With its simple, eclectic menu focusing on comfort foods and more than ample portions, it's no wonder that this welcoming neighborhood hangout has kept the locals coming in since 1982. Both the original on Duval Street and the newer South Austin location decorate with pleasant paintings (for sale) by local artists, and maintain an easygoing atmosphere for both the shorts-and-T-shirt crowd and dressier, special occasion factions. The variations on simple fare run from black
bean veggie burgers and chicken-fried steaks to fresh seafood. The buttermilk battered and peppered fries, served on shareable platters, are house favorites. Weekend brunch and lunch hours are busiest—look for the hungry crowd milling around the towering fork-in-the-road sculpture staked in the front parking lot.