Chili Con Carne

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As any patriotic Texan is happy to tell you, chili con carne means chili with meat. It does not include beans, peppers, or other vegetables, and such add-ons as cheese and sour cream are generally unwelcome. True Texas chili con carne is a bit of a rarity these days, but here are some places that do it right.

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Tolbert’s Restaurant

Tolbert's menu is broad, including steaks, seafood and bar food; but true-Texas chili con carne, aka bowl of red, remains true to its origins.

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Little Diner

Little Diner of Canutillo, Texas, just outside El Paso, offers the best true Tex-Mex food: superb chili con carne, flautas, gorditas, and made-here tortillas.

3

Avalon Diner

Eating at Houston's Avalon Diner is a happy event. Hamburgers dressed with tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion, mustard and mayonnaise are some of Texas' best.

4

Black’s Barbecue

Black’s is one of the world-class BBQ restaurants of Lockhart, Texas, where ribs, sausage rings, and brisket are at their best.

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Monument Café

The Monument Café in Georgetown makes some of the best pies in Texas; meals that precede them (including breakfast) are masterful roadside-restaurant classics.