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19 Incredible Foods That Will Make You Hungry For Texas

Warning: This post will make you hungry. Hungry for a trip to Texas.

1. Breakfast Tacos

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What they are: Eggs, cheese, potatoes, meat, beans, or any combination thereof, wrapped in a fluffy homemade flour tortilla.

Where to find them: Mexican restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations, holes-in-the-wall, and truck stops — so everywhere. The argument over who has the best tacos in town will divide families and ruin friendships.

2. BBQ Brisket

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What it is: A succulent cut of beef smoked over a wood fire until the sugars in the meat crystalize to form a crispy, black crust. Texas brisket is the cornerstone of Texas BBQ. This is the stuff last meals are made of.

Where to find it: Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Black's Barbecue and/or/why not both Kreuz Market in Lockhart, and Pecan Lodge in Dallas.

3. Sweet Tea

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What it is: Iced tea + a lot of sugar + a squeeze of lemon.

Where to find it: Any place that sells liquids. In Texas, the sweet tea floweth like water. And it is good.

4. Kolaches

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What they are: Puffy Czech breakfast pastries in sweet and savory flavors. Fruit fillings with sweet cream cheese are popular, as well as zesty variants like sausage, jalapeño, and cheese.

Where to find them: Czech bakeries around the state. But the kolaches from Czech Stop in West, Texas are legendary.

5. Queso

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What it is: A molten bowl of cheese sometimes garnished with guac, pico, black beans, and other fixings. Served with unlimited chips and salsa, of course.

Where to find it: Any and every Mexican restaurant in the state.

6. Hamburgers

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What they are: Meat between two buns. Texas loves its beef, and this results in some of the best burgers anywhere.

Where to find them: The Sunday Burger at The Grape in Dallas and the All American at Toro Burger Bar in El Paso are two fan favorites.

7. Wurst on a Stick

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What it is: Wurst on a stick is a juicy sausage served with a fluffy roll. Plain wurst is usually eaten with mustard. Flavored wursts, in varieties like bratwurst and apple cinnamon, are also popular...and delicious.

Where to get it: Definitely Wurstfest.

8. Steak

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What it is: A juicy hunk of USDA prime beef, dry-aged and broiled to perfection. Order yours medium rare — or else.

Where to get it: Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap makes one incredible steak, while The Big Texan in Amarillo serves a 72 oz monster that attracts eaters from all over the world.

9. Migas

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What it is: A heaping portion of eggs scrambled with salsa, onions, crispy tortilla strips, and (sometimes) cheese. It's usually served with beans, potatoes, and warm tortillas. You are allowed to consume it in either taco form or with a fork.

Where to get it: Many places claim to serve up a mean plate of migas, but Cisco's Restaurant, Bakery, & Bar in Austin is basically famous for it.

10. Chili

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What it is: Meat and spices stewed until tender, NO BEANS, and garnished with jalapeños, red onions, cheese, and sour cream, which gets all warm and gooey once you drop it on the piping hot chili. After you try Texas-style chili, you will never go back to regular.

Where to find it: Maxine's Cafe in Bastrop and Elgin, and roadhouses everywhere.

11. Chicken-Fried Steak

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What it is: A tender steak that's been breaded, fried, and smothered in delicious white gravy. Everything's bigger in Texas — especially the chicken-fried steak.

Where to find it: Every diner, truck stop, and salt-of-the-earth breakfast joint in the state. But Florida's Kitchen in Livingston serves a CFS that is the stuff of legend.

12. Tacos

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What it is: This one you know: fixings served in a tortilla. Texas is home to the greatest taco joints in the country, serving dozens of incredible tacos filled with Mexican staples like barbacoa, new-age favs like fried avocados, and fusion foods like Korean BBQ. YUM.

Where to get them: Coreanos serves delicious Korean-Mexican fusion tacos, Torchy's Tacos is a statewide taco chain with a fanatical following, and then there's Fuel City — a gas station / car wash that serves authentic Mexican street tacos. Only in Texas!

13. Fast Food

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What it is: Food that's quick and cheap and tasty and open late.

Where to get it: In Texas, Whataburger reigns. You do not know love until you take the first bite of a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. They even sell Whataburger ketchup in Texas supermarkets — because it's different and better, we swear.

14. Bao

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What it is: A type of steamed bun popular in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine.

Where to get it: Houston has a number of excellent bakeries and restaurants serving traditional bao. But Fat Bao has reinvented the wheel by serving up open bao stuffed with braised beef, fried pork belly, and soft-shell crab. They are incredibly yummy.

15. Tamales

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What they are: Cornmeal with a zesty center of stewed meats, beans, or chilies that's been wrapped in a corn husk and steamed.

Where to find them: Mexican restaurants have them year-round, but it's also common to buy or exchange homemade tamales during the holiday season. Everyone has a secret tamale hookup — unless you're lucky enough to live in a family that makes them fresh!

16. Gulf Shrimp

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What they are: Wild-caught, sweet, and delicious babies of the sea. They're great fried or fresh — just peel and eat. Or you can whip up a Southern staple like Gulf shrimp and grits.

Where to get them: During shrimp season, many restaurants across the state feature Gulf shrimp specials. You can also buy them at Texas grocery stores.

17. Fajitas

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What they are: Marinated steak, pork, and chicken that's seared on a grill with peppers and served on a sizzling platter alongside rice, beans, tortilla, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream. Basically, it's Build-A-Bear but with only the best foods.

Where to get them: Mexican food restaurants everywhere.

18. Mexican Martini

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What it is: Also known as the Texas Martini, this adult bevvy is a margarita served with olives in a salt-rimmed martini glass. The specific recipe varies by establishment, but the basics are tequila, orange liqueur, orange juice, lime juice (or lemon-lime soda), and a splash of olive juice.

Where to find it: Chuy's and Trudy's are two popular spots, but many other Tex-Mex restaurants serve a house version.

19. Pecan Pie

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What it is: An incredible gooey concoction of fresh Texas pecans, brown sugar, and syrup. It's rich and nutty and delicious. Ice cream is highly recommended.

Where to find it: Renowned pie spots like Blue Bonnet Cafe, Royers Round Top Cafe, and your grandma's house.