Marfa has worked hard to establish itself as the premier dining destination in the area.
In the early 90’s the choices in Marfa were limited to enchiladas and greasy hamburgers.
While these options are still around, the dining scene has evolved to include several other eclectic and worldly restaurants.
The main reason for the change can be explained by the influx of outsiders to the area. From New York to Chicago, new residents have brought the culinary flare of their previous big city address to the small town of Marfa.
It is easy to eat your way across the globe without ever leaving the city limits. The following is a culinary road map of the city.
Marfa’s Classic Favorites
The Pizza Foundation, housed in a retro gas station, serves up incredible thin crust pizza and fresh limeades right in the center of town. This quirky locale has been slinging out stellar pies since it was opened by East Coast transplants that now call Marfa home However, the wait can get very long, so guests would be wise to call ahead.
Padre’s Marfa is more than just the local hangout. This happening bar serves up an array of classic All-American favorites to guests looking to mix good beer with good food. Homemade chili, bratwurst sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and Frito pie are just a few of the options on the menu at Padre’s Marfa.
American Cuisine in Marfa
Cochineal is housed in a 100 year-old adobe building, but the menu offerings are anything but dated. One of the more pricey options in town, Cochineal mixes minimalist décor and bold flavors to create an exceptional dining experience. Menu options include rosemary-marinated rack of lamb, wood grilled pork tenderloin, Gorgonzola cheese soufflé and made-to-order date pudding.
Sizzling South of the Border Options
Carmen’s Café is back open after a brief hiatus and it’s a good thing because this local favorite serves amazing huevos rancheros in the morning and exceptional pico de gallo all day long. Don’t let the dive exterior fool you, Carmen’s offers authentic Mexican cuisine and friendly service that shouldn’t be missed.
Tacos del Norte is truly a Mexican food lover’s paradise. The menu is entirely in Spanish and, depending on the time of day, Spanish soap operas are blaring on the TV. This fairly new joint serves enchiladas, Jalisco-style tacos, tasty salsa and much more in an unpretentious building on San Antonio Street.
European and Mediterranean Cuisine in Marfa
Tuesday through Friday, patrons are treated to outstanding Mediterranean food under the pavilion between the railroad tracks and the Marfa Book Company courtesy of the Food Shark. This vintage food truck serves falafels, hummus, Greek salad and a number of daily specials. When the weather is bad, guests are invited to dine inside a vintage dining car.
Maiya’s Restaurant offers a seasonal menu of genuine Italian fare that is both adventurous and relaxed. Established in 2002, this cosmopolitan locale offers roasted meats and veggies, pasta and homemade desserts in a sophisticated atmosphere.
Marfa has a restaurant that is sure to satisfy any craving. The dynamic art scene might draw you in, but the unique culinary fare will keep you coming back for more.