Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio boast award-winning dining scenes. But over the past 2 years, an increasing number of restaurants in Texas’ smaller cities have been recognized for excellence, too. Several have drawn attention from the James Beard Foundation, whose awards are akin to the Oscars in the culinary world.
These smaller-market standouts have been considered for Beard awards in national and Texas-only categories. They include these 8 not-to-miss hot spots, from a taco-ramen hybrid to a tried-and-true barbecue joint.