Abilene, Texas, located in the heart of West Texas, is home to myriad colleges and a plethora of great dining locations. Read our guide below to discover where to find some of the most delicious food in Abilene.
Belle’s Chicken Dinner House is a rustic, southern-inspired eatery in Abilene. It is a great place to dine when looking for a delicious family-style home-cooked meal. With its great outdoor seating and classic West Texas ambience, Belle’s atmosphere prepares one for the delectable, authentic southern meal to come. The delicious food coupled with an incredibly friendly staff makes Belle’s the perfect place to take out-of-town visitors for a great insight into southern food and hospitality.
Taylor County Tap House, offers real Texas comfort food and prides itself on serving handcrafted items made from scratch. Locally owned and operated, Taylor County serves both incredible food and a large array of craft cocktails, beers and wines. Start with a delectable appetizer, like braised pork tostadas, crispy fried waffle rings with maple-tabasco glaze or ‘Satan’s heuvos’.
Kalli Lawrence, Hickory Street Café | Courtesy Kalli Lawrence
Hickory Street Café is a homey, vintage café that serves incredible food with a great atmosphere, including bright, floral decorations and teacups lining the walls. Hickory Street is famous for its delicious quiches, zucchini bread, salads, chicken salad and friendly, attentive service. Hickory Street’s quaint 1895 building provides a unique and welcoming atmosphere.
Abi-Haus is a wonderful place to dine in Abilene for lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch. With stylish, modern décor and amazing pre-Prohibition cocktails and local Texas craft beers, Abi-Haus serves high quality, unique food in its hip downtown Abilene location.
Abilene’s only brew pub, Cypress Street Station, opened in 2009. Cypress serves a fantastic selection of champagne, craft beers and sparkling wines, as well as excellent food. From soups and salads to pizza, pastas, sandwiches and specialty plates, Cypress Street Station truly offers something for everyone.
Sharon Riley’s Lytle Land & Cattle Company cuts its ‘heavy, aged corn-fed beef’ and steak at its own steakhouse and uses a special cooking rub to proffer the most delectable dining experience for its customers. Complete with classic Texan décor, Sharon Riley’s is a great place to meet with friends and family for a wonderful dining experience.
Sharky’s Burrito Company, a popular place for Abilene’s college students to dine, is a delicious restaurant serving incredible burritos and fantastic corn chips. Many locals enjoy Sharky’s special spicy ranch sauce, which can be served with potatoes in Sharky’s huge burritos. At Sharky’s, one can choose flour, wheat or jalapeno tortillas and an array of burrito fillings.
Szechuan Chinese Restaurant serves delicious Szechuan and Hunan cuisine, possesses a great atmosphere and location and has a friendly, responsible staff and service. With a new, upscale building, manicured grounds and a gorgeous creek, Szechuan Chinese Restaurant’s atmosphere prepares its customers for a terrific and authentic Asian meal.
Wholly Cow Burgers, Rings & Things is all about allowing the customer to choose exactly how he wants his burger made and prepared. Burgers at the venue include a ‘half cow’ (single), a ‘whole cow’ (double), a ‘cow tipper’ (triple), or a turkey, veggie, grilled chicken or BLT burger. With a plethora of toppings and lots of sauce choices (including Cholula and spicy mayo), you can make the burger you really want at Wholly Cow.
According to Squares Bar-B-Que Pit & Grill, barbecue in West Texas ‘is an art, not just an occupation’. At Squares, one can choose from a variety of delicious Mesquite-smoked meats, ranging from ham and turkey to brisket, sausage and bacon. Open since 1977, this family-owned and operated barbecue joint allows customers to either drop in for a delicious meal or order online for a quicker selection.
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