When I say the words "Texas cuisine" what image comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably think of Southern classics like biscuits, chicken fried steak, and fruit cobbler. However, you may not realize that Texas is a huge state with a population that comes from countries all across the globe. I’m a lifelong Texan, so I can vouch that my home state’s ‘melting pot’ of cultures makes it one of the very best places to eat in all America. Where else can you find slow-smoked BBQ, fresh Gulf seafood, spicy Tex-Mex and Cajun, and an entire range of Asian cuisines for you to enjoy in one state? Online money transfer service WorldRemit – to coincide with its launch in Texas this month – is celebrating Texas’ culinary melting pot and how the Lone Star State’s rich cultural diversity makes it one of the very best places to eat in the U.S. With more than four million foreign-born residents comprising 16.5% of the state’s population, my homes state is truly one of America’s most ethnically diverse states. Texas is home to 2.5 million Mexican-Americans, 190,000 Indians, 118,000 Chinese, 91,000 Filipinos, and hundreds of thousands more citizens from many other countries.
This vibrant mixture of cultures makes Texas one of the very best places to eat in the entire country! We’re probably most known for the thousands of Tex-Mex restaurants and BBQ joints located within our borders. However, did you know that Texas also has 605 Chinese restaurants, 260 Vietnamese restaurants, and 132 Indian restaurants located just in its four biggest cities (Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio)? I have to brag on my state just a bit. Austin, Houston, and Dallas were all recently listed in Travel + Leisure's America’s Best Cities for Foodies list. In fact, my hometown of Houston was named the #1 foodie city in the entire country!
Patricia Sharpe is Food Editor for Texas Monthly magazine. She says, “Texas food as we know it today wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for immigrants. This state’s cuisine is a huge international buffet—not just from Mexico and Central America but from Asia and Europe as well. It becomes richer and more diverse with each passing day.”Whether you're a Texas...or if you find yourself vising our great state, here’s some suggestions for the best international restaurants in Austin, Houston, and Dallas.
- Austin: El Naranjo (Oaxaca, Mexico), Fonda San Miguel (different regions of Mexico), and Titaya’s (Thai)
- Houston: Himalaya (India/Pakistan), Caracol (Coastal Mexico), Dosi (Korea), Jolibee (Philippines), and Blue Nile (Ethiopia)
- Dallas: Pera Turkish Kitchen (Turkey), Aggie's African Restaurant (pan-African), and Hoi Mat Ba (Vietnam)
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