Toppings runneth over at 575 Pizzeria, not to mention the specials that rotate every month. (Check the board when you walk in.) It’s family-owned and family-friendly, so it’s a great Friday night dinner choice.
Seven is the magic number at 7 Grill & Bar. The menu consists of $7 entrees, from burgers and sandwiches to pasta and seafood and every Thursday night, patrons can enjoy 77-cent beer specials. It’s the ideal setting for an evening out at a reasonable price.
Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy
The authentic atmosphere and generous portions make for an enjoyable lunch or romantic evening out. If you’re stumped by all the choices, try the Enchiladas de Cozumel, three crepes filled with guacamole and topped with bountiful seafood, fresh spinach and roasted peppers. As a rule, always get the queso.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant & Bar
When the weather’s nice, enjoy sitting on Polk St. while you enjoy a margarita and a traditional Mexican-style shrimp cocktail.
Located on historic 6th street you’ll find this small, authentic Mexican restaurant. Aldaco’s is filled with pictures and old posters. The wait staff is always friendly, making sure you enjoy yourself. It’s easy to have fun here, especially on live music nights. Here’s a tip: Try not to fill up on the homemade chips and salsa so you can enjoy the rest of the delicious food.
Tucked in the basement of the Amarillo Police Department, this café is open to all. Texas and Mexican classics such as chicken-fried steak and Cuban tortas keep downtown visitors coming back for more. Go early for the homemade cinnamon rolls and breakfast burritos.
200 SE 3rd
We love the new smaller portion size options at Applebees, like the Sliders, a bite-size selection of easy to eat sammies each with a side of fries. Finish off your meal with Dessert Shooters, the just-enough dessert for every sweet tooth.
5630 Amarillo Blvd. West
Arnold’s is the place to visit for a hot, juicy burger. Try a variety of burgers - you name it, Arnold’s probably has it. You can even order a giant 24” burger. Just make sure you bring a crew to help you finish it. And for the kids, order the burger with a bun shaped like a teddy bear.
The intimate, cozy atmosphere creates the ideal date place, not to mention the food is plated perfection. Note: You might want to leave the kids with a sitter.
The Bagel Place
Whether for breakfast or lunch, the Bagel Place offers a wide variety of flavored cream cheese and bagel flavors. Zip through the convenient drive-thru for a great, lazy morning take-home breakfast. For lunch, try the bagel sandwiches made with Boars Head cheese and meat.
Baker Brothers American Grill
Even a half order of a Baker Brothers sandwich or salad yields a generous portion and your bank book will appreciate the low price. Next time you drop in, try the Taos salad, chock-full full of roasted chicken and a spicy mixture of black beans, corn and diced tomatoes. Be sure to pour on the BBQ sauce with the Ranch. Only then is the salad complete.
When you’re looking for authentic Thai, Bangkok delivers. Start with the sticky rice, move on to the cucumber salad and finish with the Chicken Larb. Your kids will love watching the big fish tanks while you wait for your table. Warning: Spicy means spicy. Bangkok means business.
5901 Amarillo Blvd. East
This casual, quaint place is often packed, so visit for an early dinner or a late lunch. Try the Crispy Chicken with Basil or the Bangkok Tokyo Fried Rice. Neither disappoints.
2413 S. Western
The Bar-B-Que Shop
The Bar-B-Que Shop, which offers carryout and catering, serves a variety of smoked delights from turkey legs and sandwiches to ribs and brisket. But don’t forget about the fresh, homemade cakes made daily.
1213 SW 3rd
There’s something for every member of the family at Beef’s. Enjoy the game while you eat. If you’ve never eaten fried Oreos, it’s worth every calorie.
Benjamin’s Donuts & Deli
Family-owned and operated, Benjamin’s serves pastries, breakfast sandwiches and burritos for breakfast and lunch and dinner offerings such as sandwiches and homestyle hot plate entries like meatloaf, spare ribs and pulled pork and a salad bar.
Belmar Bakery & Cafe
Open since 1965, Belmar Bakery is an Amarillo tradition. Loyal customers abound and each one has a favorite treat they return for again and again (we’re big fans of the thumb print cookies). The café offers a cozy place to meet for early morning coffee and pastries or tasty lunch with friends.
Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q
This family-owned barbecue joint offers a variety of Texas barbecue in addition to non-traditional items, such as baked potatoes and garden salads. The homemade barbecue sauce perfectly complements the meats.
400 E. Hastings
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Everyone knows about the 72-ouncer, but did you know the breakfast buffet is only $8.95? Yes, you read that right. Every morning from 7-11 a.m. you can pile your plate high with pancakes, sausage, and skillet potatoes. Top it off with a trip to the Omelet Bar before leaving completely satisfied.
Biti Pies are miniature versions of traditional pies everyone loves. It’s just the right size for one person and possibly a friend - that is if you feel like sharing. Don’t miss out on this bite-size treat that is melt-in-your-mouth good.
Blue Sky’s burgers and homemade fries are the perfect companions to a Lone Star Beer or an Oreo shake. Be prepared to share the one-size-feeds-a lot cheese fries.
Buffalo Wild Wings
You can’t go wrong with Buffalo’s hot wings, especially on a Tuesday night. Keep busy with the interactive games and every televised sport under the sun.
Buns Over Texas
If you’ve ever been to Buns, then you know that “Your buns are up” means dinner’s ready. The made-to-order burgers will fill you up fast. Pair one with some of the best cheese fries around, and you’ll definitely need a nap. Wet your whistle with refreshing iced tea.
The Burger Bar operates on a straightforward concept and offers a simple, yet sweet menu that includes shakes, floats and of course, burgers and fries. You may be tempted to forgo the aforementioned and give the ripper, a deep-fried hot dog, a shot. Have your fill of feel-good food for an early lunch or late dinner.
Tacos Garcia restaurateurs’ downtown grab-and-go eatery doesn’t just offer from-scratch burritos for breakfast or lunch on homemade tortillas. In addition to its hearty fare and vegan options such as soy chorizo and spinach tortillas, Burrito Stop boasts trained baristas that serve Roasters Coffee & Tea Co.
