1. Breakfast Tacos
2. BBQ Brisket
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.
3. Sweet Tea
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.
7. Wurst on a Stick
11. Chicken-Fried Steak
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
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.
16. Gulf Shrimp
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.
18. Mexican Martini
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.