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Threadgill's, Austin

6416 N. Lamar Boulevard
Austin , Texas
Tel: 512 451 5440
www.threadgills.com
Concierge.com's insider take:

In 1933, Kenneth Threadgill obtained the county's first post-Prohibition liquor license, converted an old Gulf gas station into a beer joint, and started hosting legendary late-night jam sessions. In the 1960s, a disheveled hippie named Janis Joplin first made a name for herself here. It became a restaurant in 1981 and though it's mellowed considerably with age, it remains the city's best source of Southern-style comfort food. The chicken-fried steak is justifiably celebrated, but the long list of veggies—steamed okra and tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and so on—is pretty impressive. The second location (301 W. Riverside Drive) is more centrally located, but the original, located north of downtown, is worth the extra drive.

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