For the restaurant lover in your life, there is always the handy gift card to tuck into a stocking from their favorite eatery. Want to get more creative and take it next level? We found some unique Lone Star restaurant gifts out there for the true dining connoisseur – from cookbooks and delectables, swag to unique experiences. This holiday season, take a look at a few of our picks below, browse their shops, and support these local Texas businesses.
Czech Stop - Kolaches – Baked fresh, never frozen and shipped overnight! Give the gift of delicious kolaches from this landmark eatery in West, Texas.
Kerbey Lane - Pancake Mix - Each year, an average Kerbey Lane store in Austin serves more than 20,000 pancakes. Now, you can enjoy them in your own kitchen or send as a gift. Purchase online or in retail stores such as H-E-B or Whole Foods Market.
Perini Ranch – Mesquite Smoked Peppered Beef Tenderloin - Straight from Buffalo Gap, Texas. This is the stuff a beef-lover’s dreams are made of. Each tenderloin is fully cooked to a perfect medium rare, weighs 2-2 1/2 pounds and serves 6-8 people as an entree or 12-15 for hors d'oeuvres.
El Arroyo – Big Book of Signs - El Arroyo is known for its famous marquee sign on 5th street in Austin. Give friends and family a chuckle and some daily insight with this compilation of their best postings.
Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth - Despite a thriving culinary scene, Fort Worth lost some of its most iconic restaurants decades ago. Even movie stars like Bob Hope and Gene Autry frequented the city for steaks from the Seibold Café, and President Lyndon B. Johnson loved Cowtown for the barbecue from famed chuckwagon cook Walter Jetton. Join food writer Celestina Blok as she journeys through her hometown's dining past.
Franklin Barbeque: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto - In this much-anticipated debut, Franklin and coauthor Jordan Mackay unlock the secrets behind truly great barbecue, and share years’ worth of hard-won knowledge. Franklin Barbecue is a definitive resource for the backyard pitmaster, with chapters dedicated to building or customizing your own smoker; finding and curing the right wood; creating and tending perfect fires; sourcing top-quality meat; and of course, cooking mind-blowing, ridiculously delicious barbecue, better than you ever thought possible.
Texas Hill Country Cuisine: Flavors from the Cabernet Grill, Texas Wine Country Restaurant - The Texas Hill Country has become one of the most highly traveled destinations in Texas over the last decade and a mecca for foodies around the world. This cookbook by chef Ross Burtwell is unique in its identity, presenting the Texas Hill Country Cuisine, a cuisine unto itself, and the dishes included among the quintessential flavors that define it.
Whataburger Jewelry – For the Whataburger fan who has everything… two Texas icons, Whataburger and James Avery, bring you this new, one-of-a-kind sterling silver charm. Made right here in Texas. Don’t miss the rest of Whataburger’s gift items, including custom plastic table tents and Yeti tumblers.
Dixie Chicken - Dominos - Many an Aggie student and visitor has killed time playing 42 at the Chicken through the years. You can have your own set of Dixie Chicken dominoes, so no matter where you're throwing bones, you can always have the Chicken with you!
Rudy's Country Store - Brisket Scented Candle - What started out as a April fool's joke is now a reality in a limited run of 1,000 candles. This Natural Palm Wax Triple Scented 16oz. candle is made right in the USA and scented to the famous Texas brisket.
Taste of Texas Restaurant – Come and Steak it Grilling Apron – Now you can make sure your favorite grill master looks like a professional in this Come and Steak It™ apron, celebrating the Taste of Texas’ 40th year in business!
Una Noche en Mi Tierra – One of the Cortez Family’s favorite mariachi groups, Mariachi Oro y Plata, recorded this album for the 75th anniversary of the legendary Mi Tierra restaurants in San Antonio.
Benito’s Authentic Mexican Food - T-shirts – “It’s not Tex-Mex, it’s Mex-Mex!” If you’re a fan of Fort Worth’s famous Benito’s and want to show the rest of the world how you feel, now you can, with these comfy T-shirts with the company logo, slogan and location proudly displayed.
Brennan’s of Houston – Chef for a Day – Known as the “crown jewel of Texas creole cuisine and southern hospitality”, the legendary Brennan’s of Houston offers a rare and spectacular opportunity for foodies with its “Chef for a Day” experience. Following a restaurant and kitchen tour, the “chef” will get personal hands-on experience to prepare and taste several creations, from kitchen and bar, followed by a seated six-course dinner joined by five guests.
Bear’s Den Gourmet Pizza – Dine with Bears (really) – Located on the 126 acre Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas, just five feet off the dining deck, have the experience of a lifetime with food, friends and a pair of 400 lbs. rescued bears, Barnaby and Bailey. Proceeds are used in part to help animal rescue throughout the United States.