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

Pies

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream

Tacos

Texas’s Best Restaurants

Stockyard Cafe - Chicken Fried Steak
Stockyard Cafe

AMARILLO, TX

Angelo’s - Ribs
Angelo’s

FORT WORTH, TX

Royers Round Top Cafe - Pecan Pie
Royers Round Top Cafe

ROUND TOP, TX

Sonny Bryan’s - Brisket
Sonny Bryan’s

DALLAS, TX

Threadgill’s - Chicken-Fried Steak
Threadgill’s

AUSTIN, TX

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

AUSTIN, TX

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

LA GRANGE, TX

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

LA GRANGE, TX

Kreuz Market - Prime Rib
Kreuz Market

LOCKHART, TX

Black’s Barbecue - Sausage Ring
Black’s Barbecue

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX

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

AUSTIN, TX

City Café - Pie
City Café

ELGIN, TX

Pacha Organic Cafe - Apple Pie
Pacha Organic Cafe

AUSTIN, TX

La Mexicana

HOUSTON, TX

Dyer’s

AMARILLO, TX

Helen’s Casa Alde

BUDA, TX

Shady Grove

AUSTIN, TX

Frenchy’s Chicken

HOUSTON, TX

Ross’ Old Austin Cafe

AUSTIN, TX

Arnold Burgers

AMARILLO, TX

Irma’s Restaurant

HOUSTON, TX

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