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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the flavors! Join us as we take a mouth-watering journey through some of the Lone Star State’s best restaurants that have been featured on the hit TV show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Get ready to indulge in some of Texas’s most delicious and unique dishes.
Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor, Texas
If you’re looking for authentic Texas barbecue, Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas, is a must-visit spot. This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving up some of the best barbecue in the state for three generations. Their menu includes all the classics, but the brisket stands out, with a perfectly seasoned bark and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Expect long lines, but the wait is well worth it for a taste of some of the best barbecue in Texas.
Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, Tarpley, Texas
If you’re looking for a roadside eatery with a gourmet twist, Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery in Tarpley, Texas, is a must-visit. This restaurant was the first ever to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and Guy loved his Cabrito burger so much that he requested another for the DDD Takout show he recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tasty Kabob, El Paso, Texas
Texas may be famous for its barbecue and Tex-Mex, but you might be surprised at this state’s variety of delicious food. Take, for example, Tasty Kabob in El Paso. This Guy-approved restaurant serves up authentic Persian food, including lamb chops marinated and grilled to perfection. If you’re a fan of appetizers, you’ll love their dolme, a dish made of stuffed grape leaves with cucumber yogurt.
Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen & Bar, Houston, Texas
Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen & Bar in Houston, Texas, is a guaranteed ticket to Flavortown! The menu at this Triple-D-approved spot is packed with traditional Filipino dishes passed down through generations, so you know you’re getting the real deal. Some of the must-try dishes at Be More Pacific include the lumpia, adobo, and sinigang. Their signature cocktails are also not to be missed!
Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen, San Antonio, Texas
Gumbo. Jambalaya. Red beans and rice. Fried catfish. If those menu items make your mouth water, head to Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen! This restaurant has been serving up some of the most authentic New Orleans cuisine outside of Louisiana since 1996. Ma Harper herself is now 93 years old, and she’s still dishing out incredible Creole food.
Tacos Mariachi, Dallas, Texas
At Tacos Mariachi in Dallas, Texas, Chef Jesus Carmona is serving up some of the best tacos in town, and they might not be stuffed with the ingredients you expect! One of the most popular items on the menu is the grilled octopus tacos, which are topped with a tangy slaw and a spicy aioli. Guy gushed about the fries, too, which are topped with fresh mole and crema.
The Original Chop House Burger, Arlington, Texas
If you’re looking for a burger joint that’s been given the Guy Fieri stamp of approval, look no further than The Original Chop House Burger in Arlington, Texas. This restaurant has been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and for good reason. The burgers here, made with a combination of beef and brisket, are excellent. One of the most popular items on the menu is the Ten Pepper Burger, made with ten different types of peppers and topped with pepper jack cheese.
Hullabaloo Diner, Wellborn, Texas
If you’re craving classic diner fare with a twist, Hullabaloo Diner in Wellborn, Texas, is a must-visit spot. This retro-style diner is a sure spot for comfort food favorites, and it’s no surprise that it’s been given the Guy Fieri stamp of approval. It’s also a great place to find East Coast favorites like the Philly Cheesesteak.
De Wese’s Tip Top Cafe, San Antonio, Texas
If you’re in the mood for homestyle cooking, De Wese’s Tip Top Cafe in San Antonio, Texas, is the place to be. As seen on “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” this landmark restaurant has been serving up delicious food since 1938. Their world-famous chicken fried steaks, golden onion rings, and made-fresh-daily pies are a must-try. The decor is steeped in 1940s Americana, creating a nostalgic dining experience.
Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, Houston, Texas
Ziggy Gruber, owner of Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, knows a thing or two about running a deli! He’s a third-generation deli owner who has operated delis in New York, Los Angeles, and Texas. His expertise shows in the restaurant’s huge menu, featuring every sandwich you can think of, plus more.
Hungry For More?
If your stomach is still rumbling, we have good news! These ten eateries are just a slice of the Guy-approved restaurants across Texas. Satisfy your craving and check out more Texas spots featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!