You can try pretty much every cuisine in the world without ever having to leave Texas, so it’s no wonder we have some of the most delicious food on the planet. If you want something a little more exciting than your run-of-the-mill neighborhood grill or diner, though, you should definitely try out these unique little spots to get your grub on.
1) Black's BBQ - Lockhart, TX
The oldest BBQ restaurant in Texas, this place is a must-try if you want the best brisket, ribs and links that money can buy.
2) Willy Burger - Beaumont, TX
Enjoy homemade burgers, fries, and shakes in this 50's-style diner. You can eat inside the main restaurant or dine in an old-fashioned airstream trailer next to the main building. The "willy, willy good" burgers coupled with the retro atmosphere puts a unique twist on the standard burger and fry joint.
3) The Pickett House - Woodville, TX
People come from all over the world to enjoy delicious eats at this cute little restaurant in East Texas. They serve southern comfort food in a family-style restaurant, and the real kicker is, it's all-you-can-eat. Every Texan's dream come true.
4) Gourdough's - Austin, TX
This place doesn't just serve donuts..they go the extra mile and serve donut burgers, donut sandwiches, fried chicken on top of donuts...you name it, they can make it. As long as it includes donuts. If you're a foodie, you will be in absolute food heaven here.
5) Chi'Lantro - Austin, TX
Where authentic Korean flavors meet classic southern favorites...the Original Kimchi Fries are definitely a favorite among Austinites.
6) Biscuits + Groovy - Austin, TX
There's a reason why Austin continually tops the charts for one of the best food cities in the country..if you want more than just a plain old biscuit with gravy for breakfast, visit this popular breakfast joint. You'll soon understand why Austin locals love breakfast so much.
7) Hypnotic Donuts - Dallas, TX
Donut connoisseurs will fall in love with this place..they have everything from peanut butter, banana, and bacon covered donuts to cake donuts with brown butter glaze to cinnamon rolls with bits of bacon and maple glaze on top. Mmmm.
8) Pop Family Popcorn - Beaumont and Nederland, TX
Tired of the boring buttered, caramel, or white cheddar popcorn? Then come here and choose from 150 different flavors, like Loaded Baked Potato, Birthday Cake, and even Crab Legs for the more adventurous eaters out there.
9) Lulu's Bakery and Cafe - San Antonio, TX
Everything's bigger in Texas, and Lulu's definitely lives up to that with their famous 3 pound cinnamon rolls featured on an episode of Man vs. Food, plus the biggest chicken fried steak you've ever seen. My advice: come here on an empty stomach.
10) Mac and Ernie's Roadside Eatery - Tarpley, TX
If you ever find yourself a couple hours northwest of San Antonio, stop in here for their famous Cabrito Burgers, as well as antelope and other gamey meats.
11) Maar's Pizza and More - San Antonio, TX
If you want delicious pizza, fried mac and cheese, and other yummy fried treats in a cool cosmic atmosphere, check out this place for an out-of-this-world experience.
12) Torchy's Tacos - Austin, Dallas and Houston, TX
If you're craving tacos, you have to stop in at Torchy's to try some of the most popular tacos here in the Lone Star State.
13) The Waffle Bus - Houston, TX
If it's waffles you want, it's waffles you'll get when you eat at this food truck in Houston. They have waffle burgers, fries, chicken & waffles, and even a waffle with smoked salmon on top.
14) The Gristmill - New Braunfels, TX
This bar & grill overlooking the Guadalupe River used to be a cotton gin, and the restaurant is actually considered a historic place by the state of Texas. Enjoy steaks, hamburgers, and grilled food with a spectacular river views and a relaxed hill country atmosphere.
15) Hubcap Grill - Houston, TX
Tired of the standard American burgers? Come on down to the Hubcap Grill, where you can get Frito-topped burgers, Greek burgers, and even burgers topped with peanut butter. Delish!
It’s no secret that Texas offers delicious food from BBQ to Asian to Indian to everything in between. It’s impossible to list them all, but these are some of the most unique restaurants you’ll find throughout the Lone Star State. What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!