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Liberty Burger

Nov 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

A plethora of proteins, killer toppings, and a lively bar make this neighborhood spot very popular.

Bella Sera

Oct 12, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Charming, family-run spot for pizza and pasta and everything in between.

Ziziki’s

Oct 12, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Locals love Ziziki's for the Sinatra tunes, friendly staff, and some of the best Greek food in Dallas.

Contigo

Oct 10, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Enjoy a Texas ranch–inspired menu on a tree-shaded patio in East Austin.

Lowbrow

Oct 9, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Mockingbird's John Sheely has resurfaced at this easygoing eatery.

Big’z Burger Joint

Sep 11, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Children and adults alike love the party-barn atmosphere, not to mention burgers that are much better than average.

Mi Piaci

Sep 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Expect tasty Italian food from a Calabria-born chef at this longtime El Paso favorite.

Urban Crust

Aug 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Thin-crust pizzas and other wood-fired goodies are on offer at this historic building in downtown Plano.

Judy’s Bread & Breakfast

Jul 31, 2017 By Texas Monthly

What really draws people seems to be the pastries: huge cinnamon rolls and other goodies that look as though they would need giant hands to make. Fluffy house-made biscuits play host to white sausage gravy while thick, wonderful slices of buttered multigrain bread sidle up to egg dishes. Laid-back customers…

Mando’s

Jul 31, 2017 By Texas Monthly

With lots of big tables for families and various other crews, this is a great, down-to-earth place, often crowded with folks who seem to know the menu by heart. We ordered the special, a grilled-chicken sandwich with Monterey Jack cheese and roasted green chiles; the slight sweetness of the bun…

40 Tempura

Jul 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

With a plethora of sushi restaurants in this college town, it’s hard to stand out. But 40 Tempura has managed to do just that. Located in a shopping center that was once a restaurant graveyard, this “outskirts area” eatery is now anything but. Soft music and subdued lighting make for…

El Callejón de los Milagros

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The bright murals on the walls depict a fiesta, but don’t think El Callejón—this is the second location—is your typical border Tex-Mex joint. The owners are from the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz, and they know that region’s lusty cuisine. We shared the Molcajete Milagroso, a sizzling hot molcajete (stone…

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Thumbs up for the incredibly moist charcoal-grilled local fowl (ours was seasoned in achiote and citrus). Double thumbs up for the fabulous homemade corn tortillas and the spicy salsas (tomato-serrano and jalapeño-garlic). We also love the whole jalapeño roasted in soy sauce (shades of South Texas). And be sure to…

Taco Heads

Jul 24, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Rare is the visit to this cheery hangout that we can get past the bowls of creamy queso, fresh guacamole, and salty, paper-thin chips. But we’re learning to offset that indulgence with new and welcome salad options. Owner-chef Sarah Castillo now turns each specialty taco on the menu into a…

Native Bar & Kitchen

Jul 21, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Just east of I-35, this two-sided space can take you from coffee to cocktails and back again. The hipster quotient is high, but that’s to be expected, as this funky eatery is attached to a stylish youth hostel. Elaborate woodwork and brick and rock walls set a rustic stage for the…

Forma Pizzeria

Jul 20, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Bright and airy, this place delights diners with large painted murals, a spacious interior, and a traditional brick oven topped with a copper chimney. Counter service allows you to build your pie while perusing the fresh ingredients on display. A friendly staff delivers orders quickly on plates, glasses, and silverware…