1100 E. Sixth
Hours: Daily, 5pm-2am
It's been around for a few years, but still feels like a discovery. Look for menu items influenced heavily by locally-sourced ingredients. The fresh juice cocktails go down nicely in an atmosphere described as "silent movie house meets Speakeasy".
Dishing out huge portions of Southern-style home cooking including jerk pork ribs, pork chops, and amazing sides, this place draws crowds. Try sweet-potato pancakes and fried chicken at breakfast.
2002 Manor Rd., 512/479-5006
This latest Eastside foodery has freshened up an old concept – the ranch restaurant. Cocktails are served at the glam ranch bar. 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.
3235 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/366-5808