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After reviewing a number of threads it seems a general consensus is that Threadgill's is just ho hum and a little overpriced. Is there a restaurant with a similiar menu but that does it better? I'm coming in from St. Louis with a few people that want to go there but would much prefer food that is better than averaage. Thanks

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Threadgill's Restaurant
6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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  1. I personally like Hoover's better than Threadgills unless you have vegetarians in your group. Most of Hoover's vegetables are flavored with pork, etc. The menus are similar (both home cooking). Threadgills may have a little more variety, but Hoover's has very good jerk chicken and much better desserts.

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    Threadgill's Restaurant
    6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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    1. re: PappyAustin

      Not to piggyback too much on the OP, but has anyone had any recent experience with Arkie's grill? With The Stallion? These are the only other local spots of this sort, and I was wondering who has tried them.

      1. re: gilintx

        Arkie's remains the same as it has always been - I go at least once a month and it is delicious, but not what many people might be expecting. Veggies can start their life in a can (or at least be cooked so long they seem canned) but that's how they have always been served at Arkie's. The rolls are fresh and made from scratch, as are the gravies and sauces. The waitstaff is SO friendly and efficent, and the iced tea is some of the best in town. It's one of the few truck-stop style cafes I visit that manages flavor without over-salting their food.
        Business has dropped off lately as their blue collar clientel seems to be cutting back on eating out, but the upside of that is you don't have to wait long for a table even on Chicken and Dumpling Tuesdays or Turkey and dressing Thursdays.

      2. re: PappyAustin

        I do want to add that the Hoover's on Manor Road tends to be better reviewed than the location on 183.

      3. Hoover's is popular for a similar home-cooking style: http://hooverscooking.com/

        Moonshine is a little more upscale. Not strictly home cookin', but still in the "comfort food" range: http://www.moonshinegrill.com/

        1. i agree with the two posts, having been to all three restaurants several times.
          keep in mind that a lot of out of towners gravitate to threadgill's because it has a "name" and history.
          hoover's is delicious but doesn't have a lot of ambiance (and is totally not good for vegetarians, like pappy mentioned).

          also, moonshine has a good and not too expensive all you can eat comfort food laden brunch.
          i've taken visitors there, and we enjoyed waiting on the porch in rocking chairs while sipping drinks out of mason jars.

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          1. re: dinaofdoom

            I disagree that Hoover's is not good for vegetarians. I am a vegetarian and I enjoy eating at Hoover's from time to time. It doesn't have the quantity of veggie/side choices that threadgills has, but i think that Hoover's has better quality. I choose the 3 or 4 veggie plate and it is a ton of delicious food. And if the vegetarian is actually a pescatarian, there is always catfish. . . Now a vegan might have a hard time.

          2. This isn't in Austin, but since it fits the bill and I just ate there an hour ago I thought it worth a mention: Monument Cafe in Georgetown. This home cooking is quite good, and twenty minutes from my home in Austin. The make an effort with the quality of the raw ingredients I had stewed squash as a side for my chick fried steak, and it was better than stewed squash should be. I think it was heavy with fresh thyme. One of today's stand out desserts was a mixed-berry fried pie. Outstanding!

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            1. re: Oyster Boy

              Yes, I agree about Monument Cafe. They really care about the food and have interesting (in a good way) specials. I've had the squash as a side and it is just delicious. I like to cook and have never been able to make squash like that. It's a trek if you're coming from central or south Austin, though.

              1. re: thymetobake

                I'd like to say, if you're willing to travel Dahlia's Cafe in Liberty Hill is homemade perfection. Their chicken fried steak with jalapeno cream gravy and mashed potatoes is perfection. They also have amazing outdoor seating under 100 year old oak trees. Live music Sat and Sunday nights. I'd recommend it above Monument, not that I'm knocking Monument. I just think Dahlia's food is a little better and the atmosphere outside is true Texas. Enjoy your trip!

            2. I'd agree with Moonshine and add Lambert's; however, I caution you to explain to anyone from MO this Lambert's is not part of the 'throwed roll' experience they have up there...

              1. I'm not sure it entirely fits the bill (no CFS, for example), but Eastside Cafe falls into the same category in my mind. It doesn't hurt that they utilize fresh herbs and veggies from their own garden, that the property is charming, or that their wine markup is minimal. Anyway, just a thought.

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                1. re: bubbleboy79

                  Eastside Cafe would be an excellent choice!

                  1. re: bubbleboy79

                    My boss swears by that place saying she really likes the fresh veggies. I guess I need to try it sometime.

                    1. re: bubbleboy79

                      Eastside Cafe is my favorite place for brunch. My husband and I always share the huevos Mexicanos and the blueberry blintzes.

                    2. Threadgill's has improved in the last year in my opinion. best fried oysters and chicken livers in town.

                      they have also begun to source even more stuff locally. i think they have a board at the front with what is from where.

                      Fine of you aren't a fan, but I don't really think anyone can complain that it is overpriced. Hoovers gives you half as much food for the same prices. I do love me some hoover's meatloaf though.

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                      Threadgill's Restaurant
                      6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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                      1. re: ieathereforeiam

                        i do really like their fried chicken livers.
                        it's hard to find them elsewhere.

                        1. re: ieathereforeiam

                          I agree their chicken livers are very good, but I'm curious who else has them. I'm not sure I have ever seen them elsewhere.

                          1. re: PappyAustin

                            this is the only place i've seen fried chicken livers.
                            well, any kind of chicken liver, save a pate.

                            1. re: PappyAustin

                              Bush's Chicken has chicken livers as well. They're not bad. I usually stop in for a sweet tea and their chicken livers when I'm missing my grandmother's cooking.

                              1. re: PappyAustin

                                The cafe 290 in Manor has fried chicken livers on the menu. They are not my thing, but friends say they are very good. -- from their menu : Fried Chicken Livers 6.59 A country favorite! Served with cream gravy or brown gravy. Make it dinner with a choice of 2 sides 8.59