Make your lunchtime plans for ISOJ 2019

As you prepare for your time at ISOJ, we want to help make your time here in Austin as enjoyable and as easy as possible. Your ISOJ registration will cover the cost of breakfast, coffee, and snacks both days of the conference, as well as food and beverages at our Thursday and Friday night receptions.

The ISOJ registration fee doesn’t cover the cost of our buffet lunches, which are held in the Tejas Dining Room at the AT&T Conference Center.

These lunches, which cost $35 each, cater to a variety of dietary needs and are a great place to interact with conference speakers and students. The AT&T Center is a short walk from the Blanton Museum of Art, where ISOJ takes place. You can purchase lunch tickets for Friday here and for Saturday here. (Reminder: Your registration fee for ISOJ does not include these lunch tickets).

Another option for lunch is our lunch workshops, which come with a free boxed lunch.

Here are the lunch workshop options:


Google Tools for Journalists Workshops, offered by Google News Initiative


Facebook Journalism Project Workshop: Instagram Story School for Editors

If you choose not to purchase a buffet lunch ticket and are not registered for one of the lunch workshops, you can grab lunch at a nearby cafe/restaurant. We’ve compiled a list of places to choose from:

Blanton Cafe (where ISOJ is taking place)

Sandwiches, soups, salads


Jester Second Floor Dining

Distance: 0.2 miles

Buffet and a la carte meal service

201 E 21st Street, Austin, TX 78705



Scholz Garten (also known as Scholz Beer Garden)

Distance: 0.3 miles

German-style cuisine

1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701



Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Distance: 0.3 miles

Fast-food chain specializing in chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, and Texas toast

415 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701




Distance: 0.4 miles

Korean food and bubble tea

2002 Guadalupe St. Unit B, Austin, TX 78705




Distance: 0.4 miles

Fast-food chain specializing in chicken

503 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78701



Taco Bell Cantina

Distance: 0.4 miles

Fast-food chain specializing in tex-mex food

2000 Guadalupe Street,  Austin, TX 78705



Arturo’s Underground Cafe

Southwest-themed pit stop serving eclectic global eats for breakfast & lunch

Distance: 0.4 miles

314 W 17th Street, Austin, TX 78701



CoCo’s Cafe

Rice & noodle dishes, plus bubble tea

Distance: 0.4 miles

1910 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705



The Clay Pit

Classic and updated Indian cuisine

Distance: 0.4 miles

1601 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701



Sushi Junai

Distance: 0.4 miles

Korean and Japanese fare

1612 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701



Texas Chili Parlor

Distance: 0.5 miles

Tex-mex and American cuisine with chili

1409 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701



Kesos Tacos

Distance: 0.6 miles

Taco restaurant

600 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78705



Pluckers Wing Bar

Distance: 0.8 miles

Chicken Wing Restaurant

2222 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78705



And if you’re looking for things to do in Austin once the conference ends for the day, check out our handy guide on restaurants, bars, entertainment and more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at