To say that Threadgill’s is an Austin institution would be a gross understatement. It opened in 1933 as a filling station/bar/live music venue (its major claim to fame is that Janis Joplin performed there), and stayed that way up until the 1960’s, when it closed for a period and was nearly demolished. It reopened in the 90’s as a temple to Southern comfort food with an old-school, country music vibe, as well as regular live music shows (and Gospel Brunch Sunday, which still goes on today). Is the food at Threadgill’s as legendary as the place itself? No. But sit down to a giant plate of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and cornbread and you'll feel extremely grateful to be in a city where such a restaurant exists.
This is what you get at Threadgill's.