Some people value a restaurant’s atmosphere over the quality of its food, but we’re the exact opposite here in Texas. We couldn’t care less what the outside looks like as long as the cookin’ is done just right – and it definitely is at these 8 unassuming restaurants in our state.
1. Five D Cattle Company (Avinger)
Not many people know about this hole-in-the-wall steakhouse in the tiny town of Avinger, but that needs to change. Locals say it's the best steak they've ever had - fall-off-the-bone tender, juicy, and flavorful. They also have an extensive drink selection at the bar and delectable desserts like apple, peach or blackberry cobbler served in a goblet with vanilla ice cream. Plus, the restaurant doubles as a meat market, so your heavenly dining experience doesn't have to end when you walk out the door.
2. 4T's BBQ (Forney)
4T's definitely doesn't look like anything special on the outside, but one look at the food will have you thinking otherwise. The meat is flavored just right, the sides are perfect, and the portions are HUGE for a reasonable price. You'll be leaving the table with happy taste-buds and a full stomach here, y'all.
3. Butter Churn (Aransas Pass)
Tons of my readers recommended this place, so I had to see what all the hype was about. It is a buffet, but hear me out before you shy away. The cooks start at 7AM every morning to get lunch ready, meaning everything is homemade and not microwaved like most buffets. Yeast rolls from scratch, roast turkey, cornbread dressing...the list goes on and on, and nothing is frozen or from a can. The only drawback is that you might need a wheelbarrow to get back to your car because you'll be so full.
4. The Little Shack (El Paso)
Everyone knows the tiniest Mexican joints are the best. This little shack serves up some of the best tacos you'll ever eat. Choose from fish, shrimp, chicken, or steak and top 'em with cheese, all the fresh veggies your heart desires, and some phenomenal dipping sauces.
5. Lowake Steak House (Lowake)
This tiny gem in the middle of nowhere need not be hidden any longer because it serves some of the best steak to ever pass your lips. The atmosphere is homey, the portions are enormous, and the staff are sweet as a button. So if you ever find yourself in the San Angelo area with a hankering for some old fashioned meat 'n potatoes, look no further than Lowake Steak House.
6. Koffee Kup Kafe (Hico)
Koffee Kup is known for its legendary pies by locals, but every Texan needs to make their way here in the very near future.
7. Bill & Rosa's KK Steakhouse (D'Hanis)
This saloon-themed restaurant will take you back in time to the Old West. Between the fun atmosphere and delicious home cooking, your dining experience at Bill & Rosa's will be one to remember for sure.
8. City Limits (Sherman)
City Limits is exactly what it looks like - an old-fashioned diner. The menu is extremely vast, with options ranging from salads to burgers to chicken fried steak. You'll feel like you're back in the 1950s, and what's better than a nice hit of nostalgia?
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? What are some other “hole-in-the-wall” type places in Texas that are worth checking out?