Texas Ranked Nation’s Best Food State

Texas has the best food among the states according to the annual list of all 50 states by their food composed by thrillist.com.

Louisiana came in a close fourth with New York inching ahead at number 3, bested by California for the runner-up spot.


Thrillist says that the top spot is largely due to the variety Texas offers driven by its diverse culture.

The Lone Star State receives top scores for steak, barbecue, “tex-mex” and more.

The publication says that Texas is “having a national food moment.”

Some of the highlights of the state’s top ranking are:

“a barbecue scene that is the best in the world, thanks to not only the dominance and perfection of the craft of Central Texas-style brisket..”

“a Tex-Mex style of bastardized food that is admittedly delicious, and for a second in the late ’80s, was elevated into a national culinary craze..”

Four substantial cities with their own unique food scenes and styles:

Dallas’ “meat-centric steakhouses”
Houston’s ” incredible mix of ice house, seafood, and immigrant cultures”
Austin’s “best traditionally Texan barbecue and breakfast taco scenes, plus a food truck culture that continues to innovate”
San Antonio “filled with puffy taco joints, chorizo burger spots, the best overall Mexican food of any Texas city”

Closing out the top 5 are:

#2 California – “Sizzling Sonoran hot dogs and fresh fish tacos drizzled with crema and burritos stuffed with fries and Mexico City-style chilaquiles. Soba and udon noodles and karaage and gyoza. Mapo doufu and lazi ji and soup dumplings and egg tarts. Dosas and uttapams and chaat.”
#3 New York – “BUFFALO WINGS. Fresh Long Island seafood is spectacular. The bagels that NY expats won’t stop talking about really are that good”
#4 Louisiana – “muffulettas, po-boys, oyster Rockefeller, beignets, King Cakes, pralines, sno-balls, turtle soup, bananas Foster, BLACKENED REDFISH (RIP Paul Prudhomme)— and the legendary restaurants”
#5 Tennessee – “spicy chicken dish, barbecue,  Yazoo’s and Wiseacres, Krystal”

The full list can be seen here.



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