For our very first Austin Friday Fives, we’ve got hometown favorite White Denim. We’ve been fans of the band for a while now - and judging from what we’ve heard so far, their newest album Stiff (due out on March 25th) should be awesome. They recorded the whole thing live, which, just in case we needed to say it, basically never happens anymore. You can listen to a sampling from the album here.
And unlike the bands that just stop by town to play SXSW every year, White Denim’s members are Austin natives. Which means they have all the intel on the best places to eat in town. Check out their restaurant picks below, written by bassist Steve Terebecki.
white denim's restaurant picks
If you can score a table outside, then this is by far the best restaurant for people watching. It's in the heart of South Congress Avenue, so you're inches away from all the freaks, weirdos, and hilarious-looking squares perusing vintage clothing stores and knick knacks. The happy hour margaritas and the 25 cent tamales are pretty unbeatable. Try the fish tacos or the pork enchiladas with tomatillo sauce.
I'm not a vegetarian, but I have come to this place at least once a week for the last 12 years. The soya guisada, potato flautas, eggless potato salad, and beans are all absolutely amazing, but you can't go wrong. Probably the best refried beans in the world. Top it off with a fresh squeezed juice, agua fresca, or smoothie and you walk out feeling really great.
This is one of my favorite places to eat in Austin. The reason why I'm picking for this category is because it has everything you want for brunch, without the crowds of a good brunch place. It has the best bloody marys, best margaritas, and a great chipotle queso migas taco that you can get any time of the day. You really can't go wrong here. They also play the best music. Mostly obscure electronic and nu wave.
I love this place because you don't even have to know what you're ordering and it will be tasty. You can order something called a squid jowl with bacon juice and it'd certainly be the best thing you've eaten that day. I'd almost suggest just letting the waitstaff pick for you. It's really classy, you won't feel weird dressing up, the service is always perfect, and the drinks and desserts are fun and tasty. Even if your date is boring you'll have something to talk about (the food!)!
Most of Austin's classic joints are overcrowded and have been a bit of a bummer lately. Not this place. It's in a beautiful old limestone building from 1869 and has the most underrated BBQ in Austin. It also has one of the better whiskey and bourbon selections in town. Try the Smokin' Cactus drink.