6416 N. Lamar
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 10am-9:30pm
Fried catfish dinners at Threadgill's have been a popular menu item as long as the restaurants have been open in Austin.
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.
2307 Hancock, 512/371-6840
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 daily buffet features fried catfish, vegetables, and several choices for non-fish-eaters, as well.
13212 Hwy. 71 W., Bee Cave, 512/263-3244