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You Gotta Try This: Blue Star Cafeteria

Addie Broyles

The wonders of Blue Star Cafeteria’s meatloaf (and meatloaf sandwich, served at lunch with a bounty of crisp french fries) are well known, but Kenny Kopecky, who took over the kitchens last year, has another dish that deserves a turn in the spotlight.

You’ll find fried Brussels sprouts on many restaurant menus in Austin, but none like Kopecky’s, which are tossed with candied pecans, tart green olives and a slightly sweet dressing. If that sounds like a lot of flavors and textures crashing together, you’re right, but as an olive and nut lover who sometimes needs an excuse to eat them both at the same time, it’s an umami dream come true. The only problem is that the sprouts aren’t on the menu permanently. The dish is one of many that Kopecky has been playing around with as he settles in to the restaurant and considers changes to the established (and much-loved) menu.

Don’t forget to leave room for a slice of one of the many pies — buttermilk, apple and the Almond Joy-inspired dream are available every day — displayed in the case by the door.

Open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.

Where: 4800 Burnet Road, 512-454-7827,