food

Longtime North Texas Chain El Chico Serves Warm Memories

February 23, 2024 | By Eric Webb

Chorizo de San Manuel Remains a True Taste of the Rio Grande Valley

February 16, 2024 | By Daynara Gutierrez

Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico on the Joys of Tacos

January 31, 2024 | By S. Kirk Walsh

“Tacos have always brought me joy,” says Edgar Rico, executive chef and co-owner of Nixta Taqueria in East Austin.

The South Texas-Inspired Pizzas of Chef Janet Zapata

January 15, 2024 | By Luis G. Rendon

Make Room for the Tamale Burger This Holiday Season

December 5, 2023 | By Ali Khan

San Antonio’s Delicious Tamales Lives Up to Its Name

November 21, 2023 | By John T. Davis

How Amarillo Became a Mecca for International Cuisine

October 24, 2023 | By Claudia Kolker

15 Years After Hurricane Ike: How Bolivar Peninsula and Its Food Culture Have Changed

September 13, 2023 | By Xander Peters

My mother almost always orders the stuffed shrimp. No matter the occasion nor the restaurant, her routine when visiting our beach cabin on the southeast Texas coast has been predictable for as many years as I can remember.

The Enchiladas at Armadillo World Headquarters Were Shrimply Irresistible

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Coastal Que BBQ Is the Freshest Catch in Matagorda

June 27, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Diego’s Food Truck Combines Local Ingredients and International Flavors in McAllen

March 28, 2023 | By Cat Cardenas

Where To Get Your King Cake and Beignet Fix in Texas This Mardi Gras Season

February 17, 2023 | By Amanda Ogle

You’ve seen them at the grocery store every Mardi Gras season: rings of king cake topped with icing and purple, gold, and green sprinkles and sugar crystals.

Five Texas Cookbooks to Gift the Foodies in Your Life

December 12, 2022 | By Marisa Charpentier

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the foodie in your family or friend group, it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of new recipes.

El Naranjo’s Iliana de la Vega Brings Traditional Flavors of Mexico to Austin

October 27, 2022 | By Marisa Charpentier

A Foodie Oasis Emerges in Lubbock

October 27, 2022 | By Rebecca Deurlein

Editor’s Note: Valley Roots

September 29, 2022 | By Emily Roberts Stone

This month’s story on Texas’ only native pepper, the chile pequin, originated from a conversation between our new senior editor, Danielle Lopez, and her father.

A Look At Terlingua’s Chili Origins

September 29, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

The so-called Great Chili Confrontation started on Oct. 21, 1967, when journalists H. Allen Smith and Wick Fowler met in Terlingua for a cookoff to decide who could make the best chili.

An Ode to the Native Chile Pequin, the ‘Mother of All Peppers’

September 29, 2022 | By Cat Cardenas

In Praise of Tex-Mex with TV Chef Pati Jinich

September 29, 2022 | By Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Almost 10 years ago, while on tour to promote one of her cookbooks, Pati Jinich visited the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time.

Beer Salt Is a Texas Tradition, Y’all

May 26, 2022 | By Anthony Head

Cookbook Historian Toni Tipton-Martin Highlights the Contributions of Black Cooks in American Food History

March 24, 2022 | By Ellen Sweets

When speaking at events, Toni Tipton-Martin engages her audiences with historical images depicting African American women cooks, many of them demeaning “mammy” stereotypes.

Fort Worth-Based Best Maid Is a Really Big Dill

January 27, 2022 | By Andrea Luttrell

The Cheesecakes at Laura’s Bakery Are the Stuff of East Texas Legend

December 23, 2021 | By Paul McDonnold

Nonprofit Hugs Café in McKinney Offers More Than Sandwiches and Cookies

December 23, 2021 | By Cynthia J. Drake

A New Book Explores the Lost African American Restaurants of Galveston

November 24, 2021 | By Kimya Kavehkar

How Texas’ Refugee Population Has Enriched Our Culinary Community

October 28, 2021 | By Kayla Stewart

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Texas

October 28, 2021 | By

Editor’s Note: Good Eats

October 28, 2021 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Asking someone to select the best thing they’ve ever eaten in Texas may seem like an unfairly difficult question, but the responses to our query may have resulted in our most mouthwatering cover story yet.

