We are lucky that there are a lot of fabulous dining choices in the Lake Travis area. Pretty much anything you want to eat you can find close to home.
Steak is no exception.
Sometimes when you get a hankering for a fat juicy steak you might run over to Steiner Ranch Steakhouse with its excellent views and varied entertainment.
If you want to be a little closer to Lakeway, The Grille at Rough Hollow is always a fine choice.
But if you want to head out the other direction, a little further into the Texas Hill Country, you might consider J5 Steakhouse out along Highway 71 in Spicewood.
Now you may or may not have heard of a steakhouse called The Trading Post across from the Hill Country Galleria, now currently occupied by Planet K. The Trading Post was a small quaint place with a private room for family night so kids could come and play. This was a very appealing notion for parents who would like to enjoy a fine dining experience but didn’t have a sitter.
A few years back Jaime and Jen Sudderth decided to expand and moved out further along Highway 71 to a space that used to be the home of the Backstage Steakhouse. They kept all of the charm of the Bee Cave location, changed the name to J5 and added an outdoor entertaining area as well as large grassy plains for the kids to romp around in.
J5 is known for many of their delectable dishes one of which is the firecracker shrimp. A spicy appetizer that is sure to get your taste buds headed in the right direction. Anything you choose off of their menu is delicious, but above all the things I’ve had over the years at J5, their melt in your mouth filet steak is always my favorite. So much flavor, excellent cut of meat and, when cooked right, juicy beyond believe. Choose different toppings to smother it if you like, but it is amazing all by itself!
It’s not just the food you’ll fall in love with at J5, the family is the core of the restaurant.
In the early days you would see the younger generation of the J5 family (the other three of the five “J’s”) running around bussing tables and helping out. As they’ve grown older you don’t see them as much but Jaimie and Jen are always there greeting, serving, cooking or behind the bar. They work very hard to make sure your experience is a good one.
It’s a great local restaurant to go out for a fine date night dinner or celebration, but casual enough that families are welcome. And with an amazing happy hour Tuesday-Friday you can stop by for drinks. It’s the cheers of restaurants if you will. The owners take pride in knowing their guests and the guests knowing them.
Jaime and Jen appreciate your business, care about their food and relish in serving the Lake Travis community.
So the next time you’re in the mood to grab an excellent steak in a casual atmosphere with some friendly faces, stop by J5 Steakhouse located at 21814 Highway 71 in Spicewood.