Locals take their out-of-town guests to this local legend for "real Texas food." Kenneth Threadgill opened the original location on North Lamar in 1933 as a gas station that soon evolved into a honky-tonk that drew local musicians, including a pre-fame Janis Joplin in the early '60s. Today Threadgill's is a friendly restaurant with cleaned-up Texas charm, and the main attraction is the massive chicken-fried steak, followed by homemade cobbler and ice cream. Some other
mains may disappoint, though veggie sides are satisfying. Live music happens regularly at both locations. The atmosphere is a bit hokey, but Threadgill's has earned it. At this writing, a third location in Cedar Park is set to open in mid-2008.