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  • Sigalle B.
    "Get Salt lick BBQ breakfast tacos and coffee before your flight!"(77 Tips)
    Leor S.
    "Salt lick bbq might be the best airport bbq ever"(25 Tips)
    Carl
    "Get the Pete's taco at Maudie's - excellent!"(23 Tips)
    Monty K.
    "Try the Saltlick breakfast taco and some Austin Java."(20 Tips)
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  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonMarch 23, 2013
    Get there early or linger on the way in and grab a bite of local only food and music. The chair massages are incredible and some of the best Austin t shirts you will find. They make great gifts!
    Downvoted Jul 25
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArchambeaultNovember 9, 2014
    You won't find many chain restaurants in this joint. Leave room for a scoop or two of Amy's Ice Cream. Mexican Vanilla with any topping or crunch in is a winner
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Jediah C.
    Jediah CumminsApril 14, 2013
    Here for a few hours? Check out gate 1. It's downstairs at the east end of the terminal. It's quiet, full of seats, and has many outlets for you to recharge your devices!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CotéNovember 19, 2013
    Annie's will sell you a side if scrambled eggs, seasoned with delicious butter. Get some free salsa from them and have a tasty, carbless breakfast in the land if carbs that is airport breakfast.
  • Keith C.
    Keith CourtneyFebruary 18, 2012
    Welcome to Austin! My favorites here at the airport are the live music stages, Salt Lick BBQ, and Amy's Ice Cream. Look to grab a seat in one of the power arm chair stations at various gates.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonAugust 10, 2014
    Salt luck BBQ. Live music at Asleep at the Wheel bar and acoustic live music at other spots occasionally. Amy's Ice cream for big & little kids.. Easy in &out. Reasonable valet and family valet..
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonNovember 5, 2013
    Check out Salt Lick near gate 13 for breakfast and lunch. You can also pick up a smoked brisket and take it with you. It is frozen and packaged for travel. Was perdect for my sales meeting.
    Downvoted Jul 25
  • Drew M.
    Drew MattkeOctober 17, 2012
    Best kept secret in the airport : Waterloo Ice House breakfast tacos are amazing - and not just "for airport food" I'd put these up against any in town. Oh yeah - they're made fresh to order!
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 24, 2014
    Welcome to Austin! They have done a decent job of implementing Austin's "weird" vibe into this airport. Some days you'll find live music right in the concourse. I've never seen that anywhere else!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • @HungryEditor B.
    Salt Lick is by gate 12. If you need a quick fix, the Salt Lick Taco Bar is by gate 10...yes, there's a brisket taco & breakfast versions before 10:30am. Does the trick if you don't get to Driftwood.
    Downvoted Jul 25
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    Enjoy live music while eating some of the best BBQ from Salt Lick. If you have time, top it off with a delectable scoop from Amy's Ice Creams, renowned for their staff’s ice cream acrobatics. Read more
  • Danu A.
    Danu ApprovedMarch 26, 2012
    If you're as anti-Pepsi as I am, you're probably craving a Coca-Cola right about now. Head to Amy's Ice Cream across from Gate 12. They even have free refills! Also, they have Diet Dr. Pepper!
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangMarch 15, 2011
    Take 100 airport express $1 to downtown. Eat at my fave rest that is free of sxsw crowd: boiling pot (hands + mallet + crabs) & lucky puccia (food cart w/ cold beers & best italian sandwiches)
  • Varun T.
    Varun TurlapatiFebruary 29
    The security check is the most ridiculous that I have seen in the United States. The jokers wanted to scan my laptop again for heaven knows what! The line was 3 miles long and only 2 scanners!
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Sofía A.
    Sofía AlumaNovember 19, 2014
    If you're flying SWA, AA, frontier or JetBlue your terminal won't have a Starbucks but it will have an awesome local coffee shop called Austin Java. Check it out! Maudie's is also amazing tex mex!
  • KIND Snacks
    KIND SnacksMarch 7, 2013
    Welcome to Austin, music lovers and techies! If hunger finds you throughout the festival, look out for the KIND Jeep around Austin. We're giving out all-natural, non-GMO bars to keep your energy high!
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangMarch 15, 2011
    Get Ur BBQ on! Go to salt lick! If You just want to only eat meat, ask for 3oz brisket $4 (not on menu). Ask for fattier cut for the most yummy BBQ brisket ever!
  • Adria R.
    Adria RichardsMarch 12, 2014
    Try the Salt Lick taco bar near gate 10 for delicious brisket and breakfast tacos them grab a Bloody Mary
  • Craig B.
    Craig BallJune 1, 2013
    Finally! Austin has Pre at security. If you qualify, keep your shoes and belt on, leave everything inside your luggage--computers, too--and walk through the metal detector. Just like the old days.
  • Ducklamp500 ..
    Ducklamp500 .July 24, 2015
    I didn't realize Salt Lick was the place to go for breakfast but those tacos are good! I got egg & pulled pork with some BBQ sauce. I wish I would have ordered 2!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Top Dining Options: Salt Lick Barbecue & Maudie's, West Terminal, Gate 12; Nuevo Leon & Waterloo Ice House, East Terminal, Gate 7; Saxon Pub, East Concourse, Gate 5. Read more
  • Michelle H.
    Take the Airport Flyer (100) to downtown for $1.00 (free for UT student/faculty w/pass). Pick-up is on lower level next to taxis. It will drop you off at 4th and Trinity (Austin Convention Center).
