Debbie Davis’s cheery, bright diner offers a small menu of Southern comfort food, including a grilled pimiento cheese sandwich, crisp crab cakes and grilled Hill Country quail. Still, most folks go for the sublime burger—arguably the best in Austin. It’s a by-the-book burger, with ripe tomatoes, red onions and organic bibb lettuce as accompaniments. The generous patty (six ounces of Niman Ranch beef) is always juicy and flavorful, and the buttered, toasted bun and thick, hand-cut sweet potato fries are reliably excellent.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.