Posted on January 15, 2023
What’s the Amarillo food scene all about? What food is Amarillo most known for? Where can I find the best restaurant in Amarillo? These are all fantastic questions and we’re going to explore them in this post! So, let’s talk about some delicious food Amarillo has to offer these days. Because of our rich history in cattle ranching, Amarillo Texas is a city known for steaks and barbeque. However, in recent years the different varieties of Amarillo food becoming popular throughout our great city has changed and is growing every day!
First off, we’ve got the classic Tex-Mex. Nothing beats a steaming plate of enchiladas, smothered in queso and topped off with a dollop of guac. And don’t even get me started on the fajitas – sizzling hot and loaded with flavor. Pro-tip: order a side of extra tortillas, you won’t regret it. Where can you find awesome Tex-Mex in Amarillo? It’s not hard to trip over good Tex-Mex in Amarillo… but we really like Braceros Mexican Grill & Bar on 6th Avenue. Tell ‘em we sent you.
Next up, we’ve got some good old-fashioned barbecue. Amarillo is home to some of the best brisket, ribs, and pulled pork you’ll ever taste. Whether you prefer it dry-rubbed or slathered in sauce, you’re sure to find a BBQ joint that will satisfy your cravings. So many to choose from – try them all – or if you only have time to chow down at three of them, check out Tyler’s Barbeque, Dyer’s Bar-B-Que or Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Haven.
But it’s not all about meat in Amarillo. If you know where to look, you can find some of the best seafood in Texas right here in Amarillo. Let’s face it, being a landlocked city, Amarillo is not exactly known for its fresh catches from the sea. But fear not, seafood lovers! The Drunken Oyster has all the seafood Amarillo is looking for! This gem of a restaurant sources the freshest seafood available and serves it up in a variety of delicious dishes. From succulent oysters on the half-shell to perfectly seared scallops, The Drunken Oyster has something for everyone. And the best part? The seafood is flown in fresh every day, so you know you’re getting the highest quality. So next time you’re craving some seafood, head on over to The Drunken Oyster and enjoy a taste of the ocean, right here in Amarillo.
Amarillo is also known for its fantastic Mexican bakeries. Freshly-baked conchas, empanadas, and tres leches cake are just a few of the sweet treats you can indulge in. Where can you find something authentic, like fresh Mexican sweet breads aka Mexican pan Dulce? Check out Sanchez Bakery on East Amarillo Boulevard or South Grand Street.
Speaking of pastry, The Donut Stop is a must-visit destination for anyone with a sweet tooth in Amarillo. This beloved local spot has been serving up fresh, delicious donuts for years, and it’s easy to see why it has such a loyal following. From classic glazed to more creative flavors like maple, there’s something for everyone at The Donut Stop. The donuts are made fresh daily, and in addition to donuts, they also serve up a damn good cup of coffee. Aren’t there other really good donut spots? Of course there are – but this place is just kind of iconic.
And let’s not forget about the burgers. Because of our beefy backstory, Amarillo is home to some of the best burger in Texas! There are plenty of legendary burger joints throughout Amarillo serving up juicy patties on fresh buns. You may be a Blue Sky, or Golden Light Café or Coyote Bluff Café guy (or gal)… and they are all solid burger options. But for our money, if you’re looking for the burgers Amarillo can’t get enough of – you need to check out The Drunken Oyster. Our burgers are mind altering. There, we said it. And PS – we’re one of the only top-rated Amarillo restaurants open late.
Amarillo steak houses are all over the place… There are plenty to choose from. And Amarillo is of course home to the famous Big Texan Steak Ranch, where you can chow down on a 72 oz steak… and if you can finish it in an hour, it’s free! But if you’re in the mood for something a little more, dare we say melt-in-your-mouth-delicious, you owe it to yourself to try one of our signature Certified Angus Beef ® steaks at The Drunken Oyster. There is a reason that we are consistently named as one of the places for the best steak in Amarillo!
You don’t have to be in “Nawlins” Louisiana to get your hands on some “slap-ya-mamma” good Cajun food. We have that right here in Amarillo! And when it comes to Cajun food in Amarillo, there’s one spot that stands out above the rest. Yup, it’s us. We serve up some of the most authentic and delicious Cajun cuisine you’ll find in the area. From gumbo and jambalaya to etouffee and po’boys, our menu is packed with classic Cajun dishes that will transport your taste buds straight to the Bayou. The Oyster is a great spot for a casual dinner with friends or a special occasion. If you’re craving some Cajun food, The Drunken Oyster should be your first stop.
Amarillo may not be the first place you think of when it comes to Asian cuisine, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of options available. From Chinese to Thai, sushi to Korean, there’s something for everyone. There is actually a surprising number of Thai food restaurants throughout the city that are pretty well regarded. Places like Bangkok Restaurant and Sabaidee are known for their great Thai menus. With so many options, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. So next time you’re craving Asian food, don’t be afraid to explore the options in Amarillo!
How about street food? There are a ton of great food trucks throughout Amarillo and there are even a few restaurants that have awesome street food inspired menus. Consider Yellow City Street Food on Wolflin Ave– they’re an Amarillo food lover’s dream with great dishes from tacos to burgers to wok stir fries and serious Vegan options.
Amarillo is also home to some new and exciting restaurants that are sure to impress. One of the most recent additions to the food scene is Savor Tapas Bar, which serves up delicious tapas dishes and a wide selection of wines and sangrias. The menu is diverse, featuring a mix of traditional and modern tapas dishes, all made with fresh and high-quality ingredients. Savor has a great atmosphere, with dim lighting, cozy seating, and a lively bar. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, and they’re happy to make recommendations. Some of the must-tries are the Gambas al Ajillo, a classic dish of paprika and garlic-sautéed shrimp, and the Jamon Manchego Croquettes, crispy fried balls of Spanish ham and Manchego Cheese. Savor is a perfect spot for a date night, a casual dinner with friends, or a special occasion. With its delicious food, great atmosphere, and friendly service, Savor is one of the best new restaurants Amarillo has to offer!
So whether you’re a meat-lover or a pastry-fiend, Amarillo’s got something to satisfy your taste buds. All you need to do is look around and you sure to find something great!