The Parish Underground
214 E. Sixth
Hours: Sun.-Wed., 11am-12mid; Thu.-Sat., 11am-2am
Try their fried cheesecake – a New York-style creamy cheesecake wrapped in a flour tortilla shell, fried, served with cinnamon, sugar, caramel, and ice cream. Need we say more? Okay, fried oreos.
Select martinis for a quarter on weekdays. Mon., Sept. 15 - Mon., Oct. 3Mon.-Fri., 11am-2pm..
Southern food’s humble building blocks – buttermilk, black-eyed peas, grits, and salt pork – are refreshed through a combination of molecular gastronomy and just plain ingenuity.
500 W. Fifth, 512/888-9133
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.
117 San Jacinto Blvd., 512/474-4877
This legendary spot rests not on its laurels but atop beef-eaters' picks for Best Burger. It's justifiably famous for their hamburger happy hour two-for-one specials.
807 W. Sixth, 512/472-0693