Cactus Bar and Grill
When you’re hungry, the larger-than-usual portions at Cactus Bar and Grill satisfy like nothing else. The Grill serves made-from-scratch American dishes, barbecue and burgers in a friendly down-home atmosphere. When you visit, try the chicken-fried rib eye.
614 S. Polk
Cafe California Bar & Grill
For those diners who enjoy the food and service at English Field House Restaurant, you’ll appreciate the owner’s second location. The affordable eatery packs a big menu from melts and salads to steaks and burgers, and serves breakfast all day. The Amarillo Omelet stuffed with bacon and topped with cheese, sour cream and avocado with a side of home potatoes tops our list.
3207 I-40 East
Situated inside the Downtown Athletic Club is Cafe Jay’s. The fresh fare ranges from gourmet paninis and whole-wheat pasta to specials like Salisbury steak and chicken tetrazzini. Don’t forget to mosey over to the salad bar before you dive into your main course. Staying with the healthy vibe, the menu includes total calorie counts.
Enjoy the quaint café atmosphere in an historic building on Polk. Café Marizon serves up great home-cooked taste with consistently tasty specials of the day. Go early so you can have a piece of the homemade pie or cake.
An Amarillo favorite for decades, the home-cooked taste keeps people going back for more. You can’t beat the petite cinnamon rolls dripping in butter, the squash casserole and the chicken-fried chicken. Be sure to try the excellent waffles as well.
For a taste of Little Italy, we recommend one of the house specialties like Angel Hair with Artichokes and Shrimp and an Italian Margarita. Don’t forget: Cheesecake is the perfect finish to a great meal.
For a hearty meal to start the day, Cattleman’s is the place to go. Order the Cowboy Breakfast to curb those early morning hunger pangs. Customers keep going back for the enchiladas or traditional chicken-fried steak.
3801 Amarillo Blvd. East
There’s a reason there is always a crowd at Cheddars. You’ll find outstanding American-style food at prices that won’t break your budget, which makes it the perfect place to bring the whole family. Treat yourself to a basket of buttery honey-kissed croissants with your meal, and no matter what you order, you’ll discover that everything’s good.
Start with the bottomless chips and salsa while you ponder the rest of the menu. There are countless go-to meals at Chili’s, namely the Mushroom Jack Fajitas (with guacamole, please), as well as the Big Mouth Bites with sautéed onions and Ranch dressing.
5016 S. Coulter
3810 I-40 West
Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse
Chop Chop’s slogan is “Simple. Fresh. Fast.” And that’s exactly what you get when you order the hot teppan-yaki-style Japanese cuisine. There’s a renovated dining room, quick drive-thru and delivery options so you can decide how you want to dine.
The Country Barn serves up more than the expected steaks and barbecue. Home of the ultra-tender Bonsmara beef, the steaks are sliced up, cooked fresh daily and served in an authentically Western atmosphere. Yee haw!
Who says Italian-style gelato and cowboy hats don’t mix? We’ll admit that the saloon décor and “Hi ya’ll” greeting might throw you, but this isn’t your average ice cream shop (it is Amarillo, after all). After more than a few sample spoonfuls of gelato, we settled on the lime and the banana chocolate chip, but it’s all good.
Coyote Bluff Café
Don’t let the outside fool you. This is seriously good food. The full pound, green chili cheese burger is Southwest divine (add jalapenos for extra zip). Cool off with an ice cold beer.
A home-cooked breakfast for supper says comfort food like nothing else, especially when there’s a chill in the air. We love Uncle Herschel’s Favorite. It’s almost too much to handle, but we’re not afraid to try!
Crazy Larry’s Bar-B-Que
A visit to Larry’s isn’t complete without an order of Frito pie - make it a “moose” with the works. The authentic Texas-style barbecue is finger-licking good, and everything on the menu is delivered by some of the friendliest service in town. The prices are reasonable, too.
Have you always wished for your very own Cheers? A place where everybody knows your name? Forget the beer and peanuts, Crush Wine Bar & Deli has that beat by a mile. The Saturday morning brunch is hard to beat, too.
Dale’s Grand Burger
Looking for a quick stop to grab a tasty lunch? Then try locally-owned and operated Dale’s Grand Burger. You can’t miss with the famous Grandburger and homemade onion rings.
If you’re in the mood for traditional Mexican dishes, give Dona Juanita’s a try. The guacamole is fresh and the ceviche is some of the best in Amarillo.
2208 Amarillo Blvd. East
For a quick and tasty meal, stop at Doug’s and try the chopped beef sandwich. The menu is reasonably priced and the barbecue sauce is fantastic.
3313 S. Georgia
If you’re a meat lover, Dyer’s is the place for you. The all-you-can-eat lunch special is hard to beat. Wash it all down with sweet tea and finish up with a heaping bowl of hot fruit cobbler.
1619 S. Kentucky
The food at Eat-Rite isn’t just good for you, it’s delicious as well. Feast on the organic salad bar or choose from a variety of tasty sandwiches.
Napoli’s has created an oasis in Amarillo that cannot be missed. Indulge yourself in the homemade bread while you browse the ample menu. We gently nudge you toward the Amarillo Special or a personalized New York-style pizza.
700 S. Taylor
El Jalapeño Café
Simple Mexican and American dishes at this friendly café make El Jalapeño a great stop for breakfast and lunch.
If seafood is what you crave, try El Manantial’s Camarones a la Diabla, shrimp simmered in red sauce, oranges and cucumber slices served with white rice and salad. And for something refreshing, wash it down with rice water (also known as horchata).
3823 Amarillo Blvd. East
When you’re looking for friendly service and flavorful Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price, you can’t beat El Patron. Prepare yourself for its more-than-generous portions, such as the restaurant’s namesake, which includes a 10-ounce Ribeye steak, two enchiladas, rice, beans, lettuce, tomato and sliced avocados. Just looking to unwind? Then enjoy El Patron’s 99 cent draft beer and margaritas on the rocks during Happy Hour.
