The soul kitchen enters our Favorite 5 Sports Bars based on this sterling criteria: it's a short hop from the Stadium; the bar's flatscreen loves football; their fresh-orange-mellowed frozens won People's Choice at San Antonio's Margarita Fest; they've got a mean-ass chicken-fried steak; oh, and it's managed by Skip Walker, who carried the rock for the Aggies and Ottowa Rough Riders, who were sued for their motto "We Like the Rough Stuff" by the writer of a dirty classified ad.
Sometimes you just need a good home-cooked Southern meal (one that you don’t actually have to cook, that is), and Hoover’s delivers exactly that, with enormous platters of fried, blackened, charbroiled, smothered, and sauced soul food. Between the ham steak, meatloaf, pork ribs, and barbecue chicken, and sides like black-eyed peas, jalapeno creamed spinach, and mac and cheese, a lunch here will have you loosening your belt and swearing to stick to kale salads from now on (in the best way possible).
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order takeout online, or get delivery via Grubhub.
East of UT, Hoover’s Cooking is a family-style diner centered around Texas-grown, farm-fresh ingredients (and therefore, a ton of meat). The best way to balance out all that protein? Hoover Alexander’s homemade pie. They come in Buttermilk, Coconut Cream, and Pecan, and while you’re at it, go ahead and add an order of fluffy Bread Pudding and Brownies.
How to order: Order pick-up online or get delivery via Doordash and Grubhub.