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Texas is known for its great food. Everything from Tex-Mex to barbecue to great Gulf Coast seafood. Dig in!



 

Central

 

Terry Black's Barbecue

Terry Black's Barbecue

Austin, Dallas, and Lockhart, TX

Smoking authentic Central Texas barbecue 24/7 in three cities across Texas. We're famous for our giant Beef Ribs, juicy Brisket, and homemade sides like Mac-N-Cheese and Green Beans. Barbecue so delicious, it landed us a spot in Texas Monthly's Top 50 BBQ joints. Locals love us and tourists keep coming back for more.

 
The Original Black's BBQ

The Original Black's BBQ

Austin, Lockhart, New Braunfels, and San Marcos, TX

We are the oldest bbq restaurant in Texas always owned by the same family. Since our humble beginnings in the little town of Lockhart, TX, our family has pioneered and perfected true Texas barbecue. Today, five generations of Black's have made it possible to serve over 50 million guests from around the world. Four locations in central Texas to serve you: Lockhart, the BBQ Capital of Texas, Austin, San Marcos, and New Braunfels.

 
Kreuz Market

Kreuz Market

Lockhart, TX

A Lockhart legacy — Kreuz Market brings the smoke with over a century of flavor. Our world-famous Texas BBQ is smoked to perfection over our post oak wood-fired pits. Today, we still prepare prized cuts of meat the same way we have for generations. Tradition has never tasted so good. Let's eat!

 
Riley's Pit BBQ

Riley's Pit BBQ

Lockhart, TX

Riley started in the barbecue business as a teenager, selling fire wood to barbecue joints in central Texas along with his dad. He learned the barbecue end of the business from two great men, A.W.Reid in Luling and Floyd Wilhelm in Lockhart, before striking out on his own.

 
Smitty's Market

Smitty's Market

Lockhart, TX

My dad, Edgar A. "Smitty" Schmidt, started working for the Kreuz family at the age of 13. He bought Kreuz Market in 1848. My family and I grew up at this pit. Today our family still tends that same fire in that same 1924 building at Smitty's Market in downtown Lockhart. We invite you to drop by! ~Nina Schmidt Sells

 
Blue Bonnet Cafe

Blue Bonnet Cafe

Marble Falls, TX

This cafe is "Truly World Famous" for its home style cooking. The readers of Highways Magazine voted it the number one restaurant in Texas for breakfasts and in the top ten restaurants in Texas overall. A favorite with both the tourists and the locals.

 

Black's BBQ - Lockhart, TX
Originally in Lockhart, but there are now several locations in central Texas.

Blue Bonnet Cafe - Marble Falls, TX
Named the best breakfast in Texas and in the top ten restaurants in Texas by the Texas Highways magazine. Featured in several magazines and has won many awards.

Chuy's - All over the place
Now a nationwide chain, this Tex-Mex restaurant started in Austin in 1982.

Cooper's Old Time Barbeque - Llano, TX
People drive a long way to Cooper's for one of the best barbeque meals you can find in Texas. This unusual restaurant is one of the most popular in Texas.

The County Line - Austin, TX
A very popular barbeque and more restaurant in a wooded area of Austin.

Franklin Barbecue - Austin, TX
This is the stuff that changed chef Anthony Bourdain's mind about Texas barbecue. Be prepared for a loooong line though. This place is insanely popular.

Kreuz (pronounced "Krites") Market - Lockhart, TX
Originally opened in 1875 as Swearingin's Meat Market and bought by Charles Kreuz Sr. in 1900, Kreuz Market is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. There's a reason it's been around so long.

Russo's Texitally Cafe - Marble Falls, TX
Unique Texitally food with a million dollar view overlooking Lake Marble Falls and the city of Marble Falls.

Smitty's Market - Lockhart, TX
Lockhart is the BBQ Capital of Texas and Smitty's is one of the reasons.

Tacodeli - Austin, TX
The best tacos in Texas.

