Stillhouse Wine Room in Killeen offers its patrons a respite from noisy sports bars that dot the landscape of the city. There is no blaring music, just the soft sounds of jazz, or crooners, like Frank Sinatra, singing in the background, and there is no TV showing the latest news or sporting event.

Vickie Silva is a foodie. As owner of Ma’s Place Restaurant in Harker Heights, her eatery is more like walking into mom’s kitchen and keeping her company while she cooks. Ma’s Place seats around 30 people, with some limited seating outdoors. She serves breakfast and lunch, and her community …

Nestled among the trees along the banks of Salado Creek is what some describe as a Central Texas hidden gem, Alexander’s Distillery. The upscale-casual restaurant and cocktail lounge is as rich in ambiance as it is in history. Alexander’s is located on the site of an old 19th century distillery, once owned by William R. Alexander. A flood washed the building away many years ago.

I remember hearing somewhere that you can dine around the world without ever leaving Killeen, and I am beginning to understand that statement. Every month, Tex Appeal looks for a unique, family-owned and operated restaurant that can take you away from the norm of everyday food and introduce you to an international world of cuisine. Such was our discovery at Glendora’s Guyanese Caribbean & American Cuisine in Killeen.

So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market in Harker Heights offers its customers a healthy choice for dining out. Owned and operated by Luvina and Jameel Sabree, it is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves locally raised grass-fed organic beef and locally sourced organic vegetabl…

Yummy Rummy’s in Belton is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers a variety of yogurts, candy, home baked goodies and meals, including summer salads, cowboy bowls and baked potatoes, to name a few.

Thomas Leija, chef at the Dead Fish Grill created whiskey Creole salmon, one of the restaurants signature plates. Paired with a "cham-rita," a margarita infused with champagne, and the lake view all lend to an intoxicating experience.

For a touch of Italy, Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Copperas Cove offers a variety of Italian cuisine ranging from a variety of pasta dishes, steaks, appetizers, and pizza created in the kitchen of Chef Ismael Frias. Their thin-crust pizzas are baked in an authentic stone o…

When it comes to food, there’s nothing more Texas than steaks, barbecue and chicken fried steak. Throw in some live country music and you have a complete Texas culinary experience.

Enjoy Father’s Day at Megg’s Café and Hamilton Bread Company, family-owned and operated by the McCaffrey family. Local ingredients, including their meat and produce, are used whenever possible.