We reached out to 11 of these culinary masters, some of the most highly regarded foodies in Amarillo. We asked them for their favorite breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, and late-night food spots.

Like so many other elements related to quality of life, taste is highly subjective. One friend may eat at a certain Thai place every week. Another friend absolutely cannot stand that restaurant and prefers the other Thai joint. Or barbecue spot. Or Tex-Mex eatery. For every proclamation that a certain food is the “best in town,” you can probably find another local to disagree strongly with that opinion.

So we thought we’d take a different approach. Every month, our recipe pages are filled with contributions from some of the best chefs and restaurant owners in town. They’ve dedicated their lives to preparing food, tasting food, and thinking about food. Public popularity has a substantial impact on opinion, but what if you knew a restaurant had the stamp of approval from a legitimate, highly trained expert?

It would definitely sway us.

We reached out to 11 of these culinary masters, some of the most highly regarded foodies in Amarillo. We asked them for their favorite breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, and late-night food spots. These are their answers.

Also? You’re welcome.

Our Panel of Experts:

Aaron Adamson

Aaron was born and raised in Amarillo. His career in the hospitality industry began in 1997 when he worked for Unlimited For You, a catering business. From there, he worked at OHMS Cafe & Bar, leading the front of house and wine program for a number of years. Since then, Aaron has worked in Santa Fe, Austin and Dallas, where he acquired the skill sets he showcases at Metropolitan-A Speakeasy. Learn more at metroofamarillo.com.

Scott and Rin Buchanan

Scott has worked at a variety of restaurants in the Amarillo area, with a few years spent in Austin. He and wife Rin opened Yellow City Street Food in 2013 in a small drive-up building. They expanded to a full dine-in restaurant in 2016, renaming the restaurant YCSF Craft. The Buchanans offer gourmet street-style lunch and dinner items, with small plates and chef’s specials in the evenings, craft beer, and a carefully curated wine list. Scott and Rin plan to open their latest project, Six Car Brew Pub, on Polk Street this spring. Follow YCSF on Facebook for updates on beer and wine dinners, daily specials, events and more.

Rocky Dunnam

Rocky graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has worked in high-end locations from Arizona to Texas to Oklahoma. He turned his culinary skills to the health care world, and in 2012 joined the team at the Elizabeth Jane Bivins Culinary Center. He also runs the foundation’s catering business, Nineteen49 Catering. He is committed to the community, volunteering at a variety of area nonprofit fundraisers. Learn more at bivinsfoundation.org.

Jessica Higgins

Jessica graduated from the New Mexico State University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. She moved to Amarillo in 2013 and opened Girasol Cafe & Bakery with her mother, Jeana, in 2016. The artisan bakery serves lunch daily with brunch on Saturdays, and features homemade quiche, sandwiches, soups, entree specials, artisan breads, and gourmet treats. Follow the bakery on Facebook for updates on daily specials, cooking classes and more.

Josh Fuller

An Amarillo native, Josh attended culinary school in Phoenix, Arizona, and returned to Amarillo to work at his mother, Mary Fuller’s, restaurant, OHMS Cafe & Bar. Now co-owner of the cafe with his mother and sister, Leslie Fuller-Meier, Josh specializes in creating upscale cuisine like steaks, seafood and wild game. OHMS serves lunch cafeteria-style and full-table service at dinner, with a sophisticated cocktail bar, extensive wine list, and covered patio outdoor dining. Learn more at ohmscafe.com.

Leslie Fuller-Meier

Infused with a love of baking from her family’s business, OHMS Cafe & Bar, Leslie officially joined the staff at OHMS in 2008. She takes care of the full-time baking duties for lunch and dinner, serves as the restaurant manager, and creates custom desserts for the cafe’s catering jobs. Learn more at ohmscafe.com.

Brian Kelleher

Brian opened 575 Pizzeria (formerly Basil Doc’s) in 2006 and expanded to a second location in southwest Amarillo in 2014. The gourmet pizza at 575 keeps a passionate following thanks to inventive recipes, high-quality ingredients, and a time-tested relationship with the community. From beer and wine tasting events to the pizzeria’s popular P3 fundraiser and pub crawl, Brian’s approach to the guest’s experience has attributed to ongoing success. Learn more at 575pizzeria.com.

