Ah...the good ol’ state of Texas. You may hear tons of different things about our enormous state, but one thing we can all agree on? Food. We absolutely love it, especially if it’s made with heart and originality. Whether it’s something as simple (yet fulfilling) as a taco or as fancy as a fine dining joint, we Texans know what great food is made of and we aren’t afraid to talk about it.
Here’s a finely-curated list of the 15 best restaurants in Texas. We hope you enjoy it, and maybe be inspired to take a little foodie road trip yourself to stop at all of these tasty eateries.
This spot is located on the ever-so-popular Main Street, where most tourists and locals come to walk, shop, and dine. This little eatery is quite charming, chock full of goodies to grab along the way as you make your way toward the back of the shop, where the deli is located and where you can order your carefully-crafted and creative sandwich selections. We tried the Tampico—yum!
We must say, choosing the best of the best restaurants in Austin was quite a challenge, as this city is known for its wildly colorful food scene. This hotspot usually requires reservations if you wish to secure a seat for dinner. Guests enjoy some of the freshest sushi in town, plus a creative spin of Japanese traditional dishes.
If you’ve never tried the staple food (injera bread) of Ethiopia, this is where you’ll want to have a try of it as your first dish. You’ll use this bread to sop up vibrantly spiced and hot Ethiopian dishes and typically eat with your hands only. If you’re up for trying something new or if this cuisine is something you normally eat at home, you’ve got to try the tasty menu selections from Taste of Ethiopia!
What can be better than sipping on bottled brews or milkshakes from a true icehouse-style restaurant. Willies Grill is a great spot for customers of all ages, and backgrounds. Walk up to the counter, let ‘em know what you’d like to eat (and drink if you didn’t already grab a bottle in their huge ice boxes), take your ticket and find your own seat in their massive indoor-outdoor arrangements, separated by cool glass garage doors. There’s even a real sandbox for the kiddos on their patio! Fried pickles & jalapenos with ranch, is our favorite appetizer!
A gem of the Dallas area, you can have breakfast all day and night and at a bargain of a price at Cindi’s. They’ve even got an area for you to grab baked goods for dessert or takeout. Corned beef hash? Blueberry bagels? The famous Dr. Brown’s cream soda in a can? We’re already there, my friends!
Small-town eating is essential in Texas. You’ll usually find very similar themed restaurants in the area but this spot is truly endearing? They’ve got light food options like salads and soups, all the way to hearty plates filled with chicken fried steak and pot roast. Imagine all of that goodness as if your grandmother were cooking it in her own kitchen. That’s what Blue Bonnet Café makes you feel like.
A little bit of chicken fried steak, cold beer, and live music is exactly what you need for a good time in the South. At least that’s how they do it down at the Dahlia Café. In this charming little town, everyone knows everyone, and everyone knows that the Dahlia Café’s delicious home cooking and heart-warming service is the reason why it’s remained the town favorite.
A little fancy, a little down to earth, and everything great about San Marcos, the Root Cellar Café has been alive and well since 2005 and boasts an impressive menu filled with seasonal dishes as well as an amazing microbrew menu (they brew their own beer) that rotates seasonally. A bit of a surprising delight in the middle of one of the most popular colleges in the state (Texas State University).
Looking for a fine dining restaurant with a rich history? Make reservations and get dolled up for Café Central in El Paso. Originating in Juarez, Mexico in 1918, this restaurant was meant for gamblers and cabaret-goers who expected the finest culinary experience in the nightlife of the area. Diners can expect the finest in fresh seafood dishes, steaks, cocktails and more. It’s also known to be a wonderful space for romantics.
Do you like small towns? Really small towns? Fine dining? Art? How about all of that in one place? LaVenture of Hotel Saint George in Marfa, Texas is the spot for you. Recently opening in this contemporary modern hotel, LaVenture delights their diners with fresh seafood dishes, handmade pasta, and fun seasonal dishes that are a must have when visiting the town.
Keeping it sweet and simple, The Dove’s Nest makes ordering a breeze. Starters, salads, sandwiches and then you’re done! Don’t be fooled by their simplicity—their food is creatively tasty, with their chicken apricot salad sandwich being our go-to! It’s got their famous poached chicken in there which is to die for.
Burgers and fries are a match made in heaven but at Jennie’s Smoked Burgers, they kick it up a notch. Jennie’s famous Tornado Fries make for a mouthwatering pair with the smokiness that fills the flavors of her black angus beef, ground sirloin burgers. A relatively new restaurant, Jennie’s has won the hearts of the locals in this popular small town.
A little bit of surf and turf never hurt anybody! At Latitude you’ll really enjoy classics like oysters on the half shell, escargot, and shrimp cocktail. Their steaks and other tasty dishes are far from disappointing. Quite the contrary actually. After a day at the beach or just lounging around your beach condo, this is where you’ll want to fill your belly!
Situated in the cozy little city of Dripping Springs, Homespun Kitchen and Bar serves up interesting dishes such as deviled eggs (delicious!), seared ahi tuna, and duck salad. A fairly simple one-page menu that makes your selection-making a breeze and your time for banter and beverages with your pals quite enjoyable.
The owner was inspired to open this place up after stumbling upon a family heirloom recipe book from the 1780s. Since then, they’ve been churning out creative dishes like a rack of lamb with citrus fig balsamic glaze...wow! Do you need to hear more? Well, the setting is in a 1900s bungalow that has received some ridiculously adorable updates while still upholding the old charm of the home.
Clearly, we wish we could have given credit to many more superb restaurants in our lovely state of Texas. For now, these 15 best restaurants in Texas take the prize and we certainly wish that you’ll be able to taste your way through Texas one day, stopping by at least one of these excellent eateries.