Buffet Palace provides the greatest overall food service that you will in Austin. Although the sushi is nothing great, it is good that they attempt to provide this item to people who like that type of food.
You can get a steak anywhere, but Texas Land & Cattle is a great place to get one. The ribeye medium rare is to die for. The waiters are friendly and their is a bar too drink while you catch the game on their television. Try them out, you won't regret it.
IHOP has a great menu and their selections provide tons of food. But this IHOP often has drunken people that become annoying and ruin the dining experience.
Although they are very much alike what makes them different is that Gatti's pasta has more variety and seems better in my opinion. On the other hand, I believe that CiCi's provides better tasting pizzas. Try it for yourself to decide.
You can never go wrong with Wendy's and their 99 cent value menu. For a few bucks you can fill yourself completely. An item that deserves recognition is the chili. Not many people give it a try but it is well worth it.
The world beat cafe had very good burgers. The restaurant is very close to campus and right on west campus for good location for hungry college students. Too bad that they no longer will be there to provide their food.
The people at Madam Mams go crazy if you don't tip or you under tip them. I've seen people get chased and yelled at and/or banned from Madam Mams for doing so. Other than that the pan fried noodles is tasty.
Plucker's are known for their wings, but one of their best items is their buffalo chicken tenders. Its basically all the taste of a buffalo wing with no work and more meat. The service at plucker's is great too, even if they aren't always there to refill your cup they are the frendliest people. Another item worth recommending are the fried macaroni sticks that come with a strawberry jam sauce to dip in. You have to try them because they are something different and they taste great.
Kerbey Lane has very good food at the same cost you may find at Chili's. Their famous dishes are their humongous pancakes that would fill anyone up and their queso that is among the best. The only bad side of Kerbey Lane is that the waiters can be rude at times and often neglect their service.
The 290 restaurant gives you what other big franchise restaurants can't, and that is the feeling of experiencing eating at a unique restaurant. Their food is plentiful and filling. The atmosphere is friendly with waiters that act as warmly as your grandmother would. I reccommend getting the blue plate special. It is the specials of the day that are very cheap and filling.