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Hoover's Cooking

2002 Manor Rd., Austin, TX - (512) 479-5006
Posted By Thomas Hilbink on 5/27/2003 12:19:00 PM
Whether for sheer busy-ness or some coasting, my meal at Hoover's was rather disappointing. While doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, I was overjoyed to see a Roadfood haunt as one of the closest lunch spots to the archive. I excitedly went over the first noon-time and ordered. I enjoyed the novelty of the pitcher of lemonade -- and it was tasty as advertised . My meal, was sad, however. I ordered six jerked pork ribs. The rib meat was extra fatty -- not the moist substance typically found in bbq joints. The jerk rub was spicy, but rather flat in flavor. The sides -- I ordered black-eyed peas and jalapeno creamed spinach -- were similarly flat. The beans seemed to have been dumped from can to pot with little doctoring (a fact made clear tonight when I had the same thing at Threadgill's). The creamed spinach was not spicy, just off. I can't explain it. Maybe a return trip is merited, but with many choices in Austin, this doesn't seem like the place to go. Try the BBQ across the street instead. Now that's tasty.

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Hoover's vegetables are so good that many customers make a meal of them and forgo any
"Hoover's vegetables are so good that many customers make a meal of them and forgo any "main course." Here we have black-eyed peas and macaroni and cheese, mustard greens and fried okra."
Michael Stern





Austin is chicken-fried steak country.  Hoover's serves one of the best in town.  Behind the crisp-fried steak are chunky mashed potatoes, a bowl of gravy, and creamed spinach.
"Austin is chicken-fried steak country. Hoover's serves one of the best in town. Behind the crisp-fried steak are chunky mashed potatoes, a bowl of gravy, and creamed spinach."
Michael Stern


A tall, cool one is an essential part of the Hoover's experience.  This pitcher is a single serving!
"A tall, cool one is an essential part of the Hoover's experience. This pitcher is a single serving!"
Michael Stern


Hoover's is a simple place with honest food at decent prices.  What's better than that?
"Hoover's is a simple place with honest food at decent prices. What's better than that?"
Michael Stern



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