5807 SW 45th
Authentic Mexican food is definitely on the menu at El Tejavan. We love the homemade guacamole served up thick with onions and cilantro. The Ceviche makes for a great starter or a light meal. For authentic taste, try the soft corn tortilla chicken tacos. The recipes at El Tejavan have been passed down for generations, so everything’s good.
El Torito Restaurant
Sink your teeth into authentic Mexican food at El Torito. Start with the variety of salsas made fresh daily and then move on to the guacamole and the handmade tamales. The chicken and sour cream enchiladas are a customer favorite.
3301 I-40 West
Embers offers an array of cuisine from hamburgers and steaks to mahi mahi and swordfish. We have our eye on the goat cheese and applewood smoked bacon burger. Enjoy the extensive wine list and food pairing suggestions while relaxing on the patio. Give Embers a warm, Amarillo welcome by stopping by for lunch or dinner, seven days a week.
English Field House Restaurant
Visit a piece of Amarillo history at the English Field House. Named for Amarillo’s first airfield, the restaurant offers great cooked-fresh café food. Take the family for Sunday breakfast. It’s worth the drive.
10610 American Drive
If you live in a house that’s divided over which barbecue style is best, make peace at Famous Dave’s. Not only can you choose the type of meat, but you can choose your sauce as well. Dave’s truly has something for everyone.
Fatcat Fish & Grill
From seafood and coleslaw to cheeseburgers and steaks, Fatcat Fish & Grill offers fresh-cooked food at a reasonable price.
1309 N. Fillmore
Fernando’s Restaurant & Cantina
Family-owned and operated, Fernando’s serves up classic Tex-Mex with a twist. The self-serve salsa bar caters to the tastes of even the most delicate diner. From spicy to mild, zesty to sweet, there’s something for everyone, even cucumber and chipotle salsa.
2740 Westhaven Village
Fire Slice Brick Oven Pizzeria
You’ll know you’re in for a good time at Fire Slice when you see the menu. Choose from pizza specialties like “Tommy Boy” and “Hot Momma” or build your own. Each pizza is made fresh in a custom-built pizza oven.
Flame Mexican Bistro
Located in the lobby of the Holiday Inn on Amarillo Boulevard, Flame offers upscale Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has a cantina with multiple TVs to catch the big game.
8231 Amarillo Blvd. West
From the old-fashioned grilled onion burgers and array of sandwiches, to salads, seafood and ice cream treats, Furrbie’s has something for everyone. Hot dog enthusiasts will love the famous Nathan’s Hot Dogs, the originals from Coney Island, New York made with 100 percent Kosher American Beef. Looking to cool off? Choose from seven fruity-flavored ice treats.
GJ’s Café and Grill
Take a trip to GJ’s during your next lunch break whether you’re in the mood to dine in or drive through. With the choice of four specialty burgers, seven specialty burritos and 11 Mexican entrees, you’ll be back to work full of energy and good food.
Food galore is what you will find at Gatti’s with unlimited pizza, pasta, salad bar and desserts. You won’t have to tell the kids twice to finish their meal because once they do they can head to Gatti Town and feed their fun.
Gloria’s menu consists of seafood, Mexican, Tex-Mex dishes and Salvadoran food. The lightly spiced tamales are handmade, steamed in banana leaves and filled with chicken, potatoes, sweet pepper and tomatoes. The Sopa Siete Mares, a broth-based soup made with shrimp, scallops, halibut, perch and vegetables is full of flavor.
1300 S. Grand
This little joint serves up a delicious burger, fast. The drive-thru service makes it an easy stop on your lunch hour during the week. Top your burger with homemade chili for added flavor.
4500 S. Washington
As the oldest operating restaurant in Amarillo, the Golden Light has been in business since 1947, all in the same location. For a great burger and fries, this is the place to go.
This Chinese, Lao and Thai eatery isn’t just loved for its food and great prices. The staff is friendly and always hospitable. In addition to traditional dishes such as pad Thai, sesame chicken and chow mein, Golden Lotus also serves dishes that require customers to branch out. The papaya salad and clams in black bean sauce or mango catfish are just a few of the out-of-the-ordinary menu items that will surely impress.
2417 Amarillo Blvd. East
Gorditas El Comal
This little shop’s homemade gorditas are always a delight. The building is easy to pass by, so slow down and keep your eyes peeled; you don’t want to miss out on this hidden treasure.
1210 Amarillo Blvd. East
At Grandma’s Burritos, you’ll feel welcome. The staff is conscientious and the burrito options are endless. The chicken fajita burrito with a side of chips and salsa is generous – enough for two people.
7012 S. Western
As the owners say, the way you like it is the way they fix it. Hand-cut grilled steaks, excellent burgers and grilled chicken; you name it, Willy’s has it. And you can’t beat the country atmosphere for a relaxing, good time.
The Ground Cafe
Serving more than just your same old cup of java, The Ground Cafe offers organic air roasted espresso, chai tea, real fruit smoothies and fresh fare. Ride your bike down to the Chase Tower and grab a chicken salad croissant and a cream soda from the 1920s soda fountain.
The Happy Plum
The Happy Plum Asian American Takeaway offers a variety of take out at its quick and easy drive-thru. The green pepper steak and pho choices caught our eye. If you can take the heat, spice things up with The Happy Plum’s sauce. Save room for some sugary plum puffs; they melt in your mouth.
Hayashi offers a fun atmosphere for a night out with friends or family. Cook tables allow diners to watch the chef in action or sit back and relax in the Tatami room with low tables and floor seating. The cuisine is Japanese-style with a sushi bar.
Henk’s Pit Bar-B-Que
If you’re a local on a quick lunch break or a tourist driving through, stop at Henk’s. The barbecue is savory and sweet and the jalapeño cheese sausage makes for a tasty snack. And for you early birds, Henk’s also serves a satisfying breakfast.
1508 S. Grand
Hoagies made a name for themselves with a delicious Philly steak sandwich. Now the deli has a new location and newly-expanded menu. Fill up at lunch or dinner with a warm Panini or a generously portioned Colossal Spud.
