Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Hyde Park Bar & Grill in Hyde Park -- which was in such high demand that there’s now a second location in the Central Market South shopping center -- has been a neighborhood institution since the '80s, serving up down-home Southern comfort food. The food proffer is everything you’d expect: there’s queso (what would a meal in Texas be without queso?), buttermilk-fried chicken and biscuits, bacon-braised collards, and the popular 1/2lb burger. But there’s one thing the restaurant is known for above all else: the Hyde Park Fries. The fries are buttermilk-battered, the flour is seasoned with black pepper and other spices, and they’re finished with a healthy dose of Hyde Park Sauce. While you can enjoy them alongside the drink of your choice from the full bar, might I suggest pairing them with a bottle of Austin rainwater? Just trust me.