Restaurants in Texas

There’s plenty of quirky finds to look out for at this Aggie institution, which originally opened in 1974 (and has original the wood-paneled walls). There’s a caged pet rattlesnake behind the bar and cheap eats like Tijuana cheese fries and Death Burgers topped with hot sauce.

This hole in the wall is a surfside institution. Settle in the paraphilia-filled dining room for special events like bingo night, or order your burger and crab stuffed jalapenos to go and set up a picnic on the beach just down the block.

Head to this quaint eatery for homemade lunch dishes such as the chicken salad made with apricots. Snag a patio table overlooking a lovely park.

This kitschy, colorful space has rows of painted outdoor tables and menu items—a half pound burger topped with bacon and cheddar; beer battered cod fish tacos—that might make you rethink your teeny-weeny yellow bikini.

Try the brisket and jalapeño-cheddar sausage at this family-owned barbecue joint, known for its oak-smoked meats and friendly service.

This charming corner shop may look freshly painted, but it originally opened in 1882, making it the oldest deli in Texas. It’s only open from 11 AM to 2:30 PM on weekdays, so swing by for lunch dishes like muffuletta sandwiches and broccoli cheese soup.

Opt for an outdoor table—an ideal spot for kiddos to look out for dolphins—at this Galveston Harbor-front restaurant. Healthy menu options include heaping Greek salads, lentil soup and, for your little picky eaters, grilled cheese pitas.

Traveling with little meat eaters? They can feast on lamb ribs and sausages at this classic barbecue restaurant, where paper plants land on checked tablecloths and the joint’s famous spice rubs are sold at the cash register.

This institution, founded in 1987, is best known for its pies—think buttermilk with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans and strawberry rhubarb with a granola topping—but also deserves a shout out for its dinner menu. The rack of lamb and grilled snapper are two standouts.

Much of Main Street was on the verge of collapse when this first-class chocolate boutique and restaurant opened several years ago.

Pop into this bakery for coffee and sweet Czech pastries—based on an old family recipe—with inventive fillings like pumpkin pecan and coconut cream.

You’ll pass open fires on your way to the casual dining room at this barbecue joint; eaters get a stack of white bread and one plastic knife with each order of hot rings (sausages) and fat brisket.

This stylish barbecue joint, housed a historic clapboard house, relies on its 4,000-pound wood-fired smoker to churn out lunch and dinner. You’ll find giant beef ribs, tender pork belly and peppery sliced brisket on the meat-focused menu.

You’re not going to find sauce at Kreuz’s (pronounced Krites), a Lockhart stronghold since 1900. They’re best known for their sausages—original and jalapeño cheddar—though they also have a cult following for their beef brisket and pork spare ribs.

Chef Johnny Hernandez, a local celebrity, opened Fruteria - Botanero in South Town, a neighborhood where beautiful old industrial buildings are reopening as condos, shops and restaurants.