1. Taste The Award Winning Brisket At Franklin Barbeque
900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
Yelp: 4 ½ Stars, 2104 Reviews
Franklin BBQ became famous after Anthony Bourdain, chef and author, said that Franklin’s brisket was the finest brisket he’d ever had. Then, in 2010, Bon Appétit named Franklin the best barbeque in the country. This place will go down in history as part of Texas barbeque legacy.
2. All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet At Jack Allen’s Kitchen = Heaven
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
7720 Hwy 71 W
Austin, TX 78735
Yelp: 4 ½ Stars, 842 Reviews
Everyone knows that Jack Allen’s is the place to get brunch in Texas. They have a brunch buffet menu that’s out of this world, where you can have as much chicken fried pork as you can handle. Don’t forget to try the red chili fries, and—if you’re there for happy hour—their mango habanera margarita.
3. Try The Best Sausage You’ve Ever Had At Black’s Barbeque
215 N Main St
Lockhart, TX 78644
Yelp: 4 Stars, 717 Reviews
Black’s BBQ in Lockhart is traditional Texas cuisine at its finest. Their pork and beef ribs are to die for, but the sausage is the real main event. It’s been called the best sausage in the state. Plus, the décor of the place is all about the Lone Star State, so you’ll feel like you’re enjoying your meal in the heart of Texas.
4. Global Cuisine, Local Flavors
1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
Yelp: 4 Stars, 612 Reviews
This amazing restaurant in Houston has everything you could ever want and more. It’s food that represents a variety of ethnic cuisines using ingredients that are all locally produced, caught, raised, or grown. The menus are always creative and unique, including dishes like Korean braised goat and dumplings or the Galveston County Oysters “BLT” Mignonette. Blending and fusing flavors and recipes from all over the world, Underbelly brings you on a journey through Houston’s rich variety of local cuisine.
5. Hugo’s Has The Best Mexican Food In Houston
1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
Yelp: 4 Stars, 616 Reviews
Hugo’s has been known as the best Mexican restaurant in Houston for over a decade. Locals love this authentic, deliciously prepared Mexican food that seems to bring Mexico right to your plate. The sautéed lobster, shrimp, scallops and octopus served with rice is a local favorite. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try the chapulines (grasshopper!)
6. But If You’re In Austin, The Place To Go For Mexican Cuisine Is Fonda San Miguel
Fonda San Miguel Market and Restaurant
2330 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
Yelp: 4 Stars, 493 Reviews
This beautifully decorated hacienda in Austin, Texas has some of the best Mexican food the state has to offer. It has been said to be one of the defining restaurants for Mexican cuisine in the state of Texas. The owner, who now lives in Spain, still returns to his Austin kitchen every month to check in on how the restaurant is running, and the love and attention that this chef has given to the restaurant is apparent: this is Mexican cuisine at its finest. And don’t forget dessert! Like the cajeta and vanilla ice cream with Frangelico liquer, topped with toasted almonds! Just what you’ll need on a hot day in Austin.
7. What Would Texas Be Without Babe’s Chicken?
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
104 N Oak St
Roanoke, TX 76262
Yelp: 4 ½ Stars, 280 Reviews
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in Roanoke, TX, is the place to get your fried chicken. Everyone swears by Babe’s original recipes for chicken-fried steak and fried chicken. Tip: don’t skip on the veggies. For a place that’s so focused on chicken, Babe’s sure does know how to cook their veggies to perfection!
8. Get Fancy At Fearing’s
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Yelp: 4 Stars, 360 Reviews
This place, while definitely upscale, is worth a visit. Chef Dean Fearing is credited as the father of Southwestern cuisine, so when he opened Fearing’s inside the fancy Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dallas everyone was excited. It’s a lavishly decorated, eight-room restaurant that serves upscale Texas and Southwestern cuisine. So if you’re feeling equally as fancy as you are hungry, Fearing’s in Dallas is Texas cuisine at its best!
9. Biga on the Banks Is Texas Cuisine Meets Asian Fusion
Biga on the Banks
203 S Saint Marys St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Yelp: 4 Stars, 358 Reviews
This place is traditional Southern Texas cuisine with an Asian fusion twist. The chefs create unique recipes that perfectly blend the flavors of Texas with the spices of Asia. This place is a favorite among locals and loved for its unique and innovative food. Plus, it’s a gorgeous location and even though it sits in a touristy area, the food is extremely affordable AND kept on the down low. It’s a hidden gem.
10. The Pie At Blue Bonnet Café Will Melt In Your Mouth
Blue Bonnet Café
211 Us Hwy 281
Marble Falls, TX 78654
Yelp: 3 ½ Stars, 269 Reviews
This diner is the definition of adorable. Located only a few blocks away from a limestone cliff with views of the Colorado River, this small-town café is a local staple that creates delicious breakfasts and desserts! The slices of pie are huge and always come with a delicious bit of homemade whipped cream. Try the German Chocolate pie or peanut butter pie for dessert. You can’t go wrong with either.
11. The Best Seafood in Texas Is At Gaido’s
Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant
3828 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
Yelp: 3½ Stars, 313 Reviews
This beach-vibe restaurant in Galveston faces the Gulf of Mexico, so everyone that comes to Gaido’s is looking for the best seafood around! And this 102-year-old restaurant definitely knows a thing or two about deliciously preparing seafood! It’s famous for its Watkins’ Bisque — a secret recipe that’s kept people coming back for more for decade. Plus, the shrimp is literally straight from the waters off Galveston Island. Talk about sea-to-table!
12. The Best Soba You’ll Ever Taste Is Hiding In Dallas
1722 Routh St, Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75201
Yelp: 4 Stars, 322 Reviews
Nestled in the Arts District of Dallas is Tei-An, a Japanese restaurant known for its impeccable soba—arguably, these noodles are the best in the state. The chef is like an artist when it comes to hot and cold noodle dishes. Tip: get the soba noodles with the four sampler sauces. There is traditional, Black Sesame, Texas Pecan and Walnut sauce, each are to die for! And don’t forget to try the soba ice cream with black honey for dessert… Yum.
13. If You’re Looking For The Best Tex-Mex Cuisine, Look No Farther Than Joe T. Garcias
Joe T. Garcias
2201 N Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Yelp: 3 ½ Stars, 626 Reviews
This restaurant is by far one of the state’s most famous Tex-Mex restaurants. If Tex-Mex were a religion, Joe T. Garcias would be the temple. It’s been in the family of Chef Garcia since 1935 and it’s still family-owned and family-run today over 80 years later. The gorgeous patio makes for an incredible ambiance while you enjoy your chile rellenos or fajitas.
14. The Oysters At Gilhooley’s Are Out Of This World
222 9th St
Dickinson, TX 77539
Yelp: 4 Stars, 122 Reviews
The freshest oysters in the state are at Gilhooley’s. They are literally brought directly off the boat to the small, coastal town of Dickinson where they make their way to the rowdy, bawdy Gilhooley’s. This restaurant is famous for having banned children: it’s a place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the night air. So sit by the fire pit outside or on the patio and enjoy a beer and some char-grilled oysters in peace.
15. You Can’t Go Wrong At The Mansion On The Creek….
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
Yelp: 4 Stars, 127 Reviews
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, known to the locals as simply, “The Mansion” or “The Mansion on the Creek”, is where New Southwestern cuisine was born. This is where Chef Dean Fearing got his start. This beautiful Italian Renaissance-style mansion is home to some of the most delicious Southwestern cuisine in the state. It’s famous for the tortilla soup, which still remains on the menu even after a new chef took over for Fearing in 2010.