West Austin and Lakeway

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On-the-house pimiento cheese is just the start of a big ol' ranch-style menu, made star-worthy by high-class ambience and born-and-bred Texas charm. Whether you wrestle the "Chicken Fried Anything" menu or opt for a heaping portion from the nightly, seasonal specials sourced from local farms, you'll leave saying, "Yeehaw!"

7720 Hwy. 71 W.

Featuring well-executed burgers and steaks, comfort-food classics, and reliable libations, Tony Ciola and Creed Ford IV's League evokes the atmosphere of a comfortable country club sans snobbery and the membership fee.

1310 RR 620 S

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Exemplary wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, wonderful house-smoked pastrami piled high on sourdough, homemade mozzarella, soups, salads, and desserts (especially the cheesecake, massive cookies, and pies!). The owners take pride in what they serve at this casual spot, and the proof is in the fresh, artisanal flavor.

166 Hargraves, Bldg. H

This suburban smokehouse is operated by the third generation of rural Central Texas barbecue royalty, the venerable Schmidt family of Lockhart. Chad Franks and Suzy Schmidt Franks uphold the Texas meat market barbecue joint tradition in fine style, developing their own following.


John Anderson

When this West Lake stalwart reopened in October after spending the better part of 2014 closed due to a devastating arson, ravenous fans rejoiced to be reunited with their favorite menu items. While the breakfast tacos are the claim to fame, don't miss the pig in a blanket (a slice of ham wrapped in a pancake) or the Frito pie, topped with Texas Honey Ham's signature ham-bone soup and pulled pork.

3736 Bee Caves Rd.

In 2013, after a couple of years of health problems, owner Ronald Cheng had an opportunity to reopen in the building where Chinatown started in 1983. He kept some of the former menu items, added some delicious new ones, and gave the whole place a new look – simultaneously reinvigorating his brand and cementing his Austin culinary legacy. Austin is full of restaurateurs. Cheng is a giant. Inducted in 2016.

2712 Bee Caves Rd.

South Lamar and Barton Springs
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