The small West Texas town called Marfa may be known for its contemporary art scene, but any local will you the soul of Marfa is in the food. Surrounded by the Davis Mountains, Marfa is an ideal background for any meal. The wide array of restaurants, food trailers, and cafés is as good of an excuse as any to make the long trek out West. Here are some of Marfa’s best eateries:
Cochineal: This laid-back upscale restaurant has a wear-what-you-want vibe while still serving some of the best food in town. Located on San Antonio Street, restaurant goers can choose to sit inside the small dining room or outside in the courtyard. The chefs aim to prepare home cooked cuisine from around the world, changing the menu often and offering a range of gourmet food. Be sure to check out the cocktail and wine menus, which pay tribute to old-fashioned Southern drinks.
Frama: Connected to Tumbleweed Laundry on Austin Street, this hole-in-the-wall café serves delicious coffee drinks and ice cream—bluebell only, of course. Its namesake is the town itself, and it has been known as a place to spot up-and-coming writers typing their next novel while they sip on coffee.
Maiya’s: A wonderful place for a nice date or dinner with the family, Maiya’s does not disappoint. Started by Maiya Keck in 2002, this restaurant is known for serving up finger-licking entrees such as Roasted Salmon and Vodka Pasta. They also have an excellent selection beer, wine, and spirits to accompany your meal. You can find Maiya’s on Highland Street in the center of town. Reservations recommended.
Food Shark: The food trailer scene is no stranger to Marfa, and any local will tell you the best place to get a quick bite is the Food Shark trailer. Owner’s Adam Bork and Krista Steinhauer started this Mediterranean-style food trailer featuring foods such as hummus, gyros, kebobs, and falafels. They have recently expanded their trailer into a full restaurant named “Future Shark,” and now run a late night grilled cheese spot on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their website for updated hours and menus.
Pizza Foundation: This restaurant pays homage to the idea of a casual slice. Located in the center of town, Pizza Foundation is the perfect lunch spot for anyone. Their famous “White Pizza” has no tomato sauce, but if you can’t live without a marinara fix, they have plenty of options to choose from. Try their special limeades for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day, and be sure to go next door and check out the Marfa Contemporary Museum.
Lost Horse Saloon: This local hotspot combines a great pool bar—with all Texas beer on draft—with an outdoor patio for live music on summer nights. The place fills up around 10p.m. on weekends and is a great spot for dancing, drinking, and singing the night away. You can find both locals and tourists in this bar, so be sure to say hi and make a friend or two while you’re there.