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honkytonk and grub in Austin

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flying in on a thur. is there a spot with good grub and a good ol' western band?

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  1. The Broken Spoke on S. Lamar is probably the ultimate Texas roadhouse...funky building, ok chow in the traditional Texas vein, and the music is usually quite wonderful, almost always the real deal, but it can depend on the night, and who's there...the owner often gets up on the bandstand to sing with the band. Overall, a good intro to a time long gone in these here parts...

    1. If you're looking for more honky-tonk than food, then sambamaster nailed it with The Broken Spoke....the emphasis is on the music and the dance floor.

      But, if you're looking for a WAY more satisfying meal, maybe check out Hill's Cafe on South Congress. For your Texas music fix, they do have a nice outdoor stage and seating area with Texas country almost every night. No dance floor though. Try the chicken fried steak...mmmmmmm.

      Or go to both! They're both in south Austin!

      1. Also The Nutty Brown Cafe just past Oak Hill is a pretty good 'roadhouse' with live music too.

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        1. re: Franktex

          Be aware that if planning on going to Nutty Brown you'll need to dine before arriving as their food ranges from mediocre to awful.HonkyTonks[which I love]typically aren't filled with roving packs of children running,screaming and playing either.Go west on Hwy 71 to Spicewood,stop at Poodies Hilltop,the music will be fine,the beer will be ice cold and dirt cheap and the Hatch Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger,grilled on a flat top with cow's butter will be delicious.

        2. Poodie's Hilltop is always a great time!

          1. There may not be a better burger than Poodie's.