Best Campus Blackout Restaurants: Austin

There are few things more enjoyable to a fraternity member than the casual, black-out devastation of disgustingly delicious food. There are signature spots on every college campus that draw their biggest crowd after 2 AM, each with their own specialties and legendary meals. For the University of Texas, there is Big Bite, home of the “Phat Sandwich.”

So what exactly is Big Bite? Big Bite serves normal grill type food, including pizza, burgers and wings, but is most well known for their sandwiches, piled high with fried, greasy goodness and loaded with french fries. Right in the middle of West Campus, Big Bite is a close drunk stumble for any UT student, and staying open until 4 every night, receives most of its business from outrageously intoxicated Longhorns.

Big Bite serves over 30 “Phat” concoctions of sandwiches, including the Phat Buffalo (Chicken Fingers , Mozzarella Sticks, Bacon, FF, Buffalo Sauce & Ranch), Phat Gigolo (Cheesesteak, Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings, French Fries& BBQ Sauce), and Phat Drunk (Cheesesteak, Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries & BBQ Sauce) and Phat Bastard (Chicken Fingers, Gyro Meat, Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries & Statziki Sauce).

Most of the time, people black in at Big Bite. After a wild Thirsty Thursday, Big Bite is a great scene of confused people wondering where they are, why are they with these people, and at the same time devouring a meal that absolutely destroys your insides worse than any prior excessive alcohol consumption.

Big Bite is also known for their “Phat Challenge,” which requires an individual to successfully eat four Phat Sandwiches in an hour. This is the equivalent to eating four massive, greasy, fried sandwiches and a full helping of french fries with each sandwich. The consolation for completing the challenge is $100 and a few days of sitting on the toilet.

Real, random reviews of Big Bite:

“I’ve honestly never been here sober. Big Bite is a West Campus staple. If you’ve been partying hard, come with friends and munch on the greatest sandwiches known to man – the Phats.”

“Everything I’ve tried is pure, greasy, fattening deliciousness”

“I have no idea what I had the other night because I was so drunk, but I remember there being perfectly cooked BBQ brisket covered in french fries”

Next time you stumble into Austin, be sure to divulge into the greasy goodness that is Big Bite. Although the sandwiches are the most popular item, the pizza, burgers and wings will all leave your drunk self satisfied.

Next Up: “Chicken on a Stick” in Oxford, Mississippi coming soon.

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    1. high kapp

      ^ Fuck you you fucking fairy fuck. TFM Staff, ya’ll should do this for every major school so I know where to go on any road trip. Get on it.

      8 years ago at 4:11 pm
    1. Fraterick Southgate

      4th meal. Only when you’ve pissed off waffle house recently though.

      8 years ago at 4:16 pm
  1. texas_bro

    You have got to check out Fuego in College Station.
    Undeniably the best place after a rager or northgate shuts down

    8 years ago at 4:20 pm
    1. Rick Brocasek

      Very true. For day drinking though, before they got closed, Herbert’s off northgate was great – just get a gallon or two of gumbo, fill up a cooler with beer, park your ass at a pool, and enjoy.

      8 years ago at 8:39 pm
    2. AssTit96

      Or you could just skip College Station and Northgate. It’s a waste of your time

      8 years ago at 1:05 am
    3. Rick Brocasek

      Sorry you feel that way. It is a shame that some people don’t appreciate having a good time in a friendly town.

      8 years ago at 8:03 am
    4. LSullivanRoss

      The best post bar destination is Taqueria el Tio. Sometimes the hotdog stand outside of Mad Hatters will do.

      8 years ago at 4:49 pm
    1. Fratchelor Pad

      Yeah they are both good, i went to el rancho sober once my entire time at Mizzou

      8 years ago at 1:36 pm
    1. Riverboat Gambler

      Sarussi, Miami’s Best Pizza or that fucking taco place next to Tavern. That colombian hot dog shit is overrated.

      8 years ago at 9:12 pm
  2. WhoDatFrat80

    Bud’s Broiler in New Orleans. Great burgers after a night out and they sell beer.

    8 years ago at 5:43 pm
  3. SouthernGent1856

    Mark & Pats Handlebar in Murfreesboro. Best gravy and biscuits in the south

    8 years ago at 5:48 pm
  4. WhoDatFrat80

    Bud’s Broiler in New Orleans. They serve awesome burgers and beer round the clock. Need I say more?

    8 years ago at 6:01 pm
    1. ToLiveAndDieInDIXIE

      Buds broiler is the tits. FNMs for cheese fries is up there for me too

      8 years ago at 6:42 pm
    2. PIKEpledge

      ^^ yes I’m from new Orleans but go to school out of state. Bud’s is one of the biggest things I miss about new Orleans. Their special sauce and cheese fries are amazing!

      8 years ago at 8:53 pm
    3. Makers and Cocaine

      No one holds a candle to Bud’s hickory smoke sauce. Best fucking burgers on the planet. I go to SMU but have family from NOLA and that place is a must every time I roll into town.

      8 years ago at 11:07 pm
    4. Frathers_and_Branson

      But no students but locals go there (and i’m glad, because bud’s is fucking awesome), if you’re talking about blackout college food talk about F&M’s cheese fries or Boot Pizza…

      8 years ago at 11:42 pm