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Best Local Cuisine in Amarillo

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Youngblood Cafe

One of the best breakfast cafes in the city, Youngblood Cafe is the place to be for a taste of the old-school Texan specials. Since its inception, this has been one of the locals favorite spots for the old-fashioned Omelets and pancakes. With a chunk of the menu inspired by the traditional flavors of Texas; one can quite literally sample a bit of western culinary culture at this restaurant. Apart from their impeccable breakfast options, this cafe is also serves up some delectable burritos, burgers and steaks.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Original Stockyard Cafe

The Stockyard Cafe is located inside the Amarillo Livestock Auction. The main draw to the Stockyard Cafe is the 8 ounce Sirloin, which has been attracting people for years, but also very popular is another Texas specialty, Chicken Fried Steak. Daily specials are also available, and range from Pot Roast to Pork Chops to Fajitas. The cafe prides itself on "Texas food for Texas people", so its no wonder that the portions are all Texas sized. Youngblood's Stockyard Cafe has been featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Dyer's Bar-B-Que

A fourth generation tradition, its safe to say barbecuing is in the Dyer family blood. With a menu as big as Texas, Dyer's Bar-B-Que in Amarillo will have you on the fence about what to order. Everything from the chicken fried steak, catfish, brisket sandwich, and ribs, to the pulled pork is finger licking good! They even offer family style options with plates big enough to share. To round out the heaping servings of barbecue, each plate comes with sides of beans, cole slaw, potato salad, onion rings, apricots, and of course, Texas toast.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Yellow City Street Food

Since its inception, Yellow City Street Food has been the neighborhood's go-to place for a quick yet delectable snack. Known for its fun atmosphere and over-the-top dishes, this is a great place to stop by for a delectable meal on a low budget. The menu here largely features classic American favorites, with a bit of an innovative twist. Remastered and re-imagined, with the influence of popular culture, the food served here is a more fun version of the conventional options. From the Angry Bird Taco and Animal Fries, to the smoked pork belly and quinoa cakes, this restaurant truly gives new meaning to street food.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Tyler's Barbecue

Avid grill man himself, Tyler Frazer decided to open up his own barbecue joint after years of honing his skills in others around the country. Serving finger licking good barbecue cuisine, Tyler's Barbecue is known as one of the best in town and has been known to sell out long before closing time. Mouthwatering menu items include sliced brisket sandwiches, ribs, hot links and more. Don't forget the classic sides, the baked beans and potato salad get just as much love in preparation and execution as the barbecue! This simple, yet delicious barbecue joint is the perfect place to get a plateful of a home cooked, traditional Texan meal.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Big Texan Steak Ranch

Home of the famous 72. oz steak challenge where brave carnivores must eat their four and a half pound steak, a salad and a roll in under in an hour to receive their meal free, Big Texan Steak Ranch is one of Texas' most legendary steak eateries. The TSR is easy to spot by the antique, long-legged cowboy sign posted in front. Travelers and locals alike have been welcomed by the friendly staff for over forty years. Any visitor to Amarillo should be sure to sample one of the most famous steaks in Texas at the Steak Ranch.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Joe Taco

With one of the best patios for al fresco dining in town and mouthwatering cuisine, its safe to say Joe Taco is one of the most popular eateries in Amarillo. The Tex-Mex cuisine reigns supreme here with offerings like queso fondue, tacos with signature sauces and meats, smothered fajitas with green chile queso, deep fried burritos with fried eggs, chalupas and more. Their legendary happy hour takes place all day on Saturdays and Sundays, which adds to the popularity with house made margaritas and premium tequila. So grab a seat near the outdoor fountain, order a round of drinks and take your time with the menu, it'll be a meal to remember.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Jorge's Mexican Bar & Grill

A menu the size of Texas, Jorge's Mexican Bar & Grill has a bevy of Tex-Mex menu options to satisfy even the pickiest eater. This modern Amarillo eatery serves up classics like sizzling fajitas, chimichangas, carnitas, enchiladas, loaded nachos, and much more. The kids can choose from simple options of grilled cheese, a simple bean burrito quesadilla and other simplified options. Dessert shouldn't be forgotten about either, their fried ice cream, sopapilla are utterly mouthwatering down to the last bite.

Amarillo, TX, United States
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Green Chile Willy's

Locals know that for some down home Texas cooking, there's nothing better than Green Chile Willy's. This Amarillo staple is legendary for its intense flavors and their famous green chile chicken fried steak. Not for the faint of heart, the portion sizes are deemed by 'Texas size' with 12 oz. steaks, 14 oz. ribeyes, and heft 1/2 pound burgers. Don't miss out on the cheese fries or the green chile cheese fries, they're big enough to be a meal on their own!

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