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.
Located in The Heights, Shade showcases a cross-cultural menu from executive chef David Luna, offering everything from Asian-inspired entrées to Southern brunch classics.
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, the main dinning area features warm wood floors, a cozy fireplace, and an open kitchen that is partially enclosed by a brick wall.
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 checking it out is smart. Advertised awkwardly as “upscale comfort food,” its fried chicken is better described as Tex-Mex soul.
The more casual sibling of Churrascos, which has locations in Westchase and River Oaks, Amazón Grill still brings the flavorful, creative Latin cuisine restaurateur Michael Cordúa is known for.
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 to a mixed crowd of Austin high rollers and hungry undergraduates.
Chef Tracy Miller ensconced her masterpiece, Local, in the ground floor of Dallas's Boyd Hotel in 2003. Since then, Local has been delighting, well, locals with its inspired menu of modern American cuisine.
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, contemporary dining area is highlighted by Eastern accents such as rice paper partitioning and ikebana arrangements.
Stubb’s is an Austin institution serving standard Texas barbecue fare: brisket, beef and pork ribs, and chicken, all slow-cooked over wood flames. The meats come accompanied by Stubb’s signature sauce and a selection of sides that include okra, pinto beans, and sweet potatoes.
Stop by for grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, cult-favorite Coca-Cola from Mexico, and a stellar burger topped with crumbly cheddar.
Established in 1967 as a sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, this Midtown landmark is renowned for its award-winning Southern and Creole cuisine. Designed by architect John F. Staub, the restaurant burned to the ground during Hurricane Ike but was completely restored in 2010.
Bess translates an idealized French bistro into western terms (pewter bar; encaustic tile; distressed mirrors).
You can eat like a true Texan without leaving the airport, thanks to the sauce-smothered sandwiches of Austin’s venerable barbecue franchise. Be sure to order the knockout sides, which include coleslaw, beans, and potato salad.
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 uninspired restaurants. But Brasserie Max and Julie, opened in late 2007, seems destined for success.
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’s favorite frozen treat—not to mention the free samples at the end of the factory tour.