Texas: Deep in the Heart of Pie & BBQ


A trip south from the Metroplex starting with a legendary hamburger, a visit to the town that put sweet kolaches on the map, through Hill Country pie palaces and finally to Lockhart, the BBQ capital of the known universe.



Kincaid's is a former grocery store in Fort Worth known for an awesome half-pound hamburger. It's a colorful, only-in-Texas restaurant experience.

Must Eats

Village Bakery

The Village Bakery is just about the best place in central Texas to eat the locally-favored, Czech-ancestored pastry known as a kolache.


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.


Blue Bonnet Café

Dessert alert! Blue Bonnet restaurant, Marble Falls, Texas, is pie heaven. Apple & pecan are delicious. Best is peanut butter cream with chocolate sauce.


Blanco Bowling Club Café

If you are a pie fancier, put Blanco Bowling Club Cafe on your must-eat list. Meringues rise high, cream fillings are outlandishly creamy. Some of Texas' best.


Salt Lick

In the Hill Country west of Austin, the Salt Lick is a theme park of BBQ, serving a full range of smoke-cooked meat with all the fixins. A Texas legend!


Texas Pie Company

The Texas Pie Company bakes individual as well as full-size pies. Lemon chess is a standout, as is strawberry cake crowned with fruit-flavored frosting.



Lockhart is the BBQ heart of Texas; Smitty's is the town's star: butter-tender brisket, prime rib & sausage rings are cooked and served the old-fashioned way.


Kreuz Market

Kreuz of Lockhart, Texas, offers a limited menu of BBQ meat at its very best. Tote your own from a ferociously hot pit where it is sliced to order.


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.