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What’s the most iconic restaurant in Texas?

What restaurant is most emblematic of Texas. It’s a tough call.
What restaurant is most emblematic of Texas. It’s a tough call. Star-Telegram

If you had to sum up the food of Texas with just one restaurant, which one would you pick?

Lifestyle website PureWow recently tackled not just Texas, but the entire United States, singling out “The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every Single U.S. State.”

They certainly aren’t the only ones to do this, but we couldn’t resist weighing in on their choice.

For Texas, the editors at PureWow picked The Salt Lick, the venerable barbecue outpost not far from Austin and with several locations around the state. (For comparison’s sake, a few other PureWow selections from around the country: In-N-Out Burger for California, Katz’s Delicatessen for New York and Superdawg for Illinois.)

Salt Lick is certainly not the worst choice for Texas, but maybe not the best, either.

What about Austin’s Franklin Barbecue -- that’s where President Obama stopped when he visited in 2014. Or Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart, established in 1932. Or even Dallas’ Pecan Lodge? (Speaking of which, might we suggest tackling our suggested barbecue road trip?)

Or what about the still fertile Tex-Mex scene (maybe Mia’s in Dallas or Ninfa’s in Houston)?

Granted, the phrase “most iconic” reduces the number of restaurants in the conversation, and doesn’t necessarily mean “best” restaurant in Texas. But it’s hard to argue with barbecue, one of the chief culinary exports from Texas.

Now, on to the important question: Which iconic restaurant would you have chosen to represent Texas?

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