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Southern/Down-Home Restaurants in Austin

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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

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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

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Cheddar's Casual Cafe

Southern/Down-Home, Tex-MexSouth

4301 W William Cannon Dr, 512/899-9727

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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

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Colleen's Kitchen

Southern/Down-HomeEast

Refined Southern fare featuring fried chicken, biscuit sliders, and traditional sides served family-style.

1911 Aldrich #100, 512/580-2413

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Cookbook Bar & Cafe

Coffeehouse, Deli/Sandwich Shop, Global Contemporary, Southern/Down-HomeDowntown$10-$25

At this counter-service eatery located in the Austin Public Library, Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group uses recipes from inspirational cookbooks with a focus on the South and Mexico, and the menus change seasonally and often incorporate local farm-to-table ingredients.

710 W. Cesar Chavez

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Feral

Southern/Down-HomeSouth

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

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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

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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

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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

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Happy Chicks

American Cafe, Southern/Down-HomeDowntown

214 East 6th Street, 512/469-0002

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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

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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

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Hoover's Chicken & Biscuits

Southern/Down-HomeEastUnder $10

Chicken, biscuits, and sides.

2021 Manor Rd., 512/800-3804

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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, Hoover Alexander's neighborhood mainstay still draws crowds. Try sweet-potato pancakes and fried chicken at breakfast.

2002 Manor Rd., 512/479-5006

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