Restaurants in Texas

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Though located some 40 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, by 1920 Houston was a booming port, known as the city where 17 railroads meet the sea&mdash... Read More

Recently and beautifully renovated, 1886 Café & Bakery at the Driskill Hotel is a good way to get a taste of the Driskill's old-fashioned Texas... Read More

Get your day started at this early bird restaurant—they only serve breakfast and lunch—close to Denton’s historic town square. Made... Read More

How can you not love a restaurant that starts off a meal with a lobster shooter? Enjoy a signature cocktail at the bar before migrating to the dining... Read More

High ceilings, wrap-around windows and an open kitchen make for an inviting feel at this family owned restaurant, where menu offerings are... Read More

Proof that proper customer service is not dead, owner Al Biernat and his commitment to his guests' dining experience is what has kept this Park Cities... Read More

Now a national chain, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema—known for its food, quirky events and strict rules against talking and texting during movies—was born... Read More

This restaurant is located on the Inn on the Creek grounds, anchored by an 1882 Victorian House. The cozy dining room has a global menu—you&rsquo... Read More

Stop in for Bavarian specialties such as schnitzels, rinder goulash, and hühnerbrust geschnetzeltes at this family-owned restaurant. You can also... Read More

The more casual sibling of Churrascos, which has locations in Westchase and River Oaks, Amazón Grill still brings the flavorful, creative Latin... Read More

Moody lighting, sleek surfaces, and intimate dining areas characterize Américas, chef Michael Cordua's Latin fusion restaurant and bar, one of... Read More

Chef and owner Taylor Hall is devoted to more than just fine cuisine on his beautiful six-acre property along the Pedernales River: Apis is a sanctuary... Read More

Said to be one of the only authentic Sardinian restaurants in the country, Houston’s Arcodoro seeks to transport diners to this beautiful island... Read More

The Arlo’s food truck serves up fun, messy burgers and tacos—perfect for fueling a night of bar-hopping in the Red River District. As a matter of fact,... Read More

Ideal for pre-show dining, Artista offers contemporary American cuisine inside the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The high-ceilinged dining room... Read More

With its mix of gold-colored and limestone walls, cherry wood floors and soft lighting, Arturo's dining room transports you to Tuscany. At this classic... Read More

This little bit of Paris, charmingly set in an unassuming brick house at the edge of the Museum District, is the labor of love of two young Frenchmen,... Read More

It’s like dining at a friend’s house at this neighborhood bistro, dishes such as salmon topped with toasted pecans are served on floral... Read More

Housed in a gorgeous red brick former bakery in the sixth ward, B&B is a butcher shop, deli, and fine-dining steakhouse in one. Decadence begins... Read More

Inside a charming '30s-era house in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood is the Backstreet Café. The intimate dining room spans two floors, but... Read More

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... Read More

Rainey Street, near downtown, is Austin’s trendiest area for bar-hopping, but once you arrive at Bangers, you might not make it to any more stops. The... Read More

Eating at the old-style family diner in Houston feels like an Edward Hopper dream with a Deep South spirit on the side. The same soulful bunch of ladies... Read More

In addition to chef Bryce Gilmore's 13-course tasting menu, à la carte dining is now offered to guests; indulge in unpredictable delicacies like pig... Read More

Vegetarian Mexican food? No problem. But until recently, vegetarians and vegans got shut out of the other food category that Central Texas is best known... Read More

A former 1920s home in Montrose is the setting for this small, stylish restaurant whose name is an abbreviation of Barcelona. Gallery-like white walls... Read More

Once a neighborhood icehouse, the renovated building on the corner of Sawyer and Decatur Streets now houses Beaver’s restaurant and bar. Inside,... Read More

The Esfandiary brothers, who originally hail from Iran, are famous for their steaks in here in Abilene. Settle in the saloon-style restaurant for choice... Read More

This retro restaurant and bar evokes Rat Pack–era Palm Springs; the ... Read More

Located in Houston’s Rice Village, Benjy’s offers modern American dining experience. Inside the dining room, exposed light bulbs dangle from... Read More

Open 24 hours a day, Bennu is there any time your caffeine craving strikes. Those extended hours and its proximity to the University of Texas make it... Read More

Bess translates an idealized French bistro into western terms (pewter bar; encaustic tile; distressed mirrors). Yes, it serves killer steak frites, but... Read More

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... Read More

If you manage to finish the 72-ounce steak dinner in an hour, it’s free (otherwise it costs $72). There’s also more reasonably priced (and... Read More

Big’z Burger Joint serves standard American burgers and fries with a twist: the burgers are dressed with special sauces like ginger lime ketchup... Read More

Biga, one of the few upscale dining options in downtown San Antonio, specializes in contemporary American cuisine prepared by chef Bruce Auden. Located... Read More

A red jack marks the spot—the large toy-inspired outdoor installation is iconic in Houston—at the modern, open-all-day bistro adjacent to the famous... Read More

