Restaurants in Texas

From Galveston to El Paso and from Amarillo to Terlingua, Texas has so many delicious things to love. Of course, there’s barbecue, in particular brisket that is as tender as warm butter – especially wonderful when eaten off butcher paper in one of the old back-of-the-grocery smoke houses in Lockhart. In the Hill Country and beyond, cooks turn the humble chicken-fried steak into a kingly feast. Then there are Czech-ancestored kolaches north of Waco and German sausages between Austin and San Antonio, and Mexican fajitas and African-American soul food almost everywhere. Chili is the state dish, but it’s rare to find the classic bowl of red (with no vegetables); and Dallas claims to be the home of Frito pie, which is pretty much everywhere. Pecan pies are particularly wonderful in this pecan-growing state, but countless cafes and devoted pie shops turn out cream pies and fruit pies to die for. Even vegetarian meals are better than you’d expect in a land best symbolized by red meat on the hoof  in the form of longhorn cattle.

Texas’s Most Famous Dishes

Two slices of BBQ brisket, one lean, the other supersucculently fatty

BBQ Brisket

Gravy-smothered chicken fried steak with eggs and hash browns

Chicken Fried Steak

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Texas’s Best Restaurants

Stockyard Cafe - Chicken Fried Steak
Stockyard Cafe


Angelo’s - Ribs


Royers Round Top Cafe - Pecan Pie
Royers Round Top Cafe


Sonny Bryan’s - Brisket
Sonny Bryan’s


Threadgill’s - Chicken-Fried Steak


Rosie’s Tamale House - Migas Taco
Rosie’s Tamale House


Weikel’s Store and Bakery - Apricot Kolache
Weikel’s Store and Bakery


Prause’s Meat Market - Brisket
Prause’s Meat Market


Kreuz Market - Prime Rib
Kreuz Market


Black’s Barbecue - Sausage Ring
Black’s Barbecue


Hoover’s Cooking - Chicken-Fried Steak
Hoover’s Cooking


City Café - Pie
City Café


Pacha Organic Cafe - Apple Pie
Pacha Organic Cafe


La Mexicana




Helen’s Casa Alde


Shady Grove


Frenchy’s Chicken


Ross’ Old Austin Cafe


Arnold Burgers


Irma’s Restaurant


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