The Big Eats in Texas

February 5, 2015 by Helen Winter

Texas has a larger than life attitude, with its big cowboy hats, huge cities, and overwhelming cuisine. From meat heavy, to Mexican wonders, and vegetarian cafes, here are our top places to eat in Texas.

Taste of Texas, Houston

Texas is known for two things – its barbecues and its steaks, and there’s no better place to try a proper piece of meat than at the appropriately named Taste of Texas.

The steaks here reach monumental proportions; the standard serving is 24 oz, but if you really want to impress your fellow restaurantees, you can pay $1 extra for every ounce over 24. This restaurant also seems to serve every possible type of steak imaginable. You can choose between the traditional Rib-eye steak, Bone-in Filet, Centre cut Filet,, T-Bone Steak, or be more adventurous with the New York Strip Sirloin, Cowboy Steak, Tomahawk Rib eye, and Porter House steak.

To try the best of Texas cuisine, the menus also has a section of Texas Specialities. These included fish, shrimp, chicken, and you guessed it, steak.

Location: 10505 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024

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Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Steak covered, now it’s time for the barbecue. Earning the top spot for Texas Monthly’s ‘The World’s Best Barbecue Joints’, you can expect to see a lifetime of meat, pickles, and barbecue sauce in one sitting at Franklin Barbecue.

Owned by Aaron Franklin, this restaurant has gained a reputation from it’s authentic methods adopted in the kitchen. Slabs of thick meat are slowly roasted on a mound of coals above a barbecue pit, where ribs are cooked for six hours and brisket for fifteen, creating the melt-in-your-mouth, fall-of-the-bone masterpiece that people travel far and wide to try.

Popular choices on the menu are the tender brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausage served either by the pound or in a sandwich. It’s so good though, you could be waiting in line for up to two hours or more.

In fact, the restaurant is doing so well that after receiving 1 million views on their YouTube channel, the restaurant will be launching a TV series.

Location: 900 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

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Chunky’s Burgers, San Antonio

If you’re a fan of red meat and spicy burgers, why not take on an old school eating challenge at Chunky’s Burger in San Antonio.

Dubbed the ‘Four Horseman’ burger, this murderous meal is not for the faint hearted. If you dare to order this, prepare yourself for a 1/2 oz burger topped with the four hottest chillies in the world: jalapeno, serrano, habanero, and the deathly ghost chilli.

If that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, then Chunky’s offer a wide range of other burgers. These include a chopped brisket sandwich, chicken breast on Texas toast, and a Tilapia sandwich.

Watch the video below to see Man Vs Food’s Alan Rickman tackle the Four Horseman burger.

Location: 4602 Callaghan Road, San Antonio, TX 78228

Desperados Mexican Restaurant, Dallas

Of course a trip to Texas’ big eateries would not be complete with out a taste of the classic Tex Mex. Sharing its border with Mexico, Texan cuisine offers a great opportunity to try authentic Mexican meals, as well as a combination of US and Mexican dishes.

Dallas is home to one of the most popular Mexican restaurants, Desperados. Since opening its doors in 1976, this quaint business has migrated from a family-owned restaurant to one of Texas’ must-visit diners.

Offering a different menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there are plenty of dishes to choose from. The soft cheese tacos and catfish tacos are the regular’s favourites, but their crab avocado and Chicken Itza should not go amiss either. And it’s not just the food that should be on the tasting menu. Desperado’s Margaritas has been awarded the ‘Best Margarita in Dallas’ trophy, as well as making its way on to the Margarita Hall of Fame.

Location: 4818 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

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Green Seed Vegan Café, Houston

Although Texas may thrive on its love affair with meat, the range of vegetarian and vegan restaurants are on the rise. In Houston, herbivores can experience a range of creative dishes at the Green Seed Vegan café.

You can try a butternut or Bombay Panini, a Burque burger, cauliflower nuggets and many other meat and gluten free dishes as well a selection of raw food meals. To wash your food down, make the most of the elixir bar. Here you can try energy boosting fruit and veggie drinks, such as the Beetle and Pumpkin smoothies.

Location: 4320 almeda 77004, Houston, TX

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About Helen Winter

I'm a passionate (see: obsessed) traveller. I love to explore a new country on foot; whether it's through the narrow streets of historic towns, or along ambitious hiking trails in a national park. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @winter_wanders