Guzzi Up

Aug 5, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Fill up in this former gas station on hand-tossed pizzas and bulging sandwiches.

La Kiva

Jun 2, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Reliably good food at a showcase of Terlingua (and mercury mining) history.


Mar 24, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Come for the food (and endless mimosa), stay for the people watching.

Desert Oak Barbecue

Feb 1, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Now in a brick-and-mortar spot, Desert Oak remains the only traditional Central Texas–style barbecue in town.

Mi Piaci

Sep 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

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

Come & Take It BBQ

Jun 21, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Who could pass up that directive? Service is cafeteria style in the giant barn, offering brisket, pulled pork, sausage, sometimes burgers, and—lucky for us when we visited—pork ribs. Tempted by all, we found the pulled pork to be moist and oh so slightly sweet, the brisket perfect and pink-rimmed, and…

The Pit BBQ

Sep 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

If you think barbecue sauce on smoked brisket is an abomination, then you might want to sit down. At the Pit BBQ in San Angelo, they cover sliced brisket with creamy peanut butter and grape jelly in a sandwich they call the Jail Break, and we loved every bite.

Cooper’s Bar-B-Q & Grill

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

2008: This is one of many locations run by the Cooper family, and the meat is smoked in a similar fashion as the other joints but not displayed in the large smokers outside. Instead, the meat is displayed on the counter at the entry, and it all looked great. We…

Lum’s Bar-B-Que & Country Store

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

2008: We didn’t expect much from a gas station trying to serve ’cue on the side, but we soon learned that the gas station was the side business. We ordered brisket, ribs, and sausage. The links had a great snap and a medium grind with lots of visible spices. They…