Photo: Fixe


Beyond BBQ – an Austin eatery guide

You may be in Austin primarily for SXSW, but that’s no excuse not to make the most of what the city and its environs have to offer, in terms of sights, sounds and tastes. Here’s our guide.

Photo: Threadgill’s

Jam out and chow down

It wouldn’t be Austin if there wasn’t live music accompanying your meal. The legendary Threadgill’s originally opened in 1933 as a filling station and music venue, and today there are still regular shows every week. Come here if you’re starving – as befits a true Southern restaurant, Threadgill’s is known for its heaping portions.


6416 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin

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Photo: Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Fried comforts

To sample the best, crispiest fried chicken in the city, head to Lucy’s. Bathed in buttermilk and deep-fried to perfection, Lucy’s chicken is worth the airfare to get to Austin alone. Be sure to try the Fried Green Tomatoes and the Sweet Tea Pie.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Three locations

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Photo: Fixe Southern House

Classy night out

Deviled eggs, catfish and grits get an upscale twist at Fixe, downtown Austin’s buzzed-about Southern fine dining establishment. Wear your stretchy pants and prepare for a meal to remember at this “southern house” concept restaurant, which pays homage to executive chef James Robert’s Louisiana roots. The food is tasty, to be sure, but it’s the cozy ambience and true Southern hospitality that sets Fixe apart from the rest.

Fixe Southern House

500 W. 5th Street, Austin

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Photo: Franklin Barbecue

BBQ that’s worth the wait

It’s basically a crime at this point to go to ­Austin without eating at Franklin Barbecue. Aaron Franklin’s holy institution of smoked meats has amassed a giant cult following, thanks to the profoundly flavorful food that’s served here. Succulent strips of brisket, pepper-­crusted pork ribs, the juiciest sausage imaginable – it’s all a thing of beauty. The hours-long wait only adds to the experience.

Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th Street, Austin

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Down-home Texan cookin’

Billed as “honest-to-goodness good Texas cooking,” Hoover’s has been churning out mac and cheese, fried chicken and other Southern comfort food (is there any other kind?) for well over 15 years. This modest little Cherrywood spot has great daily specials, such as Friday’s charbroiled rainbow trout and Saturday’s smothered pork chops.

Hoover’s Cooking

2002 Manor Road, Austin

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