Dallas, Texas, is the prime destination to meet one’s Texas barbecue needs. With several of the state’s best and most delicious and authentic barbecue joints, the city’s barbecue restaurants are well worth the trip from anywhere across the Lone Star State. Dallas’ Lockhart Smokehouse serves delectable, mouthwatering Central Texas-style barbecue with the motto ‘No Forks, No Sauce.’ Lockhart Smokehouse’s meat definitely speaks for itself. Another favorite, Pecan Lodge is a must-visit spot in Deep Ellum. Try the ‘Hott Mess,’ a large sweet potato topped with barbacoa and chipotle cream. Other delicious choices include Slow Bone, Off the Bone and Mike Anderson’s BBQ House.
Pecan Lodge, 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214-748-8900
Off the Bone, 1734 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214-565-9551
Slow Bone, 2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214-377-7727
Austin is a well-known foodie’s paradise, and both locals and visitors flock to the myriad food truck parks located throughout the city. From Korean cuisine, tacos and fried chicken to cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts, the possibilities when visiting Austin food trucks are endless. Visit Gourdough’s truck and try one of many unique and delicious doughnuts, like the ‘Fat Elvis’ (grilled bananas with honey and peanut butter icing) or the ‘Son of a Peach’ (peach filling with sugar, cinnamon and a cake mix topping). The East Side King food truck is popular for its Asian fusion, serving dishes like beet home fries, Brussels sprouts salad and ‘curry buns.’ Other fantastic food trucks include Kerlin BBQ, Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts, Kebabalicious and Ms. P’s Electric Cock.
As the most populous city in Texas, it is no surprise that Houston offers some of the best culinary destinations in the state. From brunch to burgers, the city offers an array of well-received restaurants that make Houston a must-visit location for any foodie. When hungry for an amazing, unique, mouth-watering burger, look no further than Houston’s myriad burger joints. Try Lankford Grocery, where you may choose from 20 different burgers, such as a Wasabi Burger or a Greek Burger. Other notable places include Little Bigs (famous for its hamburger sliders), Kenny & Ziggy’s and Bernie’s Burger Bus. Also famous for its many incredible brunches, Houston’s 51 Fifteen Restaurant & Lounge (serving bacon waffles and ‘green’ eggs) and Baby Barnaby’s Café (serving barbecue brisket eggs benedict and salmon omelets) are top foodie destinations.
Lankford Grocery, 88 Dennis St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713-522-9555
Little Bigs, 4621 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713-521-2447
Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713-871-8883
Bernie’s Burger Bus, 5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX, USA, +1 713-349-9400
Baby Barnaby’s Cafe, 602 Fairview St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713-522-4229
Uchi is one of Austin’s most popular and loved restaurants, serving contemporary Japanese sushi and cuisine. With food presentations like works of art and amazing, unique menu items, food lovers will certainly find Uchi worth a visit. With fresh ingredients and a changing menu, Uchi serves appetizers, sushi, sashimi, agemono, makimono and desserts. For an appetizer, try the ‘walu walu,’ oak-grilled escolar with candied citrus and myoga, or maguro sashimi with goat cheese. Sushi and sashimi options range from octopus to torch-seared beef, flounder, striped bass, spicy scallops and tuna loin. Be sure to try one of Uchi’s sushi rolls or tiger shrimp, cauliflower, sea eel or Japanese pumpkin tempura. End your meal with one of Uchi’s amazing desserts, like lemon gelato or coffee panna cotta.
A well-loved Texas tradition, many know Bluebell ice cream as a staple of the Texan diet. The Bluebell Creamery in Brenham, Texas, offers tours of the functioning ice cream factory, highlighting the history of the Bluebell company and showcasing the everyday methods and operations of Bluebell’s factory workers in the making of their product. From the blending of ingredients to the packaging and storing, this tour features an interesting insight into the manufacturing of Texas’ ice cream. The tour also includes a walk through Bluebell’s quaint gift shop and – of course – a generous sampling of its product.
Bluebell Creamery, 1101 South Blue Bell Rd., Brenham, TX, USA, +1 800 327 8135