6007 N. I-35
Hours: Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm
This latest Eastside foodery has freshened up an old concept – the ranch restaurant. Cocktails at the glam ranch bar include the Midnight Train, made with whiskey, amaro, lemon, and simple syrup. 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. Instead of a pile of leaden mashed potatoes, the steak comes with a light arugula salad and gently fried fresh okra.
3235 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/366-5808