Top Choice Barbecue in Austin


Torn between barbecue and fine dining? Lambert's serves intelligent updates of American comfort-food classics – some might call it 'uppity barbecue' – in a historic stone building run by Austin chef Lou Lambert.
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Austin

Güero's Taco Bar

Set in a former feed-and-seed store from the late 1800s, Güero's is an Austin classic and always draws a crowd. Come for homemade corn tortillas (the tacos al pastor are excellent), chicken tortilla soup and refresh…
Top Choice Barbecue in Austin

The Salt Lick

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this park-like place off US 290. It's a bit of a tourist fave, but the crowd-filled experience still gets our nod. BYOB. Hung…
Top Choice Barbecue in Abilene

Harold's Pit Bar-B-Q

Wow! That's what we said between mouthfuls of fabulous barbecue at this little gem of a place north of town. Everyone seems to be a regular (parents were getting some to-go for their hospitalized child – 'no charge!…
Top Choice Barbecue in Austin

Franklin Barbecue

America's most famous barbecue spot only serves lunch, and only till it runs out – usually well before 2pm. In fact, to avoid missing out, you should join the line by 10am (9am on weekends). Just treat it as a tailg…
Top Choice American in Kerrville

Grape Juice

For us, it was love at first sight – the sight being a little menu item called the Honey Badger that's a ridiculously wonderful combination of 'crack'-aroni and cheese surrounded by a moat of chili with Fritos on to…
Top Choice American in San Antonio


This weird, wonderful place is a restaurant, bar, laundromat and car wash. As casual as the restaurant is, the food is top-notch, made from organic, sustainable meat and produce. Sure, it's just tacos, burgers, sala…
Top Choice American in Austin

Salty Sow

Behold the porcine wonder! This snout-to-tail restaurant advertising 'swine + wine' offers a thoroughly modern take on down-home cooking, including plenty of choices in the non-pork category.
Top Choice Burgers in Austin

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

People line up around the block for the burgers, fries and shakes – and it's not because burgers, fries and shakes are hard to come by in Austin. It's because this place slathers tons of love into everything they ma…
Top Choice Modern American in San Antonio


In the restaurant-packed Pearl Complex, Southerleigh stands out for its farm-to-table comfort fare. Mac and cheese with crab, cornmeal-crusted catfish, stewed oxtail pie and an enormous gourmet chili dog are recent …