Chad Lardie

Chad earned a degree from Texas Tech University’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program, and began his career at Johnny Carino’s. He opened Embers Steak House in 2011, and features hand-cut steaks, seafood and a varied burger menu along with a charming full-service bar. Learn more at amarilloembers.com.

Brian Mason

The long-time co-owner of BL Bistro, Brian began his career working at restaurants in high school and college, where his interest in cuisine burgeoned. He and his former wife, Lizzie, opened BL in 2000, and remain business partners today. Brian plans to open a new restaurant, Prime Chophouse and Lounge, in Town Square Village later this year. Learn more at blbistro.com.

Brian Singleton

Brian’s first exposure to the restaurant industry was as a student waiting tables at El Reys on Georgia Street. He moved on to the Wolflin Circle location of BL Bistro, and then helped owner Brian Mason open Zen 721, where he worked as a prep cook, working his way up as a waiter, bartender and eventually into management. Together with Bo Salling and Brian Mason, he opened Crush Wine Bar & Deli on Polk Street in 2008. In 2013 he opened Public House on 34th Avenue and Coulter Street with a few other partners. His latest project is Cask & Cork, which is located at Town Square Village. Learn more at crushdeli.com, publichouseamarillo.com, and caskncorkamarillo.com.

Livia Woodburn

After catering for a little more than a year along with her cousin, Lizzie Smith, the duo opened Pan-Handler’s Cafe in 2011 in the basement of Amarillo National Bank’s Plaza One. Now the sole proprietor, Livia serves from-scratch soups, sandwiches, and a salad bar brimming with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items at the lunch-only diner. Recently adopting a vegan lifestyle, Livia makes sure the ingredients at Pan-Handler’s are fresh, locally sourced and organic when possible, and different than standard deli fare. Learn more at thepan-handlers.com.

Breakfast

Whether you’re dining out or eating at home, no meal is more routine than breakfast. It may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s not necessarily a meal known for its variety. Once you find a breakfast you love – or a restaurant that serves it – deviating from that choice isn’t too common.

Our chefs feel the same way, and tend to share a few similarities when it comes to this morning meal. First, several mentioned that their late night or morning commitments often prevent them from enjoying a typical breakfast – having brunch on a day off is much more common. Second, coffee plays a huge role in their breakfast choice.

That’s why more than one mentioned a passion for Evocation Micro-Coffee Roastery. Owned by young entrepreneurs Roman and Amy Leal, Evocation has earned itself an impressive local and national reputation. Though Evocation began roasting coffee in 2009, the Leals waited until 2016 to open their first full, retail storefront. It didn’t take long to make a splash. Thrillist.com recently named Evocation one of its “Top 21 Roasters in the Country.” And almost without question, Amarillo’s hard-core coffee enthusiasts – the kind who are passionate about tasting notes and the origin of the beans – have made a habit of fueling up at Evocation.

Our chefs agree, highlighting Evocation not only for its coffee, but also its simple breakfast menu of Belgian liege waffles and toasted Hokkaido milk bread.

Other breakfast favorites of our chefs include time-tested American fare, bagels, vegan options, and traditional Mexican food.

Evocation Micro-Coffee Roastery 3300 S. Coulter St., Suite 5, 418.8968, evocationcoffee.com

Scott and Rin Buchanan:

Why? We believe in "layers of flavor" and their coffee has that. What to order: I adore the pour-overs with nothing added. Too many people think they need to add creamer and sugar to their coffee, but at Evocation you do not. We also love the house-made eggnog latte (seasonal) and the dirty chai tea. (Chai is on the menu, but espresso makes it "dirty".) We always get the waffle with powdered sugar on it – the walking waffle – the perfect treat to go with your coffee.

Jessica Higgins:

Why? This place is my breakfast go-to. Amy got me to try the coffee and I’ve been in ever since. What to order: An eggnog latte and Hokkaido milk bread, toasted.

Brian Singleton:

Why? I used to buy beans from Roman when he was roasting in his garage. What to order: I usually just get coffee – not food – for my breakfast.

Aaron Adamson:

Ye Olde Pancake Station, 2800 Virginia Circle, 355.0211, pancakestation.com

Why? It’s always legit, feels like the heart of America, and I love it. What to order: Over-easy eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, and definitely partake in the Dutch baby. I have to throw in Scratch-Made Bakery & Brunchery, 118 SW Sixth Ave., 731.4477, scratchmadebakery.com and Imperial Taproom, 410 15th St., Suite 100, 452.8004 for brunch options. I try to go to each place at least once a month. What to order: Scratch Made has the biggest/best cinnamon roll ever. At Imperial any eggs benedict special is excellent and don’t miss the house-made donuts.

Rocky Dunnam:

Girasol Cafe & Bakery, 3201 S. Coulter St., 322.0023 and Scratch-Made Bakery & Brunchery

Why? Brunch is my breakfast. What to order: At Girasol, I'm kinda addicted to the Meyer lemon ham and egg sandwich. They also have a kale and sweet potato salad that I could eat with every meal! At Scratch, I'll nearly always get The Stack. It's this great compilation of jalapeño cheddar biscuits, hash browns, sausage, fried egg, and green chile gravy.

Josh Fuller:

The Bagel Place, 3301 Bell St., 353.5985, bagelplace.net

Why? I like The Bagel Place because of the diversity of the menu. It's not just bagels – there are lots of options to please the entire family. I worked at The Bagel Place fresh out of high school and learned to make bagels, and I was also the soup maker for a short time. What to order: The sausage breakfast bagel on a garlic bagel, or a blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese.

Brian Kelleher:

Jacobo's Cafe, 3701 Olsen Blvd., 418.8850

Why? Having kids and restaurants, I never get out to breakfast, Happy Hour or late-night locales. It hasn't been part of our lifestyle for the past 10 years. Having said that, we often find ourselves at Jacobo’s after church on Sundays. They do a great brunch in a nice, quiet atmosphere. What to order: Fill up with the machaca, scrambled eggs with brisket, onions, tomatoes and jalapeños served with home fries, beans, and tortillas or French toast. For a later brunch try the Antony’s burger or Erik burrito.

Chad Lardie:

Taqueria El Tapatio, 3410 S. Coulter St., 331.6248

Why? It’s affordable, great quality food. What to order: The breakfast tacos are really great quality.

Brian Mason:

El Manantial, 3823 Amarillo Blvd. East, 383.1852, restaurantelmanantial.com

Why? I grew up on the east side of town where fresh tortillas, eggs, salsa and beans are a must. I love a great Mexican breakfast. What to order: Try the huevos con guisado o carne, a platter of eggs your way, served with beef or pork in red or green sauce.

Livia Woodburn:

Burrito Stop, 114 SE Ninth Ave., 418.2705, burritostop.com

Why? As a vegan, it can be hard to find meals in Amarillo. Burrito Stop has Soyrizo on their menu! What to order: A burrito with black beans, potatoes, Soyrizo and green salsa.

Lunch

As it is for many of us, lunch is the meal that tends to get overlooked by our experts. If they’re not working straight through it, then they’re grabbing a quick bite almost as an afterthought. Regardless, Asian food figured prominently among their favorite lunchtime restaurants, with one in particular getting high marks.

Located in Wolflin Square, Sushi House has quickly built a reputation for excellent sushi, fresh ingredients, and great customer service. The lunchtime prices are very reasonable and the selections at this family-owned restaurant are beyond impressive. The menu reflects traditional Japanese sushi options as well as some Thai-influenced flavors, along with hibachi-style preparations, beef jerky, fried rice, miso soup, boba tea and more.

For our chefs, flavor is king. That’s why they are big fans of creative combinations – like colorful Viagra salad or a shrimp tempura roll.

Other lunchtime favorites range from fresh-made comfort food and sandwiches to Indian cuisine and savory tacos.