Family-owned Hoffbrau has been serving Texas-style steaks and beer for three decades. We recommend one of the Gr8 Steaks or something from the Hill Country Favorites list upon your first visit. Guaranteed, you’ll go back again.
Home Plate Diner
Take your favorite baseball fan out for a baseball-inspired meal. The walls at Home Plate are covered in local and national baseball memorabilia, and Home Plate serves everything you might order to eat at a game at prices that are easy on your wallet.
Hang out with friends and eat your fill of Hummer's great appetizers. Start off with a platter of raw oysters and a bucket of beer. We highly recommend the steak.
This Sixth Street has “Some” of everything, as its menu states. Chicken fried steak, catfish, burgers, steaks, clubs, wraps, nachos – there’s a lot to choose from! The breakfast menu sounds tempting too, with chicken and waffles, and a steak and eggs plate. Don’t forget to build your own ice cream float, either.
1301 SW 6th
Ichiban Noodle Bar & Asian Cuisine
With the inner workings of its kitchen on display, Ichiban makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of a bustling noodle bar on a street in Asia. Endless choices of cold noodles and hot dishes make your dinner decision a tough one.
3309 Wimberly Road
The moment you enter Indian Oven, you’ll be enveloped by the fragrances of cardamom, ginger, anise, garlic and chili wafting from the kitchen. Start your meal with a generous portion of naan as you work your way through the extensive menu. Feast on chef specials like Chicken Tandoori and Chicken Tikka Masala or try a little of everything on the generous buffet. Finish up with the to-die-for rice pudding. Don’t leave without sipping the Mango Lassi.
11000 I-40 East
Jackson Square Grill
This Southern, soulful diner is a hot spot for downtown lunchers. On the campus of Park Central Retirement Community, Jackson Square Grill’s specials change daily and are always popular. The homemade hamburgers and hand-breaded chicken strips are a tasty bet.
1400 S. Van Buren
The options at Jason’s are endless - sandwiches, paninis, wraps, baked potatoes, soups, salads, po’boys... The menu might leave you a little overwhelmed, but take heart. Everything is good. And there’s even free ice cream at the end.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
A recent addition to Amarillo, Jimmy John’s prides itself on its fresh ingredients and friendly service. Feeling healthy, but can’t bear to pass up the homemade French bread? Then try the 8-inch vegetarian sub layered with provolone cheese and packed with alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and real avocado spread.
If you’re in need of some comforting, we suggest drowning your sorrows in Joe Daddy’s home-style fare. The hot dog fries, ribs or homemade Nanner Puddin’ could be your new best friends. For a weekend brunch, you just can’t turn down the chicken and waffles.
Joe’s Pizza & Pasta
Joe’s has been an Amarillo favorite for years thanks to its dependable, prompt service and generous, satisfying Italian fare. The combination of the New York style pizza’s crispy, thick crust with the perfect amount of sweet and zesty sauce is irresistible.
19151 I-40 West
Great atmosphere and a variety of Southwest favorites make Joe Taco a great place to sit and relax. Especially while enjoying a signature margarita.
Jorge’s Mexican Bar & Grill
In the mood for fajitas? Look no further than Jorge’s Mexican Bar and Grill, specifically the location at Hillside and Bell. Portion sizes are generous and prices are reasonable.
K-N Root Beer
If you’ve tried K-N’s yummy burgers and floats, then you know why it’s been a success for more than 40 years. The K- N Special, a double meat, double cheese burger melts in your mouth. You can’t beat the old-fashioned icy mug of root beer!
Who says you can’t enjoy fresh sushi aboard a boat in the heart of the Panhandle? Kabuki Romanza serves teppan-style cooking and fresh-sliced sushi in a dining area that resembles a boat, surrounded by special effects that add to the tropical feel.
The King & I
Feast on authentic Thai food at The King & I. The restaurant specializes in soups and stir-fry dishes and offers an extensive all-you-can-eat buffet for both lunch and dinner. If you’re ordering off the menu, we recommend the Cashew Chicken.
If you like authentic beirox, you’ll be delighted with the Kolache Café. And it doesn’t stop there. Choose from a variety of meat and fruit fillings for a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everything on the menu is baked fresh daily and so affordable that you can grab a dozen kolaches to go for a quick and tasty meal.
Fusion is the concept of Amarillo’s new Asian restaurant, Kushi Yama. The name is a union of two elements: Kushi refers to a Japanese skewer and Yama derives from the last name of owner Tadamichi Tayama. Revolving around Asian tapas, the menu offers sushi and a variety of seasoned and sophisticated meat and seafood dishes.
La Campana offers flavorful, inexpensive Tex-Mex with options that will please the entire family and the salsa is made fresh daily. We suggest the Manchacas and Huevos Rancheros served with beef sauce. Don’t overlook the Papas Frijoles covered with cheese.
La Fiesta Grande
Authentic taste and a lively atmosphere make La Fiesta a great place to take the whole family. From nachos to barbacoa, there’s something for every taste.
La Frontera has served the Amarillo community for more than 20 years, offering the true taste of authentic, traditional Mexican food. With a cozy atmosphere, great service, friendly staff and delicious food, what else could you ask for?
This authentic Mexican restaurant keeps patrons full all day long with breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Try one of the yummy enchiladas or chile rellenos.
Leal’s serves dishes that blend the traditional flavors of Mexico with a few new twists that will delight you. Try excellent non-traditional items like quail and salmon along with new sauce combinations and desserts. Let’s not forget about the fresh-squeezed lime margaritas, some of the best margaritas anywhere.
Lemongrass Sushi and Wok
The thought of fried spring rolls, steamed gyoza dumplings and tempura shrimp is enough to make anyone’s stomach rumble, but the fare at Lemongrass can easily halt that hunger. Chef Lee Doan offers Asian specialty dishes straight from the wok such as stir-fried udon noodles and Mongolian beef. The enticing sushi menu is ample. Keep water within arm’s reach when sampling the Red Hot Cajun and Flying Dragon.
