The chicken still rocks the yard, but with those ribs as an opener, you can't lose.
3563 Far West Blvd. #109 512/345-2378
European, Cajun, and Southern dishes are prepared with organic, local, and homegrown ingredients. A great selection of beers and spirits as well as a well-thought-out wine list complete the experience. Read our review.
500 W. Sixth 512/477-2377
9070 Research #101 512/614-0252
1706 S. Congress 512/462-2220
Despite the fried pickle and jalapeño slices, mini corn dogs, and sliders, not everything here is tiny. Happy hour draws a crowd, as does the wall of TVs.
This neighborhood burger joint is a great place to enjoy hand-shaped patties and a wealth of fried sides. And yes, that guy or gal pulling the tap or handing you some serious Frito pie was in that punk band you saw the other night.
2105 Hancock 512/407-9305
Offerings include some of the more popular Pacific Rim dishes, plus an array of continental meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian items.
2712 Bee Cave Rd. 512/328-8888
Has everything from sliders to carnitas, and TVs abound. So do the beer choices, with 20 on tap and more than 50 by the bottle. Try the portobello cheesesteak if you have room after the cheese curds and fried pickles. Read our review.
2108 S. Lamar 512/707-2744
Start with shrimp 'n' grits, tofu popcorn, or a choose-your-own tasting plate, and try the sandwiches or dinner entrées as you work through the local brews.
7020 Easy Wind #100 512/452-2337
This bar features quality spirits with an emphasis on whiskeys. Sit at one of the picnic tables in the gigantic back yard and enjoy a Blackheart with muddled cherries.
86 Rainey 512/391-1566
16107 FM 2769, Volente
The breads and pastries are the stars of the show here. The Nutella chip roll is the child of a cinnamon-roll and chocolate. The sandwiches are impressive, too. Check the calendar for rotating daily specials. Read our review.
10000 Research 512/346-2583
Although basic Thai staples such as pad thai and curries are represented, the Vietnamese dishes are among the best, served with the usual steamed rice, rau ghém, and fish sauce, with names like Cyclone Driver, Spicy Landlord, and Secretary Holiday.
5900 W. Slaughter Ste. 500-D 512/288-8688
Visit this casual, cool spot for café au lait, a cheese plate and wine, or a luscious open-faced tartine. Tasty and beautifully presented sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, desserts, and breakfasts round out the menu.
1115 E. 11th 512/542-9542
2200 S. I-35
Owner Bobby Cavo has barbecue deep in his DNA. His mom, Mopsie, still provides the meat through her catering kitchen, all of it kissed by heritage post oak smoke.
120 E. Fourth 512/369-3119
You'll find an upscale comfort-food menu that is both affordable and inviting. Try the homemade cobbler.
4800 Burnet Rd. 512/454-7827
The cuisines of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and Malaysia are represented in a serene, no-frills setting.
2711 La Frontera Blvd. #260, Round Rock 512/388-7033
We love the Frito pie made with "Grandma's Immortal Chili," and we're especially partial to the fried green tomatoes and the fried catfish basket.
6812 RR 620 N. 512/249-5200