  • Justin H.
    Justin HospieJune 22, 2011
    Security tip: shoes on the conveyor first(so you can put them back on while you wait) , then laptop in a bin, then your laptop bag then carry on...keep it moving!
  • Corey P.
    Corey PudhorodskyJuly 30, 2014
    The Sky Bar by Checkpoint 1 has the best beer selection in the whole airport. If you have time when picking someone up, check it out.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownMarch 13, 2012
    Long flight home? Your best bet is The Salt Lick near gate 13 - not my favorite sauce but as good as airport food gets outside of Jet Blue's T5 in NYC. SXSW rules!
  • Jan D.
    Jan DorrFebruary 11
    Absolutely wonderful airport. Always a good experience. Plenty of great food and drink while you wait. Great stores. Great atmosphere.
  • Joe W.
    Joe WebbAugust 21, 2011
    If you are in Austin for the first time, check out the bars on 6th Street. They are great for checking out the local scene and catching hepatitis.
  • Elaziel
    ElazielJune 13, 2013
    As an Austinite I love the city, but I wish this airport had more to offer. As a tourist city we should have a bigger airport with more diverse options and better facilities and parking lots.
  • Ann Marie B.
    Ann Marie BJune 10, 2013
    There is always live music in this airport! Make sure to grab some local beer & food before your flight. It's a small airport with a big personality. :)
  • Andre P.
    Andre PAugust 7, 2011
    FREE WiFi for 30 min: select Boing as the network, open your browser in any page and wait until the Boingo page show up. Last options is a free complimentary 30 min access. Enjoy!
  • Marissa O.
    Marissa OlexaAugust 8, 2013
    You know you are at a nice airport when you can't decide where to eat! Great local choices and fun stores makes the whole airport experience much better.
  • Gianna ❤
    Gianna ❤September 10, 2011
    Leave the airport immediately. Head to Uchi for some amazing sushi, then hit up Six Lounge for great live music, good drinks, and a fun night out with friends!
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel ToczalaJanuary 5, 2015
    Keep in mind that there are three security checkpoints. The two that you normally see, and one off to the far right. Use that one if you're leaving from a higher numbered gate.
  • matthew
    matthewJuly 11, 2012
    Take the toll road if you are going south. It hits right at the airport. It avoids all traffic through the heart of town and is worth the cost.
  • Casey D.
    Casey DuncanDecember 15, 2015
    Austin-Bergstrom has two runways, three helipads, and live music! That later is what makes this city cool and keeps Austin weird.
  • Carol B.
    Carol BrannomJuly 7, 2014
    Get TSA Pre-Check & go to the center of the airport to get through security.One straight line-don't have to remove anything. I breezed through there in less than a minute. This was around 10-10:30 am.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BinionMarch 15, 2014
    Love this airport. Easy in and out. Just be sure to arrive early when leaving SXSW as there can be a big line at checkin/security.
  • Chay M.
    Chay Mondejar-SaputilMarch 11, 2011
    super long line for the taxi during #sxsw if you don't mind sharing you can try the airport super shuttle its $13.50+tip to downtown, took us 5 mins to hop on one
  • Mike N.
    Mike NeumannOctober 4, 2014
    Maudie's "Pete's" breakfast tacos are a great way to start your trip. A nice bit of cheesy, eggy, heat for 5am.
  • Tracy W.
    Tracy WalkerJuly 24, 2011
    Southwest's self-serve e-ticket booth is to the right, if there are lines. Very fast if your 100% carry on ready and only need your boarding pass.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron ClayDecember 4, 2011
    Amy's Ice Creams has the most affordable bottle water and coke a cola fountain drinks in the entire airport. Oh yeah also amazing ice cream.
  • Telca P.
    Telca PorrasApril 19, 2010
    If you plan to fly out of ABIA on a Monday, add an extra half hour to 45 minutes to your one-hour-prioir arrival at check-in/security. Full extra hour if you're checking bags. Mondays are quite busy!
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorSeptember 20, 2011
    For a good bite, check out the food area by Gate 12 - serving up food from Austin's best local eateries: Maudie's, The Salt Lick, and Amy's Ice Creams.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CotéOctober 15, 2012
    Be sure to get your coffee at Ruta Maya, by gate 7. It's a longtime, quality Austin coffee shop and they have the good stuff there.
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GuardiolaJanuary 14, 2014
    Pick up Saltlick BBQ no matter if your hungry or not or if you have time or not, it's worth it! The sauce is the magic btw ;)
  • Sandra H.
    Sandra HongMarch 10, 2012
    Route 100 Bus to the convention center is only a $1 but note they don't offer change. Thankfully its filled with kind folk who will lend you a buck if you're down and out :)
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakApril 5, 2012
    Easy in, easy out. Plus not just your 'generic' airport fare... love how many local restaurants are represented here! Plus super SouthWest friendly...
  • Jason L.
    Jason LockhartFebruary 12, 2014
    This is the greatest airport ever. I almost never have delayed flights here, rarely have lines anywhere, and parking is easy. Love it.
  • Julie
    JulieApril 15, 2013
    If you're traveling with a pet there's a lovely pet relief area on bottom floor, make a right when exiting baggage claim. Poo bags and water provided!
  • Kate T.
    Kate TalbertAugust 30, 2013
    This airport is one of the few with great prices on good food. Maudie's breakfast tacos 2 for $3.50, salt lick BBQ, and Amy's ice cream all in a row!
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