With diverse cultures and a rich history, Wichita Falls, Texas, boats an eclectic variety of restaurants. With Italian, Greek, Mexican, German and Japanese, one can satisfy any craving at the wealth of restaurants Wichita Falls proffers. From local favourites to hidden gems, read our guide to the top 10 best places to dine in the city.
Salt and Pepper
Salt and Pepper is a Mediterranean bistro located in Century Plaza in Wichita Falls, Texas. Open for lunch and dinner, Salt and Pepper is the perfect place for a fresh meal or to take a date when in the area. Spanakopita, a spinach and feta pie, is an excellent way to begin your Mediterranean meal, or choose from other amazing appetizers, including dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with seasoned beef and rice) or hummus with pita bread. At lunch, one can dine on a traditional Greek salad, a mozzarella and tomato salad with pesto or one of Salt and Pepper’s sandwiches, such as the Club Med. Entrees include souvlaki (grilled skewered pork with herbed rice and vegetables), spinach crepes and moussaka (roasted eggplant and beef with a béchamel cream sauce). For dinner, try the much-loved rack of lamb or the grilled salmon, served with a vegetable melange.
Established in 1960, Scott’s Drive-In is a family-owned American restaurant that gives a nod to the past with its diner atmosphere and old-fashioned, traditional favourites. Scott’s Drive-In brags of its famous Big Scottie Burger, cherry limeades and Frito pies. While Scott’s Drive-In does offer traditional favourites, its menu also includes some contemporary additions, like the Taco Burger (a burger with chilli), the Cowboy Burger (with bacon, an onion ring, jalapenos, onions and barbecue sauce) and the Frito Chili Cheeseburger. At Scott’s, one can also find mini tacos with hot sauce, a chicken fried steak sandwich and a fried chicken sandwich that Scott’s claims will be ‘one of the BIGGEST chicken sandwiches you will ever eat!!’ For dessert, you can top off this meal with a soda float, a dipped cone or a home-made shake.
According to Backporch’s website, Backporch Drafthouse possesses the largest selection of craft beer in the north of Texas, with over 24 beers on tap. Try a Route 66-style burger, Backporch Drafthouse daily grinds their black angus chuck for the freshest meal possible. For a starter, try the mouth-watering 24 Hour Black Pepper Brisket Sliders with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, a pretzel roll and horse radish cream or brisket nachos with queso, green onions, jalapenos and pico de gallo. Choose the Red River Chili, Texas’ state dish, or one of Backporch’s many burgers and sandwiches. For something different, Backporch’s menu also offers Baja fish tacos with house-made slaw, pickled red onions and creamy Baja sauce or a brisket Frito pie.
Hibiscus Cafe Greek Specialties
Hibiscus Cafe specializes in Greek food and delicious coffee blends. With a traditional café-like atmosphere and amazing Greek gastronomy, Hibiscus Cafe proves a wonderful place in Wichita Falls for lunch or dinner. For a starter, Hibiscus offers appetizers like tzatziki, a yogurt dip with garlic and cucumbers, with pita or saganaki, pan-seared feta cheese. The café is known for its Greek gyros and even offers a vegetable gyro filled with feta cheese and tomatoes. Other entrees at Hibiscus Cafe include chicken or ham and cheese crepes, lamb served with lemon potatoes and kokinisto (beef in a tomato sauce with spices and either fries or spaghetti). For dessert, one can try Hibiscus’ tiramisu, chocolate cake or baklava, made with layers of filo dough, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, cloves and a honey filling.
Opa’s Schnitzel Haus
For the best German food in the area, Opa’s Schnitzel Haus is the place to visit. The German-inspired decor and choice of beers make the food at Opa’s seem even more authentic. You can begin your German feast with potato or onion soup, a selection of sausages (such as mettwurst, bratwurst, weisswurst, currywurst or cheesesausage) or a pretzel with three different dipping sauces. Opa’s menu also boasts a large variety of sandwiches, like the German cheese-steak, the reuben, the schnitzel sandwich (pork loin breaded and pan-fried) or the schwenkbraten (tenderized pork loin). You can also enjoy delicious schnitzel platters (even a jalapeño schnitzel) and add a side of spatzle, sauerkraut or egg noodles. Finish the meal with amazingly delectable German desserts like the Rostige Ritter, a German twist on French toast, or choose from a large variety of strudel, including cherry, blueberry cream cheese, blackberry cream cheese and peach.
Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse
With contemporary decor, beautiful sushi and delicious Japanese dishes, Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse is just the right place for date night or a meal out with friends. Wasabi offers a sushi bar and both standard restaurant seating and hibachi stations. Great appetizers at Wasabi include shumai steamed shrimp dumplings, fried squid and chicken, vegetable or shrimp tempuras. You can choose from complete meals from the kitchen like tempura and teriyaki dishes, bento special combination boxes and hibachi dinners, or try some of the chef’s special rolls, like the Heart Attack Roll (jalapeno, cream cheese, spicy tuna and crabmeat with seaweed and chef’s special sauce, deep-fried) or the Golden Phoenix Roll (shrimp tempura, cream cheese, mango and tobiko). End the meal with fried cheesecake or a fried banana.
Mia’s Italian Bistro
Mia’s Italian Bistro is a well-loved and highly rated restaurant in Wichita Falls and is the perfect place for a romantic meal or for larger parties. With amazing food and exceptional sauces, Mia’s is the venue for Italian food in the area. You can dine inside or take pleasure in Mia’s patio dining, as you enjoy Mia’s delicious pastas, pizzas, hot sandwiches, salads and desserts. Customer favourites at Mia’s include the garlic bread with cheese, fettuccine alfredo, tortellini la pana (stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese with a light vodka pink sauce) and ziti la vodka (with sautéed mushrooms, basil, sliced Italian sausage and a light vodka pink sauce). You can also dine on home-made cheese ravioli, chicken specialties like the chicken carcioffee (with sautéed mushrooms and artichoke hearts in a white wine lemon sauce) and hot sandwiches like Mia’s Special Roll (with mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage and pepperoni).
2011 Bistro serves an array of sandwiches, burgers, salads and flatbreads. Try the buffalo bacon chicken supreme sandwich with buffalo aioli, bacon aioli, lettuce onion slaw, sliced tomatoes, Swiss cheese and bacon or the popular grilled chicken flatbread with cilantro cream sauce, bacon bits, green onions, queso fresco and sliced avocados. 2011 Bistro’s menu also offers a variety of fries, such as the parmesan and garlic fries, the truffle fries with truffle oil and topped with parmesan cheese or the brisket smoke cheddar fries (with smoked cheddar, brisket, cheddar cheese, green onions and parmesan). At the end of the meal, ask a staff member about the week’s featured dessert.
Samurai of Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse
Highly regarded by Wichita Falls locals, Samurai of Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse offers delicious Japanese cuisine and entertaining hibachi chefs who love to amuse. At lunch, begin with gyoza (fried wontons) or fried shrimp and finish with your choice of an assortment of hibachi dishes, including vegetable, chicken, calamari, beef, fish, shrimp, scallop and lobster. The menu expands at dinner and includes appetizers like chicken karaage (crispy Japanese-style fried chicken) or a squid salad and several other Japanese dishes, including samurai vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, onions, mushrooms and bean sprouts served with soup, salad and steamed rice) and the ninja’s special (hibachi steak and lobster accompanied by a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, hibachi vegetables, steamed rice and ice cream). At Samurai of Tokyo, one can also find an assortment of nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls, like the Caterpillar roll (avocado, sweet sauce and sesame seeds atop eel, cucumber and carrot).
The Gutierrez Family
The Gutierrez Family Restaurant is a genuine Mexican food haunt praised for its authentic Mexican flavours and cooking styles. When looking for great Mexican cuisine in the Wichita Falls area, Gutierrez Family is the place to visit. The restaurant gives the feeling of dining at home with great Mexican dishes served right to the table. With home-made tortillas, every burrito and taco tastes authentic and delicious. From delightful breakfast tacos to home-made tamales and huevos maderos, the Gutierrez Family restaurant has something to please almost every palate. The restaurant also serves incredible enchiladas de papa (potato enchiladas) coupled with rice, beans and tortillas. Try the horchata or a Mexican coke to complement your meal. Also, make sure to check the rotating specials board on the wall for more Mexican gastronomy.
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