Restaurants in Elgin, TX

Since the late 19th century, the town of Elgin (say it with a hard G, as in gut) has been famous for all-beef links that are pit-cooked, smoky, and succulent. Their potency is such that they rarely are eaten alone on a plate, but more commonly as a companion to beef brisket or other meats from the smoke pit. Even if sauce is available, the link is so overwhelmingly juicy that sauce seems extraneous. Its robust flavor—peppery enough to leave an afterglow but not so hot that it numbs your tongue—wants no condiment whatever.

Elgin’s Most Famous Dishes

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


In a red drive-in basket, onion rings are crisp and golden-brown

Onion Rings

Plate of soft, syrupy yam hunks


Elgin’s Best Restaurants

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