Jack Allen's Kitchen
Jack Gilmore’s chicken fried steak could not be contained to the southwestern suburb of Oak Hill. When you think about that steak, along with the pimiento cheese, tacos, enormous salads, and generous cocktails, it’s kind of amazing that central Austinites haven’t lobbied the City Council for their own location of Jack Allen’s.
Owned and operated by Round Rock natives, Tortuga Flats styles itself as a “Mexican Icehouse,” serving as a watering hole with Tex-Mex food. The menu includes standard fare like fajitas and enchiladas, and the bar boasts an extensive roster of tequilas.
Greenhouse Craft Food
Chef Rob Snow arguably fired the first salvo in Round Rock’s current dining renaissance when he opened Greenhouse Craft Food in 2013. Tired of all the chain options, he opted to hang his own culinary shingle, specializing in turning locally sourced ingredients into approachable items like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Nightly chef specials include honey curry black bass and cauliflower tacos.
High Country Market
High Country Market is a café and diner serving casual, artisan dishes which conveniently doubles as a food market. Guests can unwind in High Country Market’s simple, casual interior or its roadside patio with a glass of wine or on tap craft beer before feasting on delicious dishes like specialty New York-style pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, bar bites and salads. High Country Market’s grocery section offers an extensive range of unique ingredients and over 400 beers and wines with weekly wine tastings that showcase its wares.
Deckhand Oyster Bar
Diners say that the seafood at Deckhand wins the freshness game, no small feat given Round Rock’s landlocked locale. There’s a lot to offer here, from fresh oysters to po’boys and Thai dishes like Crying Tiger. Not to mention lots of beer.
The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que
If you’re looking for legendary barbecue and warm, Texas Hill Country hospitality then look no further than The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que. Established in 1967 by Thurman Roberts, the restaurant today features three locations and is owned and operated by his son and expert smoke pit master Scott Roberts. It maintains tradition by basing its fare on family recipes from the owners’ great grandmother dating back to the late 1800s. The Salt Lick’s rustic Round Rock branch includes a full bar and patio terrace and serves the kind of mouth-watering barbecue that the restaurant has become renowned for, pulled pork, beef ribs, brisket and many other smoked meats.
Louisiana Longhorn Cafe
Louisianans hankering for the cuisine of home can probably find what they’re looking for here, from fried alligator to frog legs to hurricanes. And if you want to watch a Saints game while enjoying your meal, this is the place to do it.
Round Rock Donuts
It’s hard not to crave the iconic yeast creations with the signature yellow glaze. It’s horrifying to think that we nearly lost this treasure when the original Round Rock Donuts building was destroyed by fire in 2000.
Hoody’s has been serving Philly cheesesteaks (and Philly nostalgia) in Round Rock since 1989.
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
Under the Jack Gilmore umbrella is seafood restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, which takes the chef’s approach to water-dwelling creatures, which means clam chowder fries, fish enchiladas, and seared scallops.
Veracruz All Natural
Veracruz All Natural finally has a proper home to call its own. The brick and mortar offers the food truck the opportunity to experiment with specials, like enchiladas, all the while offering its famous breakfast tacos and more.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hopdoddy expanded its restaurant family in early 2016 with the Round Rock branch of the burger bar, where northern denizens can enjoy its burgers and fantastic shakes.