Food in Texas

Essential Food Delights Found Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Last Updated on March 13, 2023

As the second largest state in the U.S, Texas provides the perfect destination for a foodie road trip. A place you’ll never have to eat at the same place twice. Texas is well known for many things, including hot summers, the Alamo, Country Music, no state income taxes, and as the home of Tex-Mex food. While there are many cities in the U.S that are considered the highlight of a food connoisseurs to-do list, they may overlook the variety of cuisine offered in this state. If a road trip in search of food delights is in your future, put Texas on your foodie bucket list. And eat your way across the Lone Star State.

Small Town Gems

No matter if you’re planning a road trip for a spring break getaway, great food, or just want to be deep in the heart of Texas, there’s no denying the cozy feel of small-town dining. West of Fort Worth you’ll find Mary’s Cafe, the perfect place to experience traditional southern cooking, popular for its chicken fried steak. In North of Houston, you’ll find the small city of Tomball. And there is Mel’s Country Cafe which attracts the attention of food seekers with its large and amazing burgers. If you’re looking for a coastal delight, then Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill in Rockport offers the seafood delights you crave.

Bar-b-que And Tex-Mex


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These two styles of food are synonymous with the state of Texas, and can be found in some form in any city. The only problem you’ll have is deciding where you want to go. Having something planned out is tickling your fancy? Then consider looking at the itineraries offered from The Great Coastal Texas Barbeque Trail. At the very least you have a great list of bbq places to sample around the city of Victoria. For less structured trips just remember Amarillo has Tyler’s Barbeque. And from there, you can take a long trip to Dallas for Cattleback Barbeque.

For Tex-Mex, Hugo’s in Houston is a popular destination. And Austin offers Fonda San Miguel to those wanting to experience authentic mole sauce. You’ll also find great bbq and Tex-Mex places in Abilene, Brownsville, Dallas, Harlingen, and everywhere in between. A great idea might be to plan something like a taco road trip. And then visit “best of ” restaurants, or search for the authentic hole in the wall places. Are you indecisive and yearning to combine your need for bar-b-que and Tex-Mex? In Austin, you’ll find Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ, which takes fusion cuisine to the next level.

Taste the World in Austin, Texas

Besides offering a wide variety of food derived from Hispanic cultures, Austin provides a cornucopia of tasty international delights. And it’s food delights will keep you driving around the city for months on end. You can enjoy a culinary around the world trip from the comforts of your car. Uchi offers authentic Japanese sushi. Quattro Gatti provides Italian flair. And New India provides a menu inspired by the western coast of India. If you’re looking for authentic African cuisine, there are several locations such as Aster’s, Cazamance, Habesha, and Taste of Ethiopia that will give you an unforgettable food experience. If you’re unsure where to find tasty and delicious locations, then leave the planning to someone else and consider looking into options such as Austin Eats Food Tours.

There’s no shortage of places to find in Texas to find what you’re craving, even if it means driving to a small out of the way location. You’ll get a glimpse of the state’s culture  encompassing the past, present, and even onward towards the future. The food choices may not always make sense to travellers, but to Texans, they are near and dear to their hearts.

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