4700 S. Congress
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 10am-10pm
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.
The menu features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers named for local celebrities, and blue-plate specials such as meat loaf and chicken-fried steak. Try a Lasso Lemonade or Southern Lady if you're looking for libations.
5001 E. Ben White, 512/444-2020
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.
5121 Albert Brown, Del Valle, 512/470-2953