Perini Ranch and Steakhouse is the Only Texas Burger Mecca to Make Food & Wine's Top 25

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Last week, Food & Wine magazine listed what it considers the 25 best burgers in the nation. The nation, okay? So, I'm thinking cattle-speckled Texas has got to be on their fancy list, based on the odds of landmass alone.

Plus, there are some pretty solid chefs in the southwest who know their way around beef. Say, for example, Tim Byers, who was just crowned "The People's Best New Chef" by Food & Wine. Or perhaps Tesar and his (ex) burger at The Commissary, or Nick Badovinus at either NHS Tavern or his new spot Off-Site Kitchen. Maple & Motor, Twisted Root, heck since In-N-Out made their list, I'll throw Whataburger out there too. (Our Dallas favorites are here.)

Well, there was one lone Texas burger on the list. And probably no where near where you thought it might be. Because unless you were thinking of Buffalo Gap, Texas, you were wrong.

Perini Ranch and Steakhouse is by no means a no-name in the state's culinary scene. Each April some of the nations best chefs hit the cow-trail toward this tiny town that sits just about smack dab in the middle of the state for a wine and food festival. Stephan Pyles cooks and last year Jacques Pépin was the special guest for the event that sold out in two hours.

Owner and chef Tom Perini opened this steakhouse that serves "Southern style comfort food" in 1983, but the ranch has been in his family since 1952. The restaurant is in a converted barn with relics from the railroad and an old blacksmith shop that was on the property.

Buffalo Gap is a three and a half hour drive west of Dallas, and they even have a Sunday brunch. Reservations are highly encouraged for the spot Food & Wine deems as the only Texas burger fit for its top 25.

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Kristin
Kristin

Go eat off the Easy Slider Truck for the offspring of Perini Ranch's burger...the burger skills run in the family...

Ed D.
Ed D.

That list is a mish-mash of good choices, Google bait, and foodie nonsense designed to drive site traffic and conversation about the magazine, not the burgers.I think the In-N-Out cheeseburger is tasty but it's not even the best chain cheeseburger in Dallas, never mind one of the top burgers in the country. And a place that serves a dozen burgers for a few minutes every night at 10pm? That's schtick and marketing, not quality.

HornKirsten14
HornKirsten14

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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Tis a damn fine hamburger steak and a really cool building, nice drive through the wind farm if you head out I-20.  But for my dinero I'd head down between Fredericksburg and Luckenbach to the Alamo Springs cafe and order the Coverburger...get there about 5 pm or so and eat, then mosey 150 yards to the West and see the bats fly. 

Adj527
Adj527

I agree!! Alamo Springs coverburger is one of the best burger in the state. I recently ate at Dyers in Memphis which was #8 burger by some big magazine. Wendy's hamburgers were better than Dyers. I have a hard time believing these national magazines.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Sounds like  a nice trip for the harley........thanks for the heads up !

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