1.Chef, Rock Fan Picks His Best Texas Joints

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For his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, and his series of similarly titled books, Guy Fieri traverses the country in search of the best homespun eats America has to offer. Not surprisingly, his discoveries are cherished by an important segment of road warriors: touring musicians.

"I'm a huge rock fan and now that I get a chance to meet some of these guys and we talk about food, it's amazing," Fieri tells SPIN.com. AC/DC and Sammy Hagar are among the artists who have called him for culinary advice.

For that reason, we thought Fieri would be perfect to pick six great restaurants for music fans attending the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, later this month.

CLICK HERE TO START THE CULINARY TOUR >>

2.Chef, Rock Fan Picks His Best Texas Joints

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For his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, and his series of similarly titled books, Guy Fieri traverses the country in search of the best homespun eats America has to offer. Not surprisingly, his discoveries are cherished by an important segment of road warriors: touring musicians.

"I'm a huge rock fan and now that I get a chance to meet some of these guys and we talk about food, it's amazing," Fieri tells SPIN.com. AC/DC and Sammy Hagar are among the artists who have called him for culinary advice.

For that reason, we thought Fieri would be perfect to pick six great restaurants for music fans attending the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, later this month.

CLICK HERE TO START THE CULINARY TOUR >>

3.MARIA'S TACOS

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The Lowdown:The kitschy décor and bountiful serving sizes have made this spot in the southwestern section of Austin -- about 10 minutes by car from 6th Street -- one of the city's perennial faves for tacos, especially breakfast tacos -- as has the charm of proprietor Maria Corbalan, aka South Austin's taco queen.

Open until…7 A.M. to 11 P.M. daily

Why It Rocks:"The thing about Maria’s Tacos, it’s a great place to eat, great vibe, great energy," says Fieri. "I can’t say they make everything from scratch, but when you go to a region like the Southwest and you’re going to have Mexican food or Tex-Mex food, you want to eat at a place that’s really doing it legit. I think she does it pretty legit."

What to Order:"Everything. They hand-make their tortillas. And the enchiladas are great, too."

Contact Info:
2529 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
512-444-0261
Official website

4.GREEN MESQUITE

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The Lowdown: This homey joint slings heaping portions of BBQ in a fun, outdoor setting. If you're going to any SXSW shows at the Auditorium Shores -- including Cheap Trick, She & Him, and Ozomatli -- this place is right around the corner. Don't like meat? Well, heed their slogan: "Horrifying Vegetarians Since 1988."

Open Until…11 P.M. Friday-Saturday, 10 P.M. Sunday-Thursday

Why It Rocks:"We enjoyed everything in their nice, outdoor back patio place -- perfect if you want to drink beer, eat your food, and kick it," says Fieri. "Really nice people."

What to Order: "They've got good barbecue, and actually cook with green mesquite. Great smoked buffalo wings -- he puts a little smoked flavor on his buffalo wings before he fries them."

Contact Info:
1400 Barton Springs Road., Austin, TX 78704
512-479-0485
Official website

5.HOMESLICE PIZZA

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The Lowdown:Authentic New York-inspired pizza in Austin's super-cute South Congress neighborhood, just a short cab ride across the Colorado River. The joint will host a Merge Records party during SXSW.

Open until…3 A.M. Friday-Saturday; 10 P.M. Sunday; 11 P.M. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; Closed Tuesdays

Why It Rocks:Says Fieri: "There was a guy in there throwing pizza dough, and I will tell you something: I’ve seen it all over the world. I’ve seen it in Italy. I’ve seen it in New York. I’ve seen it in California. I’ve seen some of the best, and this guy was throwing pizza skins like he was a pizza ninja."

What to Order:"The pie was fantastic. Sit at the counter -- the pizza is just legit."

Contact Info:
1415 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
512-444-7437
Official website

6.CASINO EL CAMINO

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The Lowdown:Right on SXSW's main drag -- E. 6th Street -- this joint slings burgers, wings, sandwiches, and fries.

Open Until…2 A.M.

Why It Rocks:"It's a pretty wild place, a good time place, and they do a bunch of different, out-there sort of things," says Fieri.

What to Order:"They do some really righteous burgers: the Buffalo burger, the Amarillo burger -- super super spicy," says Fieri. "If you lose a bet, eat the burger. It's that kind of spicy."

Contact Info:
517 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX. 78701-3741
512-469-9330
Official website

7.MAGNOLIA CAFÉ

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The Lowdown:Serves old-fashioned comfort food, including anytime breakfast, a must for late-night SXSW partygoers. Just a short -- and very worthwhile -- taxi ride across the Congress Avenue Bridge from downtown.

Open Until…24/7!

Why It Rocks: "When you roll up to a joint that the neon sign says, 'Sorry, we’re open' -- that’s the kind of attitude I love," says Fieri. "They're doing the diner originals, but throwing their own little spin on it and doing it 24/7. Everybody that’s hitting South by Southwest needs a good late-night run."

What to Order:"We did some blackened salmon. And one of their big things was this Texas Benedict with grilled sausage and homemade chipotle hollandaise."

Contact Info:
1920 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
512-445-0000
Official website

8.LOUIE MUELLER BBQ

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The Lowdown:Any local in Austin will tell you point-blank: If you want the absolute best BBQ, you've got to head to this spot in Taylor, Texas, about 45 minutes from downtown by car. Come hungry.

Open Until…Monday-Saturday, 10 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. (or until they're sold out). Closed Sunday.

Why It Rocks:"It's one of the first barbecue places we ever did on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," says Fieri. "You drive up to this place, and you would think that you are back in 1950. The walls are wooden but covered in smoke, because right while you’re there ordering, ten feet from you, are the actual barbecue pits."

What to Order:"You go there, you order the barbecue, and they throw it on a piece of butcher paper on top of a plastic tray, and you kind of move through the line and order the few things you want. They make their own sausage, and they make this incredible spicy vinegar that they put on the meat. My mouth is actually watering, bro, as I’m telling you this!"

Contact Info:
206 W. 2nd St., Taylor, TX 76574
512-352-6206
Official website