“Our commitment is to provide good, homemade foods at a good value,” says Hoover Alexander on the front of the menu of Hoover’s Cooking, a restaurant that calls itself The Good Taste Place.
We say that Mr. Alexander makes good on his promise. His spacious restaurant is a place to go for large portions of Texas comfort food. Without flourishes or frills, but with genuine expertise born of a childhood that Alexander describes as filled with mom’s home cooking, this kitchen knows how to make hungry people happy.
We knew we were in for a bigger-than-life treat as soon as our glass of lemonade arrived. In fact, it arrived not as a glass, but as a pitcher with a straw. We had to ask if a glass would be forthcoming; our waitress told us that the pitcher IS the glass: a quart of lemonade to be drunk straight from the tankard. And it is good lemonade – sweet, fresh-squeezed, refreshing.
The choice of meals is wide. In addition to meats from the on-premises smoke house, the menu lists chicken fried steak, meat loaf, catfish, and an array of sandwiches that range from a meatless muffaletta (made with a portobello mushroom) to half-pound hamburgers. Accompanying vegetables are so good, and served in such abundance, that Hoover’s offers a three or four vegetable plate, sans meat.
"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."
"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."
"A tall, cool one is an essential part of the Hoover's experience. This pitcher is a single serving!"
"Hoover's is a simple place with honest food at decent prices. What's better than that?"