Abilene Restaurants Specialize in Barbecue and Brews

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 05:48


A town like Abilene specializes in down home Texas cuisine. With restaurants famous for brisket, steaks and everything in between, Abilene doesn't disappoint.

Betty Rose's Little Brisket is all about barbecue, and specializes in – you guessed it – brisket. The original barbecue joint is housed in an old gas station, and its popularity led to the opening of two additional Betty Rose's around Abilene. Its food made the cut in Texas Monthly's Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas, and left the reviewer raving about Betty Rose's expertly smoked brisket. But be sure to leave room for dessert – Betty's banana pudding is second only to her barbecue.

Copper Creek is the new kid on the block in Abilene's restaurant scene, but its quickly earned its place as one of the city's top dining spots. The restaurant opened in 2005, and wasted no time earning rave reviews from local diners and critics alike. Known for its “unique twist on traditional Texas favorites,” Copper Creek specializes in beef and seafood. Their signature dishes include a ribeye and their jumbo lump crab cakes. Also on the expansive menu are lobster, multiple steaks, fresh seafood and chicken dishes.

Downtown Abilene holds a few surprises as well. The Cypress Street Station is the city's only brew pub, and has collected 14 Reader's Choice awards as well as earned features in the New York Times, Southern Living and CNN. Clearly, this Station is a big deal on the Abilene streets. And with classic pub food such as cheese sticks, potato skins and patty melts mixed with upscale offerings like tuscan chicken and roasted salmon, it's not hard to see why. As an added bonus, guests are welcome to bring in a mug of any size and fill it with one of Abilene Brewing Co.'s brews for just $2.