No trip to Lubbock, Texas is complete without indulging in some hearty, southern fare. Perhaps not the ideal destination for those trying to watch their weight, Lubbock is home to an abundance of restaurants specializing in hickory barbecued meats, juicy burgers and fried foods. We’ve picked our favorite bigappetite, Lubbock restaurants to visit.
Using a medley of Asian, American and Mexican ingredients to create the most incredible flavor combinations, Abuelo’s Taqueria specializes in fast, fresh and exceptionally delicious dishes perfect for that speedy lunch or dinner. Diners can choose between a handmade flour or corn tortilla, a salad, wrap or bowl to enjoy with their choice of filling. Go for the slow roasted pork with jack cheese, roasted corn, minced onion, cilantro and salsa combination for a meal to remember. The vegetarian option of tofu, shredded Napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, purple onion, cucumber, crispy wonton strips, mango relish and Thai peanut dressing is just as delicious.
Gastropub, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian
Christakis Burgers, Lubbock | Courtesy of The Crafthouse Gastropub
A great value restaurant that knows how to cook a great burger, Christakis Burgers is an award-winning restaurant. The menu features several variations of burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs. The classic Christakis burger, topped with pastrami and cheese, is an absolute must-try on your first visit and goes perfectly with a side of chili–cheese fries and a salad. Christakis also offers its hungrier customers the choice to upgrade to a jumbo burger or to a dinner plate of steak, catfish or gyro, served with a choice of fries, toast, salad or gravy. The ideal destination for an affordable, simple and tasty meal that the whole family will enjoy. Christakis enjoys an extremely loyal clientele.
Serving unique and innovative madefromscratch dishes, The Crafthouse Gastropub offers diners the perfect balance between casual and high end dining. Using locally sourced ingredients, the duo that run The Crafthouse have worked hard to create an ambient environment for groups of friends and young couples to enjoy a pleasurable evening of fine food and drink. The classic gastropub menu is made up of inviting dishes such as rarebit fries and the jumbo scallops appetizer, broccoli and Texas onion soups, chicken fried pork and whole roasted fish entrées, alongside mac ‘n’ cheese and sweet potato mash side dishes. Every Sunday the restaurant hosts a seasonal brunch, perfect for an indulgent weekend treat, or to celebrate a special occasion. Dishes on the brunch menu this fall include, raw oysters, apple butter French toast and caramel glazed salmon with eggs.
Serving the very best Texas steaks and the highest quality seafood, Lisa West’s Double Nickel Steakhouse has been named one of the top ten steakhouses in the state of Texas. Stop by for a 16 ounce ribeye cooked to perfection in a 1800 degree broiler, or feast on a mouth-watering tender Australian rack of lamb. Seafood lovers will enjoy the variety of fresh dishes offered including, Chilean sea bass, double nickel salmon and Australian cold water lobster. To accompany the exquisite food, the Double Nickel Steakhouse also has one of the most extensive wine lists in the state. Diners can choose between a grand selection of fine domestic and imported wines and for those that prefer something stronger, the restaurant’s mixologists are on hand to whip up just the beverage.
Cocina de la Sirena, translating to ‘the kitchen of the mermaid,’ is known for its Spanish-style small and large platos (dishes). For a dish you can’t fault, the poblano fries are a must-try starter, or small dish, followed by the stacked enchiladas for your main, or large dish. Alternatively, indulge in a tapas-style meal by sampling a variety of their platos pequeños and grandes. To quench your thirst, Mexican Coca Colas are on offer here as well.
The longest standing full service restaurant in Lubbock, Orlando’s Italian Restaurant is a true favorite among locals who can’t get enough of the chef’s authentic Italian dishes and innovative Tex-Italian creations. A great place to go as a family, the atmosphere at Orlando’s is always upbeat and welcoming and the simple Italian approach to cooking ensures that there is a dish to appeal to even the fussiest of eaters. To experience what Tex-Italian cooking really is, order the down-n-dirty tortellini to start, the green chile chicken linguine for main course and a margatini (amaretto and tequila based cocktail) to drink.
A high end Italian trattoria, Rain Uptown is a fine dining restaurant that has taken a lot of inspiration from Northern Italian cooking methods in the creation of its feature menu. Spectacular seafood items are flown in three times a week to ensure optimum quality and freshness, dry aged beef is hand cut, and the pasta is made in house. By going through these extra efforts, Rain Uptown has won the reputation for being an outstanding place to dine in Lubbock. The perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two, the restaurant is candlelit, the martinis are expertly made, the wine list is as diverse as it is fine and live music completes the mood. Try the cioppino (Italian seafood stew) or the veal marsala for the chance to experience favorite flavors in new combinations.
A rustic looking hickory pit, barbecue joint, Tom & Bingo’s is the place to go for an authentic southern dining experience and to savor what is likely to be some of the best barbecue you’ve ever eaten. Specializing in perfectly cooked meats, diners can choose between a variety of hickory barbecued meats including ham, brisket, pork and juicy burgers. Tom & Bingo’s also stock their very own barbecue sauce creation, a dollop is the perfect finishing touch to each of their delicious dishes. Sure to be a winning choice with the kids, Tom & Bingo’s is perfect for casual meals for those with big appetites.
Creating artisan pizza pies like nowhere else, West Crust Pizza is Lubbock’s gourmet pizza shop. Diners will not see mass produced, pre-cooked pizza bases and sauces. Here the pizza dough is hand forged, the chipotle pizza sauce is freshly made with all natural ingredients and the finished product is baked fresh to order in the brick-chambered oven. Hungry diners can choose between one of West Crust’s signature pizzas such as the pacific (grilled chicken, fresh pineapple, red onion, cilantro, mozzarella and BBQ sauce) or they can create their own perfect pizza, choosing from a huge range of toppings and cheeses.