2207 S. Western, Suite B1-80
Visit Logan’s Roadhouse for everything from quick lunches, take-out options and party platters to mouth-watering, hand-cut steaks and a variety of entrees for health-conscious diners like Mesquite Wood-Grilled Salmon or a Health Nut Grilled-Chicken Salad. Everything’s made with the freshest ingredients and served in a casual, upbeat atmosphere.
Lone Star Bar & Grill
Visit Lone Star Bar & Grill for classic American grill-style food including savory steaks, burgers, chicken sandwiches and more, all at an affordable price. You’ll also enjoy down-home friendly service. Lone Star’s guarantee: no hot beer and no small steaks.
>For more than 10 years, Braceros has provided hungry patrons with delicious meals and great, traditional Mexican food. The Nachos con Carne appetizer and a Michelada are a must. If you have big eaters to feed, try the Parrillada.
3303 Bell, 355-0889
2822 SW 6th, 220-2395
2116 S. Grand, 373-4788
Luigi’s menu overflows with a selection of subs, gyros, pasta, calzones, and of course, pizza pies. They even have hamburgers and hot wings so customers always have a new dish to try. On your first visit, start off with a crisp Greek salad then move on to the steak bomb (you can get it as a calzone or sub). When you come back for seconds, order the gyro with authentic tzatziki sauce.
2648 SW 34th
Lupita’s comes from a long line of restaurants in Amarillo, all springing from the original Tortilleria Lupita. If you want to play it safe, order the chile rellenos. If you’re willing to go out on a limb, then brace yourself for the green chile Puerco torta, a basket brimming with pork, lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado.
3221 S. Western
Macaroni Joe’s isn’t just a place to eat a great meal. The Tuscan-inspired rooms are the perfect place for creating memories. Whether for a first date, the start of a new life together, or celebrating important milestones, the restaurant offers excellent service and an exquisite food and wine menu. It’s at the top of our list.
Malcolm’s Ice Cream & Food Temptations
Malcolm’s offers the ultimate in classic soda-fountain food: burgers, sandwiches and salads - everything’s good. Be sure you save room for dessert. Better yet, start with a treat. After all, it’s the most important part of the meal at Malcolm’s.
McAlister’s is not just another deli. Its made-to-order menu is chock full of fresh sandwich and salad options that make for a quick and tasty lunch. And let’s not forget the Famous Sweet Tea that is handcrafted in house daily.
Mexico Lindo Restaurant
Mexico Lindo has a friendly staff that delivers excellent service with a smile. The appetizing food comes at reasonable prices and the restaurant offers several popular items like the gordita plate, crispy rellenos and enchiladas.
4515 S. Georgia
Memories of Route 66 come alive at Moe Dogs Grill. What once served as a filling station now serves hot dogs, burgers and other Americana classics. Decorated with memorabilia yet updated with flat screen TVs, Moe Dogs patrons have the opportunity to win a free meal –that is if they can down eight jumbo hotdogs piled with chili, cheese and jalapeños within 30 minutes. And yes, there are fries with that.
3515 SW 6th
Mulligans Sports Pub
Mulligans offers an energetic atmosphere, covering every sports game and team imaginable on more than 15 screens so you don’t miss an important play. The Pub also offers live music and daily drink specials. From great old-fashioned finger foods to ice-cold beer, Mulligans has options for everyone’s taste buds.
It’s hard to find authentic Thai cuisine that compares to My Thai. We recommend the Angel Noodle with sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms for a tasty alternative to fried rice.
Nordic Galley’s menu includes dishes such as cinnamon streusel cake for breakfast and Swedish meatballs for lunch. The King Olav’s truffles and sea salt caramels sold at the bakeri (yes, with an “i”), are dangerously addictive.
Patrons gather at Nu-Castle for classic American cooking. The small, downtown lunch spot is usually crowded with regulars so arrive before the clock strikes noon. You can’t go wrong with one of the hamburgers on fresh buns or chicken fried steak breakfast.
518 E. 10th
Ocha Seafood and Thai Cuisine
Ocha’s chicken curry and hot and sour soup stand out among a sea of Thai dishes. This inconspicuous eatery is easy to pass by, but you certainly won’t want to. The spicy seafood soup is not like anything you’ve ever sampled.
4502 S. Washington
Set in downtown Amarillo, OHMS serves lunch buffet style and dinner in
style. The chefs feature specials each week that range from seafood to smoked duck to grilled beef tenderloin. Excellent cuisine and service make this a delightful place to linger.
Olive Garden will tell you, “When you’re here, you’re family,” and that’s the absolute truth. Dinner feels like a meal at your Italian Grandma’s, and the portions couldn’t be more generous. With endless salad and breadsticks, no matter the entrée, you’ll leave full.
On the Border
Become a part of the revolution at On the Border. The fajita revolution, that is. Made-to-order fajitas will knock your socks off. Of course, good Mexican food is even better with a cold beer. Go ahead, indulge.
Oscar's Mexican Grill & Cantina
For those who want to sit down and enjoy the Oscar family’s burritos, you’re in luck. The expanded location will still offer burritos and grill favorites as well as fresh pastries and empanadas from the panaderia, a Mexican bakery.
4214 SW 45th
Let’s just start with the Bloomin’ Onion. We could actually end there and be completely satisfied, but what’s a trip to Outback without a Wallaby Darned and Pepper Mill Steak? Speaking of completely satisfied, leave room for the Chocolate Thunder from Down Under.
Outlaws Supper Club
Looking for a steak-lover’s paradise? Drive over to Outlaws Supper Club and you’ll discover just that. With a casual environment, you’ll find some of the finest steaks in Texas. We recommend the prime rib with tasty calf-fries but get there early because they go fast.
10816 SE 3rd Ave
Pacific Rim offers a variety of Asian-Fusion cuisine in a unique setting. One of the best things about this place is the greeting you’ll get from Andy, the owner. But let’s talk food. The lettuce wraps are outstanding. In fact, everything is good. Pacific Rim even offers speedy delivery.
