We Recommend: Top 5 Restaurants Near Drifter Jack’s
Drifter Jack’s Hostel is located on Guadalupe St. (or ‘The Drag’ as referred in the local vernacular). The Drag is a bustling avenue full of shops and restaurants. As an area centered around the University of Texas, the street serves as a hub for student activity. With a student population comes food and shopping, both of which Guadalupe has no shortage.
There are so many restaurants that line the Drag and dot the surrounding neighborhood “West Campus” that it’s hard to choose which taco stand to eat from. We’ve compiled a list for you with reviews and suggestions of what to order to help narrow down the indecision that comes with your first meal in Austin.
- East Side King
East Side King is located in the back of our favorite neighborhood bar, Hole-in-the-Wall. While it is closed on Sunday, the restaurant is open until midnight throughout the week to help you grub on some of the best food Austin has to offer into the wee hours of the night. Added perk? You can get your nightly free drink token from Drifter Jack’s at the bar East Side King is attached to!
We recommend their ramen. It is some of the best in the city. Each East Side King location has a different menu so feel free to explore the other locations and see what they have to offer. They also serve a “bento box,” which is essentially a sampler of different appetizers and an entrée. Prices vary from $8-$15, but don’t let that scare you, the money is definitely worth the taste!
- Madam Mam’s
Madam Mam’s is without a doubt one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Don’t be intimidated by their thick, multiple page menu, they offer the best flavors at an even better price.
We recommend their fresh spring rolls, and anything with several chili peppers next to it on the menu. If you think you like spicy food, their green curry will change your definition of spicy. Looking for something more general? Their pad Thai, a classic, is a popular and amazing choice. They’re open till 10 everyday.
- Kerbey Lane
Kerbey Lane is an Austin classic. With multiple locations, the Drag is by far one of their busiest. And it’s no wonder.. their pancakes may be the best you’ve ever tried! What makes Kerbey Lane great is their hours – they are open 24/7 – and they serve everything from tex-mex to breakfast to endless cups of coffee (local, of course!).
We recommend their cowboy queso and any of their breakfast plates – it’s a great place to go if you’ve woken up too late for hostel breakfast and too early for lunch. Their prices are fair and the service is great, Kerbey Lane is a wonderful go-to for any time of the day.
- Torchy’s Tacos
What started as a small taco stand has evolved into one of the biggest local chains Austin has to offer. Don’t worry, even having multiple locations, Torchy’s Tacos has some of the most mouth-watering eats the city can offer. We recommend the trailer park (make sure to order it trashy), the fried avocado, and of course, queso queso queso. Their queso is addicting – you’ve been warned!
This location also serves margaritas and has a pretty nice bar inside so feel free to grab a beer to accompany your grub. The line is long but don’t be intimidated, it goes fast!
Is BBQ a work of art? Most people in Austin would agree. Franklin’s may be the top rated BBQ place in Austin, but with a queue beginning as early as 7am, it may not be the most ideal for those looking for good BBQ without the wait. Freedman’s is just the place for that. It is a little off of the beaten path, but this restaurant offers some of the most delicious BBQ and patio vibes on the north side of downtown. We recommend anything that is meat-y and delicious, which is everything. Enjoy the outside patio on a cool summer night and you won’t think twice about the hype of Franklin’s.
Check out our Google Map of the restaurants near us! We have highlighted some extras and marked the locations of above suggestions. If you click on the location, more recommendations will be provided.
Author: Shea Selby