Center Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Center

April 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Center is a city in Shelby County, Texas. The population was 5,193 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the county seat of Shelby County. It was named for its location near the center of Shelby County, not its location in Texas; it is near the Louisiana border.
Restaurants in Center

1. Darrell's Bar-B-Que

520 Hurst St, Center, TX 75935-3412 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Barbecue Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 936-590-9266
Excellent
73%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Darrell's Bar-B-Que

Reviewed By GermanyTwinsFan - Platte City, Missouri

Darrell's Bar-B-Que in Center, Texas, is an excellent choice for really good BBQ. While traveling to Texas on business I make sure I eat at Darrell's at least once, but usually find myself there several times during the week. All the smoked meats are great! You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

2. Dairy Queen

401 Tenaha St, Center, TX 75935-3431 +1 936-598-5207
Excellent
22%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
22%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Crystal T - New York City, New York

Very disappointed in this place. First my blizzard was delivered to me so melted then didn't even do the upside down delivery. It would have dumped out. My order took 24 mins!!! And all i had was french fries and a blizzard. Need i say more.

3. Pineywoods Seafood

1003 Hurst St, Center, TX 75935-3013 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 936-598-6661
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Pineywoods Seafood

Reviewed By Duddy66 - Tulsa

We stopped and had 6 kids 7 adults. We ordered a wide variety, seafood, steaks, gumbo, chicken fried steaks. The kids ordered a variety as well. Everyone got just how they ordered with zero issues. It was absolutely great food and great service.

4. Munchiez Food Truck

6th Street, Austin, TX
Excellent
0%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
100%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

2 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By DancersDaddy - McKinney, Texas

I tried them a second time to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I should have stayed away. The wait for food was way too long. People were complaining that it took 30 minutes to get served after ordering. My experience wasn't that bad, but far too long for the number of people there.

I have the wings today. They were over cooked like the chicken strips I previously had.

It's not worth me trying them again. If they are my only option, I will find a vending machine. :(

5. Whataburger

811 Hurst St, Center, TX 75935-3417 Takeout, Seating Fast Food Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +1 936-590-9898
Excellent
46%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Reviewed By deepsixman - San Augustine, Texas

It's a great stop on 96. Clean, friendly, Whataburger. The staff at these restaurants is always a cut above the other fast food places. We have a Dairy Queen in San Augustine, and I routinely drive the 20 miles to Center for Whataburger. The burgers themselves are not better in all respects, but where you eat will be clean. The staff will be friendly, and you probably won't get incorrectly charged or have a botched order. Also they have the free wifi.

6. Sombrero's Mexican Grill and Cantina

1123 Hurst St, Center, TX 75935-3015 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 936-590-9687
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By Crystal T - New York City, New York

This place is yummy and super cheap. Big plate of food and real authentic tex mex food and salsa. Homemade chips and tortillas. I mean yummy. Definitely worth a stop or two while ur in town.

7. TR's Steaks & More

892 Hurst St, Center, TX 75935-3417 Buffet, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Lunch, Dinner +1 936-598-4115
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Buffet with home style cooking. Over 13 entrees, 14 hot vegetable, and 40 item salad bar. we also have order menu.

Reviewed By Wanda C - Nacogdoches, Texas

Went with friends the night before an ordination service. My goodness, what a lot of choices. I don't ever frequent buffet restaurants, so only came with my group. The food was hot and delicious, and the place was clean. Clearly, a very popular place on Friday night, as options are few in tiny Center, Texas.

8. Walker's On The Square

130 Nacogdoches St, Center, TX 75935-3852 (Formerly Whalen's Fine Dining) Reservations, Waitstaff Steakhouse, Seafood Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 936-598-3463
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Walker's On The Square is recognized as a premier restaurant located on the historic downtown square in Center, Texas. We are known for affordable elegance, exquisite food, and impeccable service. The menu reflects a great mix of customer favorites and world-class dishes that you won't find anywhere else in this area. Delight in our tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection, along with lobster, calamari, lamb, duck, and world-class desserts all prepared with the finest ingredients. Select one of our many wines by the glass or bottle.Our executive chef and team of culinary experts are excited to bring you mouthwatering signature dishes. At Walker's we pride ourselves on not only great food but also great service and it is our goal to see to every detail to be sure your dining experience is most pleasurable.Stop in the next time you're in the neighborhood and enjoy an old favorite. Or, discover a new one. Either way, we'll treat you to a dining experience that's unparalleled.

Reviewed By sbush1551

We are so lucky to have a fine dining restaurant in Center, TX. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff is courteous and friendly. The chef puts alot of time into presentation.
Everything we have tried on the menu has been delicious. The menu is varied, chicken, fish, duck, veal,quail, lamb.

I encourage the people in this area to check it out. You will be glad you did.

9. The Pizzeria

225 San Augustine St, Center, TX 75935-3953 Italian, Pizza +1 936-598-7117
Excellent
12%
Good
76%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Crystal T - New York City, New York

This little whole in the wall is located just right off the square in town. The pizza is great. Homemade crust. Yummy

10. Margarita's

110 Nacogdoches St, On the Square, Center, TX 75935-3852 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 936-590-4363
Excellent
12%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
18%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By Stormy F

The offer of free margaritas lured us in, but the quality of food was lacking. It seemed thrown together with poor presentation and bland tastes. I would possibly give it one more chance to all redemption if I travel through again.

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