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Southern/Down-Home Restaurants in Austin, $10-$25

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Jack Allen's Kitchen

American Cafe, Southern/Down-HomeWest Austin and Lakeway$10-$25 First Plates 

This elegantly casual interior, rich with reclaimed wood, earth tones, and natural light, has a separate lounge and bar area. Locally-sourced dishes make this a South Austin delight.

7720 Hwy. 71 W., 512/852-8558

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Josey's at the Lakeway Resort

American Cafe, Southern/Down-HomeWest Austin and Lakeway$10-$25

Surrounded by panoramic windows and a superb view of Lake Travis, the bar and dining room offer a bright, unwittingly retro atmosphere for gussied-up comfort food with a Southern accent, including a fried-green-tomato BLT, crab-cake sliders, and a variety of down-home sides. Don't miss farm-to-table Wednesdays: Three local, seasonal, chef-prepared courses for $25.

101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, 512/261-7323

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L'Estelle House

American Cafe, French, Southern/Down-HomeDowntown$10-$25

Edit 88 1/2 Rainey, 512/571-4588

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Lucy's Fried Chicken

Southern/Down-HomeSouth Congress and South First$10-$25 First Plates 

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.

2218 College Ave., 512/297-2423

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Lucy's Fried Chicken

American Cafe, Southern/Down-HomeWest Austin and Lakeway$10-$25

Fried chicken, fresh oysters, and Texas beers on tap to wash it all down.

2900 Ranch Road 620 N.

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Patsy's Cafe

Southern/Down-HomeSouth$10-$25

We all know them: Locals who think anything outside of South Austin – including Downtown – is the suburbs. That’s where Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe comes in. Anyone who likes Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s approach to live music but wishes it were a just little more country should stop by. Try the burger and fries, and of course the chicken-fried steak, and enjoy the bluegrass backdrop. Local rockabilly contingent the Therapy Sisters are regulars. Seats 150.

5001 E. Ben White, 512/444-2020

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