Terry Black's BBQ - Austin, TX
Owned by a member of the Black family that owns the original Black's BBQ in Lockhart. Rumored to be even better than the original.

Threadgills - Austin, TX
A favorite with the locals and tourists for many years.


 

Gulf Coast / East

 

Gaido's - Galveston, TX
S.G. Gaido first opened his doors to the public in 1911, the same year air conditioning was invented. With an unwavering commitment to serving the freshest Gulf seafood, Gaido’s popularity grew each decade, evolving into a cherished tradition for thousands of both locals and visitors.

Ninfa's on Navigation - Houston, TX
There's only one Original Ninfa's and this is it.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Houston, TX
Known for their dry-aging of their meats. Dry-aging is a classic process for developing flavor. The meat is placed in a humidity-controlled freezer for a minimum of 28 days. As the moisture in the meat evaporates, the beef stays tender and juicy and develops a nuttier flavor.

Patillo's - Beaumont, TX
Owing to its proximity to Louisiana, this Beaumont barbecue joint offers a g blend of East Texas-style barbecue and Cajun cuisine, that is different from the Central Texas style of BBQ. It has been a Beaumont institution for over 100 years.


 

North

 

Guatelinda Cafe - Denton, TX
This hole-in-the-wall South American cafe specializes in authentic Guatemalan food, such as tamales, pupusas, and enchiladas.

Mesa - Oak Cliff, TX
Celebs from Beyoncé and Jay Z to Conan O'Brien have been known to stop so it must be great, right?

Mesquite BBQ - Mesquite, TX
Family owned & operated since 1959, making it the oldest restaurant in Mesquite, Texas. We take great pride in our excellent reputation as the Best BBQ in the whole area.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Dallas, TX
Known for their dry-aging of their meats. Dry-aging is a classic process for developing flavor. The meat is placed in a humidity-controlled freezer for a minimum of 28 days. As the moisture in the meat evaporates, the beef stays tender and juicy and develops a nuttier flavor.

Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe - Dallas, TX
The cuisine is not "Tex-Mex", it's "Mex-Tex" this flip-side is something you have to experience for yourself.

Tacodeli - Dallas, TX
The best tacos in Texas. They started in Austin and have expanded to Dallas.


 

South

 

Andy's Country Kitchen - Corpus Christi, TX
Bringing down-home cookin' since 1958.

Gabriella's - South Padre Island, TX
The best Italian food in South Texas.

Water Street Oyster Bar - Corpus Christi, TX
Serving the freshest gulf seafood and with a coastal ambiance all its own, this classic location is a local treasure and a "must do" during a visit to corpus christi.

Yummies Bistro - South Padre Island, TX
Laid-back strip-mall joint serving egg dishes, pancakes & sandwiches, plus coffee & mimosas.


 

West

 

Ardovino's Desert Crossing - Sunland Park, NM (just across the state line from El Paso, TX)
Since 1949, Ardovino's Desert Crossing has been building its reputation by offering the finest quality ingredients, innovative cuisine, and exceptional service. Whether dining in our restaurant or attending a private event, our guests relish a unique ambiance at Ardovino's Desert Crossing.

Café Central - El Paso, TX
Café Central opened in 1918 in Juarez, Mexico, electrifying a clientele of gamblers and cabaret-goers who quickly grew to expect the finest culinary experience in the region at this chic night spot.

Café Mayapán - El Paso, TX
Café Mayapán is both an outstanding restaurant and a worthy cause, Café Mayapán forms part of social enterprise which champions regional Mexican cuisine while providing training and employment for women from El Paso's deprived neighbourhoods.

Cattleman's Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch - Fabens, TX
Cattleman's Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch is widely regarded as one of the best steakhouse in the United States.

Tabla - El Paso, TX
"Tabla leaves little to be desired with its modern décor, a rotation of custom-infused liquors and an extensive menu of tapas."
- The New York Times


 

 

 


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