Cherry Creek Catfish Restaurant
5712 Manchaca Rd., Austin, 78745, 512/440-8810
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-10pm
is a comfortable family restaurant with something on the menu to please everyone. Try the fried green tomatoes.
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
The menu features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers named for local celebrities, and blue-plate specials such as meat loaf and chicken-fried steak. Try a Lasso Lemonade or Southern Lady if you're looking for libations.
5001 E. Ben White, 512/444-2020
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