The Parish Underground


214 E. Sixth
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11am-Midnight; Fri.-Sat., 11am-2am
Try The King – a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich served with Cheetos and a glass of milk. Need we say more? Okay, fried goat cheese.

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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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.
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Hut's Hamburgers

This legendary spot rests not on its laurels but atop beef-eaters' picks for Best Burger. It's justifiably famous for the two-for-one specials.
807 W. Sixth, 512/472-0693