Pepper Twins

May 5, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Friendly staff, fresh ingredients, and careful preparation mark this Houston favorite.

Jack’s Kitchen

Jan 29, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Nestled in the old Lakewood neighborhood, this intimate spot offers comforting food and friendly service.


Dec 10, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Refined soul food served with a side of cultural history.


Aug 13, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Sumptuous fare and a Texas-size personality make a winning combination.

Hello Dumpling

Dec 14, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The price is right for tasty Bejing-inspired dishes at this casual dumpling and noodle house.


Jun 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Francesco Giustiniano trekked from Sicily to South Texas, bringing his 35 years of culinary experience, to help a friend open an Italian restaurant. The restaurant gig didn’t work out, but he decided to hang his toque in Texas after falling for a local lady. Together, the couple took a tiny…


Jun 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The dog-friendly, music-friendly BYOB patio here (which is most of the seating space) may just be the best hangout spot in town to eat Frito pie, brisket-topped cheeseburgers, and the meanest, spiciest loaded fries—New Mexico red chiles and crispy jalapeños—in West Texas.

LeRoy & Lewis

May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The siren call of smoked meat brings young parents with ebullient toddlers, seniors with winsome dogs, and pretty much every age in between to trailers scattered in empty lots throughout the city. This one, helmed by Evan LeRoy, the former pitmaster at Freedmen’s, is definitely attracting the Instagrammers, who snap…

Oakwood BBQ

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This three-month-old barbecue joint in far north Austin is nothing if not appropriately named. The closest residential street is Oakwood Drive. Huge oak trees shade the outdoor pits and patio. Oak slats cover the walls—indoor and out—and oak is used for just about every piece of furniture in the place.

Authentic New York Pizza

Nov 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Sometimes you just need a pizza. In Corpus, your best bet comes courtesy of Authentic New York Pizza, owned by Brooklyn transplant Alan Kruger. This bustling, no-frills joint offers all the expected toppings, plus others that range from good to weird, like barbecued brisket and penne pasta. The house-made sauce…

Café Italia [West]

Nov 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Grab a bottle (or two) at nearby Wine Attitude, then make your way to Café Italia, where delicious sourdough-crusted pizzas await. Start with the seasonal wood-roasted vegetables (grown locally, of course); the fennel and eggplant are especially good. Then try the Bianco, a white pizza that boasts mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano…


Sep 30, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The place where it all started, the original location on Spyglass, has been spiffed up with new tables and a more logical layout (which somehow makes it feel bigger). It’s arguably now the premier Austin Tacodeli location for chilling under the trees on a weekend morning, as bed-headed couples roll…

Pepper Twins

Aug 18, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Inner-city fans of fiery Szechuan peppers can forgo the freeway foray out Bellaire Boulevard. In the heart of Montrose (on Fairview, no less), sisters Yunan Yang and Lily Luo are dishing up authentic, lip-tingling fare from organic ingredients. Go early, hunt for a parking spot, then dive into a bowl…

Jazz Cafe

Aug 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Our favorite funky little cave epitomizes a neighborhood hangout. Long on quirky characters and big flavors, the dive has cultivated a loyal following for exceptional sandwiches like the Green Gobbler, piling thickly sliced turkey breast and mozzarella on a dill roll with avocado and red onion slices. The Greek salad…

Brunch Club

May 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Brunch isn’t just for weekends anymore. This new cafe offers up fancy egg dishes, salads, sandwiches, and varied entrées seven days a week. For a twist on the traditional eggs Benedict, try the Rob Benny: poached eggs topping grilled asparagus, smoked pork loin, and savory bread pudding, all covered in…

Gogo Gumbo

Apr 21, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Let the good times roll at this little seafood kitchen in Boyd. This fine establishment is loaded with character, and everything is made from scratch under the keen watch of owner and chef Kraig Thome. We started with the tangy shrimp and crab gumbo, then jumped right into the pan-fried…

Tutu’s Burgers

Nov 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

A bar and nightly live music keep things hopping at this east-side burger joint. Burgers are large enough to share, and the never-frozen, ground-fresh-daily beef and lamb are the best-flavored meat in town. Breakfast burgers include bacon and fried or scrambled eggs atop a juicy patty, and one of our…

Shelley’s Bakery Cafe

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

It had been too long since we’d visited with Shelley Brophy and her friendly crew at her ladies-who-lunch spot on a side street in downtown Nacogdoches. We almost gave in to our inclination to have dessert first, so drawn were we to the enticing pastries in the display case by…


Oct 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Before spending an enjoyable day at Klyde Warren Park, fortify yourself with a Herculean breakfast (or lunch) at this pleasant space, with its blond woods and color palette of orange sherbet and blueberry. Although it took five minutes to read the mind-boggling list of choices, we decided on the West…

Revival Market

Sep 25, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Hallelujah! This favorite market/coffeeshop/lunch stop in the Heights has removed the produce racks and expanded its space to allow for a seasonal dinner menu with table service. We devoured our salads—one was watermelon, basil, and feta with lots of fresh corn, and the other was an even better pickled shrimp,…