Where The Celebs Eat In Austin For SXSW

March 27, 2015

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While there was free food on every corner of downtown Austin at SXSW, you can be sure that’s not where the celebs were dining. Here’s where Andrew Zimmern, Jimmy Kimmel, Rachael Ray, Melissa McCarthy, and Eminem’s entourage ate at in Austin.

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Where The Celebs Eat In Austin For SXSW

Franklin BBQ

Franklin Barbecue

David Chang

“The four major food groups: pork, fatty brisket, lean brisket, turkey @franklinbbq just served me one of the best meals of my life. Thank you.” – David Chang, chef and owner of Momofuku. via Instagram.



Andrew Zimmern


Andrew Zimmern, chef and host of “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel, dined on Aaron Franklin’s ribs. via Instagram.



La Barbecue
Photo credit: David Chang

La Barbecue

David ChangAnd because there’s no such thing as too much barbecue, David Chang headed over to La Barbecue.

Check out his brisket porn video below:



A video posted by Dave Chang (@davidchang) on

Photo Credit: Jimmy Kimmel


Jimmy Kimmel

Austin’s popular seafood and oyster bar on South Congress, Perla’s got a visit from TV host and comedian, Jimmy Kimmel. via Instagram





Josephine House
Photo Credit: Rachael Ray

Josephine House

Rachael Ray

“Josephine House lunch black rice bowl local veg poached egg grilled shrimp. All kinds of good in every way.” – Rachael Ray, via Twitter





Arro Austin


Melissa McCarthy

The cast of Spy dined at Arro the night before their red carpet event at SXSW. I interviewed director Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy, and Rose Byrne with Austin Food Magazine and they said they loved the food!




Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

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According to Do512, “Eminem’s entourage apparently ate dinner at Lamberts last night. Action Bronson has eaten there two days in a row.”





Photo Credit: Jimmy Kimmel


Jimmy Kimmel

“Another excellent #austin meal at @olamaieaustin #sxsw #alwaysinstagramthebiscuiit” – Jimmy Kimmel, via Instagram.





South Congress Cafe
Photo Credit: Rebecca Minkoff

South Congress Cafe

Rebecca Minkoff

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff stopped by Crepes Mille before brunching at South Congress Cafe. She was a featured panelist at Neiman Marcus’s Make Some Noise event on Rainey Street.

“Doing brunch right at my favorite Austin spot- South Congress Cafe.” – Rebecca Minkoff, via Instagram.


Salty Sow Jimmy Kimmel

Photo Credit: Salty Sow

Salty Sow

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel reports that he gained 9 lbs after spending 8 days in Austin for SXSW. His Wall of Food features 36 different images ranging from pizza to pig’s heads to tacos and even steak.

“This is only a portion of the portions we had. Let’s play like a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ to see if you can spot a vegetable in the whole thing. This all went into us, Guillermo…The takeaway here is we’re lucky to be alive right now, we really are.” – via eonline.



Austin Tacos

Photo Credit: Eva Chen

Eva ChenEva Chen, Lucky magazine’s editor-in-chief, opted for food truck tacos. Can anyone identify these?

“I was very kindly invited to several fancypants dinners tonight at #SXSW but all I wanted was to get food truck tacos. #sorrynotsorry” – Eva Chen, via Instagram.



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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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