When you need your Lone Star cold, your chicken-fried steak hot, and the ghost of Ernest Tubb on your shoulder, the Spoke is it.
3201 S. Lamar 512/442-6189
This Manor stalwart has taken traditional roadhouse food to a delicious new level. Try the green eggs and ham, but don't miss the comfort food for lunch and dinner. This place is worth the drive.
11011 Hwy. 290 E., Manor 512/278-8780
Is a comfortable family restaurant with something on the menu to please everyone. Try the fried green tomatoes.
5712 Manchaca Rd. 512/440-8810
Billed as "the eatinest, drinkinest, dancinest place in Texas," the menu here features barbecue, steaks, and Texas home cooking.
101-103 Hoxie, Coupland 512/856-2777
It's been around for a few years, but still feels like a discovery. Look for menu items influenced heavily by locally-sourced ingredients. The fresh juice cocktails go down nicely in an atmosphere described as "silent movie house meets Speakeasy". Read our review.
1100 E. Sixth 512/467-4280
Southern food’s humble building blocks – buttermilk, black-eyed peas, grits, and salt pork – are refreshed through a combination of molecular gastronomy and just plain ingenuity. Read our review.
500 W. Fifth 512/888-9133
This Lakeway spot is serving up contemporary comfort food seven days a week. The spacious open-air patio fills up fast, so get there early on a pretty day. Read our review.
900 RR 620 S., Ste. B108, Lakewaay 512/263-3673
As the first Texas outlet of a famous Memphis fried-chicken chain, this newcomer comes in strong. The simple menu includes chicken by the plate or individual piece. Plates come with a choice of two or three pieces: white, dark, or the "half chicken" option – one piece of each. Plates come with baked beans and slaw, but substitutions are allowed for 50 cents extra. Start with a couple of cans of Austin Beer Works brew and a plate of the best fried green tomatoes ever. Read our review.
117 San Jacinto Blvd. 512/474-4877
Hill's Cafe has been around (off and on) since 1947 and is well-known not just for its chicken-fried steak and barbecue but for some big music in a small space.
4700 S. Congress 512/851-9300
Located inside the Garfield Public Library, this place is the unlikely source of the best chicken-fried steak and onion rings around. Check out the ethereal chicken-fried steak and the Angus hamburger steak in brown onion gravy. Don't forget to stop by for breakfast. Read our review.
5121 Albert Brown, Del Valle 512/470-2953
Chicken, biscuits, and sides.
2021 Manor Rd. 512/800-3804
Dishing out huge portions of Southern-style home cooking including jerk pork ribs, pork chops, and amazing sides, this place draws crowds. Try sweet-potato pancakes and fried chicken at breakfast.
2002 Manor Rd. 512/479-5006
This legendary spot rests not on its laurels but atop beef-eaters' picks for Best Burger. It's justifiably famous for their hamburger happy hour two-for-one specials.
807 W. Sixth 512/472-0693
This latest Eastside foodery has freshened up an old concept – the ranch restaurant. Cocktails are served at the glam ranch bar. The chicken-fried steak is tender and well-flavored, the breading is light and crisp, and most importantly, the cream gravy is made from real pan drippings and not from a mix. Read our review.
3235 E. Cesar Chavez 512/366-5808
Surrounded by panoramic windows and a superb view of Lake Travis, the bar and dining room offer a bright, unwittingly retro atmosphere for gussied-up comfort food with a Southern accent, including a fried-green-tomato BLT, crab-cake sliders, and a variety of down-home sides. Don't miss farm-to-table Wednesdays: Three local, seasonal, chef-prepared courses for $25.
101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway 512/261-7323
This enterprise features mashups of Southern comfort food and classic Thai dishes. Try the panang mac and cheese, with beef curry on white-cheddar shells. Read our review.
1700 West Parmer #100 512/832-7870
Imagine a piece of fried chicken sealed in a thick, brown crust seasoned with a combination of 17 spices, on top of a buttery, light-as-air homemade waffle.
5035 Burnet Rd. 512/524-2917
The chicken is tender and juicy, the breading perfectly crisp, and it washes down well with a Juicy Lucy frozen watermelon margarita or the spicy Bee Sting. Like being at an impeccably curated picnic. Read our review.
2218 College Ave. 512/297-2423