Before the construction of I183, the main road to the North, was indeed Lamar Street. At that time the Threadgill’s was just a station service. Yet it was the first place of the county to get a license to sell beers. That’s also where Janis Joplin started her career in the 60s.
The place has been closed for some time but has now been reopened. Even if it is quite big, the different rooms give the impression of eating in a charming small restaurant specialized in the southern food.
Favorite Dish: Specialty of the house : the chicken fried steak!! Quite confusing at first sight, indeed there is no chicken included in this dish, “chicken fried” simply describe the way this piece of meat is cooked!
It has been said that "Threadgill's was Austin's first theme restaurant and its theme is AUSTIN." (John Morthland in the L.A. Times) That sounded good to me so let's take it a bit further and claim the 1930's through 1960's in Austin as the theme of the original Threadgill's on North Lamar Blvd. The big, new shiny one downtown sits next door to the site of the late, great Armadillo World Headquarters and contains a large portion of memorabilia from the musical hey-day of Austin in the 1970's. The juke box holds 100 albums of artists who played the 'dillo and the piano hanging from the ceiling was played by artists as diverse as Count Basie and Commander Cody, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, Leon Russell and Captain Beefheart. Threadgill's tries to serve as a link between the new Austin and its past. In matters of music and food, we represent a time before disco or microwaves. I've been fortunate enough to encounter many of the colorful and talented folks who have made creative contributions to the city over the past fifty years. I've saved mementos that I'll share with you if you'll just take a moment to look around.
-Eddie Wilson, Proprietor
Favorite Dish: I have to admit I LOVE the different veggie sides they offer and I'm still trying to get there on a Friday night to try their King Ranch Chicken.
The original Lamar location has Janis Joplin pictures and articles. It was where she got to play her first gigs. Live music is featured often.
Favorite Dish: I always get the 3 veggie plate when we go out. You can order multiple helpings of any veggie ordered at your table, so everyone always tries to get something different. The Chicken Fried Steak is the best in Texas!
It's Threadgills, hands down, offering hearty roadhouse food (barbecue, po boys, country cooking like cheesy 'southwestern' squash and spinach casserole, plus comfort-food desserts like chess pie and banana pudding). Terrific! County Line is barbecue heaven, with many meats to choose from (including turkey) and hearty desserts like cobblers. You can pig out or order a lighter sampling so you can indulge without overdoing it. Siena offers creative Tuscan cuisine in a beautiful setting; the food is quite good, but it's also pricey, and the portions are >tiny.
American Food, Southern Style! They serve down home cookin! The restaurant sits on the site that once was the Armadillo World Headquarters.
Favorite Dish: Chicken fried chicken and cornbread!
Every Sunday Threadgill's on Riverside has a gospel brunch. Last time I went it was $11 per person. Super good buffet accompanied by gospel music. Starts at 10 am