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When It Comes To Food And Drink, Texas Is No. 2

Agave brined pork chops with caramel vinegar from Live Oak Barbecue in Austin. In other words, perfection.

If the states were ranked by food and drink, Texas would be in second place. And it is, at least according to Thrillist.

The list was compiled based on four key factors: what each state produced; iconic food items they were known for; beer, wine, and spirit production; and the local food and drink scene.

As expected, the Lone Star state was praised for its barbecue, although Thrillist was not impressed with North Texas’ take on our most revered delicacy. Tex-Mex, Texas chili, ballpark nachos, and beer production also contributed to the high ranking.

First place went to California, which boasts an ‘innovative’ food truck culture, fish tacos, and an impressive craft beer, wine and restaurant scene. We suppose producing half of the nation’s fruit, vegetables, and nuts would put California high on the list as well. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.