynote sessions, where leaders in various fields take the stage and share their insights. The 2024 Opening Day Keynote Panel features Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, distinguished journalist Errin Haines, and cultural critic Nancy Wang Yuen.

SXSW isn’t all work and no play, though. Their film & tv festivals feature screenings of globally diverse and high-caliber film and television shows. The music festival is a global gathering of artists, industry professionals, and music enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. Their comedy festival is laugh-out-loud funny and celebrates the most compelling voices in comedy.

Austin is a great place to host this festival for many reasons, yet food always takes the cake. Unfortunately, when it comes to food and travel, we all know how difficult it can be to find a decent meal after dark. However, we’ve got you covered with these late-night food spots to cure your post-festival cravings.

8 Restaurants to Try After SXSW

Rosita’s Al Pastor

Rosita’s Al Pastor is a vibrant eatery in Austin. They serve up authentic Mexican cuisine alongside all-day breakfast, including dishes like huevos al pastor and fluffy pancakes. Beyond breakfast, their menu features a yummy selection of seafood dishes and specialty entrees such as chicken mole and fajita quesadillas. Rosita’s is open from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily.

Sap’s Ver Fine Thai Cuisine

For a taste of Thailand, head over to Sap’s Ver Fine Thai Cuisine. They serve a wide range of dishes from pineapple fried rice to noodles like street pad thai and aromatic stir-fries. Sap’s offers a wide range of authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients and traditional spices. Whether you’re a fan of savory curries or you’re craving seafood, there is a dish for everyone on the menu. No need to rush to get there; their hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Hoboken Pie

Pizza lovers, rejoice. Hoboken Pie is serving up New Jersey-style pizza in Austin. From classic build-your-own toppings to specialty pies like the Hoboken Supreme and the Veracruz, their pies are baked to perfection. Hoboken Pie also offers tasty salads, sandwiches, and appetizers to complete your meal. SXSW attendees can head over after the festival, with the restaurant open until 2:30 a.m. daily.

Vic and Al’s

This cajun spot cooks up a different meal every day for their “daily plates.” Vic and Al’s brings the flavors of Louisiana to Austin. They serve classics like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and blackened catfish. Vegetarian options like red beans and rice and fresh house salads pair well as an entree. What sets Vic and Al’s apart is their commitment to locally sourced meats and ingredients, guaranteeing each dish is seasonally fresh. With hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., indulge anytime you’d like.

Frazier’s Long and Low

Frazier’s is the go-to spot for classic American eats with a Southern twist. Whether you choose a vegan burger or a piled-high chili dog, their menu is packed with flavorful dishes that’ll leave you feeling satisfied. Plus, Fraziers also offers a selection of craft beers and cocktails to wash it all down. With their late-night hours, from noon to 2 a.m. every day, you can indulge in your favorite comfort foods after SXSW.

Rockin Rolls

If you’re in the mood for something nostalgic, check out Rockin Rolls. This food truck specializes in gourmet sourdough pizza rolls filled with unique flavor combinations. For a classic dish, try the pepperoni and mozzarella cheese rolls. Or, try something different with their Hawaiian roll with house-smoked Canadian bacon, pineapple, mozzarella, and parmesan. Enjoy this tasty treat from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Potluck

The Potluck says they are Austin’s first and only 24-hour wing and cajun destination. Their menu features mouthwatering options like wings available 24/7, with flavors ranging from classic BBQ to adventurous choices like Pineapple Sunrise. If you’re in the mood for something hearty, try their gumbo, red beans and rice, or a catfish or shrimp po’boy, served with all the fixings. With its late-night hours from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. from Wednesday to Sunday and 24 hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, The Potluck is the ultimate destination for post-festival eating.

Kismet Cafe

Kismet Cafe is the perfect spot for contemporary halal Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features a large variety of meat and rice plates, vegetarian and vegan plates, wraps, soup, salads, and desserts. They even serve Mediterranean BBQ. You’ll never get bored of the menu. Whether you’re hungry late at night or craving a full dinner, Kismet serves up Mediterranean dishes until midnight.