An Austin institution, Threadgill's has been around forever. Musical artists from the late Janis Joplin to greats like Willie Nelson have visited this southern home cooking restaurant. As a southerner myself, I go to enjoy familiar menus that include items my grandmother used to make when we'd visit as a child. Some of my favorite include chicken fried steak, fried okra, blackeyed peas and cornbread. Of course, the King Ranch Casserole I had on my last visit was worthy of its namesake and the margarita wasn't bad either. Eat at Threadgill's around dusk during the months of March thru August and you can go over after supper and watch millions of bats come out for their nightly meal on the Congress Street bridge, just down the road.