At first glance, Youngblood’s Stockyard Café in Amarillo appears to be your everyday rural coffee shop. If you spend a little time here, however, you realize that the unassuming café is the heart and soul of Amarillo’s legendary stockyards, where more than 300,000 head of livestock are bought and sold each year. And the food here is a cut above what you’d expect to find at a restaurant attached to an auction barn.
Gainesville is, and always has been, the gateway to Texas. The first town that visitors hit after crossing the Oklahoma state line on Interstate 35 was once an important stop for the stagecoach, and later for the Santa Fe Railroad.
THE HUNGRY TRAVELER who just happens to stumble upon tiny Addison will quickly realize that she’s wandered into some dumb luck. Getting a good meal certainly isn’t an issue here; crammed into this upscale Dallas suburb, which measures a mighty 4.5 square miles, are more than 170 restaurants, making it an honest-to-goodness dining destination. Such an abundance comes with its own set of problems, of course: How do you pick one place from a surprisingly good list of choices, or how do you budget the time needed to try several of these places?
When it comes to food, Lone Star pride stretches across Texas. Around the state, large commercial ovens, kettles, and steamers cook up flavors that please palates from the Gulf Coast to the Red River and beyond. Pickles, ice cream, tamales, candy, and more—if you plan your travels right, you can dine along the way solely on made-in-Texas fare.