Texas

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.

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.

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.

Chef Daniele Puleo, a native Sicilian, brings talent and good taste from his homeland in brick-façade restaurant, where the caprese salad, freshly baked pizzas (among other dishes) are topped with housemade mozzarella.

The eclectic menu at this popular eatery—dubbed an American pub in Paris—includes oysters, duck tacos, and prime rib. It also has the largest tequila collection in North Texas, so start things off with a margarita.

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 chutney; rib-eye with asparagus—are served on a whimsical collection of vintage plates.

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

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. The restaurant also serves menudo, a rich stew traditionally made with beef tripe and chilies.

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 meats ranging from New York strips and chop sirloin to shish kabob and chicken-fried steak.

Foodways Texas, a food preservation association, made a film about Zentner’s in honor of family-owned and time-tested Texas restaurants. The house specialty has been chicken-fried steak since the dining room opened its doors in 1974.

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-printed tablecloths. Leave room for dessert—the white chocolate cheesecake is a standout.

Stop in for Bavarian specialties such as schnitzels, rinder goulash, and hühnerbrust geschnetzeltes at this family-owned restaurant. You can also sip German brews in the outdoor beer and wine garden.

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

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’ll find guacamole and blue kettle chips with truffle oil, grilled Veracruz-style red drum and honey Dijon chicken—and live jazz every Saturday night.

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.