In Texas, residents are said to eat out four times a week on average and they’re spoiled for choice with more than 10,000 restaurants serving food from over 70 countries. Don’t leave town without trying these 10 dishes.
Being so close to Mexico, Texas has its own version of the country’s favourite food: Tex-Mex. The best place to devour delicious enchiladas, burritos and tacos is Tacos a Go-Go, famous for their generous portions, fresh ingredients and cheap prices. Described as having a “combination of rockabilly vibe and old school Mexican kitsch”, the restaurant serves up great breakfast plates and salads too. Experience it at any one of their four locations in Houston.
2. BBQ ribs
Nothing says southern hospitality like a good ol’ barbecue. And the place to get the best is at Gatlin’s BBQ according to the Houston Press, which has given them the Best Barbecue award twice. The eatery isn’t big or fancy, but the family-owned business serves up some incredible smoked meats. Make sure you order a rib platter: St Louis Spare Rib, Baby Back and Beef Ribs. Meat lovers can also get the platter as part of a combination meal for a selection of pulled pork, brisket and sausages too.
3. Fried chicken
Fried chicken is one of the city’s most iconic dishes and the local Frenchy’s franchise consistently offers a great, no-frills meal. With the proximity of Louisiana to Texas, Creole-style food has a huge influence on Houston’s dining scene. Many people flock to this joint, established in 1969, that’s loved by celebrities including rapper Big Sean. Famous for their crispy chicken recipe, the restaurant is regularly featured on radio and TV programmes.
4. Chicken fried steak
This indulgent dish is a tender piece of steak, coated with seasoned flour before being fried in a pan. The meal is synonymous with the southern states and comes with a side of peppercorn buttermilk gravy at Ouisie’s Table (below). The restaurant originally operated on the famous Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for 15 years before relocating to Texas.
Crawfish & Noodles dishes up a Vietnamese version of this typical Cajun meal – a garlic, butter and spicy concoction that will satisfy your taste buds every time. The Chinatown spot is especially popular at the beginning of the year when there’s a bigger supply of crawfish. Customers like to pair the peppery dish with a nice cold beer.
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