Restaurants in Texas
For authentic Texas barbecue, make your way to Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q. Locals know that this is the spot for mesquite-smoked meats. One of the best barbecue restaurants in Texas, it even offers delicious sides such as Austin baked beans and jalapeno cornbread. And save room for dessert, the Brazo’s Bottom pecan pie is a must try.
Though Tex-Mex may rule the state, Javier’s in High Park, Dallas proves that Mexican food has not been forgotten. This upscale Texas restaurant serves up everything from mole to Mayan style pork. The restaurant also boasts a lounge and cigar bar for those who enjoy a post dinner smoke. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Tres Leches, cajeta crepes, and flan al Kahlua.
One of the most romantic restaurants in Texas is Green Pastures, a large Southern estate in the state’s capital city of Austin. Dine among the old oak trees while peacocks roam the grounds. The lavish 1888 Victorian-style home is the epitome of Southern hospitality. Diners can enjoy deliciously decadent entrees such as seared duck breast, salt and pepper poulet rouge chicken and espresso-cocoa ribeye. As for dessert, the chocolate habanero crème brūlée is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.
Pick up a sweet treat at this new bakery, owned by Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell who cut their teeth at Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, California, before relocating to the south. Locals are already addicted to their refined tarts and fluffy macaroons.
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.
Chef Nathan Stevens gave this main square restaurant, an airy space with pressed tin ceilings, a much-needed update. Stevens uses local produce whenever possible, as seen in his earthy beet salad topped with creamy goat cheese from nearby CKC Farms.
Located in Austin’s up-and-coming East Side, Justine’s is a fantastic French bistro that attracts a stylish hipster crew, eager for expertly crafted steak frites and garlicky escargot.
Repeat travelers to Rockport know to head to this popular eatery—known for its fresh, Cajun-style seafood—for their first supper in town. If you can beat the locals, grab a table for blackened redfish, grilled flounder, and peppery gumbo.
Dallas veteran and Top Chef contestant John Tesar opened this seafood restaurant to rave reviews. Crisp, clean interiors let artful plates—fluke sashimi with blood orange and fennel; king crab garden salad—take center stage.
You’ll likely meet chef Edie Pruitt making his rounds at this restaurant, set in a revamped bungalow. Start the meal off with additive cornbread muffins before moving onto boiled shrimp with a basil ponzu marinade or grilled chicken and mango salsa.
Joe T.’s—as the residents call it—originally opened in 1935 and continues to be packed with locals and visitors clamoring for margaritas, chile rellenos, and tamales. Grab a patio seat if one is available.
The seasonal menu changes weekly at this polished restaurant and grill, located off of the town square, decorated in southern country style with dark-wood tables and chairs and stone wall interiors. Stop by for happy hour from 4 to 6 PM.
The menu at this casual waterfront restaurant are packed with dishes—fried fish, shrimp and rice, and crab cakes—made from generations-old family recipes.
Get your day started at this early bird restaurant—they only serve breakfast and lunch—close to Denton’s historic town square. Made from scratch dishes include red velvet or peanut butter and chocolate pancakes, as well as ten kinds of eggs Benedict.
Satiate your sweet tooth at this ice cream parlor with checkered floors and a long marble counter. Scoops of black cherry and dulce de leche ice cream are served in made-to-order waffle cones.
Live music is a regular draw at this down home local favorite, where comfort foods such as whole fried catfish and a New York strip steak are served in the dining room or on a patio under strings of twinkling lights.
Comfort foods such as salmon with a honey-chili glaze and a pub burger with bacon jam are well priced at this local staple. Stop in for live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
What is now a popular barbecue restaurant originally opened as a grocery store in meat market in 1915. Grab a plate of sliced brisket and jalapeño sausage and saddle up to an outdoor picnic table under strings of lights.