Food Network’s Top Food Picks in Texas

Texas is a culinary giant and Food Network has highlighted some of the best dishes the state has to offer, many of which can be found right here in Houston.

From classic chili to delicious Vietnamese cuisine, here’s where you can find the Houston area’s top-rated dishes.


According to Food Network, the best chili is at Houston’s Armadillo Palace, where their venison chili pays homage to Texas tradition.

Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby Dr, Houston

Gulf oysters

For the best Texas oysters, grilling is the way to go. Food Network praises Gilhooley’s in Dickinson as the best place for oysters in the Gulf. This no-frills restaurant serves life-changing, locally harvested oysters that redefine freshness.

Gilhooley’s, 222 9th St, San Leon

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Vietnamese food

Houston’s large Vietnamese community guarantees top-notch pho and banh mi. Food Network touts Cali Sandwich as a must-visit for its $3 banh mi, offering the best value in town with authentic flavors.

Cali Sandwich, 3030 Travis Street, Houston

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Texans love queso, and Food Network cites Torchy’s Green Chile Queso as a standout. Pour it from the pan onto their fried avocado taco for a special treat enjoyed by everyone from UT students to President Obama.

Torchy’s, multiple locations in Houston

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Despite the new burger chains, Whataburger remains a Texas favorite for its fantastic burgers and unique extras like spicy ketchup and Texas toast patties. According to Food Network, this local favorite continues to reign supreme in the Lone Star State.

Whataburger, multiple locations in Houston

Have you tried any of these Houston spots? Let us know in the comments!

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