Countdown to NamesCon 2020: 3 awesome lunch spots close to The Omni

In less than 48 hours I’ll be on a plane headed to Austin. I’ve been texting with friends who are on their way and others that are already on the ground, in short – look out Austin, the Domainers are coming!

The Bold Metrics offices used to be directly across the street from The Omni so we’re in my old stomping grounds which also means I’ve had a few years to sample the local lunch spots. Below are three of my go-to’s that I’d recommend for anyone that wants to leave the hotel and venture into the city for some tasty food.

Slake Cafe (120 E 7th Street)

This was my go-to, and I can tell you with confidence they have the best quiche’s in Austin. My usual was a quiche and a salad, and there are multiple options for both made fresh every day.

One recommendation, Slake gets pretty darn busy around lunchtime so I’d recommend calling in advance so your order is ready when you get there.

Tacodeli (301 Congress Ave)

An Austin institution. Seriously, if you’re going to spend more than a day in Austin, you should make sure to get a breakfast taco at Tacodeli and yes, it’s a great lunch spot as well.

I’ll be honest, I do like some other taco places more than Tacodeli in Austin, but don’t tell the locals that or I’ll be in trouble! While Tacodeli is probably an 8 minute walk making it the furthest of my recommendations, it’s #2 on my list since they really do make very tasty tacos that are worth venturing a little further down Congress Ave for.

Roaring Fork (701 Congress Ave)

If you’re looking for a solid sit-down restaurant, look no further than the Roaring Fork. Yes, it happens to be located in a competing hotel, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a nice relaxing lunch.

One note, I’ve always found the Roaring Fork to be heavily air conditioned so bring a sweater. As for my favorite lunch selections – I’d go with the Spinach Chicken Waldorf or Spit-roasted Chicken Breast Sandwich.

Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton