Countdown: 5 Best Restaurants in Odessa!

Today we’re starting a new series – Oil Patch Pro’s “Best of!” Here we showcase the best an area has to offer, so when you’re out and about in the oilfield you can try them yourself! This week, we’re starting with “Best 5 restaurants in Odessa, Texas” and counting down from #5 to #1. Be sure and leave us comments on Facebook to tell us where YOUR favorite places are in our next city, MIDLAND, Texas! Here we go…

5. Jorge’s Mexican Food – This seems to be the go-to spot for a good burrito or some enchiladas…and people in Odessa know their Tex-Mex! Portions are big and the recipes are authentic. Here you can get all the staples – enchiladas, tacos, burritos, chile rellenos, and queso – at a great price!

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4. Zucchis Ristorante – Everything about this Italian joint is worth mentioning – but we’ll hit the highlights. Great pizza, great pasta, great steaks – you’ve gotta try the spaghetti bolognese. Larry the owner tries to greet each table and make sure they feel welcome, which is a really nice personal touch. The blackened chicken and tortellini is a local favorite – and their house salad dressing is to-die-for!

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3. The Barn Door Steakhouse – This is the place to come if you’ve got that insatiable craving for meat! Their steaks are the best around, and the prime rib is famous throughout the Permian. Located across from Odessa College, the best part of dinner at The Barn Door is the complimentary house-made bread and 5-lb block of cheddar that is delivered to each table! That’s right – 5 pounds of cheddar cheese! That should hold you over while they prepare your steak and sides to perfection. Rumor even has it that there’s a chair set up for the resident ghost the “train depot” section of the restaurant…Insider info: Save room for the millionaire pie.


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2. Dumplins y Amigos – Quick quiz: at which restaurant in the Permian basin you get steak, shrimp, nachos, stew, salad, enchiladas, and chile rellenos, and a cheeseburger all at the same meal? Dumplins y Amigos, of course – but people really come here for the breakfast! This mom and pop diner has been a part of Odessa for as long as anyone can remember, and the service is great – takes you back to a simpler time! The portions are a great size, and we heard from an insider that you’ve gotta try the Chile Verde Breakfast Plate.

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1. Whitehouse Meat Market – This place may not be in Washington, but it’ll leave you feeling pretty Presidential! Originally opened in 1956, the spot boasts a full-service meat counter and butcher, but the famous cheeseburgers really put this place on the map – many say it’s the “best in town”! The menu is fairly simple, and the portions are large…you can even add flame-roasted hatch green chiles to your burger – a great touch! Pro tip: If you’re planning a cookout, let these guys do the hard work for you – they’ll put together meal packs for you to take and cook yourself!

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All in all, Odessa has some pretty great choices when it comes to satisfying your appetite. While you’re enjoying a meal at one of these great places, be sure to download Oil Patch Pro and use it to make sure you find the way back to your well site as easily and quickly as possible. We take the guesswork out of directions and put the oilfield in the palm of your hand. Download it today on iPhone or Android.

Be sure and leave us some comments on Facebook and let us know what your favorite restaurants are in our next spot, Midland!