You may see more families than romancing couples at the Blue Bell Creamery, but it’s worth stopping in to see the birthplace of every Texan&rsquo... Read More

This updated version of the traditional diner concept is not, in fact, a cafeteria at all but a sit-down restaurant popular for its take on traditional... Read More

The original of what is now a widespread chain of steakhouses, this Lemmon Avenue landmark is outfitted with dark wood paneling, leather upholstered... Read More

Old paintings and exposed brick and stucco interiors set a warm tone at fine dining restaurant, where comfort food dishes—pork chops with an apple... Read More

Take a break for a prickly-pear margarita and guacamole prepared tableside. Read More

Matching all of your mental images of a laid-back, indie Austin, Bouldin Creek is a vegetarian restaurant and coffee house that will keep your omnivore... Read More

Vegans aren't shut out of all the breakfast taco goodness in Austin. Among the excellent options: Bouldin Creek's veggie chorizo with tofu scramble, and... Read More

Experimental young chef Randy Rucker received immediate accolades for his Briar Grove area restaurant, where the menu is written based on what's... Read More

This Montrose eatery is a neighborhood favorite for those looking to relax with a cup of coffee or light sandwich. Besides the exposed brick interior,... Read More

Even on a hot day, the tables outside this modern, sleek French brasserie are as packed as those inside. A designer handbag and steak frites sit atop... Read More

Over the years, this rambling old Arts and Crafts bungalow with sunny rooms and a deep front deck that overlooks the street has housed a string of... Read More

A line of patrons wrapping around the entirety of this bright yellow building is a common sight in Midtown, especially on weekends. Serving breakfast... Read More

Established in 1967 as a sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, this Midtown landmark is renowned for its award-winning Southern... Read More

Not everyone—or, really, anyone—earns a nickname from Tom Colicchio, but finalist Casey Thompson was known as “Case” by Season 3... Read More

Seasonal dishes and Spanish delicacies (jamón ibérico, made-to-order paella) should be ordered a few at a time until everyone in your party is stuffed... Read More

Since 1979, the Cactus Café, located inside the Texas Union, has played host to a who’s who of roots and acoustic artists, including Lyle Lovett,... Read More

Café Momentum was once just a series of pop up dinner and is now a buzzing downtown dining destination. It also serves as a nonprofit that provides... Read More

Café San Miguel is an upscale, new-style Mexican restaurant that offers authentic fare and homemade staples like corn tortillas, chips, and... Read More

The décor in pale aqua and white is as sweet as the vegan treats here. The "fauxstess" cupcake uncannily evokes the chocolatey childhood snack. Kolaches... Read More

Here, coastal Mexican cuisine and authentic seafood dishes are served in a pristine, modern, white dining room with playful sea creature contemporary... Read More

As condos spring up around Barton Springs Road, nearby Casa de Luz just keeps doing what it's always done: serving up three vegan, organic, gluten-free... Read More

My favorite burger—indeed, one of my favorite things on this Earth—comes from this dark bar on Sixth Street. It's three-quarters of a pound of fresh... Read More

The restaurant serves up hearty T-bone steaks and mesquite ribs; the property also has a small farm zoo and a playground for kids. Read More

You might not be familiar with the Mexican martini, a generous margarita-style cocktail served around Austin. According to legend, this bar introduced... Read More

Opened in 2012, Cenote is another stylish spot with options to suit your every beverage mood. The coffee, beer and wine are paired with a food menu that... Read More

The café at the mega-gourmet grocery has outdoor seating with plenty of running-around room for the youngsters, as well as a kids' menu. Besides the... Read More

Thanks to a tagline that promises Churrascos is "further south than you have ever been before," patrons expect to find the best Latin American American... Read More

The Westchase location of Michael Cordúa's upscale Latin American franchise offers a cozier setting than its more contemporary River Oaks sibling... Read More

For honest, spicy enchiladas and authentic Mexican fare. Read More

The Hula Hut serves large portions of Tex-Mex cuisine with Polynesian touches (typically involving pineapple slices), often accompanied by pitchers... Read More

An open kitchen greets patrons at this petite and popular Clarksville spot. Cozy up in a booth inside or on the pecan-shaded deck, and enjoy a... Read More

Resembling an Old West outpost, this barbecue restaurant is housed in a rustic, one-story wooden building in Tioga, about an hour north of Dallas. The... Read More

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

Serving pizza made with ingredients from the on-site garden in a wood burning oven, the no-reservations eatery's cult following isn't deterred by large... Read More

Perched on one of the busiest corners in Montrose, this coffee shop and bakery bustles from early morning 'til evening, and is an uber-hip setting for... Read More

Even the most laid-back of towns needs a certifiably fancy restaurant or two. Since 2010, Congress has been making its mark in Austin thanks to... Read More

Contigo—the mostly-outdoor East Austin restaurant—is modeled after Contigo, the ranch in South Texas. Contigo describes its fare as “fresh, quality bar... Read More

Order the signature two-inch-thick pork chop and brisket directly from the pit. Read More

