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12 Food Chains That You Would Like To Be Close To In Texas

12 Food Chains That You Would Like To Be Close To In Texas

The United States is a franchise country. American life takes place in them. The food chains are the most popular. All want to become the next McDonald’s or Burger King, but in the United States a series of franchises have dethroned the ancient kings of fast food. Each state has its own. In Texas, we have a handful of them that you would like to have near your home.

The Icon

Whataburger – Corpus Christi, Texas – 1950


It is the emblem of Texas. Any Texan will invite you to cross their colorful orange arches in search of something unusual: Gourmet mentality in a fast food. It was born in 1950 in Corpus Christi, under the directives of Harmon Dobson. His visionary notions of marketing made him grow throughout the state and make the jump to various places in the southern United States. At present, it is still a family business with only 25 being owned privately by other people. Its art-deco logo and its flavors have captivated entire generations. In addition, it markets its products being a reference in sauces, sausages or pancakes.

The success of the food chain is based on the rotation of its star burgers. The best example is its Sweet & Spicy, the best burger you’ll taste in the United States, with its game of sweet and spicy flavors and its velvety bacon defying your tastebuds. Other stationary wonders are the Buffalo Ranch or the Chorizo ​​Burger.

Hamburgers With Conscience

P. Terry’s – Austin, Texas – 2005

P. Terry´s

This food chain is not a franchise, but a family business run by Patrick and Kathy Terry, since 2005. They have taken Austin with their simple but tasty recipes for hamburgers, cookies and smoothies. The mentality of the company agrees with the spirit of the Texas capital. Its employees benefit from a salary higher than the average and part of the company’s profits are allocated to solidarity projects. The futuristic design of its premises will attract you powerfully. All of them are located in the Austin area, but would not rule out that their hamburgers, created with local products, spread through Texas in a short period of time. Its Veggie-Burger has already been awarded in various culinary competitions for its surprising flavor. The revolution P. Terry’s has only just begun.

Flavors With wings

Wingstop – Garland, Texas – 1994


Chicken Wings are part of the American diet. It is not surprising that this Texas franchise exploits the nostalgia and the taste of wings in a single space. Its vintage decoration invites you to stay inside but what makes you come back are its abundant and varied portions of Chicken Wings. It seems impossible that such a restaurant is versatile, but it is. You can choose between conventional or boneless wings or chicken strips and a variety of flavors. The most common is the Lemon Pepper, whose citrus flavor is very addictive. Cheese lovers will enjoy the Garlic Parmesan. Other flavors include Mango Habanero, the Louisiana Cajun and Teriyaki. Since 1994, Texans enjoyed these incredible wings.


IHOP – Toluca Lake, California – 1958


Note: Shortly after the publication of this article, on June 11, Ihop became Ihob. The change of naming came with a restructuring of their menu focusing on hamburgers. A controversial decision that has created much controversy in the United States. Memes and many criticisms have appeared on social networks. We are looking forward to go to our closest Ihop to see how radical this transformation has been and to confirm how definitive it is.

It is always said that Denny’s is breakfast in America, but in recent years that has changed. The modern and at the same time classic image of IHOP and its magnificent menu threatens to refute that affirmation. It was born as International House of Pancakes in 1958 in the town of Toluca Lake in Los Angeles. Its ability to adapt has made it one of the favorites of each state, including Texas. Their breakfasts are a sight worth to enjoy. Sitting on its cushioned sofas you will feel the setting of the most cinematographic America. Four varieties of syrup accompany the most copious and delicious pancakes. Another of the culinary odyssey of the place are the omelettes combined with bold ingredients, that make you forget the classic concept of a French omelette. In addition, waffles, crepes and spectacular treats make breakfast an art.

Donuts To Sin

Shipley – Houston, Texas – 1936

Shipley Do-Nuts

This sweet food chain, created in Houston by Lawrence Shipley, in 1936, hides the donuts best valued by Texans, in competition with Krispy Kreme.  Shipley Do-Nuts began growing in the 40’s and since then, it has been found in Texas and in states like Colorado. Its classic donuts, glazed and chocolate, are impossible to beat. They also offer kolaches, a marvelous sausage with bread seasoned with jalapeños and cheese that has been raging for decades in the lone star state. The morning tenderness is based at Shipley Do-Nuts.