With breakfast this good, you’ll be glad to know that the Pancake Station serves it all day long. The restaurant also offers great café-style meals. We recommend the huge omelets and fresh pancakes.
2800 Virginia Circle
Kick your lunching experience up a notch at Pan-Handlers. Settled in the basement of Amarillo National Bank Plaza One, this family-run restaurant supports the community by using farm-fresh produce. With a list of daily specials ranging from Mexican to seafood and cleverly concocted sandwiches (try the ANBLT on ciabatta bread), your dining experience will be anything but bland and boring.
Searching for great Thai food and attentive service? Look no further than Pattaya. Begin with the tasty Crabby Cheese Rolls, then move on to the sticky rice with Pattaya’s special sauce. Be sure to end your meal with delicious, homemade coconut ice cream.
Pei Wei is always busy, but it’s certainly worth the wait. Your dining experience isn’t complete without the lettuce wraps. From there, delight your taste buds with Beef Ginger Broccoli.
Pepito’s Mexican Restaurante Y Cantina
Happy hour, live music and delicious Mexican food makes Pepito’s the perfect place to hang out with friends. Pair the taquitos al carbon or marinated fajitas with a cold Michelada.
Come ready to linger when you visit Pescaraz. From the charming décor and impressive bar area to the array of entrees, soups, salads and impressive wine list, you’ll want to take time to savor every bite. Enjoy excellent service and live music in the evenings.
Visit Pho Hoa for bona fide Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to well-known dishes such as Pho, egg rolls and spring rolls, Pho Thanh Tung also serves not-so-familiar fare such as the Mi Thap Cam, an egg noodle soup with pork, shrimp, liver, a fish ball and two hard-boiled quail eggs.
1800 S. Western
When we say Pho Van is the
place in town to find authentic Vietnamese food, we mean it. You’ll find spring rolls, Pho (noodles in Vietnamese), and delectable pork chops in this small hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Owner, Em, stands by his wife’s garlic chicken wings, promising you won’t find their equal anywhere.
5625 Amarillo Blvd. East
Pink Sports Bar & Lounge
Pink isn’t just a spot for after-work drinks; its menu attracts a crowd for lunch and dinner, too. Order a chilled cocktail or cold beer to start, but be sure to keep the other hand free for a juicy burger and fries.
814 S. Taylor
For dine-in or take-out, Pizza Planet offers some of the best pizza in town. If you like a good chef salad, this is your place. Be prepared to share — it’s huge.
A long-time Amarillo favorite, the many loyal customers of the Plaza attest to the great food and affordable prices. Eat your fill of fresh chips and hot sauce and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. Perfect for a family night out, the menu offers enough variety to suit the pickiest eaters.
The Potato Factory Too
Come hungry to The Potato Factory where you can fill up fast on huge baked potatoes loaded with a variety of toppings from veggies to chili. The resturant also has some of the best chili dogs and Frito pie in town.
Rain lights up Polk Street with its sleek, energetic ambience and exceptional menu of contemporary Asian cuisine. Grab the gang for an evening of flavor and fun.
Real Food Café
Real Food Café is Sixth Street’s hottest lunch spot. Chefs T and Andy Price serve a selection of fresh, from-scratch crepes, from savory cordon bleu and chicken tarragon to sweet cherry and apple dessert crepes. Dip into the scrumptious salads and soups of the day and the delectable desserts, such as bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake or a lemon tart – they are to die for.
3208 SW 6th
Seafood is a real treat in the Texas Panhandle and Red Lobster is an old stand-by when you have a hankering for shrimp. Our favorite? The scampi swimming in delicious garlic butter complemented by tasty garlic cheese biscuits.
We recommend one hand for a gourmet burger and the other for the bottomless fries and onion rings. (And plenty of napkins.) You’ll leave happy if you finish with a raspberry shake. It’s creamy goodness. If your family needs room to spread out, Red Robin is perfect for large gatherings.
Ribs ‘n More
Slowly smoked barbecue is what Ribs ‘n More is all about. The plates of brisket, sausage and hot links are impossible not to finish. If you’re extra hungry, add a plate of fries covered in chili and cheese.
2601 SW 6th
Rio Grande Grill
With food this good, it’s a shame the drive-thru restaurant isn’t open on weekends. The breakfast burritos will give you enough fuel to last until lunch. If lunch suits you better, the nachos supreme taste like Grandma made them from scratch. We are big fans.
909 S. Madison
Robinson’s has mastered the art of barbecue. We especially love the barbecue sandwiches. But don’t limit yourself to just a sandwich; try the tasty Frito pies. If you’re in time for breakfast, try the excellent breakfast burritos.
Roosters offers more than just a good Cup of Joe. Stop in and plan on staying for a hot breakfast pastry or one of the delicious lunch specialties. It’s the perfect place to relax with your friends for lunch.
Rosa’s Café & Tortilla Factory
Perfect for take-out or a quick, satisfying meal, Rosa’s offers Tex Mex favorites and a fun, upbeat atmosphere. You can’t beat the homemade tortillas, made fresh everyday.
Ruby Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen
Ruby’s is Tex-Mex at its finest. Fajita burritos, crispy tacos, stuffed poblanos and savory meats off the grill are just a short list of what the Kitchen offers. Every Wednesday evening, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with a margarita in hand.
Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q
Rudy’s serves up the same original recipes that they’ve used since 1989: brisket, ribs, turkey, pork loin and sausage slow-smoked over an oak fire, seasoned with a secret dry-spice blend and topped with “Sause.” Plenty of sides and delicious desserts ensure that you’ll need lots of napkins.
Sabaidee offers a fusion of Asian tastes along with delicious, authentic Laotian dishes like sticky rice with beef jerky, chicken wings and tomato sauce and papaya salad. Try the Sabaidee Special for a guaranteed taste-treat.
2313 S. Georgia
Saddle Brook Jockey Club
Saddle Brook has enough satisfying fare to keep you hungry during your wagers. The Growler, a quarter-pound hot dog with chili, cheese and onions, and Stacked BBQ Burger will keep you on top of your game.
