Food & Drink

Tasty Temple

If you believe variety is the spice of life, then Temple, Texas, is your town. Restaurants in Temple don’t hold back when it comes to cooking. Cure your hunger with hush puppies and world-famous Texas barbecue, or expand your palette with cuisine from India, Czechoslovakia, Japan and other worldly roots. Drinks to fine dining, Temple’s restaurant scene is boiling over with originality and flavor.

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For farm to table, start at Megg’s Café, the fresh eatery with a blackboard posting the origin of its meats, dairy and produce that taste doubly good knowing they come from local farmers and ranchers. The restaurant is also rated number one by visitors on Tripadvisor.

Craving meat? Of course Temple has you covered with places like Oscar Store. Ribeye on top of sirloin on top of burgers on top of fried chicken, and the list goes on. For cooking at home, you can’t miss the fresh meats at Green’s Sausage House, which offers 31 types of sausage, six types of bacon and enough options for any carnivore.

You better believe we didn’t forget barbecue. Miller’s Smokehouse in Belton is family owned and its pit cooking is irresistible (not mention the coconut cream pie). Get beats with your beef at Schoepf’s BBQ where your taste buds tingling while you catch a live music act on many nights.

When you’ve had enough barbecue, visit Mee Mee’s for authentic Thai food, Pignetti’s for Tuscan temptations, and Shipley’s Donuts for a great start to the morning. For Mexican, Malaysian and more choices, peruse the listings on Discover Temple.

Craft beer to karaoke, Temple’s bars, breweries and pubs serve up lip-smacking libations. If you’re looking for entertainment with your drink, visit the Green Door on Second. At the Green Door, locals find something going on every night, including live music, trivia and, yes, karaoke.

Grab a pint with your pet (it’s kid-friendly, too) at Chupacabra Craft Beer & Salado Lone Star Winery. Choose from 60-plus Texas craft beers and more than 250 wines from around the world. Chupacabra hosts daily wine and beer tastings, in addition to live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Feeling nostalgic? For a flat entry fee, patrons at Bit Bar have access to classic video games from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Tailored to the 21-and-over crowd, check Bit Bar’s social media feeds for special hours for younger gamers.

Locals voted Cheeves Brothers Steak House the best place in Temple for cocktails. The upscale eatery has garnered the Wine Spectator award for eight years in a row thanks to a huge selection of wines from around the world.

Thirsty for more? Visit Discover Temple for additional places.

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