On the way to a manual labor stint for some friends, I decided to stop at the Frisco Shop for some fortification. After a mere two biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, I felt I was prepared for the day. This plate, covered in beautifully white, sausage flecked, starchy-milky black pepper gravy is some of the best gravy around and the biscuits are better than Mom's. A recent lunch there confirmed that my perpetual order of a Frisco Burger Plate with double cole slaw instead of fries is the way to go. The vinegar based slaw is the best I've ever had and I grew up on the Frisco Burgers and can testify that they are very effective at making you grow.
In spite of my megacalorie breakfast, by just after noon I was feeling like my work might improve if I could just slide behind a plate of enchiladas at the Dart Bowl Cafe (actually, they refer to themselves as a steakhouse). They're as good as ever, a plate of three bubbling hot, cheesey-chili gravy prototypical Tex-Mex enchiladas that made me very happy but did little to improve my work. The side of homemade bread texas toast is delicious, yeasty-sweet and buttery, served with a side of butter. Other orders at the table were a terrific double cheeseburger and a taco plate which was delicious if not so crisp.
Both of these places rank near the top of the "old Austin" list and are must trys if you've never been.