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Travelocity’s Local Secrets, Big Finds® – Reno Red’s in Roanoke, TX

In Texas, not far from Travelocity’s headquarters, a fantastic foodie scene is blossoming in the Wild West town of Roanoke, once a popular pit stop for cowboys and cattle drivers.  While a modern-day visit to Roanoke will satiate you every culinary desire from Tex Mex, to hearth-baked pizzas to family-style fried chicken, when it’s old-fashioned frontier food that Travelocity locals are after, they head to Reno Red’s.

Stepping into Reno Red’s is like stepping back in time to a late 1800′s wagon on the prairie.  Drinks are served out of mason jars, cast iron pans decorate the walls, and memorabilia worthy of an appearance on Antiques Roadshow peppers the dining room with rustic authenticity.

Here, recipes are prepared in homage to the great Chuckwagon cooks from the Old Frontier in a tradition that hasn’t changed much in 200 years.  The Texas Two-Step shouldn’t be missed, and includes a double dose of mesquite grilling with your choice of chicken, steak or melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket.  Locally famous in Roanoke are Reno Red’s Baby Back Ribs, loved for their slow-roasted, fall-off-the-bone goodness.  Pair them with a side of Banderos — cheesy stuffed jalapenos thrown on the grill — and you’ll be ready to hit the Chisholm trail.

For its quality eats, charming service and a taste of times past, we tip our hat to Reno Red’s in Roanoke, Texas — this week’s Local Secret, Big Find®.

[Photo via Yelp]

Our travel experts know that to find the most authentic restaurants, culture and entertainment, you best ask the locals.  Often overlooked by tourists, local haunts are the best way to experience a city’s true essence.  What’s your “Local Secret Big Find?”  Tell us in the comments below and it might be featured on our blog!


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Plumbers Mississauga

I read the whole article..I think there is something can impove it very much than this one…Well Done for this great effort.

Charles Ceccarelli

There seems to be a great food with friendly customer service. I would like to relish the great starters ,specials like Banderos grilled jalapeno’s stuffed with cheese, wrapped in chicken and bacon. Hope their frontier cooking is sure to make my mouth water.

mate benefits

Good service,good food,beautiful ambiance is always an interesting way to get your business going. Another thing would be, I come here once in awhile for who haven’t heard of Reno’s, I am a Texan so I know. :)

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I have been to Reno’s only once when I got to visit my family. Since I am in the metropolis I come home to Texas only once in awhile. All I can say is that the food is superb and the service is great.


I think the food and service is awesome, I haven’t heard about Reno’s before. As ambiance is the key for their success, I have to check this place, I’m curious to visit this place, If opportunity comes, definitely I will try out here, thanks for this mouth watering blog.

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