Sushi House 2630 Wolflin Ave., 803.9470

Josh Fuller:

Why? Sushi House is my favorite place. I've never had a bad meal. The sushi is always fresh and, in my opinion, they have the best beef jerky in town – and I've had beef jerky at just about every place in Amarillo. What to order: Beef jerky with sticky rice, the crunchy roll – it’s got tempura shrimp, cucumber, avocado, crab, and cream cheese, covered in tempura flakes – a Mexican roll with shrimp tempura, cucumber and jalapeño, or a Viagra salad.

Aaron Adamson:

YCSF Craft, 2916 Wolflin Ave., 353.9273, The Golden Light Cafe, 2906 SW Sixth Ave., 374.9237, goldenlightcafe.com, Bangkok Tokyo, 2413 S. Western St., 353.4777, or Taqueria El Tapatio, 3410 S. Coulter St., 331.6248

Why? YCSF, hands down, is my current favorite; Scott’s food is very exciting. What to order: At YCSF, try the Wake ‘n Bake Burger, animal fries, and imposter tacos – amazing. At Golden Light Cafe I order the Green Chile Cheeseburger, mayo only! Bangkok Tokyo, chicken or beef donburi, a chicken or beef bowl with rice. I find myself at Taqueria El Tapatio often for Sunday lunch. The torta, a Mexican sandwich, is great, and breakfast tacos are always a hit.

Rocky Dunnam:

Delvin's Restaurant & Catering, 1300 N. Hughes St., 803.9111

Why? My typical lunchtime is closer to early afternoon. Luckily, my favorite lunch spot is one that's usually packed later. Delvin’s is 100 percent worth a visit. If you get there after 11:30 a.m., expect to wait. What to order: I've yet to have anything on Delvin's menu that isn't exceptional, but the cabbage and greens side, the potato casserole, and the chess pie is to die for!

Scott and Rin Buchanan:

Ichiban Noodle Bar & Asian Cuisine, 3309 Wimberly Road, 355.5031

Why? Because it’s a hidden gem. They're not focused on flashiness or location as much as they are for their passion and great food. These are some of the hardest-working, nicest people, too. Some people may complain about the small size of places like this, but it's actually part of what we adore. It's about the experience. What to order: We love the mapo tofu dish, the spicy sesame beef donburi, udon pad kee mao, and gyoza.

Leslie Fuller-Meier:

Ichiban Noodle Bar & Asian Cuisine

Why? Their flavors are very authentic and fresh so that is what keeps me going back. What to order: Any of the spicy ramen soups or I really like the pad thai and cold spicy noodles.

Jessica Higgins:

Ichiban Noodle Bar & Asian Cuisine

Why? Amazing flavor, always quick and consistent, and they don't mind special requests. So far they’ve gotten every order correct. What to order: Japanese curry.

Brian Kelleher:

El Tejavan, 3420 I-40 West, 354.2444; 3801 I-40 East, 372.5250, eltejavan.com

Why? I think they have the best street tacos in Amarillo, and I can never get enough of the salsa. What to order: Adobada tacos and ceviche.

Chad Lardie:

The Bagel Place, 3301 Bell St., 353.5985, bagelplace.net

Why? I love a great sandwich, and the freshness of the bagels plus the quality of their ingredients is great. What to order: I always order the Bear or the Cowboy.

Brian Mason:

Bangkok Tokyo

Why? Best Asian in town, in my opinion. What to order: I love the Bangkok Tokyo fried rice – great vegetables and just the right amount of spice. Sushi is good, as well.

Brian Singleton:

El Tejavan

Why? Great quality and locally owned. What to order: I love the corn tortillas, tacos, guacamole, and always-on-point al pastor.

