You’ve heard of tiny houses, and now we bring you (drum roll please) tiny restaurants! These 10 tiny Texas restaurants should be judged not by the size of their dining rooms, but by the size of their customer base. They may be little, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming incredibly popular with the locals. So if you’re looking for a cozy and delicious dining experience, here are 10 tiny Texas restaurants that you’ve just got to try.
10. Counter Cafe – Austin
It’s not just a clever name, Counter Cafe is little more than a counter, some small tables and a few patio tables outside. Their slogan, Local Food, Global Love is also not just talk since the little Austin restaurant sources its food from around Texas. The menu itself is more gourmet than you’d expect from the humble exterior of the building, but its nothing less than we’ve come to expect from the incredible eateries around the capital city.
9. Clark’s Oyster Bar – Austin
Located on 6th Street in downtown Austin, Clark’s Oyster bar is a tiny, yet classy, place to stop for a bite. Clark’s has phenomenal seafood and oysters as well as a great wine and cocktail selection, and even some great burgers. And don’t worry, they have outside seating for the claustrophobic.
8. Butcher Boy’s – Nacogdoches
Well known in Nacogdoches for their “mega burger” and their burger eating contests, Butcher Boy’s also offers fantastic barbecue stuffed potatoes, BLTs and other savory Texan offerings. Opened in 1977 by Billy and Cathy Huddleston, Butcher Boy’s is an east Texas favorite.
7. Vasquez Restaurant – Round Rock
Super cute and tucked away in the north Austin suburb of Round Rock you’ll find Vasquez Restaurant, one of four locations in the Austin area. The family owned restaurant has been serving hungry Texans for 20 years, and as any good Texan will tell you, the best Mexican food is always at some hole-in-the-wall, tiny establishment, so stop by and give it a try.
6. Waverly’s Coffee Shop- Cisco
For folks traveling up 183 in north Texas, you might want to take a little detour through town when you come to Cisco. A meal at Waverly’s is well worth it. Try the blueberry cobbler waffles for a delicious breakfast you won’t soon forget!
5. Andice General Store – Florence
It’s not just a clever name, the Andice General Store sells everything from canned goods to wine. They also have a lunch counter that serves sandwiches, corn dogs, hamburgers, french fries and onion rings, just to name a few. Some people even claim Andice has the best burgers in Texas. Try the hatch green chili cheeseburger when you stop in.
4. Gusto Gourmet – Houston
This Latin-Mediterannean fusion cafe on South Shepherd Drive in Houston is a whole lot of flavor packed into a small space. Visitors to the restaurant rave about the tequeños, which come with a variety of fillings.
3. Revolver Taco Lounge – Fort Worth
This Fort Worth favorite has been featured in Texas Monthly, Dallas Eater, and has even had a visit from the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmer. Revolver Taco Lounge is known for their huitlacoche, a kind of fungus that grows on corn, sometimes referred to as “corn truffles”.
2. Dahlia Cafe – Liberty Hill
Located northeast of Austin in the small town of Liberty Hill we found Dahlia Cafe. Locals rave about the chicken fried steak and jalapeño gravy, but they’ve also got an incredible breakfast menu as well. Don’t stop by on Sunday or Monday though, they’re closed on those days.
1. The Original Marini’s Empanada House – Houston
There’s an awful lot of flavor packed inside this tiny establishment. The Houston Chronicle raved that Marini’s has “Pies to die for,” referencing the little pastries known as empanadas. There is a location in Katy and a location on Westheimer to serve hungry Houstonians.