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Jan 11, 2008 08:45 AM

Best Restaurant Not in a Major Texas City - Texas

I would like to know some suggestions for the Best Restaurant Not in a Major City in Texas. I would also like to exclude all the BBQ restaurants. There are whole threads in the Austin area about the best places for BBQ already. Major Cities include the following:

Dallas/Fort Worth
San Antonio
El Paso
Corpus Christi

Anything else is fair game!

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  1. I don't know about best, but the Inn at Don Brisas has to be one of the most expensive and rewarded. It was recently designated as a Relaix & Chateaux resort which is a first for any property in Texas. I took a look at the restaurant's menu and chef and it looks impressive but the $125 tasting menu is about the same as what I paid 4-5 years ago at the French Laundry (whose prices have now almost doubled for the tasting menu). I would definately be interested in others' opinions who have dined there.

    Here is a link to their website:

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    1. re: Bhutani

      I agree the restaurant it phenominal and underrated. Well worth the price. I hope it sticks around it's by far the best dining experience in this area

    2. I don't know anything about "best" but my two favorites have been Manuel's in Port Isabel and Cafe Malaga in McKinney.

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      1. re: luniz

        Rudy and Paco's - Galveston
        Johnny Cace's - Longview
        Stillwater Inn - Jefferson
        De Happy Cajun - Pottsboro
        (goofy but fun): Pirate's Landing - Port Isabel

        1. re: DiRotiman

          De Happy Cajun IS FABULOUS! I live in the area and we are very happy to have De Happy (relocated) Cajun.

        2. re: luniz

          also forgot clark's in tioga although i've never been, just heard good things. it is bbq, but not in central texas, and their biggest thing is probably the smoked trout.

        3. Only in this thread would Lubbock be called a major city! Hehe.

          I used to live there so I can crack a joke about it.

          I wonder if Galveston is also a major city. Also I assume Dallas/FW includes the whole metroplex including suburbia. So I'll leave those out.

          The Cotton Gin in Crandall is highly recommended by my parents, although I have not eaten there.

          Also Kaufman has a great little tearoom (within a gift shop), Especially for You.

          1. Wildfire in Georgetown
            Mesa Rosa and Main Street Grill in Round Rock

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            1. re: judiftx1

              What did you have that was good at Wildfire? My husband & I have been there 3 times over the past 5 years or so and have been served mediocre to bad food every time. We won't be going back. I'm completely boggled as to what people find good about Wildfire.

              1. re: shecooks

                The menu looks very nice. It's a shame they couldn't execute for you. Any details of your meal you care to share? Just looking at the menu, I am very tempted to check it out. Set me straight, please :-)

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