May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Not all of us are grousing about the Californication of Austin, especially if it brings us deliciousness in the form of the raw fish salad known as poke. This Hawaiian food became a trend in Venice Beach, the original location of Poke-Poke, and Austin is the first outpost away from…

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…

50th Street Caboose

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We walked into the Caboose early on a Saturday afternoon and, for the first time in a long time in Lubbock, had to wait to be seated, as the place was filled on one side with families enjoying hamburgers and tacos, as we would shortly do, and on the other…

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.

World Cup Cafe

Mar 30, 2017 By Courtney Bond

This out-of-the-way cafe is smack-dab in the middle of an area of Waco that is undergoing serious gentrification. Adjacent from the Jubilee Market, like a veritable mirage in the food desert that is East Waco, this eclectic eatery (and fair-trade market) could be anywhere but seems right at home in…

The Patio

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We think that the motto of this very eclectic little restaurant right along the main drag (Highway 690) should be “Do just a few things (not necessarily related) and do them well.” The Patio has already earned fame in this small East Texas town for its signature hot dogs (like…

Don Juan on the Square

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Lovingly known as DJ’s, this little cantina stands out among Tyler’s ubiquitous Tex-Mex spots (mainly because the fare is the latter—no “Texican” here). It’s not the place to go when seeking a dark, quiet corner; the decor is fiesta-esque, and one is sure to know at least two other patrons…


Jan 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This place is a longtime favorite with locals, and for the best of reasons: great burgers made from fresh ground beef, with bread options that include a jalapeño-cheese bun; deliciously crisp onion rings; hand-cut fries; milk shakes. And now they have new digs, with easy parking, an airy dining space,…

Manara Cafe

Dec 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Manara Cafe’s new location is an improvement on the old spot, warmer and more welcoming. Thankfully, their menu is the same delicious fare that has made them a staple in town. If your party is big enough, we recommend ordering the vegetable platter entrée as a starter, so you can…

Mojo Bowl

Nov 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

With all the fried food and dessert options close to campus, this healthy alternative is very welcome. As we looked over Mojo Bowl’s menu—smoothies with names like Red Dragon, Pink Dragon, Green Dragon—the staff behind the counter happily explained the various options for our vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free—but somehow still delicious—smoothies…