Comfort Zone: The Original Hoffbrau Steaks

The Original Hoffbrau Steaks
613 W. Sixth St. 512-472-0822,
Hours: 11am-2pm and 5-9pm Tue-Thu. 11am-2pm and 5-10pm Fri. 11am-10pm Sat. Closed Sun-Mon.
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 04.09.13
These are the T-bone steaks from cartoons, comically wide and flat and shaped like a heart with a dagger through the middle. The Hoffbrau sears them on a flat-top grill with a shimmering drench of melted margarine the same way it’s done for more than 75 years, with steak fries cut in fat, crunchy wedges and a lettuce salad saturated with a garlic-breath dressing you’ll wear the rest of the day. People don’t come here so much for the steaks as they do for the orange-formica atmosphere of a country diner where the waitresses can recite the menu from memory and still bother to learn their customer’s names. Steaks run $10-$19.
(TOP: A 17-ounce T-bone steak with salad and steak fries. ABOVE: The Hoffbrau has been part of West Sixth Street for more than 75 years. Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)