You can experience the rich culture of the Middle East right here in Amarillo. Saffron’s menu consists of traditional Greek, Persian and Mediterranean dishes. The dining area is small and simple but this really adds to the authenticity. Leave room for the Baklava.
1511 S. Nelson
Choose from an extensive sushi menu that includes Nigiri style, cut rolls, special rolls, spicy rolls, sushi salads and for the beef lover, Texas sushi. At Sakura, get ready to be entertained by chefs who prepare your meal at the table. We wholeheartedly recommend the swordfish.
Saltgrass Steak House
Certified Angus Beef + Sidewinders = mouthwatering taste. Saltgrass has plenty of steaks to choose from and you can pair it up with juicy Gulf shrimp or try the Seafood Fondeaux with Shiner Bock Beer Bread. Take our advice: Save room for the Two-Fork Cheesecake. It’s a piece of heaven that melts in your mouth.
If you are a fresh oyster connoisseur, Scott’s is the place for you. Even though it’s a little on the small side, the quick service and excellent seafood make it one of our favorite places to hang out.
Savor the Italian dishes at Sava. Delicious, distinctive dishes such as the prosciutto and arugula brick oven pizza with truffle oil, creamy five cheese polenta and pumpkin ravioli will make you want to keep Sava to yourself; however, with a fun atmosphere and live music on Saturdays, it would be selfish not to share.
Sharky’s Burrito Company
Think of Sharky’s as a burrito assembly line, a place where you call the shots and load a tortilla (flavored or not) with all your favorite toppings. Start with the meat and work your way through a plethora of options including beans, rice, veggies and cheese. The endless combinations will keep you going back for more.
1612 S. Georgia
A welcoming bar and grill located in the historic antique district on Route 66, Smokey Joe’s is one of Amarillo’s best-kept secrets. With an outside patio and live music on the weekends, this is the place to be. When you visit, ask for the Legendary Spink. You won’t regret it.
Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Haven
Diners won’t leave Mike’s hungry; they’ll leave licking their fingers. With chopped brisket sandwiches, tender pork ribs and more, Mike’s is a meat lover’s paradise.
7028 S. Western
Experience the Western heritage of Amarillo at the Stockyard Café. The Café serves up excellent steaks that will surely satisfy your craving for beef. Plus, the Stockyard also offers a hearty breakfast every day starting at 6 a.m.
Stretch’s BBQ Barn
This unassuming little joint will not disappoint barbecue lovers. It’s not fancy by any stretch, but when you order the ribs and a side, or two, of the potato salad and coleslaw, you’ll leave satisfied.
T.G.I. Friday’s new right portion, right price menu fills you up even when your wallet’s a little on the light side. Try any of the Jack Daniels glazed steaks, ribs, chicken or shrimp for a juicy, flavorful treat.
At Tacos Garcia serving authentic Mexican food is a family affair. In the same location since 1999, the Veloz family serves up traditional favorites that keep loyal customers coming back time after time. Try the Swiss enchiladas or the Chile Relleno Lampriados. You won’t be disappointed.
Tango’s Taco Shop
Welcome Tango to town. The fast-casual eatery flaunts more than 10 tacos (not including the six served for breakfast), wrapped in your choice of fresh corn or flour tortillas. While the variety of beef and chicken tacos are tempting, we find ourselves lured to The Stella, a grilled or fried lemon cracked-pepper tilapia with red cabbage, cilantro and homemade Cholula crema sauce.
6200 Hillside Ste. 100
2207 S. Western, Suite B1-70
Taqueria El Tapatio
Taqueria El Tapatio serves up authentic Mexican flavor in every dish. It’s just plain good food. The generous portions and affordable prices are easy on your pocketbook, too.
3410 S. Coulter
Taste of Thai
Taste of Thai serves traditional Thai cuisine and a variety of chef specials for lunch and dinner. Enjoy fresh-cooked taste and friendly service.
Texas Chicken Wok
Texas Chicken Wok offers fast service with even lower prices. The always-fresh vegetables compliment one of our favorite dishes, the house stir-fry. No matter what you choose, the restaurant delivers an experience that seasons anyone’s taste buds.
Texas Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill
More grill than bar, Texas Firehouse offers everything from a delicious fried green bean appetizer to steaks, all in a family-friendly smoke-free environment. Watch all your favorite sporting events while you eat.
3333 S. Coulter
This is one place that you don’t have to worry about your kids leaving a mess. Everyone does; it’s okay to throw your peanut shells on the floor at the Roadhouse. Bread lovers will rejoice over the rolls and steak lovers will drool over the meat on display as soon as you walk through the door. Be ready for a wait, but the food’s worth it.
You’ll get your fill of fresh, authentic Thai cuisine at Thai Arawan. We recommend the Angel Noodle and the Chicken-Fried Rice. Consistently good flavor and friendly service make this one of our favorites.
Thai Orchid serves possibly the best summer rolls in town: fresh, crispy, and perfectly proportioned. Try the Pad Kee Mao and you won’t be disappointed. And for those brave souls who like their food on the spicy side, you can’t go wrong with the Jalapeno Fried-Rice or Spicy Chicken.
If you’re feeling a bit finicky, Thai Taste will fix that. With more than 20 lunch and dinner entrees, you’ll certainly find a dish that satisfies you, whatever your craving. To spice up your night, try the or Chili Special.
7710 Hillside, Suite100
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse
Sit back and enjoy the show at this Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. The steak and yakitori are tender and juicy, and the seafood choices, like the shrimp and soft shell crab, are cooked just the way they should be.
5807 SW 45th
Authentic Mexican fare at your service. Spicy and full of flavor, the Chile Verde has proved to be a fan favorite at this hole-in-the-wall eatery where the scrumptious tortillas, flour and corn, are made fresh.
4013 SE 10th
Tsunami offers traditional Japanese steakhouse fare at affordable prices. Start out with Southwestern Egg Rolls then fill up on the Salmon Teppan Meal or Teppanyaki Steak. We guarantee you won’t leave hungry.
