Try these 7 South Austin Lunch Spots Along the Austin Marathon Course

These seven South Austin lunch spots are all Austin originals

South Austin is one big melting pot. This list of seven south Austin lunch spots perfectly exemplifies this! From grilled cheese to barbecue, everything on this list offers something different. If you’re visiting friends or making plans for the Austin Marathon, add these lunch places to your must-visit list. Check them out and Miles 1-6 of the Austin Marathon course at the same time! Want more south Austin recommendations? These lists of breakfast spots and coffee shops should get you started.

Picture of the Waylon & Willie from Burro Cheese, one of our favorite south Austin lunch spots along the Austin Marathon course.

Snag the Waylon & Willie! Credit – Burro Cheese Facebook.

Burro Cheese (Mile 1)

Don’t look at the name and dismiss this as a food for children. Burro Cheese (1221 S. Congress Ave.) is next-level and combines artisan cheeses, homemade sauces, and fluffy breads. Burro has served delectable grilled cheese sandwiches to the masses since February 2013. Whether you’re from Texas or just visiting, we strongly recommend the Long Tall Texan or the Waylon and Willie. 

Güero’s Taco Bar (Mile 1.5)

When Texas food is mentioned most people immediately think Tex-Mex and they wouldn’t be wrong. But Güero’s Taco Bar (1412 S. Congress Ave.) is just a bit different. They’ve prepared Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex for 30 years. Their menu can be overwhelming… in a good way. They have something for everyone, plus their tortillas and salsas are homemade. Whatever you decide to eat, wash it down with a hand-shaken margarita.

Picture of different pizza slices from Home Slice Pizza, one of our favorite south Austin lunch spots along the Austin Marathon course.

In crust we trust. Credit – Home Slice Facebook.

Home Slice (Mile 1.5)

This South Congress staple has the best of both worlds (1415 S. Congress Ave.): you can dine-in or you can call ahead and pick up your pie. Home Slice’s New York-style pizza is making the world a better place, one slice at a time. We can brag about their pizza all day, but their salads, subs, and calzones really make this joint the perfect place for friends to gather after the Austin Marathon. 

Lucy’s Fried Chicken (Mile 2)

Picture of a bucket of fried chicken from Lucy's, one of our favorite south Austin lunch spots along the Austin Marathon course.

Can’t go wrong with a bucket of fried chicken. Credit – Lucy’s Facebook.

Lucy’s (2218 College Ave.) is open seven days a week and their brunch is as legendary as their lunch. If you keep waffling on what to get, just order the Chicken Basket. You won’t be disappointed. Make sure you save room for dessert and their homemade pies! When you go there for lunch, you might want to set aside some time for a post-lunch siesta (nap)!

LeRoy and Lewis (Mile 3)

This once up-and-comer on the Texas barbecue scene has firmly established themselves as one of the best. They even made our top Austin barbecue spots list! LeRoy and Lewis (121 Pickle Rd.) offers non-traditional meats like beef cheeks and barbacoa. They pair them perfectly with their ever-rotating side options. You can still get your brisket on the weekends, but their masterful ability to smoke different meats allows you to expand your horizons. They change their menu a lot. Stay up-to-date with their Instagram!

Picture of the outdoor seating at Fresa's, one of our favorite south Austin lunch spots along the Austin Marathon course.

Sit underneath the massive shade trees at Fresa’s. Credit – Fresa’s Facebook.

Fresa’s (Mile 5)

The Tex-Mex at this Austin original (1703 S. 1st St.) is perfect for sharing with friends and family. If you’re thinking Fresa’s tacos are good then you are correct. Before you order, start off with the Chipotle Bacon Guacamole (you’re welcome). Looking for a vegetarian option? We recommend the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Grilled Sweet Potatoes. If it’s a beautiful day, sit underneath the massive shade trees. Pro tip: this location offers happy hour prices all day every day to folks seated at the bar! 

Elizabeth Street Cafe (Mile 5.5)

Switch it up a bit at Elizabeth Street Cafe (1501 S. 1st St.). This Vietnamese cafe and French bakery opened in December 2011. They’ve served South Austin fresh-baked pastries ever since. You might think this is an odd combination, but try their pho and follow it up with something sweet. You’ll be hooked! They also have a full bar featuring different sakes and Japanese whiskeys.

We curated this list of south Austin lunch spots. Now the question is where do you begin? To tell you the truth, you can’t go wrong. Just pick a place and get started. Welcome to south Austin! Did your favorite south Austin lunch spot not make the list? Let us know what it is on Facebook or Twitter.

Austin Marathon Finish Line Festival Food Trucks

Make sure your running shoes are ready and cheer signs are hilarious because the Austin Marathon is on Sunday, Feb. 18th! Thousands of people are looking forward to that unbeatable feeling of crossing the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon finish line. Tens of thousands more will cheer on their favorite runners. Whether you’re racing or watching, it’s safe to say that everyone will be hungry at some point. As if you needed more reasons to come to the Austin Marathon, here are some food trucks to visit! Which I’m sure many are equipt with great POS systems which you can learn more about at this resource. The food trucks will be on 5th St. in between Congress Ave. and Brazos St. Look for the WELCOME arch!

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Four Brothers

Burro Cheese Kitchen

Take things that make Austin great, personify it in artisan grilled cheese form, and you get Burro Cheese Kitchen. If you’ve been there you know what we mean, and if you haven’t, you soon will. Look for it on February 18th. You can’t miss it; it’s big, it’s yellow, and it’s cheesy!

Four Brothers

Mis hermanos y hermanas, no matter what you’re craving, the Austin Marathon will have your hunger fix! Oh, you want arepas? Four Brothers has it. You’re in the mood for an authentic cachupa? Go to the big yellow and red food truck. If you’ve never been to Four Brothers, make your Austin Marathon experience that much more unforgettable by eating there!

Juice Austin

We’re going to have something for everyone! If you just want to cool off and rehydrate with a tasty and refreshing drink, Juice Austin has you covered! So come down, have a good time, and get your juice on!

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Southside Flying Pizza

Southside Flying Pizza

You just ran a marathon, you deserve pizza. Bottom line. You just cheered at the Austin Marathon for a few hours, you deserve pizza. No questions asked. Scratch that, you never need to justify eating pizza. Swing by the Southside Flying Pizza Truck while you’re at the Austin Marathon!

Lucky Lab Coffee Co.

What type of coffee is best? Lucky Lab Coffee Co.! The Austin Marathon starts at 7:00 a.m. and you’re up to cheer on your friends. Of course, you’re going to need some coffee. Fortunately, Lucky Lab Coffee Co. will be there to supply you with some freshly-brewed liquid energy!

Slab BBQ

You really didn’t think we were going to leave out BBQ did you? If there is anything Austin knows how to do right (other than marathons) it’s BBQ. After the race, let your nose control where your legs take you next. We promise you will not be disappointed.

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Slab BBQ.

Ladies and gentleman, runners and spectators, we just gave you six more reasons to get pumped about the Austin Marathon. Look for (or smell for) the food trucks that will be located on 5th St. in between Congress Ave. and Brazos St.! If you want to learn more about how you can get your own food truck, you may want to learn about guarantor loans here for extra information and hopefully you’ll be approved! Maybe we’ll see you next year?