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7 Of The Best Things To Eat & Drink In Texas

From traditional smokey barbecue to Tex-Mex fare and craft brews, there’s plenty of mouthwatering food in Texas, as well as plenty to drink. This is one state where food takes pride of place in every city, whether it’s the Barbecue Capital of Lockhart or wineries in Texas Hill Country.

Take note of these droolworthy things to eat in Texas for a real feast.

Best Things To Eat & Drink In Texas

1. Barbecue

Texas barbecue is an iconic thing to eat here! Pit-style barbecue is covered and slowly cooked for hours over a wood fire until it’s tender enough to fall off the bone. Slathered in sauce or dry rubbed, there are plenty of styles to try across the state.

2. Tex-Mex

San Antonio is the beating heart of Tex-Mex cuisine. For centuries San Antonio has perfectly blended authentic Mexican and Texan influences to create a genre of its own. Smothered enchiladas and spicy tortilla soup are best enjoyed close to the border, and chimichangas are rumored to have been invented in Texas.

3. Craft Beer

Texas has a thriving craft beer scene, with microbreweries all across the state. From festivals to beer gardens and understated tasting rooms, big name brewers like Brash Brewing and Austin Beerworks draw crowds with floral IPAs, rich stouts and every ale and lager in between.

4. Pecan Pie

You can’t visit Texas without sampling some homemade pies. Homemade pecan pie is one of the most popular and delicious, though fruit pies and thick meringues are also local favourites.

5. Texas Chili

You just can’t beat game-day chili loaded with meat, beans, tomato and spices. Classic diners and truck stops on historic Route 66 along with other restaurants around the state, are worthy of a chili stop. It’s proper Texan comfort food.

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6. Hill Country Wine

Texas Hill Country is home to dozens of wineries and a variety of fine wines—from reds and whites to sparkling rosé. The sunny Hill Country Wine Trail boasts miles of wildflower-filled fields, farms and vineyards fit for exploring.

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7. Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken fried steak is a Texas staple! This downhome comfort dish is beefsteak coated with seasoned flour and pan-fried. You’ll find it in most Southern restaurants around the state.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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