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Can't wait in long lines and some times don't get done till late. What is the best food in Austin and where are the hot spots? 

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  • mark Filip

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    In my books Chuy's (Chuy's Restaurant, Chuy's, Chuy's) rates as the best TexMex around in these parts. They have several locations, all a bit funky and their swirl margaritas really hit the spot. They are generally open later.

    If you don't mind a few more $ then for BBQ try the County line The County Lineon the lake and get the mixed plate but come hungry. The ribs melt off the bone and the brisket (lean or fat your choice) is to die for. Now I'm getting hungry! You'll probably spend $16 for the mixed plate but it's a good sampling.

    If you want some Southern style food, then there's Threadgills (one north and one south). Very good southern style food at reasonable prices. Threadgill's Threadgill's

    It'd also help to know if you can travel to different areas in Austin or if you are just in the downtown area.

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  • Amber England

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    Trudy's is an Austin classic--great tex mex and killer margaritas. For a laid back feel and a good burger, I love Shady Grove. There are also tons of food trucks off South Congress and if you are around on the weekend a great brunch spot you won't want to miss is the South Congress Cafe. Too many good spots to mention, but that should get you started.

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    Depends on how late is "late" and what you're craving at the time.

    Ruby's BBQ is open til 11pm most nights and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Incredible BBQ and some fun old music posters inside from performances. It's a must try if you like barbeque.

    Magnolia Cafe is open all the time and there are two locations -- South Congress, Lake Austin Blvd. On a weekends midday and after 2am there's often a wait. They've got a variety of choices as well as pie -- if you're ever besot with that craving.

    Star Seeds Cafe also "always open" and serving the full array of diner grub. It's seedy -- in an Austin sort of way, so it's worth checking out.

    The Backspace is open til 11pm and has the best pizza I've found outside of Italy. Completely worth the wait - if there is one. Call ahead for a pick up if necessary. Nice ambience. Completely different feel to the other suggestions for late night food (see, I can't even call this "grub" -- this is real food, really good real food).

    Hitting all four might give you a perfect overview of "Austin food" -- except that you'd have to include a food truck for that (try the food trucks!!).

    (Forgot to add 24 Diner on the corner of Lamar and 6th. GREAT FOOD -- open all the time. I've got friends that have made this place their new religion -- yep, really.)

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    Down by Sixth Street there's a collection of street cars that serve food, you have to try the Korean Barbecue Tacos when you're visiting. It's quick and on the go!

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