Livia Woodburn:

Pan-Handlers Cafe, 410 S. Taylor St., 352.2590, thepan-handlers.com, Bangkok Restaurant, 5901 Amarillo Blvd. East, 381.1590 or Indian Oven, 2406 Paramount Blvd., 336.3600, indian-oven.com

Why? I am always working through lunch, so I stay put and eat at Pan-Handlers when I have a break. What to order: At Pan-Handlers, one of the many vegan options on the salad bar or a vegan veggie sandwich. On the weekends, Bangkok has great summer rolls without shrimp and cream cheese, and Indian Oven has many vegan options and is always very helpful with ordering.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour falls during the busiest part of the day for chefs and restaurant owners, which means they enjoy it less often than the rest of the city’s residents. Still, they have the same requirements as anyone else when it comes to choosing a destination, from a relaxing environment to a variety of choices.

The upscale Butler’s Martini Bar, located downtown on Polk Street, gets top ranking among our experts. It offers a daily Happy Hour until 8 p.m., great live entertainment, a sizeable patio, friendly bartenders and the most extensive martini menu in the city. (There’s also a full bar, but with so many different options, there’s bound to be a martini for every taste.)

Our chefs appreciate local ownership. When they finally do get a chance to unwind, that’s another reason the Amarillo-owned and -operated Butler’s ranks at the top of their lists.

Additional Happy Hour highlights include sweets and drinks, wings and brew, and pizza and wine pairings.

Butler’s Martini Bar 703 S. Polk St., 376.8180, butlersmartinibar.com

Brian Mason:

Why? Love the owners, atmosphere and great martinis. What to order: A dirty Tito’s martini or strawberry jalapeño martini.

Scott and Rin Buchanan:

Taste Dessert Bar, 1909 S. Georgia St., 398.2000

Why? We like it all, when it comes to the small plates and desserts. What to order: The warm cookies with "adult" milk (a White Russian). Scott loves the Old Fashioned! Incomparable. I love the Whiskey Sour.

Rocky Dunnam:

575 Pizzeria, 2803 Civic Circle; 7710 Hillside Road, 322.5575, 575pizzeria.com

Why: Drink specials! Monday through Friday, you get the $2 domestic/$3 draft beer (revolving crafts), $3 wine, and $3 sangria (which my wife, who isn't really a drinker, loves). On top of the spectacular Happy Hour menu, if you are a wino, you can get in on Wine Wednesday for $5, all day. And for the beer connoisseur, on Thursdays you can buy a beer and keep the brewery glass! What to order: See previous, plus while you’re there, you and your friends should share a pie with the best pepperoni in town.

Leslie Fuller-Meier:

OHMS Cafe & Bar, 619 S. Tyler St., 373.3233, ohmscafe.com

Why: Yes, I know I work there, but we have the best cocktails and I am just getting off work. I choose to stay there for a good drink and to unwind before going home. What to order: Good white wine or champagne.

Jessica Higgins:

Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, 1619 S. Kentucky St., 359.5959, myleals.com

Why? Nicole [the bartender] always welcomes us with a smile. What to order: A mudslide. Nicole makes one of the best I’ve had around here – and I kinda have a mudslide reputation.

Brian Singleton:

BL Bistro, 2203 S. Austin St., 355.7838, blbistro.com

Why? Great staff, solid drinks! What to order: Try the calamari with a Dale’s Pale Ale or Coors Original.

Dinner

You may be surprised to know that our panel of chefs and restaurant owners don’t always turn to five-course meals or fancy ingredients when they get a chance to sit down for a nice dinner out. Those opportunities are few and far between, but when they do arrive, our experts become just like us: They really, really want tacos. Or maybe simple fried rice.

Those cravings might send them to El Tejavan, one of the highest-regarded Mexican food destinations in a city passionate about south-of-the-border flavors. With two I-40 locations – one near Grand on the eastern side of the city, and another on the west side near Tascosa High School – this restaurant is owned by Joe and Patricia Murguia and known for serving the best Mexican cuisine in the city. Not Tex-Mex, mind you, but true, authentic Mexican.

El Tejavan is Spanish for front porch, and the welcoming, down-home atmosphere is crucial to both locations. The salsa is fresh, the corn tortillas are handmade, and the carne asada is always an excellent choice.

Other dinner destinations include more Asian food, perfectly cooked elk, Italian cuisine and a good old-fashioned burger.