Asia, Province Of Texas

Mama Fu’s – Austin, Texas – 2008

Mama Fu´s

Asian food has an unsuspected reference in Austin. Mama Fu’s has achieved the less conventional izakaya flavors to become fast food, without losing any of its flavor. Since 2008, it has grown in the Austin area. The key to success has been an exquisite customer service, cozy premises with a open kitchen and simple menus to understand. It has a luxury menu where you can enjoy soups animated by exotic spices. Tuna Tataki, Teriyaki Chicken, Kimchi, Gyozas and their delicious bowls are also part of the menu. Vietnam, Korea and Japan are sitting at your table making you forget sushi. It´s an Asian experience at a great price.

The Real Tex-Mex

Pappasito’s – Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas – 1897


In Texas, you can find places like Papasito’s, where the passion for border food is a religion. Its Mexican-inspired locals make you feel like you’re in an old cantina full of surprises and music. Its history goes back to 1897 when the Pappa, a Greek immigrant family, founded a series of restaurants in Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee. Pappasito’s and Pappadeux, which specializes in seafood.  Pappasito’s soon became a quality and abundance landmark. Its filet mignon tacos and specials dishes immerse us in a different universe where the delicacies of meat and fish are combined with the color and flavor of Mexico.

The Tacos Of America

Torchy’s – Austin, Texas – 2006


The tacos define the city of Austin. It is no wonder that the emblem of the city’s franchises is Torchy’s. They began like many business in the Texas capital, with a food truck, in 2006. Their bold recipes fuse the classic tacos with flavors adapted to the American palates. The simplicity of its proposals, its powerful marketing machinery and the design of its logo have made it the symbol of the city. In 2016, Barack Obama ate three tacos at a Torchy’s in the southern part of the city, further strengthening the brand’s idyll with Austin.

A New Italy

Olive Garden – Orlando, Florida – 1982

Olive Garden

Another of the foreigners on the list, but without a doubt one of the most appreciated by the Texans. The franchise was born in 1982 in Orlando. Olive Garden knew how to exploit the passion of the Americans for Italian cuisine with a menu more New Yorker than Italian. Even so, its proposals do not leave you indifferent and it has curious promotions where you can make combinations with more than 50 dishes or create a special menu. Its pasta Alfredo with a giant meatball is the icon of the brand, but it would be impossible to list the dozens of varieties of pasta they have, all seasoned with the amount of Parmesan you want and cocktails.

Taste of Texas

Texas Roadhouse – Kentucky – 1993

T- Bone en Texas Roadhouse

You have not been to Texas until you have stepped into a Roadhouse. There are dozens of them, but the most genuine is the Texas Roadhouse. Throughout the state you can get carried away by its interiors with Texan aroma and its meats competing to be the tastiest in the world with good music in the background. At the entrance, you may have to wait and you will be blinded by the cuts of meat exposed in the kitchen that will give you an idea of ​what is to come. You may order an appetizer or you can just enjoy the free delicious rolls that are given out to you before the meal.  Each dish is accompanied by two sides. Choose one unique dish, unless you challenge your gula, highlighting its sirloins, its ribs or its anthological T-bones for titans. A sweet Margarita will accompany their infinity of meats and cuts. Although famous Texans like Willie Nelson are franchisees, this chain was born in Kentucky in 1993, operating in several Asian countries as well as in the United States.

Eating at the Far West

Craker Barrel – Tennessee – 1969

Cracker Barrel

Another place that sends you to Texas without being a Texan is Cracker Barrel. This Tennesse franchise was created by Dan Evins, in 1969. Evins was an executive of the oil company Shell and his first intention was not to bet on a culinary business but to create a claim to increase the sales of his gas stations. The idea came together and in the 70s they began to disengage from service stations. His southern thematic transports you to a hall of the Far West through its interior design and its music. In its spacious rooms you can find vintage objects in its store and old school dishes that stand out in the breakfasts. Its enormous amount of homemade proposals make it an ideal place to start the day in America and in Texas.

The ice cream of your Dreams

Amy’s – Austin, Texas – 1984


Amy’s is the quintessential of Austin, according to the local newspaper Austin Chronicle. This ice cream shop has been sweeping the lives of the Austinites since 1984. Amy Simmons has always remained faithful to the capital, but has  opened a store in Houston and another one in San Antonio. Waiting in the long lines formed on their premises are worth it. 7 flavors await you with the Belgian Chocolate and the Mexican Vanilla being the most desired. You can taste them in tub, waffle or cone, seasoned with dozens of crazy toppings, from teddy bears to Oreos. A walk through Austin does not taste the same without Amy’s ice cream.

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