Texas has plenty of food towns scattered throughout the state, and some of them are so good that you’ll make eating your number one priority while you’re there. Take a look at these nine towns that you need to explore before they get too popular.
Celina is home to Lucy's on the Square, a restaurant named after a steer that sits on the second-floor balcony, gazing down at the diners as they enjoy their meal. I'm not sure there's anything more Southern, and the food confirms that statement. Beans with slabs of bacon, fluffy mashed potatoes, chicken-fried steak with the most tender, juicy meat, crispiest crust, and creamiest gravy you've ever tasted, and coconut cream pie that could put your grandma's secret family recipe to shame are just some of the offerings you'll find at Lucy's.
127 N Ohio St, Celina, TX
Pies galore is what Mel's Diner is known for around town. Ten kinds are made from scratch, including chocolate, pecan, coconut cream, peanut butter, and more. Just look at the thickness of those babies... yum.
706 W Oklahoma Ave, Wheeler, TX
3. Moss Hill
Formerly a gas station, Simply Country Cafe now looks as if it's been a restaurant since the beginning of time — especially with the impressive pie case by the front door. The owner and her mom start baking up a storm every Thursday to prepare for the weekend crowd. Flavors like icebox banana split, chocolate, and the usual fruit varieties can all be found here. Be sure to come early in case they run out — but if it does end up happening, you might as well order some delicious CFS and mashed potatoes while you're there.
17174 TX-146, Liberty, TX
McQueeny is a popular town in the summertime when folks come from all over to participate in water sports on the lake. Blake's, a diner with a rustic, unmistakably Texan vibe, is usually the spot of choice to grab a bite to eat. Enjoy a cold beer, a tender, flavorful steak, and maybe a slice of pie for dessert if you have room left.
9216 FM725, McQueeney, TX 78123
Livingston might have a population of just over 6,000, but this little restaurant has made itself known all over Texas. Florida's Kitchen is an unassuming soul food restaurant serving up fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread, and the other classics as well as homemade pies and a few other desserts. And as good as the food may be, most people can agree that the best thing about Florida's is the overwhelming Southern hospitality.
796 FM 350, Livingston, TX 77351
Hearne is a quaint little Southern town, and the food is exactly what you would expect from such a place. Johnny Reb's Dixie Cafe serves all the usual suspects, including chicken and dumplings that are absolutely to die for, and pecan pie that'll send your taste buds straight to heaven.
708 S Market St, Hearne, TX 77859
A change of pace compared to the previous places, Freeport is a fishing town whose restaurants reflect that by offering mostly seafood. On The River is one such eatery, and if you like crawfish, fried shrimp, and catfish, it's the place for you. The fried dill pickles are a must in terms of appetizers, and the blackberry and peach cobblers can't be passed up.
919 W 2nd St, Freeport, TX 77541
With a population of about 300, Fayetteville is by far the smallest town on this list — that doesn't mean for a second that the food is any less worthy of mention, however. Joe's Place used to be a host of different things including a saloon and doctor's office, but it's now a restaurant serving up Texas-sized chicken fried steak, sweet potato chips, and other scrumptious down-home items. Everything is named after local residents, too, so the comforting sense of community is ever-present.
120 N Live Oak St, Fayetteville, TX 78940
Cuero is home to Banhof Cafe, a Southern diner serving daily specials including meatloaf and chicken fried steak. The homemade rolls are like taking a bite out of a cloud, and the bread pudding absolutely can't be beat.
213 W Main St, Cuero, TX 77954
Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? What other tiny towns in Texas have some amazing food?