The very first Carlos ‘n’ Charlie’s in the U.S., this Austin flagship, situated on the waters of Lake Travis, serves up Texas-sized food and fun. It’s not unusual to see boaters pull up to the deck for a refresher, while Thursday through Sundays the party kicks up a notch with live music and drink specials. Over some frog dip, watch Carlos ‘n’ Charlie’s transform itself from daytime kickback escape to nighttime hot spot.

5973 Hiline Rd.