Pizzas are no joke at Sagra Trattoria, where they hand-make each order in a brick oven. Like a good traditional Italian bistro, they also serve pasta, salad (with homemade mozzarella), and much more! Call or see the website for more information.
Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food provides the best of Southern cuisine with fried chicken, jambalaya, all-you-can-eat gumbo and more, all served with a side of cornbread. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday, and closes on Sunday to use its earnings to feed the homeless. Altruism and taste all in one!
Plentiful on-site parking and a variety of free traditional side dishes already makes for a great place to eat, what blows it over the top is that it's Korean BBQ. Come and get a taste of authentic cuisine at Chosun Galbi, nearby the Highland Mall. See the menu online or call ahead for more information.
In operation since 1949, Louie Mueller Barbecue has been bestowed with honors such as Official Best BBQ in Texas, Best Barbecue in America by CBS Early Show and Top5 barbecue restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly, among many others. The restaurant has also been the location of several Hollywood movie shoots like The Rookie and Flesh and Bones, with the walls of the joint being jewelled with plaques of all the awards they have received over the years. Do try their juicy briskets, along with their baby back ribs and pork tenderloin. Their barbecue sauce is absolutely outstanding and their desserts and sides are commendable too. All in all, a great experience!
For Austinites, the drive to Pflugerville is worth it to dine at Taste of Ethiopia. Family-run, the restaurant serves lovingly cooked Ethiopian specialties, pleasing both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Like most Ethiopian restaurants, meals are served family-style at Taste of Ethiopia. Stews are ladled onto a thin round of injera, or Ethiopian sourdough flatbread, on a platter placed in the center of the table along with rolled up injera. Diners pick up morsels of stew with the bread. Delicately spiced, stews range from mild to spicy and include beef, chicken and lentils, along with lots of vegetables. To try a wide selection, opt for a sampler platter or try the lunch buffet, 11a-2p on weekdays. - Christine Whalen
Progress Coffee may have been established just a few years back-2003 to be precise, but has made quite an impact on the localities. Having a typical cafe atmosphere, this coffeehouse starts off early in the morning to serve its customers coffee ever so refreshing. With quite a good variety on their menu, this cafe serves breakfast all day, salads and sandwiches which are available at decent prices. The service here is quite good too. A good place to have a good meal before work or even on a Sunday morning for that matter.
Run by a sweet old grandma whose chief desire is to fatten people up, Dot's Place takes comfort food cooking back to its rustic roots. Though the menu itself is an anarchic jumble consisting of whatever it is that Granny Dot feels inclined to cook up on any given day, one may generally depend on the availability of chicken 'n' dumplings, fried catfish, and meatloaf; sides are vegetable-heavy and made up mostly of such southern staples as mashed potatoes and green beans, whereas the libation of choice is, of course iced tea. And it should come as no surprise that Dot's does a brisk business in peach cobbler and sweet potato pie.
Ciola's is a family owned restaurant, created in what used to be a home. The Ciola's have over 50 years of experience in the business and with notable dishes like Aunt Alice's Spumoni and Domnick's Specials on the menu, you know it's all in the family. There are plenty of choices, from prosciutto, provolone and mortadella to house-made gnocchi. The wine selection of around 70 vintages has been bagging this restaurant 'The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence'. Ciola's Spumoni, in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry with nuts is the ideal dessert. Allora, mangiare bene!
For a company specializing in fine cuts, opening a restaurant seems like the next step. How better to showcase your wares than on a diner's plate? People swear by the Southside Market Elgin hot sausage in these parts and the BBQ restaurant manages to top it with their Texas style barbecue. Beef and pork ribs, turkey, mutton and chicken are all slow cooked and seasoned to perfection. Add to it a side order of beans, pickle or coleslaw and you have all the makings of comfort food. If the grease and spice get to you, the Blue Bell ice-cream hits the spot. The barbecue is also served by the pound and there's a variety of souvenir caps and t-shirts to choose from.
Dining at Black's BBQ is like stepping into the past and you wouldn't want it any other way. From the rustic yet clean decor, the soft lighting and the mounted deer heads, Black's prepares you for a memorable experience. When ordering, remember that it's all about the brisket. Do your appetite a favor and order a nice half-pound slab of the moist, tender meat. Your stomach, if not your arteries, will thank you. They also serve tasty Chicken BBQ, Edgar Black's homemade sausage, salads, sandwiches and pies.
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