Seven savory meats including pulled pork and jalapeno sausage fill Stretch BBQ Barn's menu of platters and sandwiches, which pair with southern sides such as beans and cole slaw. Diners can load plates with up to four meats or opt for a full rack of ribs with a side of Frito pie. Cobbler topped with ice cream and specialty desserts end meals on a sweet note.
Despite the adage that warns against messing with Texas, Jaime and Alicia Santillan had no problem giving Tex-Mex cuisine the cold shoulder when they opened Los Braceros Mexican Bar & Grill. The couple amassed dishes from their home country into a menu that has since won praise from Amarillo Magazine for its unflagging devotion to authentic Mexican food.
When he’s not strolling around the dining room, making sure customers are enjoying their food and wearing matching socks, Jaime supervises his kitchen staff as they prep plenty of tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and seafood entrees. The restaurant's grill often sizzles with the signature parrillada platter: your choice of three meats, from lamb chops to chicken, served with sides of rice, beans, and guacamole. It also roasts more obscure south-of-the-border meals, such as codorniz, a 2- to 6-ounce marinated quail, and Mexican-style ribs.
The restaurant, which is housed in a restored Route 66 building, stocks an impressive supply of tequila to augment its spicy eats. Patrons can sip on fiery samples or order beer from the full bar, which provides seating for live musical shows on Fridays and Saturdays.
Woodshed BBQ slow-cooks appetites and smokes taste buds with a full menu of barbecue fare. Mouths can warm up for the main event with the hot or mild chicken wings ($4.50) or riblets ($5.95). The eatery serves up deep-fried dill pickles and deep-fried okra, both harvested from local produce ($3.95 each). Patrons can stalk across the restaurant’s carpeted floor just as their ancestors roamed the plains, hunting and devouring wild “sammiches” such as turkey and swiss ($5.75) and chopped or sliced brisket ($5.49), or cozy up to tables amid the rustic brick walls and old-fashioned pendant lamps to dig into sides such as baked beans ($1.19), coleslaw ($1.19), or french fries ($1.89). Tableside rolls of paper towels help guests to clean up after devouring platters of barbecue beef or pork ribs ($6+), barbecue chicken ($8.79) or sirloin steak ($9.99), and prevent rogue saucy fingers from smudging the eatery's cheerful red curtains.