West Campus restaurants cater to students

Megan Hix

Whether you’re living off-campus and looking for a bite between classes or need a break from J2, these eight nearby restaurants can satisfy just about any craving.

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Open 24 hours a day, Kerbey Lane offers late-night eats, all-day breakfast and their signature Kerbey Queso: a white-cheese queso with a scoop of guacamole. Like many diners, the menu features a wide variety of offerings including sandwiches, enchiladas and some of the largest pancakes in town with weekly specials such as cinnamon roll and s’mores. 

Address: 2606 Guadalupe St.
Hours: 24 hours daily

Halal Bros

Before occupying their current digs on Guadalupe Street, Halal Bros sold shawarma out of an unassuming food cart. Today, students line up for falafel wraps, fresh hummus and gyros over basmati rice. Be sure to ask for an extra side of their signature white sauce for even more flavor. 

Address: 2712 Guadalupe St. 
Hours: Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., Sun., noon – 11 p.m.

Julie’s Noodles

Delicious food trucks are in no short supply in West Campus, and Julie’s Noodles is no exception. Located in the food truck park on 26th and Rio Grande streets, Julie’s Chinese noodle dishes, handmade by Julie herself, are served in a warm soup broth. All meals are packaged to take home or are ready to be enjoyed al fresco at one of the nearby picnic tables.

Address: 2512 Rio Grande St.
Hours: Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Pluckers Wing Bar

Decked out with almost as many televisions as tables, Pluckers always gathers a gameday crowd. While they serve up fried pickle spears, burgers and sandwiches, this place is all about the wings. And with more than 20 sauces ranging from the super-hot Fire in the Hole to the sweet Honey BBQ, they’re sure to have something for everyone.

Address: 2222 Rio Grande St.
Hours: Sun. – Wed., 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Thurs. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Fricano’s Deli

Hot paninis and crisp salads are this West Campus sandwich joint’s specialties. The original location opened 10 years ago, and since then, it’s become a local staple. Creations like the Madison and the Ultimate Roast Beef sandwich pile on the toppings, while the Ainsworth allows a chef to create a sandwich combination to their heart’s desire. 

Address: 2405 Nueces St.
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


To get your fill of Indian food, look no further than Teji’s. Located on the south end of the Drag, Teji’s offers an expansive menu featuring chicken dishes, wraps and many vegetarian options. They also have a wide selection of fresh-baked naan in flavors such as garlic, cheese and peshawari, which is stuffed with cherries, cashews and sesame seeds. Patrons can also stop by the famed “Hi How Are You?” mural outside — a must for any new Austinite’s Instagram account.

Address: 2100 Guadalupe St.
Hours: Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., Fri. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Cream Whiskers

There are many nearby options to satisfy sweet tooths — from frozen yogurt to cupcake shops — but Cream Whiskers is the only one that makes cream puffs right before your eyes. Flavors range from choco-whip brownie to brown butter pecan and strawberry. Wash down the decadent treats with a cold-brewed coffee or hot latte. 

Address: 2222 Rio Grande St.
Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily

Barley Bean

Rise and shine with a fruit smoothie or yogurt parfait at Barley Bean, or stop by for an evening study session with one of their dirty chai lattes. This cafe also knows how to make a serious sandwich; options include breakfast sandwiches and everything from the meaty Carnivorous to the vegetarian-friendly Hippie Dream Team.

Address: 2222 Rio Grande St.

Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – midnight, Sat., 9 a.m. – midnight, Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.