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