The people-watching is as good as the Italian at this Rice Village hot spot, where fans congregate over authentic, thin crust pizzas topped with black... Read More

Stop by for grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, cult-favorite Coca-Cola from Mexico, and a stellar burger topped with crumbly cheddar. Read More

I love the savory and satisfying biscuit bowl Counter Culture serves at brunch—and as a former Georgian, I take my biscuits and gravy very seriously. It... Read More

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... Read More

The frozen-avocado margarita is the most famous option at this consistently good Interior-Mexican spot in South Austin, but I’m more a fan of the light... Read More

Often lauded as the best Italian restaurant in Houston, Da Marco is set in an unassuming Montrose cottage that belies an elegant interior of hardwood... Read More

This roving supper club has taken off in popularity in recent years among Austin foodies and is active in spring and fall, with events held outdoors... Read More

A North Dallas landmark for more than 20 years, the original Del Frisco’s is known for its date-worthy atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. Dark... Read More

Stop in this South Texas institution for dozen or half dozen orders of the Mexican classic, from chicken or beef to jalapeño, bean and cheese.... Read More

Ready for some of the most history-rich burgers you can get in Austin? This little stand near the University of Texas has been serving up burgers,... Read More

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... Read More

An overnight success when it opened in 2006, Dolce Vita, which occupies a rambling two-story Victorian house, feels like a private—but very... Read More

A twinkling Christmas tree, ghoulish Halloween décor, flowered drapery, colorful foam-cushioned bar seating and a cozy patio lined with toilet... Read More

A well-dressed hipster crowd gathers at this brick firehouse-turned-restaurant in the Heights that is consistently packed, especially for brunch. Often... Read More

Located uptown inside the boutique Hotel ZaZa, Dragonfly’s dining room is marked by graphic Piero Fornasetti wallpaper, framed photographs and... Read More

The Driskill Grill, located in the luxury hotel of the same name on the corner of Congress Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Austin, retains in its wood... Read More

It's pretty great that you can eat in a restaurant created by a Top Chef winner for under $10 per entree. Paul Qui co-founded East Side King, which has... Read More

Is it wrong that I daydream about Thai-Kun moving into my backyard, enabling me to eat the Waterfall Pork or Thai Kun Fried Chicken every day? This... Read More

"Bake shop and beer garden" isn't a business description you hear every day, but stick with me: In the morning, pick up coffee and pastry. Later in the... Read More

The seasonal menu changes weekly at this polished restaurant and grill, located off of the town square, decorated in southern country style with dark... Read More

Order the birria, a hearty Mexican goat stew. The light burgundy broth has an oily sheen, and should be showered with minced jalapeño, onion,... Read More

From an unassuming, tin-roofed structure on Manor Road, across from Interstate 35 and the University of Texas at Austin campus, El Chile serves Tex-Mex... Read More

The frozen margaritas here are some of the best for cooling down on a hot Austin day. Crave something different? Enjoy a spicy orange Chilango margarita... Read More

El Meson, which serves traditional Mexican fare in a non-trendy location in Southeast Austin, has the look and feel of a century-old Southwestern ... Read More

New from the folks behind the popular El Chile Mexican restaurants, El Sapo serves a lineup of burgers with Tex-Mex flavor—thanks to toppings such as... Read More

At this new, buzz-worthy farm-to-table restaurant on Rainey Street, prepare to feast with your eyes as servers bring around a seemingly endless stream... Read More

Just five minutes from Memorial City Mall in West Houston, this Turkish restaurant’s unassuming strip mall location belies an interior of classic... Read More

Fans of the Austin-shot television series Friday Night Lights might recognize this retro-themed restaurant with a big menu of burgers, pizza and lots... Read More

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... Read More

Given its widespread national acclaim, Fearing's has become a favorite in Dallas's Uptown area. Chef and partner Dean Fearing, winner of a James Beard... Read More

One of the most nourishing and idiosyncratic spots to open in town since, well, ever, is Feast, set in a rambling Arts and Crafts house in Montrose. The... Read More

Located off the beaten path in the West Campus neighborhood, this second-story restaurant is known for its Mediterranean small plates and inventive... Read More

Southern stalwarts get an upscale twist at this downtown eatery: buttery biscuits, deviled eggs, and grits to your liking. Read More

Operating out of a vintage Avion trailer, this cash-only crêpe vendor serves sweet and savory variations of the French staple, all of which are... Read More

Offering the type of dishes one would find at a typical Parisian cafe that are just as authentic, the display cases at Flo offer a challenge. Here, it's... Read More

Pastry chef Rebecca Masson earned her stellar reputation providing desserts for trendy and high-end restaurants and top bakeries in town, becoming such... Read More

A perennial brunch favorite in Austin since 1975, Fonda San Miguel has an atmosphere of colorful, old-school elegance and a generously laden buffet. But... Read More

The husband-and-wife chefs here exhibit skillful talent at creating traditional northern Thai food—evidence of their years spent abroad. The ... Read More

