The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: The List Is Live
Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you.
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After reading through the 30 restaurants scattered throughout the state -- Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, even Beaumont -- you may have noticed that a few areas of the state were, shall we say, underrepresented. And being the inquisitive lot that you are, you may be wondering why.
West Texas (a.k.a. Big Bend Country)
Photo by Shelley Bernstein Marfa's best -- and only -- food truck.
Granted, there's a whole lot of nothing between San Angelo and El Paso. But what about towns like Marfa, Alpine, Midland, Odessa, Terlingua, Marathon, Fort Stockton or El Paso itself? Marfa -- and, increasingly, Alpine and Marathon -- is notably cultured for a small Texas town, drawing artists and artistic types from all over the country. It's also known for an assortment of cool restaurants and food trucks: Maiya's, Cochineal, Food Shark, Pizza Foundation, Padre's Marfa. So how did spots like these get left off the list?
They didn't. Plenty of contributors listed spots in West Texas -- they just couldn't all agree on one or two places to represent the region as a whole. Here are the entries which began to approach critical mass (with more than two votes each):
Food Shark, Marfa
The Gage Hotel, Marathon
Starlight Theater, Terlingua
Wall Street Bar & Grill, Midland