Carnitas Is the ‘Only Thing’ on the Menu at This San Antonio Restaurant

September 23, 2021 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Recipe: Corn Dodgers Are the Perfect Cowboy Snack

August 26, 2021 | By Lisa Bubert

5 Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Fredericksburg

July 1, 2021 | By Morgan O'Neal

Brunch isn’t just the term for a meal between breakfast and lunch anymore—it’s a hobby—one that sounds even more appealing when you’ve spent the day prior at one of Fredericksburg’s 11 wineries.

Recipe: Fish Fry

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People Across the Country Flock to San Antonio for Elevated Caribbean Flavors

March 25, 2021 | By Steven Lindsey

Try These Four Restaurants During the Round Top Antiques Show

March 16, 2021 | By Jill Coody Smits

Of course, the tens of thousands of treasure-hunting shoppers tramping their way from field to field are bound to get hungry from their efforts. Rest assured, there are plenty of options for good eating, from elaborately outfitted sit-down dinners to humble ham salad.

These 3 Classic Texas Drive-Ins Perfected Curbside Dining Decades Ago

January 28, 2021 | By Heather Brand

How a Catholic Priest Inspired Five German Heritage Festivals in Texas

August 27, 2020 | By Lee Williams

Houstonian Adán Medrano Doesn’t Want Your Greasy Tex-Mex

August 27, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

David Norman of Austin’s Easy Tiger Bakery Shares Tips for Baking Bread at Home

April 25, 2020 | By Julia Jones

Eat Gourmet Insects at San Antonio’s Witte Museum

March 10, 2020 | By Julia Jones

On the evening of March 26, the museum is hosting Bug Bites, an event where people can sample chef-crafted dishes featuring a variety of insects. With a menu that includes coffee-blackened grasshopper street tacos, grilled scorpion with pineapple mojo, roasted orange-ant mole, and cricket carrot cake, bugs might just become a welcome addition to culinary classics.

Try the Food at These 7 Texas Gas Stations

February 20, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Road tripping in a big state like Texas requires serious sustenance. When Cheetos and Little Debbie won’t do, these gas stations around the state offer more filling fare, ranging from tacos to kolaches to lobster bisque. Next time you hit the highways, keep any eye out for these popular fuel stops that also serve good eats.

How Pioneer Foods Shaped Texas’ Cuisine

August 21, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

F ood has always been instrumental in establishing a sense of place—especially during Texas’ journey from settlement to statehood. Between the 19th and 20th centuries, Texas cuisine was shaped by the variety of ethnicities arriving into the territory as well as those who were already here. Ingredients, and the meals they composed, were determined by what could be locally gathered, raised, or hunted, then prepared in manners that had been used for generations or replicated the flavors of home

Five Can’t-Miss Food Festivals to Indulge in This Summer

June 30, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

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.

Sure, You Know the Wine in Fredericksburg, but There’s More to This Place Than Just Great Vino

April 25, 2018 | By

Just as I enter the city limits, I note the beautiful Hill Country University Center, where Texas Tech University offers viticulture and winemaking education. Soon I’m marveling at the proliferation of new and old buildings housing bistros, coffee bars, art galleries, and herb apothecaries. I spy the occasional shop offering T-shirts, fudge, and German beer steins, but altogether I find a more sophisticated Fredericksburg. What really matters, though, is this: While the town is most famous for its rich German heritage, it has grown into an invigorating destination for all of the pleasures found in the heart of the Hill Country, whether I’m visiting with my mom and sisters, closest pals, or my husband.

Top Texas Tables

June 2, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

The restaurant scene in Texas is as hot as a two-dollar pistol, with new eateries and bars throughout the state upping the ante each time they roll out a fanciful new menu item.

Cuisine Confidential: Stephan Pyles

January 9, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

“I spent a good part of my adolescence at the truck stop café, spending time with Tammy Wynette on the jukebox and gum-smacking waitresses, the fry cook in a floppy hat with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.”—Chef Stephan Pyles

Fun Fare

November 18, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

These days, whenever I bump into someone from my hometown of Victoria, the conversation inevitably turns to Bloody Mary shrimp shooters.

On the Right Track

June 17, 2014 | By Michelle Burgess

A plot of land 15 feet from an active stretch of railroad tracks is not generally considered a prime location upon which to open a fledgling restaurant.

Dining on the Dock of the Bay

May 21, 2014 | By Eileen Mattei

Inside Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station in Port Isabel, I have a front-row seat for watching the Laguna Madre: A tugboat pushes barges on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Black Dragon pirate ship and dolphin-watch boats crisscross the bay, and cormorants float semi-submerged beyond the patio.

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