Restaurants in Johnson City, TX

Johnson City, in the heart of Texas Hill Country, has less than 2000 citizens, but it has two favorite Roadfood destination restaurants. A sign above the door of the Hill Country Cupboard boasts “Home of The World’s Best Chicken Fried Steak … nearly 3 dozen sold.” Humor aside, Texas Hill Country is where some of the best chicken-fried steaks are made and served (and possibly the place where the chicken-fried steak first took shape decades ago when European immigrants used American beef to make a cutlet similar to wiener schnitzel). In this restaurant, you don’t need a knife. Pressure with a fork will crack through the golden crust of the wide, butter-tender breaded steak. Of course, there is thick white gravy to blanket the whole shebang. Johnson City also is home of Ronnie’s Ice House Barbeque, a former convenience store whose fans like the smoky turkey almost as much as the brisket and sausage.

Johnson City’s Most Famous Dishes

Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding

Dinner Platters

Gravy-smothered chicken fried steak with eggs and hash browns

Chicken Fried Steak

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Styrofoam cup of tea is crowded with chopped ice

Iced Tea

Johnson City’s Best Restaurants

Hill Country Cupboard


Ronnie’s Ice House Barbeque


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Texas Chicken-Fried Steak

It seems logical that the Lone Star State's favorite comfort food, chicken-fried steak, traces its heritage back to central European immigrant cooks who found themselves in Texas but without...


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