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... Read More

Speaking of Bloodys (a subject almost as dear to my heart as gravy), at Frank they come garnished with a big slice of bacon.  The full Sunday... Read More

This is no ordinary Austin restaurant; it's a rite of passage. The barbecue king is worth the wait: pile your tray high with Aaron Franklin's brisket,... Read More

What you've heard about Franklin is true: It is great, and the lines are crazy. In fact, I've never seen it without one. If you're making your... Read More

On funky South First Street, Freddie's has a playground and ample seating both outdoors and indoors. Outside is where it's at, though, with a small... Read More

Chef Johnny Hernandez, a local celebrity, opened Fruteria - Botanero in South Town, a neighborhood where beautiful old industrial buildings are... Read More

Displaying food as art—that is what you'll find at Matt McCallister's uber-hip Dallas Design District restaurant that serves modern American cuisine... Read More

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. Read More

Husband and wife duo Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder are California transplants cooking up seasonal American cuisine in a coastal cool environment.... Read More

Located in the Heights neighborhood, the Glass Wall offers seasonal menus of modern American cuisine created by chef Jorge Rodriguez. Adorned with... Read More

Traveling with little meat eaters? They can feast on lamb ribs and sausages at this classic barbecue restaurant, where paper plants land on checked... Read More

Texas is known for its barbecue, and as locals will tell you, Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q is the place to go in Houston for authentic Texas barbecue.... Read More

How can a town that is less than 40 have a pub that's 107 years old? Simple: it was shipped from Ireland. At the well-traveled Goose's Acre Bistro and... Read More

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... Read More

The Gristmill used to be a cotton gin. Today, the restaurant serves Lone Star State-inspired creations include burgers smothered in queso and jalape... Read More

Throw dieting out the window and indulge in decadent Low Country cuisine at this sunny, sophisticated eatery in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District.... Read More

A unique concept opened by a local sommelier, this Rice Village taverna boasts an all-Greek wine list and menu that offers modern takes on Greek... Read More

This Paleo-inspired restaurant values food as fuel and showcases that in its "back to the basics" menu. Pick your protein and create a dinner bowl, or... Read More

Though this North Henderson dining room has been open for years, Hibiscus’s charm continues to attract Lone Star foodies. A touch rustic in design... Read More

With floor to ceiling windows that overlook the bustle of Midtown, the sleek restaurant offers seafood from the nearby Gulf and other coasts. The lively... Read More

I like how they think at the Holy Cacao dessert trailer: They decided it would be a good idea to put cake (choose from chocolate, red velvet, white or... Read More

At this unassuming restaurant in Cherrywood, local chef-owner Hoover Alexander serves Deep South—style comfort food with Tex-Mex, Cajun, and... Read More

OK, so they have kind of a weird line system, but there's a reason there's always a line. Hopdoddy crafts burgers from Angus or Texas Akaushi beef, as... Read More

A good way to get closer as a couple is to try something new together—like, say, Hudson's rattlesnake cakes. (Don't worry—they’re delicious and don’t... Read More

Housed in a 1925 structure built by well-known Houston architect Joseph Finger, Hugo's brings regional Mexican cuisine to the Montrose area. As a... Read More

Serving up splendid, authentic British fare in a relaxed tavern setting, a respected local restaurant group is behind this neighborhood concept in the... Read More

Named after an island off Spain, Ibiza delights Houston's Montrose residents with a fusion of Spanish, Mediterranean, and French cuisine from the open... Read More

Industrial floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the kitchen where chef Andrew Weissman whips up seasonal Italian plates, including house-made... Read More

Just a few blocks east of Montrose, Indika blends traditional Indian ingredients with fresh, local ingredients to create a progressive take on Indian... Read More

Chef Daniele Puleo, a native Sicilian, brings talent and good taste from his homeland in brick-façade restaurant, where the caprese salad,... Read More

Just down the street from Minute Maid Park, this restaurant is a lunchtime favorite for downtown business folks. Knickknacks like plastic dolls and... Read More

Elevated Asian street food is the inspiration for this modern Japanese pub concept in trendy Midtown. Diners return again and again to taste their way... Read More

Ultra-modern loft space serving updated Texas chophouse classics Read More

Located in the quiet Clarksville neighborhood, this upscale New American restaurant is a longtime favorite of visiting celebrities and dignitaries. Read More

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... Read More

This longtime Italian food and wine shop run by the Dicarlo family has been East Dallas' best kept secret for more than 40 years. Many visit for... Read More

The Jo's on South Congress Avenue is a hub of that popular area, and it’s also home to the Instagram-able "I love you so much" graffiti. The downtown... Read More

Joe T.’s—as the residents call it—originally opened in 1935 and continues to be packed with locals and visitors clamoring for... Read More

Turkey isn't the marquee meat of Texas barbecue, but John Mueller Meat Co. proves that's an injustice with its peppery-crusted version. (Mueller is... Read More

