Certain restaurants have a signature meal that people come from all over to try. These 10 restaurants in Texas are known statewide for a single menu item, and they make the perfect culinary bucket list to tackle in 2019. Check it out:
1. Chicken-Fried Steak at Mary's Cafe (Strawn)
Receiving countless accolades for its CFS, this small-town diner has quickly become a statewide institution. Strawn is home to less than 1,000 people, but the chicken-fried steak at Mary's is anything but small. Covering nearly an entire dinner plate, these behemoths are cooked to perfection with a crispy crust and tender meat. Try one for yourself at 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX 76475.
2. Chicken-Fried Bacon at Sodolak's Original Country Inn (Snook)
What's better than chicken-fried steak? We're glad you asked. Chicken-fried bacon is the specialty here at Sodolak's, and it's every bit as scrumptious as it sounds. You'll find this East Texas delicacy at 9687 FM 60, Snook, TX 77878.
3. Bread Pudding at Hiway 77 Cafe (Rosebud)
Good old-fashioned country cookin' is what Hiway 77 Cafe is all about. Red-checkered tablecloths, wooden chairs, and vintage memorabilia create an atmosphere frozen in time. One bite of this rich, creamy bread pudding is a one-way ticket back to Sunday supper at grandma's house. The restaurant is located at 1101 US Highway 77, Rosebud, TX 76570
4. Cinnamon Rolls at Lulu's Bakery and Cafe (San Antonio)
Lulu's is nationally known for its Texas-sized menu items. CFS, cinnamon rolls, and several other dishes continually make headlines for their sheer magnitude. Although it can be hard to preserve quality when making a dessert this large, Lulu's has no issues in the flavor department. Try one of these three-pound monstrosities at 918 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212.
5. Ribeye Steak at Leona General Store (Leona)
You haven't experienced steak until you've been to Leona's. General stores don't typically serve hot meals, but we've never been happier about a breach in the status quo. These mouthwatering ribeyes attract customers from all over East Texas, and you too can try one at 136 N Leona Blvd, Leona, TX 75850.
6. Beef Ribs at Black's Barbecue (Lockhart)
Black's is the oldest family-owned BBQ restaurant in Texas, having been open since 1932. Everything on the menu is absolutely scrumptious, but the giant beef rips deserve some extra love. They're huge, fall-off-the-bone tender, and rubbed with a special seasoning blend. The original joint can be found at 215 N Main St., Lockhart, TX 78644, but Black's also has three other Hill Country locations.
7. No. 5 Special at Keller's Drive-In (Dallas)
This nostalgic drive-in is a snapshot of a bygone era. It's been a Dallas icon for 52 years and doesn't plan on going anywhere in the near future. The No. 5 Special has cheese, lettuce, tomato, special dressing, and two patties sandwiched between fluffy sesame seed buns. Sink your teeth into this beauty at 10554 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220.
8. Meringue Pies at Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)
Everyone who's anyone in Texas has heard of Blue Bonnet Cafe. This charming, 50s-style diner dishes out all sorts of classic Southern meals, served by the familiar, smiling faces of 25-year+ veteran waitstaff. All the pies are delicious, but this mile-high meringue is simply unbeatable. Send your taste buds to dessert heaven at 5703, 211 US-281, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
9. Queso at Kerbey Lane Cafe (Austin)
This popular Austin haunt has five locations across the city, all of which offer the famous Kerbye Lane Queso. It's so good, you can even find it at Whole Foods! Nobody knows the secret recipe, but it sure is addictive. Try it for yourself at 3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731.
10. Gulf Oysters at Gilhooley's (San Leon)
Grilled, fried, or even stuffed with shrimp, there's no end to what Gilhooley's can do with oysters. These suckers are huge and taste fresh as can be. Come slurp up a few at 222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539.
How many of these menu items have you tried? What other restaurants in Texas keep you coming back for one specific dish? Let us know your favorites!