Alamo Springs Cafe

Jul 19, 2017 By Texas Monthly

A winding scenic drive, live music on the patio, thousands of bats emerging at twilight from an old railroad tunnel nearby—could there be a more perfect Hill Country evening? This funky joint is famous for what this magazine once dubbed the third-best burger in Texas. And we are here to…


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.

Capital Pizza

Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Since its opening nearly five years ago, Capital Pizza has become a staple of the Tech community, providing more than one hundred craft beers and the sort of pizza we love to eat: hand-crafted crusts, flavorful sauces, and a mix of traditional and creative toppings. Our favorite pie is the…


Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

You’ve got to be determined to find this spot close to Baylor hospital. Looking like a ski lodge from the back (with its A-frame structure and great view of the skyline) and an old house from the front (which it actually is—we love the weathered wood floors), it has one…

Taco Ocho

Jun 23, 2017 By Texas Monthly

It is a chain, and it may look like a fast-food joint from the outside, but don’t pass it up, because everything is fresh and made from scratch. There are all kinds of tacos offered; we’re partial to the Rico Ocho, with its black beans, plantains, potatoes, red onions, jicama,…

The Central Station

Jun 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This place is housed in a former Texaco service station (circa 1930) downtown, a 3,600-square-foot building that has been restored (but with the original storefront) and now features an upstairs deck. Trusting our car, oops, no, our tummies to the men and women who wear the star, we were…

The Ritual

Jun 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The improbably authentic Ritual stands out in this small East Texas town (population 15,000) some 25 miles south of Tyler. Think one-stop shop for overall well-being upstairs (massage, facials, yoga, and meditation) and imaginative lunch fare downstairs. Perhaps it’s the location, tucked as it is into a turn-of-the-century downtown brick…

Bootlegger Grill

Jun 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This laid-back venue reminds us of an English pub but with a distinct “cowboy meets mobster” flair. The TV screens are as plentiful as the fried-food options on the menu. We were pleased with the pulled-pork nachos, which were (surprisingly) served on deep-fried pita bread and topped with refried beans,…

Harvey’s Charcoal Hamburgers

May 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. We know we can’t be the only ones who remember Goff’s on Lovers Lane, and we still salivate thinking of those luscious burgers with house-made hickory sauce. So we’re delighted that Harvey Gough is back, slinging burgers in a small spot in a…

J.T. Youngblood’s Texas Chicken

May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

In the fifties, the hugely successful fried-chicken chain Youngblood’s waltzed across Texas, resulting in lines out the door. It closed after an unsuccessful attempt to expand nationwide, but now three business partners—chef Todd Duplechan of Lenoir, restaurateur Jeffrey Weinberger of Jeffrey’s fame, and former Trio at the Four Seasons manager…