Where & How To Eat Like A True Texan


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This Texas restaurant guide will give you lots of ideas for your next trip to TX! Make sure you let us know which spots you’ve tried and if there are any favorites that we missed! 

Dr. Pepper…barbecue…ranch dressing…Blue Bell ice cream…There are several treats that come to mind when thinking of Texas, and the Lone Star State takes its eating quite seriously. If you are looking to eat like a true Texan, here’s where to go and what to eat!

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Of course Kerbey Lane in Austin made the list, the queso is #1!

Texas Restaurant Guide

1. Chicken Fried Steak

Take beefsteak, cover with flour, pan-fry it, and you’ve got yourself a CFS. This is a staple in the South, and one of the biggest and the best can be found at Mary’s Cafe in Strawn, Texas.

2. Queso

Since Texas borders Mexico, Tex-Mex food is also popular in the Lone Star State, meaning a Mexican-inspired meal isn’t complete without queso. While there are many different varieties of this cheesy dish, Kerbey Lane Cafe in Austin combines pico de gallo, ground beef and guacamole with traditional white cheese…Yum!

3. Sweet Tea

The go-to non-alcoholic beverage in Texas is sweet tea, and while Chicken Express may just look like another fast food joint, it is really the place that serves the best version of this drink. Plus, they are scattered across the South, allowing people to enjoy these large, sugary and cheap drinks in numerous locations.

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4. Tacos

Another Tex-Mex staple is the taco, and Texans eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and for the heck of it. And Torchy’s Tacos – which has locations in all the major cities of Texas, as well as in Oklahoma and Colorado – may just serve up the best.

5. Pecan Pie

Royer’s Cafe has gained some notability in Round Top, due to the quaint little town hosting Texas Antique Week and being home to the Junk Gypsies…but all we need you to know about it right now is the pie – and specifically, the amazing pecan pie at Royer’s!

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6. Chili

Venison, spicy chili sauce, shredded cheese, onions and jalapenos…People can dress up their chili many different ways, but for a traditional yet exciting helping of this dish, we recommend Goode Company Armadillo Palace in Houston.

7. Barbecue

Last but not least, a true Texan enjoys BBQ, and Franklin Barbecue in Austin is well-known for its brisket, ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches and sides.

Whether you live in Texas, visit often, or are planning your first trip (Spring break in Texas, anyone?), we’ve got your meals taken care of! 

Did this Texas restaurant guide help you plan your next meal? What’s your favorite restaurant when you visit the Lone Star State?

Originally published September 3, 2018

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From a Texas town of 300, I made my way to the University of Texas at Austin to study journalism, which spurred me on to write for publications like Us Weekly and to cover events such as New York Fashion Week. When I'm not writing, I'm playing with my cat, vacationing with my family or watching Netflix with my husband.

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