6416 N. Lamar
Armadillo World Headquarters proprietor Eddie Wilson opened the original Threadgill’s on New Year’s Eve 1981, exactly one year after the demise of the famed Austin music venue. The Depression-era building previously served as local country music figurehead Kenneth Threadgill’s gas station and beer joint from 1933 through the mid-Seventies. Ex-bootlegger Threadgill obtained the very first beer license in Travis County when Prohibition ended. Janis Joplin performed at open mic hootenannies there in the early Sixties before decamping to San Francisco. These days, the Southern-style restaurant maintains its musical legacy by hosting bluegrass, jazz, and country artists during the Sunday brunch hours.
Imagine a piece of fried chicken sealed in a thick, brown crust seasoned with a combination of 17 spices, on top of a buttery, light-as-air homemade waffle.
5035 Burnet Rd., 512/524-2917
The chicken is tender and juicy, the breading perfectly crisp, and it washes down well with a Juicy Lucy frozen watermelon margarita or the spicy Bee Sting. Like being at an impeccably curated picnic.
5408 Burnet Rd., 512/514-0664