Austin Venues Offer Treats for the Taste Buds

Photo Credit: Lauren Lowe

South By Southwest is right around the corner, which means many students will be venturing out to enjoy the annual events that make Austin the live music capital of the world. However, in their pursuit of a good show, some people skip a pursuit of good food. Austin is full of great music venues and bars, but food sets some of these places apart from the rest. Here are some venues in Austin with good beats and good eats.


500 Comal St.
Hours: Monday through Sunday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Bomb Tacos hours: Monday through Sunday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This East Austin dive has several characteristics that make it that much more lovable. They feature live music seven days a week, they have whiskey on tap and they rarely charge a cover. But the real gem at The White Horse is Bomb Tacos, a food truck located in the patio area of the bar.

Bomb Tacos has been at The White Horse since the bar opened in 2011. On any given night, you can find owner Jonathan Morales churning out several types of tacos such as campechana, al pastor or carne guisada, each for $3. They also serve five different vegetarian tacos.

Clay Aloy, the bouncer at The White Horse, said he typically doesn’t eat meat but can never turn down the pulled pork tacos and recommends them to bar patrons. But be warned; the green salsa that comes on the side packs a bit of a punch.



The Original New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop is located just outside C-Boys, which features live R&B and soul music on the weekends. [PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Lowe]


2008 South Congress Ave.
Hours: Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

According to Austin Business Journal, it took a year and a half and roughly $600,000 to renovate and transform the old dive bar Trophy’s into C-Boys Heart & Soul. C-Boy’s, which opened on New Year’s Eve, features live R&B and soul music on the weekends and there is a second bar upstairs, The Jade Room, which is designed to be reminiscent of a GI bar during World War II. Just outside the side door is The Original New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop, a Cajun food truck with a mean shrimp po-boy.

“Everything on the menu, actually, is authentic. It’s the only thing I know, Louisiana cooking,” said owner Darold Gordon. Gordon moved to Austin after Hurricane Katrina and has been in business here for eight years. He has an additional food truck and a restaurant downtown.


801 Red River St.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s no secret that Stubb’s is an Austin favorite. It could easily be the music venue with the best food in Austin. Yesenia Sequeira, a waitress at Stubb’s, said with no hesitation that the brisket and the ribs were the bestselling meats. And they are for good reason. Both have a fantastic smoky flavor and plenty of seasoning. Also, be sure to try the Serrano cheese spinach, a creamy and cheesy side dish with a heat that creeps up on you.