Adding The Broken Spoke to your "How To Entertain My Out-of-Town Guest." list should be a no-brainer. This original honky-tonk is so coveted by Austin folk even a top rated development company with wet dreams of erecting their metal framed, pricy 400sq ft. yuppie pads and concrete parking lots had to rethink the plan and build around it! The Broken Spoke should be a MUST in considering a "girls night out", rare babysitter date night, or just going solo and looking for a non-awkward atmosphere where your guaranteed an ego boost from 3-6 cowboys/cowgirls asking you to dance. Here, what happens on the floor, stays on the floor! No creepy hanger on's who feels a dance = a seat at your dance floor table the rest of the night. It's all about the dancing, music and, in my opinion, the greasy burgers. The Broken Spoke is a great place to leave the usual stops behind. Go Spoke Go! Keep on Honky Tonkin'!
Even though I really love Gene's, I'm only giving them 3 stars because there's definitely room for improvement in other things besides the food. But first, the important stuff! Their food is really great down home cooking. I especially love their oyster poboys which aren't easily available everywhere. I always order that so my palate there is really limited, but I know my friends have really enjoyed other dishes from there. One caveat, they have the space to hold a party and try to be very accommodating, but they're really not experienced doing any kind of catering. As for the joint, I love it for what it is---it's a great dive, but it still doesn't warrant more than 3 stars. The parking lot is completely unpaid, the inside has character yet lacks ambiance. However, the warm and friendly service from Gene and his staff makes everything alright. :)
This will be the next Amy's ice cream. The food is so good, and it is a bargain. You can get a lot or a little, and you only pay per ounce. They have many flavors that you serve yourself and then go to a toppings bar. It has candy, fruit, nuts, etc. There is a gluten free flavor and sugar free too. The calories are listed so if you are watching your weight, this is the place to go. Best of all is the decor! The place is one big I Spy game. The owner is an artist and has decorated the walls and tables with an incredible array of objects. It is lots of fun for the kids. Best of all, you are eating a lowfat, lowered calorie dessert. This is a special place, go today and you will be able to tell your kids and grandkids that you went to an Austin tradition when it was brand new.