1. Babe's Chicken Dinner House (Roanoke)
With nine locations scattered across the state, it's pretty obvious that Babe's knows how to fry up some chicken. The original restaurant is in Roanoke, a town of less than 8,000 people, and many have never heard of it. Serving family-style meals including white-meat chicken that's fried to crispy, golden perfection, scrumptious sides, and homemade pies with meringue stacked a mile high. You'd better come hungry because you sure won't leave that way.
104 N Oak St, Roanoke, TX 76262
2. Mustang Creek BBQ (Louise)
One of the smallest communities in Texas, Louise is home to less than 1,000 people. What a shame that is, since it means that only a select few get to experience the deliciousness that is Mustang Creek BBQ. Choose between an all-you-can-eat buffet and ordering whatever cut of meat you desire from owner Cecil Sanchez. It's seasoned to perfection, fall-off-the-bone tender, and served with all the obligatory sides.
33574 US 59 HWY S, Louise, TX 77455
3. Back Porch BBQ (La Grange)
Reminiscent of a little countryside barn, this restaurant appears to be the epitome of a small-town Texas restaurant. One look at the menu, however, will reveal just how unique it truly is. A fusion of classic down-home and Tex-Mex, you'll fall in love with dishes like "Texican Chicken:" chicken-fried chicken topped with queso, pico de gallo, and guacamole. If good old-fashioned BBQ is more your style, that's okay, too - I'm sure you'll enjoy a spread like the one pictured above.
1602 N Jefferson St, La Grange, TX 78945
4. Main Street Steakhouse & Bar (Danbury)
This hidden gem combines the quality and precision of high-end steakhouses with the atmosphere and Southern hospitality we cherish so much here in Texas. Portions are huge, meat is succulent and flavorful, and desserts (fresh pie and berry cobbler) are absolutely decadent.
1802 Main St
Danbury, TX 77534
5. The Coyote Store (Gail)
It doesn't get much better than amazing food and great live music with a backdrop of the breathtaking mountains of West Texas. The Coyote Store has been around since 1985, serving as a grocer, deli, and restaurant ever since. Rumor has it they serve up one of the meanest burgers in West Texas...guess you'll have to see firsthand if it lives up to the hype.
100 West Wasson Road
Gail, Texas 79738
6. Sodolak's Original Country Inn (Snook)
If you've never heard of chicken-fried bacon, it's because Sodolak's is the only place it can be found. (It's exactly as good as it sounds, in case you were wondering.) With t-shirts from local fire departments hanging on the walls and the friendliest waitstaff you ever did meet, Sodolak's is everything we love about rural Texas.
9711 Fm 60 Rd E
Snook, TX 77878
7. Green Chile Willy's (Amarillo)
Although Amarillo is in no way a small town, this restaurant is often overlooked in favor of more well-known local joints or big chains. Not eating at Green Chile Willy's when you're in the area is as rookie of a mistake as it gets. They put a delicious twist on your down-home favorites, like topping chicken-fried steak with green chile sauce. C'mon, y'all, how mouthwatering does that look?
13651 IH 27, Amarillo, TX 79119.
8. Delish (Edna)
Delish has a little bit of everything: grab 'n go prepared meals, rice bowls, flatbreads, salads, paninis, soups...and these decadent monstrosities otherwise known as "Over the Top" milkshakes. It's a good thing the food here is fairly healthy because you'll definitely need lots of room in your belly for one of these concoctions.
112 E Main St, Edna, TX 77957
9. McClain's (Seven Points)
On any given day, you'll find McClain's packed with the very same locals who have been sitting in its chairs for decades. It serves as the central town hub where everyone goes to catch up over a hot meal and cup of coffee. Although every meal is great here, breakfast is especially noteworthy: crispy bacon and hashbrowns, flaky biscuits with homemade cream gravy, eggs cooked however you like, and pancakes bigger than your head. Doesn't get much better than that.
115 N Seven Points Dr, Seven Points, TX 75143.
10. East Main Grill (Johnson City)
East Main Grill somehow manages to capture the laid-back vibe of small-town Texas and the classiness of a chic cafe simultaneously, which isn't an easy feat to accomplish by any means. The food is much the same - entrees like chicken & waffles as well as steak with fried okra on the side both grace the menu, so you have the option to satisfy your most refined taste buds or simply enjoy an age-old classic.
209 E Main St, Johnson City, TX 78636.
11. Five-C Smokehouse (Clyde)
All of us Texans love good barbecue; even more so when it's eaten in a great atmosphere with good company. Five-C Smokehouse ticks all those boxes with mouthwatering entrees like this loaded spud, live music on the patio, and friendly servers who instantly take you back to childhood meals at your favorite diner.
205 S 1st St, Clyde, TX 79510.
Have you ever eaten at any of these restaurants? Which one is your favorite? And, as we mentioned in the introduction, y’all’s comments are the main reason behind articles like this – so tell us: what other unassuming, mom & pop joints would you add to this list?