24 diner, photography by chris patunas; burger, photography by Vanessa Escobedo Barba; portrait courtesy of nano whitman; christian bland, photography by r. winter.
Late Night Bites
“Go to 24 Diner (600 N. Lamar Blvd.) for their Veggie burger. It’s made with beets and topped with goat cheese and arugula. It’s amazing! — Jo e l M oz e r s k y , In t e r i o r D eco r ato r
“I just got into Bomb Tacos (97 Rainey St.) recently after going over to the White Horse for the first time. They’re open super late (‘til 3am), which is great for me because I usually eat dinner after midnight, plus it’s also only about 100 yards from my doorstep at the Hotel Vegas. I haven’t tried all the tacos, but the Al Pastor, Steak Fajita and BBQ Chicken tacos are awesome, and they’re only $3 each.”
“El Taquito (1713 E. Riverside Dr.) for the barbacoa tacos. So tender. Fresh salsa bar. Fresh pico de gallo. This place has the Mexican food that I never knew existed growing up in Philly and living in Boston. When you see the horchata and aguas frescas made from cantaloupe and watermelon behind the counter, you know you’re in the right place. AND, it basically never closes. Have I mentioned the barbacoa?” — Nan o W h i t m a n , m usician
— C h r i s t ian B l a n d , T h e B l ac k An g e l s
“For 12 years, I was a Texan living in New York City and every time I came home I headed straight to Magnolia Café (1920 S. Congress Ave.) for the big breakfast taco regardless of the time of day. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a breakfast taco. I have been back in Austin for six years now and I have a lot of favorite places but come 2am, I will almost always head to Magnolia Café for a little bit of heaven in a flour tortilla.” — Ela i n e Ga r za , G i a n t N o i s e
Sometimes my job makes me a kind of superhero. By day, an adventurous food editor, eager to try whatever food trailer crosses my path or the latest buzz-shrouded restaurant. By night, a comfort-seeking music editor, who wants to rest her feet and relive the evening’s mind-blowing or ear-numbing entertainment over a plate of pancakes. (Pancakes are the ultimate super food: They make everything better.) My late-night go-to is any outlet of my favorite Austin 24-hour restaurant—the great Kerbey Lane (3704 Kerbey Ln.). They offer more than breakfast fare, of course, but I am unable to resist their pancakes, which always arrive cooked to perfection: golden on the outside and spongy in the middle, neither too eggy nor too dense. If they’re in season, try the pumpkin! I prefer the drama of one big Kerbey pancake vs. the short stack.” — Sh a ro n C h a p ma n , f o o d a nd music editor, Au s t i n A m e rica n-S tatesm an tribeza.com
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