John Spong is an expert on popular culture, and when it comes to the best places to eat in Central Texas, he knows what he's talking about. From the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls to the Old Spanish Trail restaurant in Bandera, there are plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from. And if you're looking for more comfort food, check out these 10 iconic restaurants from the Lone Star State. The Blue Bonnet Cafe is a must-visit for anyone looking for a delicious meal.
Not only do they make amazing burgers, but their cakes are out of this world. Trust us, their lemon meringue pie is worth the effort! Meanwhile, the Old Spanish Trail restaurant in Bandera has been around since 1921 and they have truly perfected the art of an excellent steak dinner with fried chicken. Fried chicken fillet, catfish and hamburgers stand out along with what might be the best coleslaw in Texas. Hank's is a great spot for all-day dining and frozen beverages. Located in east-central Austin, this sprawling restaurant also has a dog-friendly patio and a great selection of local and Texas craft beer.
If you're looking for a fun restaurant concept and a delicious bite, you can't miss Bird Bird Biscuit in downtown Austin. Southern food with German and Mexican influences can be found among the lively oak groves of small cities in Central Texas. Kolaches, schnitzels, fried chicken steaks, and New Texas food are all on offer. After shopping at the quaint art galleries of downtown Edom, head to The Shed for a super thick and fluffy fried chicken fillet, side dishes of mashed potatoes and okra, and a solid serving of homemade pie. Finally, don't forget to visit The Feed Lot for a fun experience.
With its weathered wood siding, its peeling tin roof, the flags of Texas and the United States, and its general junkyard atmosphere, this spot is especially great in summer after touring the Cold River.