When you think of Texas food the first thing that pops into your mind is probably barbecue. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and any other parts of the pig that can be cooked are wildly popular in the Lone Star State, and deservedly so. There are, however, many other excellent options to choose from if you can pry your eyes away from the barbecue side of the menu.
Market Fresh Seafood
The fried catfish Plano TX is known for comes straight from the many lakes that dot the eastern side of Texas. Just a quick drive a few hours southeast to the coastal region near Houston, you’ll find that the crab and shrimp boils are a popular staple. It’s worth the trip!
Texans wouldn’t dare even think about adding the variety of beans that most other regions’ chefs add to their pots of chili. They are not shy, however, about adding enough chili peppers to start your spurs spinning, so be careful if you can’t handle too much heat.
A kolache is a lot like a fruit-filled Danish but not as light and flaky. The pastry is more like a brioche. A typical filling would be a sweet fruit puree, but there are some versions that are savory, containing cheese or eggs or sausage. All versions are worth trying!
Chicken Fried Steak
This beef dish, not chicken, gets its origins from German immigrants who settled down in Central Texas. A piece of tough steak is pounded into submission until tender, then battered and pan-fried to perfection. Top with a cream-based gravy that includes the pan drippings, and you’ve got a tasty meal guaranteed to fill you up.
Yes, the frozen margarita was invented in Texas! The original margarita machine the inventor used now resides comfortably in retirement at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Its legacy lives on in Tex-Mex restaurants all over the state and in bars all over the world.