Texas Living

Texas Treats

By Chuck Cox 4.25.13

Who do you think has the best barbecue? What about Tex-Mex? Steak? One sure way to get a lively debate going is to ask people one of those questions. We Texans love to eat almost as much as we love our beautiful state. Almost.

In an article in the spring issue of “Texas Heritage for Living,” we focused on some of our favorite Texas cafés. The four we told you about were the Blue Bonnet Café (Marble Falls), Country Tavern (Kilgore), Coyote Bluff (Amarillo), and Royers Round Top Café (Round Top). These are the kind of places where folks drive from miles away just to get a bite of their favorite pie, burger, or ribs.

But there are several places in Texas that would make you happy to be holding a knife and a fork. Here’s a look at a few more of our other favorites:

1. La Margarita (San Antonio): Located in the Market Square, near downtown, this Mexican restaurant and oyster bar is delicious. The shrimp fajitas are not to be missed. No trip to San Antonio is complete without hitting a good Mexican food place and La Margarita, with its strolling mariachi band, definitely qualifies.

2. Bruno’s (Tyler): I don’t know that you’d necessarily expect one of the tastiest pieces of pizza you’ve ever had to come from Tyler, but Bruno’s is awfully tough to beat. Now featuring two locations, Bruno’s serves up some heavenly pizza, lasagna, calzones, and sandwiches. Once you give it a shot, you’ll start to dream about it. Seriously.

3. Pecan Lodge (Dallas): The secret is starting to get out on this awesome barbecue joint in the Farmers Market, although you can only get your barbecue fix there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. It’s worth it, as long as fall-off-the-bone meat covered in awesome sauce is your thing. Try the “Hot Mess.”

Let us know what some of your favorites are, too. And happy dining!