Alpine: A Unique Dining Destination

Alpine: A Unique Dining Destination

There is no shortage of good food in Alpine. From locally owned favorites to fast food chains, Alpine offers the most diversity of any city in the Tri-County area. After all, Alpine is home to the only Dairy Queen or McDonald’s for at least 50 miles! However, the eateries that shouldn’t be missed in this frontier town are less commercial and more down home.

Many of the most popular restaurants in town have been there for years and some are still run by the original owners or their descendants.   

Breakfast Options in Alpine

Waking up to the beautiful sights and sounds of West Texas is made even more enjoyable by the breakfast joints in town.

Patrons have described the home cooked breakfast at the Bread and Breakfast Bakery and Café on West Holland Avenue as, “better than my mom’s cooking!” This quaint storefront café invites patrons through their bright red door with the enchanting smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and old fashioned country coffee. Reasonable prices and friendly service make this local favorite even more appealing.

La Trattoria serves fantastic Italian-inspired dishes all day long, but the gourmet cappuccinos and hearty omelets make it an ideal choice for breakfast. Open Tuesday through Saturday, this charming restaurant also features a juice bar that includes 100% fruit smoothies and organic juice.

What’s for Lunch?

There are numerous places in Alpine to curb your midday hunger.

La Casita Mexican Restaurant is practically an institution in Alpine. Don’t let the dusty back road location or the unassuming building fool you, this small hot spot dishes out phenomenal Mexican food. Visitors should be aware that La Casita does not accept credit cards and that there is often a wait during peak times of day.

Texas Fusion offers Tex-Mex favorites and super tender barbecue in a casual atmosphere. This kid-friendly restaurant features pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, burgers, nachos and much more.

Located in an old adobe building, Alicia’s Burrito Place serves up authentic Mexican food and huge burgers. Guests at this popular haunt rave about the spicy salsa and variety of burger toppings. Alicia’s is open Monday through Saturday.  

Divine Dinner Options

After strolling through the gift shops and art galleries scattered throughout Alpine, guests are pleased to find that several restaurants offer gourmet fare after dark in sophisticated settings.

The Reata Steakhouse in Alpine, TX

The Reata is the quintessential Southwestern steakhouse. Named after the legendary ranch in the James Dean classic movie, “Giant”, this upscale dining destination offers  favorites like chicken fried steak mixed with gourmet options like coffee-crusted pork tenderloin.

The Longhorn Steakhouse, located on 5th Street, has been reinvigorated thanks to new ownership. Guests are raving about the juicy steaks and homemade macaroni and cheese. There is also a giant salad bar that offers a fresh break from the hearty fare that is most prevalent in the area.

Other fantastic dining options in Alpine include:

  • Magoo’s Place
  • The Saddle Club
  • Buffalo Rose Saloon
  • Oriental Express
  • Los Jalapenos
  • Burley’s
  • Impressions Cafe and Deli; and
  • The Mural Café.

Photo By: The Reata Alpine


2 thoughts on “Alpine: A Unique Dining Destination

  1. Charles Burge

    On the Texas Rangers baseball TV broadcast I have twice heard Tom Grieve mention a food dish or food item “from West Texas” called (sounds like) Kaleshes or Calishes. I cannot find a reference for such a food anywhere. Can you help me?
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