Food is an essential part of any festival, but these Texas towns take their focus on cuisine to the next level. Tantalize your taste buds at these food-themed events featuring sizzling cookoffs, sweet samples, and a gathering of like-minded foodies from across the state.
Diana Kennedy, widely considered to be the foremost authority on Mexican cooking, drove the 892 miles from her home in Michoacán, Mexico, to San Antonio in February (as chronicled by The New York Times) to drop off her collection of 19th-century Mexican cookbooks.
We asked Dr. Jim Kamas, co-author of Texas Peach Handbook and Texas A&M associate professor, for his take on the perfect Texas peach.
Breaking news from Texas Peach Country: This year’s harvest is poised to be plentiful.
“Oh yeah, there are lots of peaches out there—a lot more than I thought there would be,” says Gary Hutton of Hutton Farms west of Weatherford, referring to the hard freeze that occurred in early March of this year. “They pulled through.” he says. “I’ve got some as big as my thumb.”
Sam Greenberg, the third-generation owner of Greenberg Smoked Turkeys, can pinpoint the day his bird became the word: Nov. 11, 2003. Oprah Winfrey’s people had called. The famed talk show host wanted to feature Greenberg turkeys on her annual—and very influential—gift-giving episode, “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”
At Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten in downtown New Braunfels, the writing’s on the wall. But rather than an ominous warning, the sausage recipe painted on the building’s exterior, along with murals of Krause family members, reflects New Braunfels’ German heritage and how this restaurant, established in the late 1930s, plays a starring role in that history.
“Here comes the best part—I’ll show you all my landmarks,” says Coté as we enter Moody. She points out the sweeping triangular house on the right, followed by a drive-through beer barn painted with a tipsy goat and the words “Stay thirsty, my goat.” Then we pass a curious decorative cement pig housed in a tiny cage and a restaurant called Lucy’s Cafe. As we pass through towns like Moody, McGregor, and Valley Mills en route to Clifton, we marvel at the largely undiscovered small towns just outside of our state’s biggest cities.
Oysters have the reputation of being an expensive delicacy—high-end fare offered at fancy eateries with prices to match.
Arriving during the dinner rush at Conservatory Underground Beer Garden & Food Hall, a bustling eatery in downtown Houston, I walked past a wall of colorful pop-art portraits at the entryway, then proceeded down the beautifully ornate stairwell.
Working as a dining critic and food writer for most of my career, I’ve been asked hundreds of times to name my favorite restaurant—an impossible task.
Walking into Jucy’s Hamburgers, at the corner of McCann and US 80 in Longview, the first thing I notice is the vibe, or lack thereof.
As a Tennessee native who married a Texan, I’ve long been fascinated with the difference between the two states’ geography and culture—especially when it comes to the romantic ideal of the cowboy in the Texas Panhandle.
As a light rain falls, a crowd is gathering at Green’s Sausage House, a country café, meat market, and bakery in the tiny Czech community of Zabcikville, 10 miles east of Temple.
Anyone who’s been to a Spurs game in San Antonio can attest that the city is filled with red-hot, habanero-grade pride. The iconic Alamo and its sister missions, a lively Riverwalk, and plenty of community-wide celebrations like Fiesta all give the historic Texas city its flavor—and no place captures the city’s character better than Ray’s Drive Inn, the West Side icehouse where the locally famous puffy taco was born.