Stop in this rustic, stone-walled restaurant for Mesquite-grilled steaks. Read More

Previously a private event space as the sister restaurant to Jeffrey's, this idyllic Clarksville cafe popped up three years ago and quickly became the... Read More

The coffee house is adjacent to the Hotel San José and is perfect for iced coffees and people watching. Read More

JuiceLand is your Austin go-to for green juices, protein smoothies and juice shots. Its Hyde Park location is the best one, because it’s also home to... Read More

Located in midtown Houston along the light rail line, Julia’s Bistro offers modern Latin cuisine served amid fresh flowers and vibrant color block... Read More

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... Read More

The ordinary strip center location may not be indicative of the elevated cuisine inside, but the amount of cars, day or night, is—sushi and grilled... Read More

Because you can't live on tacos alone (listen, I've tried), Kebabalicious has been serving up tasty food including meat and falafel kebabs since they... Read More

This high-end downtown sushi spot in the warehouse district is marked by blue neon lighting that runs along the edge of the building. Inside, the dark,... Read More

About 30 minutes south of Houston, this renowned steakhouse is tucked away inside a deceptively understated former icehouse. The dining room, however,... Read More

Celebrity chef John Tesar has managed to reinvent the steakhouse wheel at the Highland Dallas, offering fine food, creative cocktails, and personality... Read More

If you're in town for a convention, or just staying downtown, it's easy to stumble into overpriced, so-so food. Koriente, though, will feed you well and... Read More

You’re not going to find sauce at Kreuz’s (pronounced Krites), a Lockhart stronghold since 1900. They’re best known for their sausages... Read More

With a seasonal and local take on modern Japanese cooking, this upscale Gateway Memorial restaurant serves what some call the best sushi in town. But... Read More

Just east of Interstate 35, the La Barbecue truck serves up obsession-inspiring brisket (and I'm not even really a brisket fan), tender turkey, sausage,... Read More

With La Condesa in Austin's trendy Warehouse District, chef Rene Ortiz brings traditional flavors of the interior of Mexico to Texas. Don't expect Tex... Read More

It's not technically a margarita, but El Cubico—a cocktail that blends flavors including tobacco, vanilla, pineapple, lemon and saffron—is perhaps the... Read More

Dinner at the contemporary Mexican restaurant La Condesa feels like a visit to a beautiful, tropical-modern resort—but you’re really in the middle of... Read More

Seamlessly blending the cuisines of Europe and Latin America, owners and Dallas food stars Espartaco and Dunia Borga create soul-warming comfort... Read More

This little Tex-Mex restaurant is little ways southwest of Central Austin, so set your GPS. Order a couple of the a la carte tacos for under $2 each: I... Read More

Chef Johnny Hernandez spent seven years in Mexico researching the country's street foods for this restaurant. Grab a seat on one of the patios for... Read More

I had never heard of tres leches cake—a sponge cake soaked in different kinds of milk—before I moved to Austin in 1999, but with the first bite, I... Read More

Family-owned La Mexicana isn't fancy, but it is delicious — and essential if you want to experience the real flavor of Austin. You'll be drawn to the... Read More

In a town of many fine Tex-Mex restaurants, La Tapatia is the standout. Located on a busy block of Richmond Avenue, this glorified diner offers nothing... Read More

All of the new, artfully designed bars in Austin, with their artisanal cocktails and such, are well and good, but there's just something about a dark,... Read More

The postmodern barbecue joint, housed among mid-construction condo buildings in an airy, historic brick warehouse, delivers outstanding barbecued... Read More

Easily one of the year's hottest openings, chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki recently received a James Beard nod for this bright eatery, which... Read More

Drawing on his experience working at Le Bilboquet in New York, Dallas owner Stephan Courseau opened the doors to this neighborhood French restaurant in... Read More

Terminal C in George Bush Intercontinental Airport may be the last place travelers expect to find a French brasserie, but Le Grand Comptoir is just that... Read More

The restaurant looks and feels like a farmer's market and supports local farmers and business. It uses only biodegradable, compostable, or recycled... Read More

Don’t let the dive bar ambiance fool you; Lee Harvey’s is as fit for foodies as it is for beer enthusiasts. The South Dallas spot is famous... Read More

How romantic is this? Lenoir was opened in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal prix-fixe menu amid... Read More

Serving authentic bánh mì and pho in a converted Montrose bungalow, this order-at-the-counter Vietnamese cafe is relaxed yet modern, with a wood-wrapped... Read More

Once a mother house for the Benedictine Sisters, this historic Southtown building (dating back to 1883) now houses Liberty Bar. Established in 1984, the... Read More

The scene is lively at this upscale-yet-approachable oyster bar, where the seafood menu has a decidedly Southern twist. The large central bar offers... Read More

You won't see flavors like Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey, or Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil & Sea Salt on the flavor list at just any ice cream shop —... Read More

Locally sourced ingredients are king at this popular eatery with counter service by day and full service by night. An homage to the best fresh produce... Read More