Going back to the basics, Tyler’s Barbeque combines a straightforward menu with a relaxed atmosphere. We suggest the mouth-watering Man-Sized Double Meat Sandwich. But don’t forget to save room for the delicious cobbler before you leave.
Tyler Street Café
Café’s menu consists of American classics such as chicken fried steak and cheeseburgers. Open for breakfast and lunch, the downtown joint serves breakfast burritos in the morning and daily specials throughout the week.
900 S. Tyler
Terrific food and service make Vickie’s Grill the perfect dining spot. The well-seasoned cheeseburgers, tender chicken-fried steak and cheesy enchiladas are our top picks.
4517 State Highway 136
The Village offers a large selection of handmade European pastries and breads to complement fresh, gourmet-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The casual bistro setting makes it the perfect place for a special lunch date.
Vince’s calzones are some of the best we’ve had. The pizzeria also offers wonderful Greek salads, Giro and a huge family-sized pizza. The quirky atmosphere will make you feel like you’re in Little Italy.
2413 S. Western
The next time you’re looking for dinner and some fun with the family, swing by Western Bowl. The diner strikes up five different bowling specials throughout the week. After you’ve worked up an appetite from all the bowling, head to the restaurant for some old-fashioned American food like a patty-melt or a B.L.T.
Wesley’s Bean Pot
Loyal customers return again and again to Wesley’s. The atmosphere is friendly and the barbecue is genuine Texas style. It’s a bit out of the way, but the baby back ribs and brisket are definitely worth the trip.
6406 River Road
You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to a quaint old-fashioned diner when you visit Wheels. The inside is covered with vintage car memorabilia and wheels galore. We love the southern-fried chicken with waffles. The mix of savory and sweet is delicious. Save room for dessert when you dine because you won’t want to miss the waffle cheesecake: a big Belgian waffle piled high with cheesecake filling, whipped cream and both chocolate and caramel syrup.
Decorated like a classic gas station, Wild Bill’s offers American food and friendly service. Bring the whole family since there’s plenty of seating inside and out. The Green Chili Cheese Burger with hand-cut seasoned fries is our personal favorite.
Wing Stop cooks up some of the best chicken wings around. There’s a flavor for every palate. And if you haven’t had sugared French fries, you just haven’t lived.
6000 SW 45th
3300 I-40 East, Suite P
Ye Olde Pancake Station
With breakfast this good, you’ll be glad to know the Pancake Station serves it all day long. The restaurant also offers great café-style meals. We recommend the huge omelets and fresh pancakes.
2800 Virginia Circle, Suite A
Young Sushi Rocks
The friendly greeting you receive when you walk into Young’s is your first clue that your experience will be a good one. The helpful staff is always willing to offer suggestions regarding the sushi. If sushi’s not your thing, try the authentic Thai cuisine.
Open seven days a week, there’s always something on the menu at Best Thai to satisfy your cravings for good Thai food, such as the vegetarian Curry Joe with yellow curry and steamed rice. Check out the Canyon’s Favorites menu; the pineapple fried rice and Charlie special is full of flavor.
210 23rd St
El Patio Mexican Restaurante
Sometimes the only thing that will satisfy pesky hunger pains is great Tex-Mex and that’s exactly what you’ll find at El Patio. The comfortable atmosphere and exceptional service add up to a perfectly satisfying meal.
1410 Hereford Hwy.
Fat Boy’s BBQ
Fat Boy’s has been dishing up delicious Texas-style barbeque since 1988 so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. The meat has the perfect amount of smoky flavor. Top that off with sweet barbeque sauce and a few homemade sides and your taste buds will thank you.
Step into Feldman’s and you might wonder where you are: Gilligan’s Island, a model train shop or an eatery. As soon as you catch a whiff of the classic American food, you’ll know. The fun, casual atmosphere and model trains that run a course along the ceiling make Feldman’s a great place for the whole family. Try the made-fresh burgers or the Tortuga chicken, satisfaction guaranteed.
Situated south of town, this burger joint’s menu is pretty snazzy. The Philly cheese steak sandwich pairs perfectly with a side of sizzling, thinly sliced onion rings, but you can’t go wrong with the chicken-fried steak sandwich topped with chili either.
1302 23rd St.
The King and I
Craving fresh sushi? The King and I will surely satisfy. Try the customer favorite, the Canyon roll, and savor every scrumptious slice of crab, tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber and cream cheese topped with red tuna, white tuna, shrimp and eel. If you still have an appetite, order the fried bananas covered with powdered sugar and strawberries.
Morning Glory offers a charming eatery for your next special occasion or lunch out with the girls. While you’re there, browse through their furniture and accessories while you wait for your food. The tea room serves breakfast or lunch Tuesday through Saturday with a menu that changes weekly.
The Ranch House Café has a small-town, home-cooked family atmosphere. The Café offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and take-out as well as specials seven days a week. Don't forget to save room for the homemade pies.
Rock N Roll Soda Shoppe
Located on the square in downtown Canyon, the Rock N Roll Soda Shoppe offers classic soda shoppe fare along with Southwestern treats. The Chick-a-Dilla, a chicken fajita quesadilla served with hot sauce and guacamole, is particularly good along with any of the specialty drinks. A visit isn’t complete without a Trash Can Lid Sundae Sampler, a smaller portion of all the sundae flavors served up on a trash can lid.
Sayakomarn’s offers a variety of traditional Thai dishes with daily lunch specials that won’t empty your wallet. Be sure you try their Boba tea made with tapioca balls and shaken into fruit flavored or milk tea. It’s yummy.
Thundering Buffalo’s Grill & Saloon
Buffalo’s offers traditional Southwestern fare with hardy ingredients like corn, black beans and chili in a number of the specialties. Everything’s tasty but we recommend starting with the famous hot wings.
Chef Rory, a Jersey native, features her signature recipes at Boot Hill. She’s been a guest on “The Rachel Ray Show” and worked with chefs Bobby Flay, Giada Delaurentis and Paula Dean, to name a few. So when you visit, you know you’re in for a treat. The food is superb, a mixture of great culinary skill with a Texas twist, and the“Sweet After Thoughts” are to die for.