July 23, 2024

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A Day Trip Through Texas Cuisine: From Houston to Austin

A Day Trip Through Texas Cuisine: From Houston to Austin


Texas is a big state, and it’s home to some of the best food in America. The Lone Star State has a lot of different regional cuisines, but they all share one thing in common: they’re good enough that you’ll want to eat them again and again. Here are four stops on any Texas culinary tour—from Houston to Austin—to tide you over until your next visit home for Thanksgiving.

A Day Trip Through Texas Cuisine: From Houston to Austin


Houston is a great place to start your trip. It’s the largest city in Texas and has a diverse food scene, thanks to its large Hispanic population and people from all over the world who have come here for work. Houstonians are known for their love of Tex-Mex food, but there’s much more than just tacos: you’ll find everything from Vietnamese pho to Greek gyros on offer.

Houston is also home to several famous restaurants such as Brennan’s (famous for its Creole cooking), The Mansion (known for its high prices) and Hugo’s (which serves up some amazing Mexican dishes).

San Antonio

While San Antonio is the capital of Texas, it’s also home to many Mexican restaurants that serve up Tex-Mex classics in a festive atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy some history and art, San Antonio is a great choice. There are also plenty of shopping options if you’re looking for something unique or just want to browse around for something new!


Austin is known for its food trucks, music scene and live music venues. It’s also known for its barbecue.

But there’s a lot more to the city than that–there are plenty of other things to do in Austin besides eat and drink. Here are some ideas:

  • Go to the Austin Zoo at Mueller Park (3300 Mueller Blvd., 512-243-1641). Open daily except Christmas Day, 10am-5pm; $15 general admission; free parking on weekdays after 3pm or weekends all day long! The zoo has hundreds of animals including giraffes, elephants and zebras–they even have a reptile house with snakes! If you have kids they’ll love this place because they can see so many different types of creatures up close while learning about them at the same time! There’s also an educational center where kids can learn more about each animal featured within its walls by interacting with touchscreens located throughout each exhibit area.*

Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth is a great place to visit. It’s got the big city feel, but with a small town vibe. The people are friendly and there are plenty of things to do. If you’re looking for some good food, DFW has you covered! There are hundreds of restaurants offering various cuisines from around the world, including Tex-Mex, Cajun/Creole and Southern favorites like chicken fried steak or fried catfish (just to name a few).

There are museums galore here too–from art galleries featuring local artists’ work to historical sites where you can learn about how Dallas was founded back in 1841 by Martin De Leon. You can even pay homage at De Leon’s grave site inside Pioneer Cemetery which was established as one of America’s first public cemeteries when it opened its doors back in 1844!

Texas cuisine is worth exploring.

While many people think of Texas as a place where steaks and barbecue are king, the Lone Star State’s cuisine is much more diverse than that. From Tex-Mex to Southwestern and even Cajun cooking, there are plenty of dishes to sample when visiting Austin or Houston. If you’re looking for something new or just want to try something different from your typical burger joint or pizza parlor, here are some places where you can find some truly unique meals:

  • Franklin Barbecue has been named one of America’s best barbecue joints by Food Network magazine–and with good reason! Their brisket is tender with just enough fat to give it flavor without being greasy; their ribs melt in your mouth; plus their sides (including creamed corn) will have you coming back again and again. They only serve lunch on Saturdays so make sure not miss out if this sounds like something up your alley!
  • Veracruz All Natural serves up fresh seafood dishes made from locally sourced ingredients whenever possible (which happens often). Try their ceviche tacos if want something light but still flavorful; if not then go for either their shrimp pozole soup or oyster shooters instead! Either way though rest assured knowing that everything here tastes great regardless which dish ends up being chosen.”


If you’re looking for an adventure, consider exploring the different cuisines of Texas. You can start with Houston or San Antonio, which are both known for their Southern cooking traditions, head west to Austin where TexMex reigns supreme and end up in Dallas-Fort Worth where everything from barbecue to Korean food is available at every turn.