The themed dinner menu changes weekly here, and the wine list is perfectly chosen, with an emphasis on old world wines, as well as a few Texas vintages.
A staple on the country circuit since 1997, Poodie’s is one of those Spicewood haunts that’s paid its dues. Booze, burgers, and a little Western swing have cured even the most broken of cowboy hearts – and no one’s talking about retiring that remedy, Willie Nelson included. Named for the Red-Headed Stranger’s late stage manager, Randall “Poodie” Locke, the old bar has come to mean more than just nights of debauchery on the road. It’s a nearby escape, one you can take any time you choose. 300 seats. No kids.
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a patio with a spectacular view of the Hill Country. But a new bar and an on-site organic farm have not distracted Executive Chef Benjamin Baker from creating cuisine that expresses a Hill Country aesthetic without being kitschy.
Bi-level space for fried chicken & other picnic fare, plus upstairs drinks & live music outside.
Located about 400 yards west of their old location in a 24 foot chrome yellow trailer, with magnificent sunsets from the hills above the Pedernales Valley, sits R.O.'s. Pork ribs are St. Louis cuts, and the pork loin is meltingly tender. Smoked turkey breast and smokey sausage round out the options.
This family restaurant dishes up classic Italian food with a Texas twang.
You have to get a move on to make the 7pm seating, but the unique and reasonably priced menu is worth the rush. Reservations are required, so call ahead.
With a quarter-century in Austin dishing out tamales and fajitas, Rosie's also boasts homemade pralines.
Good-quality smoked meats are available by the pound, along with all the white bread, pickles, onions, and peppers you need.
Quality smoked meats are available by the pound, along with all the white bread, pickles, onions, and peppers you need.
The Leander/Cedar Park area can feel half a planet away from the ATX music scene, even if it’s just 40 minutes out. Fortunately, the region has Rumi’s Tavern, located in the nexus of Leander and Jonestown. Specialty cocktails and microbrews join oysters, shrimp, and sandwiches in filling your belly, while bands leaning toward classic rock and Americana fill your ears. You can even get in on the action with Sunday night open jams hosted by DeWayne Davis. With a capacity of about 150, every show feels intimate.
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