Texas and Jersey both fascinate the hell out of the rest of America, because we both have heavy accents, lawless subcultures, and...oily shores. Further strengthening the bonds between sister states: Joe's Italian Cuisine.
Arriving in Austin after 30+ years of paisano-pleasing in The Jerz, then Houston and Ft. Worth, Joe's is a family-owned Italian greasy spoon with red walls hosting both paintings of the Old Country and cross-hatched white wooden fencing strewn with faux-grapevine, or what Motown purists call the CCR version. All made from scratch, the 40+ traditional entrees count standouts like New York Joe's Special (veal, chicken, shrimp, pimentos, butter-lemon white wine sauce over linguini), Chicken Murphy (red peppers, mushrooms, onions, jalapenos, garlic, sherry wine cream sauce), and the wild 'shroom and creamy wine-sauced Veal Forest, where the trees rarely grow higher than your calves. The pizza dough and sauce are also made in-house, with slices or whole pies done up Neapolitan-style, and a pocket-roster of strombolis, calzones, and stuffed-deep-dish -- with crust on top and bottom, it's the kind of pizza you don't want your innocent girlfriend finding in your sock drawer.
For the sandwich lover in you, they're baking hot Parmigianas (chicken, meatball, sausage, veal) and Philly cheesesteaks, plus cold subs -- ever since last year's Situation, the only way you can see beneath our oily waters.