Lubbock or Leave It – Restaurant Openings and Closures of 2016


In Lubbock, there’s plenty of places to eat. From big chains to mom-and-pops, the onslaught of new restaurants has left restaurant owners in the face of fierce competition. As long-standing companies look to find their niche, others are being pushed out. Here’s a few new Lubbock restaurants that we are glad to see open, and a few that we are sad to see leave.

New to the Hub City:

Cantina Laredo -Opened September

 

https://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/cantina-laredo-lubbock/

Cantina Laredo prides themselves on serving modern mexican food made from scratch daily with the freshest ingredients available. One look over their menu will show you that they aren’t scared of flavor! With daily food specials during the week, huge portions for reasonable prices, and margaritas with hand squeezed lime juice, there’s nothing not to love. While it has an upscale menu, you don’t have to worry about getting dressed up to head on in. The staff is attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly, which adds a nice touch to a great meal.

What to get- Stacked enchilada (Friday special), chicken enchiladas, queso blanco, rocks margarita.

Bone Daddy’s -Opened September

https://www.bonedaddys.com/location/lubbock-bbq/

Bone Daddy’s serves killer food with killer smiles. They know their meat and they aren’t afraid to show it. What’s better than that? The fact that the appetizers and sides are just as delicious. If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the game, get a cheap giant beer with friends, or to take the family for lunch, this is your place. Hang out on the heated patio by the fire pit and feel right at home with great service and atmosphere.

What to get- 32 oz Ace Pear (duh), tailpipes appetizer, three meat platter with burnt ends, sliced brisket, and pulled pork, accompanied by mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, banana pudding made fresh daily.

World of Beer -Opened September

It’s pretty obvious what WOB is passionate about, and man is it infectious. It doesn’t hurt that they have an extensive menu that can fit any budget and appetite to go along with the almost obnoxious (in the best way) amount o f beer that they have to offer. They have a loyalty program that gives you even more reason to try any drink that suits you, with rewards from gift cards and t-shirts, to a party thrown in your honor on their tab. Not sure if you’re a beer person? Check out their interactive website where you can filter their offerings by ABV, color, origin, or style, and get detailed info on each and every one.

 

What to get- The huge number of ciders to choose from, brunch (Beerunch to them) with bottomless options for drinks, flat iron steak sandwich.

 

West Texas ToGo

West Texas ToGo also made its way to Lubbock in 2016.  Although it is not a restaurant itself, it does deliver a nice variety of restaurants to your door in minutes.  You just place your order online, and they deliver!  Its really that simple.
Order here wtxtogo.com

Lubbock Restaurant Farewells:

Harrigan’s -Closed October

It’s been a few months now and this still breaks my heart. I loved everything about Harrigan’s, from the food and service to the atmosphere and gorgeous chandeliers. According to the leaders of the restaurant, there were “unexpected issues” with the lease and they were unable to renew. I can only hope that somehow this will all get worked out, as I miss sitting in the cozy lounge sipping handcrafted cocktails with friends.

What Lubbock will miss- Prime rib cooked perfectly, onion soup to die for, brunch specials including one of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten, their crab benedict, and so much more.

 

Manna -Closed August

Manna was a quaint restaurant located in Cactus Alley that was a favorite spot for lunch with the girls or a special date night. Opened in 2005, it quickly became a go to place for college students and young adults because of their menu that often included exotic game, and of course their impressive wine selection. They are currently closed “indefinitely” so I’m not ruling out a grand re-opening in the future. They’ve been pretty quiet about reasons for the closing, so hopefully it’s something that can get quickly resolved!

What Lubbock will miss- Tapas to fit anyone’s taste, wine to match anything you order, and coconut cake that will make using your cheat day a no brainer.

Texas Land and Cattle -Closed November

Texas Land and Cattle could have quickly gotten lost in the sea of steakhouses here in Lubbock, but they had something rare that saved them from failure, a leadership team that listed to their guests. When they first opened there were a lot of negative reviews from the patrons, but the management took these and used them to build a stronger team in both front and back that made them a success. With proper seasoning, fresh meat, and reasonable prices, there was no reason not to give yourself a little TLC. In March 2015, there was a burglary gone wrong which ended in a case of arson. The fire was contained quickly, but still caused around $100,000 of damage, and the store was closed for a week working on repairs. This was detrimental to their staff, their building, and their fans. They reopened but to a more unsure crowd. The closing of the restaurant came as a surprise to everyone, including the employees, and within a few days everything was removed from the venue. There is nothing indicating that the location will reopen, and that’s too bad because they were one of the first to sign up with West Texas ToGo, and local restuarant delivery company quickly expanding through the lone star state.

What Lubbock will miss- Fruit cobbler that made you miss your grandmother’s house, steak and lobster that will make you feel like royalty, and chili that could warm you up on those colder nights.

Overall 2016 has been its normal rollercoaster in the Lubbock restaurant world. I’m sure we will all get to see many more openings in the coming year, and probably some closings that will hurt some hearts. One thing is for sure, no visitor or citizen in Lubbock will go hungry.