Celina, Texas Restaurants -My Top 4 List
Updated: Sep 25, 2022
Celina, Texas restaurants are very popular for several reasons: first, there is a large lunch crowd that is related to the fast growth of Celina, TX. and second, due to the large numbers of Celina, TX. families that love to eat out for dinner. The good news is that there are so many places to eat in Celina now. But which ones should you grace with your presence and your appetite? Let us help you with that.
As a Celina, Texas Realtor who also happens to LIVE in Celina (yep, there are some so called Celina, Texas "real estate specialists" that DON'T live in Celina) I am very aware of the different Celina, Texas restaurants and all that they have to offer! Now understand this, my list is in no particular order; it is simply four of my favorite restaurants in Celina, Texas. Period. My hopes are that you will use this "Celina, Texas Restaurants" Top Four List as a sort of guide, if you will. And, I'd love to hear from you too. Have you already eaten at some of my top four? Comment and let me know. Or, do you know about another restaurant that I need to try? Tell me about that in the comments as well!
Now, let's get started.
Celina, Texas Restaurants: Tender Smokehouse
224 W, Pecan, Celina, 469-202-3000
I'm a very traditional guy. I like my meat and potatoes and not much more. Perhaps that is why Tender Smokehouse is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Celina, Texas. Started in 2017 by a group of five restauranteurs, this place is absolutely one of the top barbecue restaurants in DFW. What makes it so great? Well, I could write a book on that, but here's the basic list:
Recipes & techniques that yield some of the best tasting Texas BBQ, brisket and sausage I've ever tasted. And, I've traveled many states in the south testing southern barbecue, all the way from The Salt Lick in Driftwood Texas to the best Nashville, Tennessee has to offer and everything in-between.
There are places that "claim" to have a small town feel and then there "are" the places that have a small town feel. Tender Smokehouse in Celina, Texas has the authentic, small town feel.
Of course the meats served at Tender Smokehouse are excellent. But, the sides? Just get ready for something that will make your face smile and your tastebuds dance. Billed as "from scratch" sides, they alone would be reason enough to go to Tender Smokehouse and eat there.
The mindset of the ownership. They have a 5, Five, Cinco mission that means, five owners, no more than five ingredients in anything they serve and five primary meats. I love it.
There was a time when the small building that Tender Smokehouse calls home was a small diner called the Bobcat Cafe where all the old-timers used to hang out. I love that because the building itself has history. So many mornings I would see all of the old men from Celina gather there, swap stories and drink their coffee. Now, I get to go there with my family and have some of the best meals around. To think that the old Bobcat Cafe building would one day be one of the best barbecue joints in the country (second best in the country according to Yelp) is amazing. Personally, I think Yelp was off by one. But, that's me and I'm slightly biased!
Now, let's talk food. In the past, and at other local-to-the-area barbecue places, the meats are of variable quality. On some days the meat is perfectly good and others, not so much. This phenomena is not one that I have experienced at Tender Smokehouse. In fact, the food is always the same: excellent.