Good old Tex-Italian food can be found at Orlando's. What is Tex-Italian? Try the Green Chile Chicken Linguine available at both Lubbock locations. Started by a New York Italian, the restaurant brings flavors of Italy to Texas. Its delivery appeals to nearby Texas Tech students, as does the alcohol menu serving up numerous flavors to wet your whistle. Pasta and pizza are available and delicious as well as choices such as Eggplant Parmesan and all-American burgers.
A cute place with charm, Gardski's Loft serves up a wide variety of food, much of it with a southern flair. Menu items include Country-Style Grilled Pork Chop, Spinach and Artichoke Chicken, Grilled Tilapia, and Taos Turkey Wrap. The wide selection of beverages makes it a great choice for a happy hour which is held at Gardski's Loft Monday through Friday from 4p-7p with a different drink of the day each night.
A real Texan meal can be had at the Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. Started by two college friends and one of their moms, the Triple J is named for its founders, all of whose first names' begin with the letter “J.” And the homey feel shows in the restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and dishes named for friends, such as a side of Miz Jen's Garlic Button Mushrooms. Along with a wide selection of beef comes poultry, seafood, and vegetarian options. Try the Honey Pecan Salmon Salad or a Dainty Emma Marie, a 7 oz piece of filet mignon. And don't forget (if you are over 21!) to try some of the beer. From pale, to stout, to wheat, this pub serves up a mean brew. The Triple J also provides catering services and kegs.
Truly a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life, La Diosa Cellars is the dream of Sylvana, the owner. Inspired by her father's love of Spanish cuisine, her own appreciation for art, and her father-in-law's appreciation for Texan wine. La Diosa Cellars is the only winery in the city limits of Lubbock and produces about 2000 cases a year. La Diosa also sells other Texan wines and is a great place to sample the flavors of the region. During lunch, delicious paninis such as Tropicano Julian made with walnut-crusted chicken, pineapple, Swiss cheese and spinach, are available. A variety of tapas, salads, soups, and pizzas are on the menu for most of the day. The space is decorated with art and functions as a gallery by showcasing single artists.
With one of, if not THE biggest beer selection in town, Crickets Grill & Draft House is the place to go if you want a cold one. The restaurant/bar serves up brews from all over the world, as well as ones from selected Texas microbreweries. Even if you prefer your mixed drinks, Crickets can help you out there. Try the Alien Secretion, the name of which most likely came from the Lubbock Lights debate, a mixture of coco rum, melon, and pineapple juice. The food is mostly hamburgers and sandwiches, pizza and pasta, along with a variety of meat and seafood dishes. Crickets often hosts live music nights, and if you really want to live it up, there are a selection of cigars available.
Although the story of how Chimy's Ceveceria came about might not make much sense, the taste of their food and the cold ones sure do. The menu has all the Mexican favorites, from Queso and Tortilla Soup to a Green Chile Cheeseburger and Chimy Cheesecake. Chimy's has a happy hour every weekday from 4p-7p with $1.50 Drafts and $.99 Beef Tacos. Drink up and enjoy!
Located right next to Texas Tech University, Spanky's is a favorite with the college students when they need some good and greasy grub. Sandwiches and burgers make up the bulk of the menu, and salad are available for those who wish to spare their arteries. The "He-Man Woman Hater" is their signature dish, a double-meat bacon cheeseburger and 3/4 of a pound of fries. Yummy.
Started by numerous young people with degrees and experience in the food business, Home Cafe provides a welcoming atmosphere as well as some good fare to boot. A little more upscale in flavors than the average cafe, the brunch menu may contain such delicacies as peaches and cream pancakes, house baked granola, quiche, and beer-battered cod. A great place to get a coffee fix, pick up one of their fresh pastries as well. Wireless internet is available for all customers, so hang out and make yourself at home.
Voted in 2007 as the "Best Place to Have a Beer" in Lubbock, the Caprock Cafe is located conveniently close to the United Spirit Arena. Caprock Cafe is a great place to see live music, but make sure to check the schedule. Happy hour is from 3p-7p daily and peanuts, spicy and salted, are served to work up a thirst! Mixed drinks, as well as a wide selection of beers are available. If you are looking for something to curb your appetite, the Caprock Cafe is also a great place to get something to eat. Burgers, wraps, and Tex-Mex dishes are all offered on the menu, and for the health conscious, salads and low carb options are served as well.
This busy and unassuming Thai restaurant is one of the best Thai places in town. The Pad Thai is especially good, but so are most of their dishes. The restaurant is busy, especially during peak lunch and dinner hours, so don't expect a quiet atmosphere. But it is busy because the food is good, and that is the most important part. The service is friendly and courteous, and makes for a great dining experience.
With a happy hour at 4p-7p every day, and an establishment that opened in 1977, the Copper Caboose is a Lubbock institution. Besides the good food, the Copper Caboose has twelve pool tables and ten video games, and tokens are available for kids with good report cards. There is another location at 5027 50th Street.