Austin

Where to get your Star-y late night munchie fix

In Dinner, Joshua Avelar, Restaurant Review on November 14, 2010 at 5:29 am

Service Counter at Star Seeds Cafe. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

By Joshua Avelar

Eating at ungodly hours is a way of life in college. The array of 24-hour cafes and restaurants in Austin make a great way to get by attending one of the top universities in nation. One of these is Star Seeds Café, a small diner on Interstate 35 and 31st Street. Its neon sign and placement on the I-35 access road make it hard to miss.

Star Seeds is a small place, but it has a great menu and a cool vibe. The wait staff is friendly and it is easy to spot interactions with regular customers. They offer some of the usual diner menu items like grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and chicken tenders. It is hard to find any diner in Austin that does not serve chips and queso as well – Star Seeds is no different. The Rockstar Queso comes with seasoned ground beef, guacamole and sour cream. It really hits the spot for late-night cravings.

Chips and Rockstar Queso at Star Seeds Cafe. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

In addition to their diner essentials, Star Seeds also offers an adequate selection of vegan and vegetarian items. Small icons are listed next to certain dishes that keep in line with these diets. I ordered the portabello mushroom sandwich, complete with pesto, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes with a side of chips. The ingredients in the sandwich make for a very nice combination of complementary flavors. The portabello mushroom was thick and juicy, just as it should be. The pesto was packed with great flavor but did not overpower the rest of the sandwich.

Star Seeds is definitely worth a try, and I imagine myself visiting again next time I need a meal at a ridiculous hour.

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