TX Posted in Texas March 08, 2016 by Katie Lawrence Here Are The 14 Dishes You Have To Eat In Texas Before You Die I don’t know how you consider yourself a Texan if you haven’t had all of these foods at least once. Here are 14 dishes you HAVE to eat in Texas before you die. It’s just not optional. 1. Barbecue Flickr/wallyg I can't think of one food more iconic to Texas than juicy, fall-off-the-bone tender beef. 2. Burgers Flickr/tosmura As if you needed an excuse to grab a good ol' burger in the first place (you don't), but they taste better in Texas since we invented them. Trust me, it's science. 3. Sweet tea Flickr/saucesupreme If you live in Texas and sweet tea has never passed your lips - honey, I am so sorry. And your grandma needs a stern reprimand. 4. Blue Bell Flickr/criminalintent Yeah, it's that good. A moment of silence for the long few months recently spent without our beloved ice cream. 5. Queso - because Mexican food just wouldn't be the same without liquefied cheese... Flickr/mnicolem ...so thank God for Tex-Mex, because sometimes we want a vehicle other than tortilla chips for shoving the melty goodness into our mouths as fast as possible. Flickr/magtravels 7. Dr Pepper Flickr/cyclonebill Okay, this isn't a "dish" per se, but c'mon...where would our lives be without Dr Pepper? 8. Chili Flickr/jamiepatra As long as it doesn't have beans, we can still be friends. 9. Chicken fried steak Flickr/davehensley Ain't nothin' wrong with being a meat and potatoes kind of person. 10. Kolaches Flickr/chunkysalsa If you've never had an authentic West Texas kolache, you're seriously missing out. 11. Fair food Flickr/wwny Mmm, fried everything. My favorite. 12. Breakfast tacos Flickr/James Because is there anything better than Mexican food + breakfast food? 13. Pecan pie Flickr/montage_man Setting: grandma's kitchen on Christmas morning. Pecan pie is one of those foods that's laced with nostalgia in every bite. 14. Whataburger Flickr/qnr So maybe this isn't a specific dish...but it's Whataburger, so I think we can look past that small detail. How many have you had? What other dishes are obligatory when you live in Texas?