2200 I-35 S. 512/448-9711
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
300 E. Fourth 512/473-0450
13301 Hwy. 183 N. Bldg. B 512/336-8855
Is a comfortable family restaurant with something on the menu to please everyone. Try the fried green tomatoes.
5712 Manchaca Rd. 512/440-8810
You'll find a generous buffet offering savory meatloaf, delicious Elgin sausage with peppers and onions, as well as a host of sides. Don't miss the terrific desserts.
19 N. Main St., Elgin 512/281-3663
Billed as "the eatinest, drinkinest, dancinest place in Texas," the menu here features barbecue, steaks, and Texas home cooking.
101-103 Hoxie, Coupland 512/856-2226
Locals who lament the scarcity of down-home dinettes these days, who search for that perfect platter of "meat and two", should take heart. The former home of Sallie's, just such a beloved joint, is now polished up and slinging three hots, seven days a week. Great folks, good food, go there. Read our review.
4140 E. 12th 512/926-4140
It's been around for a few years, but still feels like a discovery. Look for upscale soul cooking, e.g., curried grits and greens, sweet pulled pork, and grass-fed short ribs. All ingredients are locally grown, and the condiments are all made in-house. 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
Light-filled and cheery with brightly colored walls and an open floor plan, this place serves up a raved-over crust on fried items as well as the best peach cobbler in these parts. Read our review.
1050 E. 11th #100 512/391-2331
The vinaigrette-dressed barley salad, tossed with smoked salmon, sectioned grapefruit, and kalamata olives is inspired simplicity. Move on to the house-made merguez
, a grilled Moroccan beef and lamb sausage served with a green olive and red pepper salad, crispy potato coins, and red pepper aioli. Finish up with a puckery lemon bar. Read our review.
2307 Hancock 512/371-6840
1123 FM 1376, Sisterdale 830/324-6514
500 W. Fifth
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, unctuous carne guisada, Angus hamburger steak in brown onion gravy, and don't forget to stop by for breakfast. Read our review.
5121 Albert Brown, Del Valle 512/563-5765
Chicken, biscuits, and sides.
2017 Manor Rd.
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