Texas Pride: Two Restaurants Vie for National Acclaim as ‘Most Outstanding’ Eateries

NEXSTAR – Culinary enthusiasts, brace yourselves! The moment you’ve been eagerly awaiting has arrived. The James Beard Foundation has unveiled the finalists for the coveted title of this year’s most exceptional dining establishment in the nation. And guess what? Texas proudly flaunts its culinary prowess with two remarkable nominees.

The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards, now in its 33rd glorious year, stand as the pinnacle of recognition in the gastronomic realm, celebrating unparalleled talent and excellence within the culinary arts.

In the Lone Star State’s corner, we have Convenience West in Marfa and Mixtli in San Antonio, both vying for the distinguished title of the most “outstanding” restaurant.

Convenience West, a barbecue haven that first fired up its grills in 2017, tantalizes taste buds exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or until the meaty delights are sold out). But fear not, barbecue aficionados! They’ve got your back with nationwide shipping, ensuring that their lip-smacking merch, sauces, and even whole briskets make it right to your doorstep.

Meanwhile, Mixtli, the culinary marvel of San Antonio since 2013, takes diners on an epicurean odyssey with its ever-evolving menu that shifts every 45 days. Aptly likened to a cloud, their menu drifts from place to place, showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Mexican gastronomy. While securing a spot at this gastronomic gem may require a ticket priced at $165 per person, walk-ins are welcome to savor a more condensed version of the menu in the bar area.

Joining these Texas titans in the battle for culinary supremacy are The Compound in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Langbaan in Portland, Oregon; and Vestige in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

The stage is set, the culinary titans have been named, and the anticipation mounts as we await the crowning of the victor. Mark your calendars for the grand reveal at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on Monday, June 10, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Let the countdown to culinary greatness begin!