With just 32 seats, this cozy restaurant is one of the toughest reservations in town and books out months in advance. The Italian menu features... Read More

Chef Julio Peraza prepares dishes inspired by Mexican and French cuisine in this new Park Cities foodie hub. Standout dishes like enfrijoladas and skate... Read More

From her East Austin chocolaterie, chef Maggie Callahan uses premium Venezuelan chocolate for her whimsical artisan designs. The resulting confections... Read More

Originally built as a private estate in 1908, the Rosewood Mansion is now an iconic Uptown hotel housing one of the city’s most popular... Read More

Don’t let the pedestrian name fool you: Maria's Taco Xpress is not a fast-food joint. Rather, it is a characteristically offbeat South Austin... Read More

Corny to say, but eating at Mark's can be a religious experience, and although it occupies an early 1920's brick church complete with sanctuary, side... Read More

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

The Pete's Tantalizing Taco, with egg, sausage, potato, serrano peppers and onions, is one of my favorite breakfast tacos in town, but don't go for it... Read More

Chefs who try to fancify lowbrow food warrant suspicion but not immediate dismissal. Max’s Wine Dive in Austin is a perfect example of why... Read More

A North Dallas tradition since 1938, this family-owned café is located in a renovated red-brick house that maintains residential elements such as... Read More

This bistro invites guests to enjoy an espresso or glass of wine on their cozy patio. Perhaps this Boulevard Saint Germain-caliber charm is due to... Read More

Stop by Mi Madre’s on a weekend morning to pick up some breakfast tacos to go and you'll see why this is such a popular spot for the restaurant's East... Read More

Established by Butch and Ana Enriquez in 1981, this Lemmon Avenue landmark serves homemade traditional Tex-Mex cuisine to customers ranging from Dallas... Read More

You can’t get much more Austin than a barbecue trailer started by an ex-rock ‘n’ roller. That's the backstory on Micklethwait's, a friendly place that... Read More

If you pick up some brisket, sausage, ribs, or other to-go meats from this trailer a few minutes from downtown, they'll give you careful instructions on... Read More

The folks behind the Alamo Drafthouse opened this modern speakeasy in 2012. The location is a former—ahem—house of ill repute. Today it’s a serious... Read More

The draw at this Austin mainstay is the setting.  The spacious deck overlooking Lake Austin is a scenic spot to savor your beverage, snack on... Read More

Founded in 1999 by restaurateur Phil Romano, this Uptown staple has been one of Dallas' most popular steakhouses ever since. At this steakhouse, the... Read More

Situated in the historic Magnolia district, this Italian restaurant is easily recognizable by its black-and-white-striped awning and the long line of... Read More

This Dallas staple recently moved to a bigger space in Trinity Groves, and that means more space to enjoy one of the best burgers in town (don't forget... Read More

Recently recognized with a James Beard Award, this upscale, modern Southern restaurant impresses outsiders with a bevy of farm-fresh cuisine. Read More

The most famous dish here is called SOS 2014, after the military slang for "Stew on a Shingle." (At least that's the polite version.) But at Olivia,... Read More

Opt for an outdoor table—an ideal spot for kiddos to look out for dolphins—at this Galveston Harbor-front restaurant. Healthy menu options... Read More

The famous sweet-and-spicy baby back ribs require more than a few paper towels. Read More

Reservations are hard to come by at this tasting menu restaurant, but vegetarians rejoice over the meat-free tasting menu option, while elegant meat and... Read More

Since the first P. Terry's opened in 2005, eight more have sprung up around town, which tells you just how much Austinities love the burgers (beef,... Read More

Follow the yellow awning to this brick-front American hot spot in Montrose, where a large metal map of the U.S. is a focal point of the lively main... Read More

Diners will see an LED art display of an entire sunrise and sunset over the South African desert on the dining room's domed ceiling in this multi-room... Read More

Overhead, a metal installation of a school of swimming fish by a local artist sets the stage for beautifully plated seafood inspired by South America... Read More

There’s no better place to go for burgers and shakes, especially since this casual joint with great outdoor seating and a big playground is... Read More

This is another local chain with serious Austin cred: It's from the folks behind the beloved Amy's Ice Creams, and Phil's burgers are named after the... Read More

This kitschy, colorful space has rows of painted outdoor tables and menu items—a half pound burger topped with bacon and cheddar; beer battered... Read More

First established in Guatemala in 1971, this family-owned eatery is now an international franchise offering authentic, affordable Latin fare. At... Read More

Serving updated Indian classics using fresh, local ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations, expect counter service by breakfast and lunch, and... Read More

The upscale sports-oriented gastropub in the fast-growing Gateway Memorial City district is massive, but feels warm and inviting thanks to careful nods... Read More

When I lived in the Hyde Park area near the University of Texas, I spent many a weekend morning in this easygoing neighborhood spot.  Their salty... Read More

