Anyone who’s from Texas knows that our favorite restaurants are in small towns. The kinds of places that only locals know about, where a table is always open and service comes with an overflowing side of Southern hospitality. There seems to be no shortage of these kinds of eateries here in the Lone Star State, so here are 11 more of our favorites.
1. Pody's BBQ (Pecos)
Pody's landed itself a spot in Texas Monthly's Top 50 BBQ joints, so you know it's worth trying. The meat is slow-smoked over mesquite, cherry, oak, and pecan woods and served with a spicy sauce (although it doesn't need it). Brisket is the most popular menu item here - washed down with a tall iced tea, of course. Pody's is located at 1330 S Cedar St, Pecos, TX 79772.
2. Friesenhaus Restaurant and Bakery (New Braunfels)
Open for nearly 70 years, this authentic German eatery holds as much history as the town of New Braunfels itself. Branch out and sample a variety of sausages, wienerschnitzel, potato soup, and plenty of fresh breads and pastries as well as a wide range of German beers and wines. It's the perfect end to a full day of exploring such a quirky, ethnic city. You'll find Friesenhaus at 1050 S Seguin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
3. Woerner's Warehouse Cafe + Catering (Fredericksburg)
This charming little cafe is located inside an old feed store, serving up fresh and delicious local eats with a side of genuine smiles. If you make it in time for breakfast, bagels + lox, quiche, and a huge selection of homemade pastries are on the menu. Lunch is everything from sandwiches piled high with artisan meats and cheeses to creamy chicken salad. The shop also sells local jams, jellies, and coffees as well as pastured-raised eggs, and it's located right next to a fine antique store. The address is 305 S Lincoln St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
4. Big Pines Lodge (Karnack)
After a fire destroyed the original, 1953 building, Big Pines Lodge is back and better than ever. Something about East Texas seafood just can't be beat, and this place is no exception. Portions are enormous and the selection is wide - catfish, alligator tail, and hushpuppies are all served by the pound. Don't forget to ask for a side of green tomato relish (trust us, it's a delicacy.) Big Pines Lodge is located at 747 Pine Island Rd, Karnack, TX 75661.
5. Catfish Plantation (Waxahachie)
This adorable house was built in 1895 and attracts patrons for a reason other than the food: the spirits. No, we aren't talking about alcohol but rather the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the place. It's been featured on countless TV shows and promises a scary good time for all - not to mention the catfish is fried to golden perfection. Wednesday and Thursday evenings are all-you-can-eat, and you'll definitely be taking that literally. You'll find Catfish Plantation at 814 Water St, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
6. Loco Coyote (Glen Rose)
A pit stop for bikers and weekend live-music venue, Loco Coyote has an edgy vibe sure to bring out the wild side in everyone. That's a good thing, because you'd have to be a little crazy to tackle this monstrosity. The Coyote Burger has bacon, cheese, grilled onions, jalapenos, and chili, and it's plenty of food for at least three people (or one if you're up for the challenge.) Other popular choices include ribs and chicken-fried steak. The address is 1795 Co Rd 1004, Glen Rose, TX 76043.
7. Malt Shop (Weatherford)
Old-fashioned drive-ins are hard to come by these days, so Malt Shop is truly a diamond in the rough. After placing your order, feel free to sit under the awning with vintage records strung up from the rafters while enjoying your meal. You can't go wrong with a classic burger or BLT with a side of onion rings and a butterscotch shake. Malt Shop is located at 2028 Fort Worth Hwy, Weatherford, TX 76086.
8. Judy's Bread and Breakfast Cafe (Alpine)
Judy's has much more than a witty name to show for itself. Stocked full of cinnamon rolls and muffins every morning, a trip here is a surefire way to start your day off on the right foot. Just look at all that delicious, doughy goodness. You'll find Judy's at 113 W Holland Ave, Alpine, TX 79830.
9. Wenzel Lonestar Meat Company (Hamilton)
Meat markets can be hit-or-miss, but this one absolutely knocks it out of the park. You'll find bison, beef, sausage, triple-smoked bacon, and more delicious offerings at the lunch counter. Try a deli sandwich with peppered beef, cheddar cheese, and spicy mustard, or indulge in a special if you happen to visit at the right time (first Monday of every month is bison bacon burger day!) Wenzel is located at 209 N Bell St, Hamilton, TX 76531.
10. Country Tavern Bar-B-Que (Kilgore)
Open since 1939, Country Tavern is iconic in the Pineywoods. The ribs are what draw crowds in, but everything from jalapeno sausage to baked potato casserole is to-die-for. Utensils are frowned upon, but don't worry - there are plenty of napkins. You'll find Country Tavern at TX-31 & FM2767, Kilgore, TX 75662.
11. Coney Island Cafe (Pampa)
Located in the heart of downtown, this retro joint is guaranteed to take you right back to childhood. Whether you order a hot dog or an overflowing bowl of chili, your belly and soul are guaranteed to be full and warm. The address is 114 W Foster Ave, Pampa, TX 79065.
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? Which one is your favorite? Did we leave out an eatery in your hometown that deserves to be featured? If so, let us know!