When it comes to food, Brownwood has something for everybody. There are over 60 restaurants, food
trucks, mom and pop shops, and national chains. Whether you are looking for a casual family meal, Texas BBQ, or fine dining, you can find it all in Brownwood. We also have a growing beer and wine community, with tasting rooms, a brewery, and local beer and winemakers. Bite into a fresh jalapeno bacon cheeseburger served in a restored train car, sample award-winning Texas-made wines and beers from local brewers and winemakers, and experience legendary barbecue 90 years in the making!

Runaway Train Cafe

Runaway Train Café is the most popular and unique café to eat in Brownwood. As soon as you walk in, you feel what it was like to dine in an authentic dining train car with all of its originality. You are always greeted by our friendly staff to take a seat in one of their booths or on a stool at the old-fashioned ice cream counter. Customer favorites include the bacon cheeseburger with jalapeño bacon and the R&R Club on a jalapeno bun. All our burgers are served with either delicious French fries or tots. We also serve amazing sandwiches and homemade soup. Tasty appetizers and crisp salads are also available. After your mouth watering meal, don’t forget to try a single or double scoop of Blue Bell ice cream!

Underwoods Cafeteria

An image of a cowboy in a white apron ringing a dinner bell towers high above Commerce Street in Brownwood. His name is Elmo, and he has beckoned diners into Underwood’s Cafeteria for decades, though the restaurant’s 1946 founding predates him by several years. Consistent quality from a 3rd Generation Underwood owned business. Celebrating 75 years in the BBQ business, but we still try to earn your patronage every day. Fantastic fresh, tender BBQ, Mama Underwood’s Fried Chicken that’s been ranked Top 5 in Texas. Homemade Hot Rolls and Cobbler that’s to die for! It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind experience right here in little ol’ Brownwood USA!

Steves’ Market & Deli

Steves’ opened it’s doors in 1996 with the idea that good food in a fun, eclectic (or electric, depending on your spell checker) environment would be a welcome change from the normal, everyday fast-food experience. Unique, quaint eatery nestled on a side street in Downtown Brownwood that never disappoints! Serves lunch.

Common Grounds Coffeehouse

Locally owned coffeehouse in Brownwood, Texas. Fair trade coffee. Fresh made burritos with homemade tortillas made daily. You can get your daily caffeine fix, come back for lunch and get a great sandwich, then bring the kids back for dessert with some hand rolled ice cream!

The Turtle

A local gem and Texas foodie destination since 2004, The Turtle Restaurant, owned by multi-faceted Mary Stanley and architect David Stanley. The first year (2010) the bar was opened, our wine list received an award of distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In 2022, we won their global award for Best Value Wine List (in the world!!!) Honestly, that’s our goal to curate delicious under valued wines for your drinking pleasure. The Turtle Restaurant is dedicated to a delicious menu bringing you flavors of the world and fresh ingredients. Our Gelateria is an international award-winning Italian ice cream, featuring 10 fresh flavors in our case each week, plus homemade cones, chocolates, desserts, and coffees!

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