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Broken Spoke

Southern/Down-HomeSouth Lamar and Barton Springs$10-$25

“Last of the True Texas Dancehalls and damn sure proud of it!” Thus declares Broken Spoke owner and dance floor greeter James M. White, who opened up the honky-tonk in 1964. Home to both the upper rungs of country music history (Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson) and its local equivalent (Don Walser, Dale Watson, Kelly Willis, the Derailers), there’s no denying the structure stubbornly resisting the sky-high overdevelopment surrounding it on South Lamar. Serving chicken-fried steak, cold beer, and hardcore country almost every night, the Spoke’s swing and two-step lessons happen Wednesday through Saturday, 8:30-9:30pm.

3201 S. Lamar, 512/442-6189

Cafe 290

Southern/Down-HomeEast$10-$25

This Manor stalwart has taken traditional roadhouse food to a delicious new level. Try the green eggs and ham, but don't miss the comfort food for lunch and dinner. This place is worth the drive.

11011 Hwy. 290 E., Manor, 512/278-8780

Cheddar's Casual Cafe

Southern/Down-Home, Tex-MexSouth

4301 W William Cannon Dr, 512/899-9727

Cherry Creek Catfish Restaurant

Southern/Down-HomeSouth$10-$25

is a comfortable family restaurant with something on the menu to please everyone. Try the fried green tomatoes.

5712 Manchaca Rd., 512/440-8810

Feral

Southern/Down-HomeSouth

2002 Southern Oaks Drive, Suite A, 512/983-3023

Fixe

Southern/Down-HomeDowntown$10-$25 First Plates 

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

Fore

Southern/Down-HomeWest Austin and Lakeway

This Lakeway spot is serving up contemporary comfort food seven days a week. The spacious open-air patio fills up fast, so get there early on a pretty day.

900 RR 620 S., Ste. B108, Lakewaay, 512/263-3673

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Southern/Down-HomeDowntown$10-$25

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

Hill's Cafe

Southern/Down-HomeSouth$10-$25 First Plates 

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.

4700 S. Congress, 512/851-9300

Hit the Spot Cafe

Southern/Down-HomeSouth$10-$25

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

Hoover's Chicken & Biscuits

Southern/Down-HomeEastUnder $10

Chicken, biscuits, and sides.

2021 Manor Rd., 512/800-3804

Hoover's Cooking

Barbecue, Soul, Southern/Down-HomeEast$10-$25 First Plates 

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

Hut's Hamburgers

Burger Joint, Southern/Down-HomeDowntownUnder $10

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

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

Southern/Down-Home, Steak HouseLower East$25-$40 First Plates 

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

Josey's at the Lakeway Resort

American Cafe, Southern/Down-HomeWest Austin and Lakeway$10-$25

Surrounded by panoramic windows and a superb view of Lake Travis, the bar and dining room offer a bright, unwittingly retro atmosphere for gussied-up comfort food with a Southern accent, including a fried-green-tomato BLT, crab-cake sliders, and a variety of down-home sides. Don't miss farm-to-table Wednesdays: Three local, seasonal, chef-prepared courses for $25.

101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, 512/261-7323

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