Magnolia Cafe — Lake Austin
Open 24 hours a day, the neon sign outside quips, "Sorry, we're open." The wait can be a bear on weekends, but there's shaded seating outside and free coffee. The dining room looks like your favorite aunt's house, adorned with obnoxious tablecloths and wall art by local artists. The food is similarly warm and comforting, a blend of veggie-friendly dishes, Tex-Mex, and escalated diner fare. The pancakes are huge, the potatoes well-seasoned, and the queso worth the calories.