“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.
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.
is a comfortable family restaurant with something on the menu to please everyone. Try the fried green tomatoes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fried chicken, fresh oysters, and Texas beers on tap to wash it all down.
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.
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