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Hit up happy hour for discounts on their expert craft cocktails—be sure to buy a round for the bar, it's an option on the menu! If it's on their highly seasonal menu, try the pork face carnitas or the ceviche, but we guarantee everything will be delicious. While there is a new campus location, head to the North or South Lamar locations to avoid SXSW crowds.Away from the Crowds If you're able to get away from the downtown area, there are a number of delicious options that are a short drive (or ride) away. You have the option of ordering a house-made bowl or building your own, with three levels of broth intensity.

Don't let the hanging bicycles scare you off, just think of it as Austin's weirdness. Odd Duck, sister restaurant of Barley Swine (which you should check out if your SXSW budget allows—it's as pricey as it is delicious) features an ever-changing small plates menu of playful dishes and cocktails.

The beef and pork are free-range and sourced from a local farm, while the lamb, chicken and goat are grass-fed and Halal blessed, and the samosa dough is hand-rolled. The menu showcases ingredients from local farmers, making everything from scratch. Ramen Tatsuya may be the most popular ramen in town, but Michi's wait is much shorter for the same high quality bowl.

Every Tuesday you can indulge in their special dollar menu—fresh, delicious sushi and more for just $1-3 per piece.

On Thursdays, the menu is $3-$5, with even more to choose from, and Fridays and Saturdays there is a special all-you-can-eat menu.

If you truly can't make it outside of the city proper for a bite, you'll get a little taste of classic and classy modern Mexican in an upscale atmosphere at La Condesa. The sandwiches are all solid, but if you're noshing while you drink, the snack boards are the true star of the menu (as is the craft beer! The steakhouse boasts one of the most exclusive bourbon selections in the city, along with a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list.

Try the elotes, a take on Mexican street corn, or any of their tacos, like the braised pork, and you'll leave with a full belly and a smile. Pop in between shows and treat yourself to high-quality Texas beef. If you're looking for Indian food, and your SXSW travels take you to Rainey Street (they should, it's an awesomely unique part of town), put your name in for a table at G'raj Mahal.

Pacific Rim Sushi and Yakitori Lounge 9070 Research Blvd.

#305 Even locals don't seem to know how awesome this place is—there's rarely a wait for tables, even on a weekend.

Order the brisket—if you're lucky, they'll give you a sample while you're in line.

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