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Texas covers a vast area populated with a huge array of eating options that many think is more exceptional than it has been for years. Texans are not frightened to try cuisine from different parts of the world and now the eateries include ones serving dishes from India, Vietnam, Italy, China, and France among many others. Of course, you will still find more traditional Texan menus, but the choice is now wider than ever, which is why so many people tour Texas with food on their minds.


If you’re planning a Texan  trip here are the eateries you absolutely must stop by…


Contigo, Austin


The food at Contigo is Texan through and through, which means it should definitely be on your travel list. The menu is full of modern bar food such as crispy green beans, rabbit and dumplings and fruit and vegetables grown in Texas. Most people choose to eat outside on an expansive patio, where they also serve cocktails to go with your meal.


Fearing’s, Dallas


It is said that Dean Fearing has played a role in shaping the culinary identity of Dallas.  His very smart but casual restaurant lets you feast on such delights as Granny’s fried chicken, fork-tender beef short ribs that have been braised in Dr Pepper and the smoky, creamy tortilla soup is iconic.


Debbie’s Restaurant And Pie Shop, San Marcos


For a huge choice of meals from corned beef hash to grilled pork chops, and such delights as buttermilk pancakes or an NY steak, Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shop is the place to go. A great place for traditional American meals and a very friendly service make this a must try when you are in the area.

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Himalaya, Houston


Here you will find a choice of nearly 100 dishes made in the authentic way of Pakistan. The chef and owner, together with his wife, serve many regional dishes. Cooking in Pakistan involves a lot of beef, so they have ‘friendly fusion’ weekend specials to bridge the culture gap with Pakistan and American cuisine.


Garcia’s Mexican Food, San Antonio


One thing that will become very apparent is that this restaurant serves large portions of its delightful authentic Mexican food. The same family has run it since 1962 and the original traditional meals are still part of their menu. Things like the Deluxe Mexican Dinner Plate includes so many different foods that you will not need a starter or a dessert, it will be more than enough to fill an empty stomach.


Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap


35 years ago, cattle rancher and cook, Tom Perini, turned a barn into what has become one of the most popular destinations in Texas for steak. This is steak of all kinds cooked at its best and the restaurant has become so well known it can boast famous politician and celebrities among its clientele.  With more than on award to their name, Tom and his wife Lisa, treat every customer the same, as though they are sitting in the kitchen of their own home.


Of course, there are many hundreds of other wonderful restaurants in Texas, and which you prefer is down to personal choice. The one thing you can be certain of though, is that Texas has no shortage of good food at very reasonable prices.