Austin >Arts & Entertainment > Threadgill's North
6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875230.332227 -97.722358
Neighborhoods: Highland, Brentwood - Highland
This Austin institution is not only famous for its delicious Southern home cooking, but for being the starting place of Janis Joplin's career. The Port Arthur native learned to hone her craft at this one-time gas station while attending UT. Rachael Ray shot a segment of her show Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels at this iconic restaurant. Threadgill's offers and impressive selection of Southern favorites such as chicken fried steak and pork chops with applesauce, but this veggie lover enjoys getting their 3 or 5 veggie plate where you can pick from a plethora of sides items including San Antonio squash (yellow squash smothered in cheese), stewed okra and tomatoes and Texas black-eyed pea caviar.
Don't waist your time – In the early eighties and seventies, this place had good down home cooking. Burgers, fries, onion rings, meatloaf and mashed potatos, fried livers and veggies.
The past two times we have been. Wow...Awful food. I think they use frozen vegatables and burger patties. I hate not being able to go to one of our old favorite places.
Threadgill's - Southern Cooking Like It's Suppossed To Be – Great job bringing Threadgill's back to where it was; an icon for Southern Cooking. I stopped coming a few years ago and decided to give it another try. Stellar...In fact STELLAR!! I was greeted at the door with alot of smiles (something other restaurants should take notes on.) I was sat and greeted quickly and my overall experience was great. I had the chicken fried chicken which was plump, golden brown, delicious, and hot. The beer was cold and it says they now have a happy hour all day with $1 Lone Stars. The remodel looks great without losing the original feel. I highly recommend Threadgill's.
Just ok for me.... – We were recommended by several people to go to Threadgills so we were a but disappointed. No major complaints it just doesn't live up to all the hype. Service was kind of pokey but friendly... food just average.
The vegetables were decent, fried shrimp were okay, steak was nothing special and the rolls were pretty good. The service was good, even though one of our orders wasn't placed. Nobody at our table really enjoyed their meal.
Really? – I saw the sign about Home Cooking and knew nothing of Threadgill's history. I saw "world-famous chicken fried-steak" on the menu and knew I'd made the right choice. WRONG! This place was should be "World-Famous" for being just AWFUL. As previous reviews have mentioned, the food is not the only thing that's bad about this place. The service is slow as molasses, and mediocre at best. My waitress did have a friendly smile;-) That's about the only good thing about this place. They don't even have real sweet tea. Just some organice wanna be in a bottle. C'mon, really? I'm a Texas girl through and through, and if there's anything I know it's Southern food: sweet tea, chicken fried steak, barbeque, pecan pie, etc. This place is a misrepresentation of such cuisine.
I will never go back. If I'm ever with a group of people who want to grab a bite to eat here, I will wait in the car outside or just walk across the street to Whataburger which is always satisfying.
You can't go home:( – I used to work down N. Lamar from this place while in college. I always liked it and would have recommended to anyone visiting the area. I always thought the CFS at the Stallion down the street was better. They are now closed. While in Austin on a recent visit with my family, we decided to check out one of my old haunts from 20 yrs ago. We were very disappointed with Threadgill's on N. Lamar. The service was not up to MickeyD's standards no less a restaurant of such lore. We waited for everything. Very slow service. The waiter even filled my wifes Dr.Pepper with tea and took 5 minutes to replace it. We then watched as two tables next to us were served their meals. One seated and ordered 5 minutes after us and on seated and ordered m minutes after us. When our food finally arrives, my wifes meal is missing. Another 5 minutes and it arrives. I, of course, ordered the CFS for nostalgia. It was lousy. It was tough, full of gristle, and overcooked. When our food arrived I inquired as to why it had taken so long and was told there was a party fo thirty or some drivel. When I explained that the other tables next to us had been served in a timely manner, I was told a manager would be by to explain. Our server returned with the bill. We waited another five minutes to see the manager but gave up. The waiter never even returned for the bill. I have now doubled my record of not leaving a tip. I left the exact amount of the bill and not a penny more. I OVERPAID!!! They say you can't go home. I guess they are right. Very sad.
"WORLD FAMOUS" Chicken Fried Steak?????????? – World famous for bland........
To the person who made my Chicken Fried Steak at Threadgill's, could you please use some salt or pepper something???????
went there for the first time Tues night, took a while to get our water .
they brought us rolls and didn't bring us butter.
my Chicken Fried Steak was tough and had no flavor.
got pecan pie for desert it was just as bad, so dry... i think it was old or something.
i know this place gets by because of its name but come on!!!!! stop stealing peoples money.....
wish i could get a refund . i would rather eat dirt than go back to that place....
its a great location,, they should get their sh*t together,or close, or let someone who cares about their name and the good people of Austin put their restaurant there..
i will never go back..........
My God does the armadillo need a makeover – I cant believe this place has let the food quality come down to this. It's like they don't even care!
Come on people. This was a LANDMARK restaurant. Are yankees running this place these days?
Boo to the service, Boo to the quality. Sorry guys, this aint workin'
Dont wanna go home to the armadillo.
It's not for me – Call me a fool or a helpless dreamer. I have just had my fifth meal from Threadgills on Riverside and I guess I should have known after the second or third time, that it wasn't for me. First time I was there, we had just arrived in Austin, ate at the restaurant and I was pleasantly surprised. Thinking, " I can really get used to Southern home cooking": The food was hot, the server attentive and the atmosphere great. These last four times that I have had take out, it has been more pitifull every time. Every time I have gotten the food home (a five minute walk) it has barely been lukewarm, the sides have been haphazardly thrown in and no utensiles. Last time the female bartender gave me a hard time because I did not tip. On a pick-up!
I will definitely not put my money or recommendations with Threadgills anymore, opting instead for Hoover's or another one of Austin's many great restaurants.
Unremarkable food, terrible service – So, after mixed reviews from friends, I finally tested Threadgill's for myself. My review will mirror many of those below. I was completely unimpressed. The atmosphere is lively- it's in an old gas station with nice Art Deco details and Texas memorabilia. However, the food and service were awful. The Chicken Fried Steak was cold, with cold gravy. The steak was tough and greasy, the breading unremarkable, and the gravy was... sweet? The service was worse. We were mostly ignored by the waitress, who let my tea glass go completely empty twice, and left us waiting at least 15 minutes before taking our order and before providing our check. I guess on the positive side, at least she didn't rush us out the door! Given that this is a "Texas Institution," I'm just going to say "Been there, done that" and never return.
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