Time for a Texas getaway? My daughter Grace and I road tripped across Texas to spend some time exploring San Angelo. We had such a blast on our adventure. What’s a girl trip without amazing food, right? We savored extraordinary culinary delights. I’m thrilled to share them with you. Here are my recommendations for what to eat in San Angelo, Texas:
Angry Cactus West Texas Bar and Grill
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Few and far between are the restaurants that I can say everything I tried was one hundred percent delicious. Angry Cactus is one of those places. Not only does the food taste amazing–presentation is top notch!
Unlimited Chips and Salsa
We started with Unlimited Chips and Salsa. The dish included Fire Roasted Salsa and Salsa Verde. The chips were light and fried to perfection, and the salsas were both uniquely delicious.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Next we tried Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. They had me at “bacon wrapped” but served with chef’s slaw and prickly pear sauce, they made my taste buds dance!
“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Meatloaf”
“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Meatloaf” is a must try at Angry Cactus. I confess, meatloaf is not something that would normally call my attention among so many other choices, but it came recommended, so I ordered it. I’m so glad I tried it! The meatloaf is smoked! The flavor is like nothing I would have imagined. It is fantastic. I would absolutely order this again.
Chef’s Signature Angry Cheeseburger
Just look at that burger! It’s the Chef’s Signature Angry Cheeseburger. The description reads, “Cheddar, Swiss, Bacon and Pig Candy! Grilled Jalapeno, Fried Onion and Chef’s Signature Sauce served with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, and Onion.” Oh my goodness, it’s huge, but works together so well. Yes, I had to squish it to get a bite in my mouth. Flavor explosion!
What is Pig Candy you may wonder? It is thin, fried slices of capicola, a traditional Italian pork cold cut!
Table-side Bananas Foster
Oh, and the bananas foster. . . . My daughter said this is the best thing in the world! Made table side, Bananas Foster is a spectacular foodie experience. We watched in awe as our server cooked our bananas in butter and brown sugar, and then added a blend of rum and banana liquor, and set it on fire! The experience was spectacular, and it was only overshadowed by the heavenly taste of the warm banana sauce with ice cream and granola. I will be attempting to make this at home. Wish me luck!
If you love Texas as much as I do, you have to have some Texas shaped truffles, and then take some home to the Texas fans in your life. I certainly did! For me, it was love at first sight, but what really won me over was the flavors! The instant I took a bite of these beautiful chocolates that were gifted to me, I knew I needed to buy more!
It was such a pleasant surprise to walk into COWBOY-UP Chocolates and get to visit with the owner! As a chocolatier, James Crowder has received many accolades, and as soon as you bite into one of his creations, you understand why. The flavors are unique and really come through.
Not a huge chocolate lover? No problem! The Dulce de Leches Almonds are the best candy covered almonds I have ever tried. Inspired by the flavor of Tres Leches Cake, (Need I say more?) Dulce de Leche Almonds became an instant hit and is one of James Crowder’s best sellers. Get your candy fix at COWBOY-UP Chocolates!
Halfmann’s Cake Cottage
Locally owned and operated, Halfmann’s Cake Cottage is the premier bakery in San Angelo. Their cakes and pastries are made fresh daily. I was an instant believer when I sampled their Fruit Pockets. These melt-in-your-mouth confections are my absolute favorite. Buttery iced cookies with just a hint of tart from the jellies are absolute perfection.
Another favorite of mine from Halfmann’s Cake Cottage are the Melt Aways! They are so pretty and colorful, you just have to try them, but biting into one will certainly sell you on these. I’d like to go back to Halfmann’s Cake Cottage and order one of everything in the store. Wouldn’t that be a dream?
First Rosa’s Cafe
Since our years living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I have been a huge fan of Rosa’s Cafe! I was so excited to learn that the first Rosa’s opened in San Angelo. This is where it all began! I enjoyed stopping in for some of my Rosa’s favorites at the original 4235 Sherwood Way location. I love so much of their food, but a favorite quick snack of mine is chips and salsa (The salsa bar is fantastic!) with a side of refried beans also for dipping chips–so good!
Cork and Pig Tavern
Cork and Pig Tavern also had its start in San Angelo, Texas, though it now has additional locations in Texas. Grace and I relished our time at Cork and Pig. She wore the appropriate shirt, that says, “Pizza is cheaper than therapy!”
The wood fired pizzas here came strongly recommended and did not disappoint. Incidentally, it was the first time I was ever offered a side of ranch with my pizza and Grace and I both loved it! Do you do Ranch with pizza?
There was so much we would have loved to try here, but Grace and I had been eating non-stop since we arrived in San Angelo and could not eat one more bite. I can’t wait to go back to try their Famous Beignets.
Our mother/daughter trip to San Angelo rocked! When we weren’t eating, we were exploring San Angelo’s great outdoors. See story over on the Texas Travel Talk website>>> Things to do OUTSIDE in San Angelo.
For more inspiration on what to eat or how to spend your time in San Angelo, click over to Discover San Angelo! Whatever you decide to do, know you will eat well in San Angelo!