Heading due west outside Austin city limits, a familiar scent permeates the Texas Hill Country air: smoky barbecue. Some of the best smells come from Opie’s BBQ, a family-owned joint in the small town of Spicewood—the perfect example of that no-frills Texan attitude for which people drive miles away from the metropolis.
From an era when cowboys still ruled this ever-expanding Texas town, this country kitchen recalls a simpler time when all you need are a cold beer, a warm meal, and some country music to wrap up a long day.
It's ridiculous to stand in line for five hours for anything, let alone one meal. But if you fully buy into the experience, like a making a pilgrimage or going to a theme park, you will be surprised beyond your wildest aspirations to know what barbecue can become in the right hands.
Tracks has some of the best chicken fried steak in Texas. With perfectly seasoned meat coated in a crispy, handmade batter and topped with country gravy, all you need is a side of hand-battered onion rings to make it a perfect meal.
Fonda San Miguel is an upscale Mexican classic, a touchstone for Austin restaurants since 1975. Come as you are, whether in a suit or blue jeans, to enjoy some of the best food from the many regions of Mexico in a visually exciting environment.