Perhaps the most venerable of Wichita Falls's  restaurants is Casa Manana (609 8th St., 940/723-5661 closed Sun., $6–13), a 60-plus-year-old downtown institution. The most popular item on the menu is the red soft taco, featuring a rich chile sauce that enhances the seasoned beef or chicken. Note: As of early 2011, the restaurant was still under renovation following a fire but was expected to reopen by the summer.
Another popular Mexican restaurant is El Gordo’s,(513 Scott Ave., 940/322-6251, closed Sun., $7–14), located adjacent to McBride Land and Cattle Co. It’s known primarily for its delectable chiles rellenos and cheese enchiladas.
The McBride family is associated with good cookin’ in Wichita Falls , especially when it comes to preparing quality meats. One of the best places to get a steak in town is Fat McBride’s Steakhouse (4537 Maplewood Ave., 940/696-0250, open daily, $15–29). The saddle blanket sirloin (14 or 16 ounces) is a good choice, as are the ribs and brisket. Be sure to stick with the meat dishes since the Mexican plates don’t quite make the grade.
The other respected family eatery is McBride Land and Cattle Co. (501 Scott St., 940/322-2516, open daily, $13–27), where the food and atmosphere are truly Texan. Enjoy a hearty steak with all the fixins along with the mounted animal heads and enormous fireplace.
For traditional Texas barbecue, locals line up downtown at the small yet satisfying Branding Iron (104 E. Scott Ave., 940/723-0338, closed Sun., $8–16), where you can get a tasty lunch—the smoked turkey and spicy sausage are favorites—for under 10 bucks.