19 Honorable Mentions

Angleton | pop. 18,640
Hometown Cafe
Catfish dredged in just the right amount of cornmeal served on tables fashioned from tire-tread-embossed sheet metal. 979-849-2809

Center Point | pop. 3,766
Vicki’s Burger Barn
Be sure to say hi to Vicki, who started off as a waitress and now signs the checks. (Alert: The Barn will be closed from November 25 through January 1.) 830-634-7669

Colmesneil | pop. 623
Burger House
Order a cheeseburger and onion rings, then grab a table in the small dining room, where you’ll find the real treat: walls covered in photos of every Colmesneil High homecoming queen, dating back to 1937. 409-837-2321

Cotulla | pop. 3,628
J.J.’s Country Store
At this curious combo of cafe and convenience store, enjoy the coconut pie with a cup of coffee beneath wagon wheel chandeliers. 830-879-3319

Cross Plains | pop. 1,112
Staghorn Cafe
Why we like the Staghorn:
a fluffy-crusted chicken-fried steak in two sizes (normal and small). Why we like Cross Plains: the annual Barbarian Festival, honoring local hero Robert E. Howard, who created Conan. 254-725-4986

Elgin | pop. 9,813
City Cafe
The pies made by Lucia Jimenez are definitely worth a stop, or even a drive. 512-281-3663

Floydada | pop. 3,152
Nielson’s Restaurant
The Rib Steak Sandwich is spectacular: thinly sliced, juicy beef; melted Swiss cheese; lettuce; sautéed mushrooms; and salad dressing (a.k.a. mayonnaise) on a bun. 806-983-3464

Hunt | pop. 708
The Hunt Store
No cheeseburger will ever taste better than one eaten on the outdoor patio at the Hunt Store after you’ve marinated in the Guadalupe for several hours on a summer’s day. 830-238-4410

Jacksboro | pop. 4,516
Nana Lou’s Kitchen
The standouts served up in the eight-table dining room of this plain yellow house are the sides: thick mashed potatoes, fortifying turnip greens, pinto beans swimming with hunks of bacon. 940-567-2203

Junction | pop. 2,576
Mama Kay’s Sunshine Cafe and Bakery
The warm yellow walls at this cozy neighborhood locale are lined with rooster figurines, and a sign boasts that 95 percent of the food is prepared right there. 325-446-2497

Kilgore | pop. 12,024
Circle Cafe
Depending on the time of the school year, you might catch a

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