Texas specialities?

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    We've got an upcoming trip to Texas - I've never been there before, and I was wondering about their food specialities. When I read about it everything seems to be savoury (eg Tex-Mex, chilli, etc) so I was wondering whether there were any sweet things that are worth trying? Cakes, pies, desserts, etc?
     
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    Ohhhh! Where in Texas? Tex-Mex is definitely regional, but there’s a lot of really bad Tex-Mex out there so it would help to know what city you’re going to visit.

    Texas chili is in a league of its own. It’s real chili, All beef and no beans, the way chili should be made. :D
     
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    We'll be in and around Houston. I'm looking forward to trying some proper chili! :)
     
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    Fish Taco at Berryhill Baja Grill. This place won’t look like much. You order at the counter. Nothing fancy. It’s a small local chain restaurant. If you go, do NOT order anything BUT the FISH TACO. it’s friggin amazing. Best fish taco in all of Texas. Heck, i’ve never had another fish taco as good as this one.

    The first time I ever took my son there I told them to order the fish taco. He didn’t listen. He ordered a burrito. When the plates came out he looked at my plate; he looked at his plate. He frown. He took a bite of his burrito, then he asked to switch orders with me. I said no, that he should have listen to me. He pouted.

    I said I’ll give you one bite of one taco but that’s it. This is mine, all mine. He took one bite of the taco. He said, “Oh My God, I made a mistake, I ordered the wrong thing.” He should a listen to mom.

    The taco is Baja style, meaning it’s battered and fried. Every other Baja style fish taco I have ever eaten I’ve hated the batter. What sets Berryhill apart is their light and crunchy coating. It reminds me of really good tempura. So it’s not just the flavor but the texture of the tacos that makes it an amazing eating experience.

    Back in the day when I lived in Houston and ate gluten, I used to go to Berryhill about once a week just for the fish taco.


    https://berryhillbajagrill.com


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    Fajitas (called Tacos El Carbon at Ninfa’s): The one dish that says Tex-Mex like on other dish is the beef fajitas. It’s grilled skirt steak served on a cast iron sizzling platter, next to all the fixings. Think of it as building your own beef tacos at the table. Most Tex-Mex restaurants are rated on their fajita. The sizzling sound of the meat is part of the experience.

    Pappasito’s Cantina or Ninfa’s on Navigation are the two best. Again, nothing fancy. Just consistently great fajitas.

    Ninfa’s is often credited with creating the fajita in 1973, but the fajita was being made by a guy named Sonny Falcon in Austin in 1969.

    These restaurants have expanded and opening locations throughout Texas. Both have been around for decades, so remain local favorites. They can be very crowed, especially Friday - Sunday.

    https://pappasitos.com/home/


    https://ninfas.com

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    Texas Chili...sorry to disappoint Becky, but Tony Vallone’s Steakhouse, the only place that made Texas chili the way it should be made, apparently closed a couple months ago. Their chili was only served at lunch, but had a cult following. They made it from the trimmings of premium aged beef they were famous for at the steakhouse. I’m sure all of Houston is mourning since Tony Vallone been around in one form or another for more than 50 years. Vallone was a legend.

    Unfortunately most of the chili you’re going to find nowadays in the Houston area is chili con carne which is with ground beef and beans. It’s not to say that it’s bad chili it’s just not Texas chili.

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    Upscale Mexican: Hugo’s is the place for upscale Mexican dining.

    http://www.hugosrestaurant.net/

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    Breakfast or Brunch: Weights and Measures, A restaurant with its own bakery. Or maybe a bakery with its own restaurant. They do good to bake goods and incorporate the bakery side of the house into the menu.

    http://weights-measures.com/menus/bakeshop/
     
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    That's awesome, thank you so much! I'll add these places to my list and I'll let you know if we manage to go :D

    Last time we were in Florida we had some incredible fish tacos, it still sticks in my mind how good they were. Never found anything quite as good in the UK, so I'm looking forward to trying some more tasty ones!
     
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    I hope they still mind blowing good. Next to my son and DIL, that fish taco is what I miss most about Texas.

    Now I’m going to have to see if I can make a gluten free tempura batter to fry some fish. I eat a lot of fish, lately nearly every day since I read that Victoria Beckham said she had terrible skin until her dermatologist instructed her to eat salmon everyday. :D
     
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    Sounds good! We need to try eating more fish; I quite like oily fish like salmon and mackerel, but don't often think about getting it in. Plus if it helps our skin too then what's not to love?!
     
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    We went to Berryhill Baja Grill! :D

    fish tacos.jpeg

    Thanks so much for the recommendation, the fish tacos were delicious! :)

    It was a really busy trip, we were staying quite close to Rice Village for the first part of the holiday (and in Clear Lake for the rest) so we mostly ate out locally. Had some great BBQ at Goode Company and some yummy tex-mex at a place called Guadalajara Mexican Grille. Had a lot of delicious food, but coffee was universally terrible! Managed to find some places that served espresso but it was rare.

    I have to say, I was so impressed with Texas. Everyone was so friendly, there was so much to do, and we walked through some gorgeous areas. Can't wait to go back, whenever that may be! :D
     
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    @Becky, Woo Hoo! So glad the tacos were good. I had to zoom in to take a close look. And yup, they look like I remember:p

    Texas hospitality is something that’s for sure.
    And Texas pride is unique. They put that Lone Star on everything. I used to say babies born in Texas get branded with the Lone Star as proof of authenticity:D

    Glad your trip was good.
     
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    Haha, yep it sure is! It was a great place, I hope I get to go back sometime soon :)
     
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