With Father's Day right around the corner, I wondered, "What if Dad doesn't feel like barbecuing this year?" So, I began asking my kids, friends, and coworkers, "Where are some good places to take Dad out to eat?" (Of course, I was thinking of myself).

I kept getting many of the same answers, and some of my children responded with, "Are you paying, or am I?" Come on, kids, it's Father's Day! Do you know your dad's favorite place to dine, and who he enjoys having as dinner company?

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That last question was a bit of a setup because many of us dads love spending time with our families. Whether I'm standing over a hot grill or sitting at the table chatting with the kids, wife, family, or friends, it's the company that matters most. When it comes to dining out, we're fortunate in West Texas to have many great restaurants serving fantastic food.

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I turned to TripAdvisor to find some of the highest-rated and most recommended Father's Day restaurants in West Texas. While I've had the pleasure of dining at many of these establishments, I haven't visited all of them yet. However, the reviews and recommendations suggest they offer great dining experiences.

Here's what I found complete with rankings (up to 5-Stars) and location:

  1. Taylor County Taphouse: 4.5 Stars - 4002 Catclaw Dr, Abilene
  2. Szechuan: 4.5-Stars - 3425 South 1st St, Abilene
  3. Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant: 4.5-Stars - 4782 S 14th Street, Abilene
  4. Sharon's BBQ & Catering: 4.5-Stars - 2050 Antilley Rd, Abilene
  5. Miguel's Mex Tex Cafe: 4-Stars - 3001 S Danville Dr, Abilene
  6. Potter's Pizza: 4-Stars - 3802 Buffalo Gap Rd, Abilene
  7. Texas Roadhouse: 4-Stars - 1381 South Danville Road, Abilene
  8. Copper Creek: 4-Stars - 4401 Loop 322, Abilene
  9. Cotton Patch Cafe: 4-Star - 3302 S Clack St, Abilene
  10. Blue Barrel: 4-Stars - 2534 S Treadaway Blvd, Abilene
  11. El Chico: 4-Stars -  4310 Buffalo Gap Rd, Abilene
  12. Red Lobster: 3.5-Stars - 1280 S Clack St, Abilene
  13. Outback Steakhouse: 3.5-Stars - 4142 Ridgemont Drive, Abilene
  14. Betty Rose's Little Brisket: 3.5-Stars - 3934 Catclaw Dr, Abilene
  15. Chili's Grill & Bar: 3.5-Stars - 4302 S. Clack, Abilene
    Source: TripAdvisor.com

Whether you dine out or get Dad to cook one of his awesome barbecue feasts, be sure to spend time with Dad enjoying his favorite things, his family, and his favorite foods. Happy Father's Day!

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