Located in the Warehouse District, Ranch 616 specializes in South Texas cuisine, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast seafood, wild game, and bold spices. The... Read More

Boulevardier's mischievous southern sibling is now open on Greenville Avenue. Owners Brooks Anderson and Bradley Anderson, along with chef Nathan Tate,... Read More

About two years ago, when Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant Bank, at the Icon Hotel, closed, its chef de cuisine Bryan Caswell turned his... Read More

This nostalgic soda shop, led by chef Danyele Mcpherson, will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Great attention is paid to making classics ... Read More

This institution, founded in 1987, is best known for its pies—think buttermilk with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans and strawberry rhubarb... Read More

This barbecue institution began as a small addition to a general store in the Texas Hill Country town of Leon Springs. Since then, it has expanded to... Read More

You can eat like a true Texan without leaving the airport, thanks to the sauce-smothered sandwiches of Austin’s venerable barbecue franchise. Be... Read More

Believe it or not, the most famous barbecue joint in Texas, the Salt Lick, is easy to miss—if your windows are rolled up. Roll them down, and the... Read More

The see-and-be-seen swirl the central bar at this Upper Kirby hot spot, which exhibits Brandi Key's most graceful touch in fresh fish (cooked and raw)... Read More

Housed in a standalone red-brick building, this casual barbecue joint is the namesake restaurant of U.S. Olympic weightlifting champion Sammy... Read More

Housed inside the former Pearl Brewery, Sandbar Fish House & Market serves up a fresh selection of hook-and-line-caught seafood that is flown in... Read More

Second, the less-formal (but still sharp) sibling to the acclaimed Congress restaurant next door, has earned plenty of accolades of its own, including... Read More

Located in The Heights, Shade showcases a cross-cultural menu from executive chef David Luna, offering everything from Asian-inspired entrées to... Read More

Named for the expansive pecan trees lining this trendy section of Barton Springs Road, Shady Grove's patio area provides coverage from the hot Texas sun... Read More

Located in Dallas's vibrant University Park neighborhood, Shinsei's name translates as "rebirth" or "new beginning.” Inside, the sushi bar and Pan... Read More

Sometimes you just need a big bucket of fried chicken, and Lisa Garza is serving it up at the most darling spot in Dallas, a place that's reminiscent of... Read More

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... Read More

If you visit in Austin during the warmer months (a.k.a. most months), a stop at this shaved-ice truck on Barton Springs Road is mandatory. The delicate... Read More

The menu at this casual waterfront restaurant are packed with dishes—fried fish, shrimp and rice, and crab cakes—made from generations-old... Read More

Established in 1958, this family-owned barbecue joint is now a popular chain with locations throughout the Lone Star State (there’s even an... Read More

You're on vacation—you can brunch on Tuesday if you want to! And if you do, South Congress Café is always there. Consistent and popular since 2003, this... Read More

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... Read More

Order the ribs before they sell out at this smoked meat institution. Otherwise, opt for the mother clucker, a chicken sandwich loaded with cheddar,... Read More

Located in the Arts District, Stephan Pyles derives its name from its chef, Esquire Magazine's 2006 Chef of the Year and the "father of Southwestern... Read More

If you've seen Richard Linklater's classic "Dazed and Confused," you might recognize the shopping center that's home to Stiles Switch as one of the... Read More

One of Houston’s most famous steakhouses, the Strip House occupies a prime downtown location within walking distance of the George R. Brown... Read More

Every Sunday, this barbecue restaurant and live music venue serves up its Gospel Brunch at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings of spirit . The singers... Read More

The Scene: Despite their demanding day jobs, Hannah Calvert and her business partner, Tasso, opened SUG in 2006 as a way to exorcise their deep desire... Read More

A farm-to-table restaurant in every sense of the phrase, chef Monica Pope's t'afia offers a refreshingly approachable take on New American cuisine.... Read More

A local favorite, TacoDeli has its own storefronts but also supplies breakfast tacos to many coffee shops around town. Try one or two of the 10 house... Read More

The lineup of margaritas (and other cocktails) here is uniformly tasty and affordable. I usually go with the house Mexican martini for $5.50—a worthy... Read More

Master chef Teiichi Sakurai spent time in Tokyo honing the art of the buckwheat noodle for his soba restaurant. Tei-An's mirrored glass façade in One... Read More

The Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Co. has only been around since 2013, but it's already a fixture. They brew their own beers, which you can enjoy... Read More

It’s hard not to feel like a kid inside this River Oaks candy store. Shades of purple fill the shop, which, as the name suggests, sells everything... Read More

Snag a table for two in this cozy cottage for plates such as line-caught yellow fin sashimi with a balsamic ginger glaze and brown sugar pork belly confit. Read More

Long adored by locals who seriously love beer, the Ginger Man in downtown Austin has a wide selection, a pub feel and a cozy patio.  Walk over here... Read More

Nestled within the city's newest park, Discovery Green, the Grove seems on track to be Houston's 21st-century answer to Tavern on the Green, except here... Read More

