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Stackhouse

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…

Poke-Poke

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…