Texas December 29, 2018
The 13 Texas Restaurants You Should Add To Your 2019 Dining Bucket List
Texas has so many restaurants – too many, some might argue. The simple act of deciding where to go for dinner can turn into hours of indecisiveness depending on where you live. We’re stepping in to ease that burden ever so slightly with a 2019 dining bucket list. If you eat anywhere in the Lone Star State this coming year, make it one of these 13 restaurants.
1. Sam's Original Restaurant (Fairfield)
Dating back to 1953, this unassuming diner is a Fairfield institution. Serving up Southern favorites like chicken-fried steak, turkey & dressing, and several varieties of homemade pie, rest assured you'll leave the table with a full belly and happy heart. Sam's is located at 390 East I-45 Fairfield, TX 75840. More information
2. La Kiva (Terlingua)
Hidden out west in the ghost town of Terlingua is a restaurant guaranteed to bring up childhood memories of Saturday mornings spent watching the Flintstones. Skeleton replicas, hand-carved pots and pans, and bumpy rock ceilings create an eerily realistic prehistoric atmosphere. The food is simple yet flavorful, paying homage to cavemen who didn't have access to a wide variety of ingredients. Stop by and travel back in time at 23222 Highway 170, Terlingua, TX 79852. More information
3. 5D Cattle Company (Avinger)
Home to less than 500 people, Avinger is barely a blip on the map. Most people wouldn't expect a town so small to have amazing food, but 5D Cattle Company serves just that. The steakhouse is located in a historic building and uses only the finest aged beef, rubbed with a special herb and spice blend before slow cooking over mesquite coals. You'll find the restaurant at 8 N Main St, Avinger, TX 75630.
4. Larry Bruce Gardens (Kennard)
Deep in the Davy Crockett Forest lies a charming cottage offering fresh, farm-to-table cooking. Owners Larry and Sara Bruce turned their hobby of growing fruits and vegetables into a successful career, using ingredients harvested straight from the backyard. Taste the difference at 3198 County Rd 4600 Kennard, TX 75847. More information
5. OST Restaurant (Bandera)
Proudly proclaiming itself to be the oldest diner in Texas, OST Restaurant first opened its doors in 1921. It served as a grocery store, horse corral, and dance hall before finally getting converted into a cafe. With a seven-page menu, you'd have a difficult time finding something that can't be ordered. Experience history at 311 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. More information
6. Mikeska's Bar-B-Q (Columbus)
Over 200 animal heads are mounted on the walls of this unique restaurant. Chicken, sausage, pork ribs, and several other meats plus an array of delectable sides will keep you coming back for more (despite all the eyes watching you eat).
7. Coney Island Cafe (Pampa)
Located in the heart of historic downtown Pampa, this retro cafe is a charming blast from the past. Whether you order a hot dog or overflowing bowl of chili, there's no meal more satisfying on a winter's day. Coney Island Cafe can be found at 114 W Foster Ave, Pampa, TX 79065. More information
8. Fort Griffin General Merchandise Restaurant (Albany)
Reminiscent of a scene from an old western film, this dingy building looks like the abandoned remnants of a ghost town. What you'll find within its walls is actually a thriving restaurant, serving scrumptious items like juicy burgers, tender steaks, and fresh seafood. Come be a cowboy for the day at 517 US-180, Albany, TX 76430, or at their second location, 442 Cedar St, Abilene, TX 79601. More information
9. Mary's Cafe (Strawn)
This list simply wouldn't be complete without Mary's. Receiving countless accolades each year, this Texas mainstay is considered to have the state's very best chicken-fried steak. Try it for yourself at Mary's at 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX 76475. More information
10. Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl Grill (Round Rock & Harlingen)
Although atmosphere usually doesn't top our list of requirements for a good restaurant, it's what sets Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl apart. Embark on a magical undersea adventure and chow down on some amazing food and drink while you're at it. Come visit at 200 Bass Pro Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665 and 101 Bass Pro Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550. More information
11. Chef Point (Watauga)
Gas stations aren't usually known for their food selection, but Chef Point is changing the game. Behind these doors is a gourmet eatery, serving delightful concoctions like seafood pasta, French-toasted breakfast sandwiches, and cheeseburgers with all the fixings. You'll find the restaurant at 5901 Watauga Rd., Watauga, TX 76148.
12. Country Tavern (Kilgore)
Next time you're in Rangerette country, you'll definitely want to stop by this iconic BBQ joint. The ribs are what draw crowds in, but everything from jalapeno sausage to baked potato casserole is a winner. You won't find very many utensils, but there are plenty of napkins to make up for it. You'll find Country Tavern at TX-31 & FM2767, Kilgore, TX 75662. More information
13. The Coffee MUGGle (Corpus Christi)
Espresso Patronum! This Harry Potter-themed coffee shop just opened a few weeks ago and is already gaining incredible momentum. Magical lattes and fun baked goods shaped like popular movie characters take every visitor on an enchanting journey into the world of witchcraft and wizardry. The shop is located at 1112 Morgan ave, Corpus Christi, TX 78404. More information
How many of these restaurants have you checked off your bucket list? Which one are you headed to next?
For more unassuming restaurants in Texas, check out
10 Mom & Pop Restaurants In Texas That Serve Home Cooked Meals To Die For.