Pass through this dark, dive-y bar on East Sixth Street to the outdoor picnic tables and you’ll be greeted with a beautiful sight: an East Side King... Read More

Located in the 19th-century Fort Worth Stockyards, the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is the flagship restaurant of nationally acclaimed chef Tim... Read More

The Mighty Cone serves breaded chicken, shrimp or avocado in a tortilla with ancho sauce. For years, the cones were available only at Austin City Limits... Read More

What It’s Like: The layout of this Austin favorite is a marvel in itself; 40 tiered decks—that can hold up to 2,200 people—jut out... Read More

No visit to Houston is complete without a stop at either The Pass & Provisions, a hip two-in-one concept that is one of the city's top... Read More

The flavors of Austin intersect with those of Asia and the Deep South at the Peached Tortilla.  That means you can make a meal of a banh mi burrito... Read More

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... Read More

"Western chic" is how many describe this eclectic restaurant, whose interior juxtaposes natural woods, hanging antlers, and farm tables next to crystal... Read More

The eclectic menu at this popular eatery—dubbed an American pub in Paris—includes oysters, duck tacos, and prime rib. It also has the... Read More

A line swells out the door at meal time, but chalkboard specials inside the greenhouse-inspired space (the restaurant sits on the grounds of Provençal... Read More

An off-shoot of the popular Tiny Boxwood's, this beautifully landscaped restaurant in the West University enjoys an extremely loyal (and well-dressed)... Read More

As you pass through a wall of water, divided by double glass doors, you realize you’re in for a special meal at Tony's. Inside the dining room,... Read More

Whatever you're doing in Austin, chances are that there's a Torchy's location nearby. Be nonpartisan in your menu choices: Both the Democrat (beef... Read More

Torchy’s Tacos is the little taco trailer that made a name for itself, and is now not only a taco stand in the hipster enclave of South Austin,... Read More

A coffee shop for coffee lovers, neighbors rejoiced when this large, converted industrial space (formerly a Ford dealership, among other things) opened... Read More

An offshoot of what is arguably the most popular restaurant in Austin, Houston's Uchi is a place where, like the original, diners come to worship at the... Read More

American-born chef Tyson Cole crafts fusion suhsi cuisine with such creations as the smoked yellowtail—flown in daily from Tokyo—served with candied... Read More

After teasing Dallas with locations in Austin and Houston, chef Tyson Cole finally gave the people of North Texas what they wanted in 2015, when Uchi... Read More

“Fried milk” may sound like it belongs at the State Fair of Texas, but it's actually right at home at the hip and stylish Uchiko. It's an assemblage of... Read More

Even before the national acclaim started rolling in, chef-owner Chris Shepherd had a hit on his hands with this culinary homage to the city's many... Read More

As the name implies, delicious, fresh pizzas are the main attraction in this new addition to East Austin. Read More

Chef Nathan Stevens gave this main square restaurant, an airy space with pressed tin ceilings, a much-needed update. Stevens uses local produce whenever... Read More

The slow-cooked barbacoa tacos at this truck are so luscious that they’ll ruin you for anyone else's. For breakfast, the migas tacos are justly revered... Read More

When Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said his favorite breakfast tacos came from a fast-food chain, Mando Rayo, co-author of "Austin Breakfast Tacos,"... Read More

Stroll down South Congress Avenue after dinner at this warm and reliable Italian restaurant. Opened in 1998, Vespaio still draws healthy crowds, so if... Read More

Located just down the street from Minute Maid Park, this downtown steakhouse offers USDA Prime beef and fresh seafood alongside an award-winning wine... Read More

This Knox Henderson hot spot gets an A-plus for atmosphere. Serving up creative small plates and creative cocktails, this place stays packed until... Read More

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 jalapeñ... Read More

Sandra Bullock owns this flower shop, bakery, and deli where the motto is Perishable, cherishable, fetishable. Read More

Wrapped entirely in windows, the high design both inside and out gives this multi-purpose restaurants its cult following status. Part coffee house, part... Read More

Despite its unassuming strip mall location, this New American restaurant is often lauded as one of the best in the city. The dining room is intimate and... Read More

Coffee and craft beer co-star at this hip and handsome space just east of downtown Austin. You can even get a shot of espresso served alongside a beer.... Read More

Authentic Chinese cuisine has arrived in downtown Austin. Shanghai-style soup dumplings are a must, as are the Sichuan dry-fried green beans. On Sundays... Read More

Amarillo locals flock to this standby morning and night for its home-style dishes such as huevos rancheros and hash browns and chicken-fried steak. Read More

Stop into this friendly breakfast and lunch spot for piping hot migas (eggs loaded with tomatoes, onions and tortilla chips), fluffy pancakes, and... Read More

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

Foodways Texas, a food preservation association, made a film about Zentner’s in honor of family-owned and time-tested Texas restaurants. The house... Read More

This tacqueria in Old West Austin—one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods, with shady streets and eclectic family-owned shops and... Read More

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