Here in Texas, there are so many unique restaurants to enjoy if you just know where to look. From restaurants with stores to restaurants with amazing grounds to explore, the following 8 restaurants in Texas are so much more than amazing places to eat. See how many you’ve heard of before:
1. Downtown Aquarium (Houston)
Dine among all the creatures of the sea at the Downtown Aquarium - after you've walked through the building and gotten up-close-and-personal with all of them, of course. The dining area makes you feel like you're underwater, and the glass cases full of majestic aquatic life provide a beautiful backdrop to look at while you chow down on some delicious steak and seafood.
410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
2. Rainforest Cafe (Galveston)
I'm sure we've all been to Rainforest Cafe as kids, but it's a blast for all ages! Animatronic jungle beasts surround the tables, and every so often, a lightning storm erupts throughout the restaurant and sends the animals into a fit of rage. There's also a gift shop and a water ride that you've gotta check out after you eat!
5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551
3. The Laurel Tree (Utopia)
Reminisce on childhood days of playing in your treehouse at this unique eatery. The Laurel Tree is a gourmet restaurant situated on several acres of land that include a pecan grove and herb/vegetable garden. The food is a fusion of French and Southern flavors, an unassuming combination that will surprise your taste buds in the best way possible. Feel free to meander the grounds and explore after your meal!
18956 N 187, Utopia, TX 78884
4. Russian House (Austin)
Dining at Russian House feels like sitting at the dinner table with a friendly Russian family. The atmosphere is homey and inviting, and the food is traditional Russian cuisine - something you can't find just anywhere here in Texas. There are Russian dancing events held here on a regular basis, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly!
307 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
5. King's Biergarten & Restaurant (Pearland)
King's Biergarten is more than just a restaurant - it's an experience. From the traditional architecture to the waitstaff wearing lederhosen to the delicious authentic food like bratwurst and schnitzel, you'll be transported to Germany the minute you step through the door. Live German music is frequently played here as well, so be sure to check out the schedule if you're interested in that!
1329 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581
6. Pickett House (Woodville)
Personally, I think heaven looks like unlimited amounts of down-home cookin'. Who else agrees? By that logic, Pickett House is the closest thing to heaven on earth. The food is served family-style, so huge bowls of fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, rolls, collard greens, mashed potatoes, peach cobbler, and more Southern classics are carted to your table until you're almost too stuffed to get up. The restaurant is part of Heritage Village, a recreation of East Texas towns back in the late 1800s/early 1900s. There's a train museum, church, school house, restored homes, and more.
206 US-190, Woodville, TX 75979
7. The Bistro at Flat Creek Estate Winery (Marble Falls)
Enjoy a delicious meal and a perfectly paired glass of vino while you gaze out at the acres upon acres of wide open land around you. There's nothing more relaxing than feeling like you're tucked away in a remote location, the sun setting behind you as you enjoy your dinner.
24912 Singleton Bend E, Marble Falls, TX 78654
8. Fuel City Tacos (Dallas)
Tacos with a side of...longhorns? Yep, you heard me correctly. Across the street from this walk-up window taco joint attached to a gas station is a field full of livestock. You can admire the majestic beauty of the creatures while eating delicious street tacos with meat that comes from them. It's the circle of life, am I right?
801 S Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
Have you eaten at any of these unique restaurants? Are there any other restaurants in Texas that are more than just places to eat? Let us know your favorite!