Deep in the heart of Texas, way up in the Hill Country, Brownwood is keeping a delicious secret. From down-home cookin’ to finer fare, sweet treats to exotic eats, Brownwood has tasty bites for every ‘bud.








Down Home ‘Cue


Underwood’s BBQ has been plating up cafeteria-style barbecue for more than a half-century. (In fact, they’ve earned a nod from Texas Monthly for their longevity.) Their hot, buttery rolls are famous enough to have their own billboard. Also on the menu are classic meats – roast and fried chicken, ribs and their signature barbecue steak – and southern sides. Still hungry? It’s all-you-can-eat, and there’s pie for dessert. (Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:30 am – 9 pm (closed Wednesday); Sunday 10:30 am – 8 pm)




Stick-to-Your-Ribs Southern


If you have a hankering for some down-home, stick-to-your-ribs food, Studebaker’s Cafe & Grill is your place! Southern-forward daily specials include chicken fried steak, meatloaf, and roast beef. Burger connoisseurs will also appreciate their specialty burger menu which features inventive creations like a green chili cheeseburger, a farmhouse burger with a fried egg, fried green tomato-topped burgers, and a loaded fry burger topped with – you guessed it – fries. But that’s not all! Studebaker’s also has specialty sandwiches like a BLT with fried green tomatoes, and hand-cut and battered onion rings in addition to breakfast and dinner plates. (We’ve been told calories don’t count at Studebaker’s so feast away!) (Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 6:30 am – 9 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm)




Fresh, Funky Fare


Want something light? Steve’s Market is an ultra-popular gem of an eatery. The eclectic downtown deli, tagged with bumper stickers and colorful glass bottles, has even earned a nod from Texas Monthly for its funky vibe and fresh, handmade fare. Don’t miss the Ray Bourbon Club Sandwich or any of the daily soups! (Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm)



“There are many more options on the menu (daily soups, lovingly layered sandwiches) than there are tables, so go early (and bring cash or check).” – Jordan Breal, Texas Monthly  



Flour Power


Have a sweet tooth? Indulge it in Flour Power Bakery’s delicious sweet treats like cupcakes, cake balls, sugar cookies and brownies. The bakery also offers refreshing lunch options like Italian clubs and Chicken Bacon ranch wraps in a bright, friendly space. (Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 11 am – 5 pm; Wednesday, noon to 5 pm)




Exotic Eats


Tired of the same old? Get traditional Mexican fare like street tacos and pastries at the festive Tr3s Leches Bakery downtown. Elibeth Medina and Marco Antonio Mijanos are the husband-and-wife duo behind the popular baker offering conchas, churros, and other authentic Mexican baked goods. Need more substance? They serve breakfast burritos until 11 am each morning and tacos and tortas until close. (Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 8 am – 8:30 pm; Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm)



You might not expect to find Filipino fare in small-town Texas, but Brownwood is full of surprises. Fiesta Filipino is one part tea room – offering delicious bubble teas and smoothies – and one part specialty grocer – offering freshly prepared fare like jalapeno lumpias (crispy eggrolls filled with pork and jalapeno). (Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, noon – 7 pm)



Runaway Adventure


The whole family will love an adventurous outing to Brownwood’s uniquely famous Runaway Train Cafe! Housed in a train car, the cafe serves up whimsy and nostalgia alongside old-fashioned eats. The retrofitted car takes diners back to the glory days of the railroad with lively booths and an ice cream counter dishing up Blue Bell milkshakes sure to delight. (Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm)




Hidden Hill Country Gem


Italian-inspired eatery The Turtle has won steady acclaim since opening in Brownwood. With class and culinary prowess fit for a world-class date-night, the Turtle impresses with its impeccable, award-winning wine list and stellar scratch menu. In fact, the menu consistently earns The Turtle praise for being one of Central Texas’s best-hidden gems. (Good news: you can visit for lunch, dinner or brunch.) If you are looking for something a little more low-key (but no less delicious), visit the Turtle Enoteca for apps and pizzas or the Gelateria (also award-winning) for a sweet indulgence.  (Turtle Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 2 pm / Enoteca Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 5 pm – 9 pm / Gelateria hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm)



Wine Time


Pencil in happy hour at the elegantly relaxed La Sorella when they open in their new downtown location. It’s the town favorite for great wine paired with excellent snacky bits! (Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 5 pm – 10 pm)



Top O’ The Mornin’


Need a pick me up to kick off a day of exploring? Start your morning with delicious breakfast and gourmet coffee at Common Grounds Coffeehouse + Deli. We’re not sure if it’s the homemade tortillas or the fresh salsa, but Common Grounds’ breakfast burritos can’t be beaten. Enjoy breakfast and lunch options ranging from tacos, tortas and paninis with fair trade, organic coffee. On the lighter side, they also offer fresh salads and smoothies. (Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 2:30 pm; Saturday 7:30 am – 1:30 pm) 




Lakeside Escape


The best way to wrap up a Brownwood getaway?  A decadent wood-fired steak dinner at The Hideout resort where you can relax, watch a sunset and enjoy a well-earned cocktail (or two). (Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 1 am – 9 pm; Friday & Saturday, 7 am – 10 pm; Sunday, 7 am – 9 pm)




Whether you find yourself hungry on the road or exploring all Brownwood has to offer – we’ve got a hot meal ready for you! Join us at the table for a meal (or three) in Brownwood, where it tastes like home!