El Tejavan 3420 I-40 West, 354.2444; 3801 I-40 East, 372.5250, eltejavan.com

Josh Fuller:

Why? The service is always good – and I like the decor. What to order: I always get the tacos – al pastor and adobada.

Chad Lardie:

Why? I love the simplicity. There are only a few ingredients in the tacos, but they are all great quality and balance perfectly together. What to order: The street tacos at El Tejavan are my all-time favorite. 

Ichiban Noodle Bar & Asian Cuisine, 3309 Wimberly Road, 355.5031

Brian Mason:

Why? I think noodles are a great comfort food. You must try them all. Deep rich flavors, nice hints of spice. Makes your soul feel warm and fuzzy! What to order: Spicy miso ramen.

Brian Singleton:

Why? My kids and I crave the noodles! What to order: Thai-style suki yaki soup. It will bring you back to life!

Aaron Adamson:

OHMS Cafe & Bar, 619 S. Tyler St., 373.3233, ohmscafe.com

Why? It’s always a solid go-to. What to order: Elk tenderloin or a rib-eye; however Chef Josh Fuller is venturing out to Thai and Korean flavors and it’s awesome. You also can’t miss with the Bar Burger.

Scott and Rin Buchanan:

Bangkok Tokyo, 2413 S. Western St., 353.4777

Why? Because of their deep commitment to quality and creativity. We also love that the owners are just as hard-working as the staff. What to order: We like the udon pad kee mao, tiger's tear roll, and even just the Bangkok fried rice.

Rocky Dunnam:

Pescaraz Italian Restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., 350.5430, pescaraz.com

Why: Besides being the best Italian food in Amarillo, its consistency is unparalleled. What to order: The Salmon Special is my go-to. It's a seared salmon filet with shrimp and artichoke hearts on angel hair pasta, topped with a silky lemon butter sauce.

Leslie Fuller-Meier:

Bangkok Tokyo

Why: No matter how busy they are the staff stays friendly and helpful. What to order: Tom Kai Kai soup and sushi.

Jessica Higgins:

It’s a Punjabi Affair, 4201 Bushland Blvd., 414.2441

Why? Mauli [the co-owner] is very welcoming. One of these days she's going to help me make paneer, an unaged cheese! I love smelling all the spices as you walk up then trying to patiently wait for the meal after being enticed. What to order: Fenugreek chicken, which is comfort food at its finest, or stuffed samosas, a deep-fried pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas.

Brian Kelleher:

The Golden Light Café, 2906 SW Sixth Ave., 374.9237, goldenlightcafe.com and La Frontera, 1401 S. Arthur St., 372.4593

Why? When it comes to burgers, I don't crave any other burger like I do Golden Light’s. It's been a staple of my family's for years, and anytime I think of it, I begin to taste the burger instantly. La Frontera is an often-forgotten gem. I always overeat there. What to order: Golden Light’s Waller Burger. It’s a regular cheeseburger with jalapeños sandwiched between two pieces of cheese. I love the signature beef burritos and salsa at La Frontera. They need to bottle that salsa and sell it in United.

Livia Woodburn:

575 Pizzeria, 2803 Civic Circle; 7710 Hillside Road, 322.5575, 575pizzeria.com, YCSF Craft, 2916 Wolflin Ave., 353.9273 or Young Sushi “Rocks!”, 202 SW 10th Ave., 371.7200

Why? 575 has vegan cheese available if I want it. YCSF almost always has up to three vegan options on the menu (and it's not a salad). What to order: At 575 I like the Colorado, no cheese, add olives. The house dressing is great on the fresh salads. At YCSF I love the vegan veggie burger. At Young’s my favorites are the vegetarian roll, veggie fried rice with no eggs, and veggie curry.

Late Night

When our chefs actually get a chance to unwind, it’s not during Happy Hour and it’s certainly not during traditional meal times. It’s late, after the restaurant closes. Local dining options are limited at that point. But our experts definitely have opinions about where to eat during the witching hour.

One favorite destination? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s another coffee shop. The 806 Coffee + Lounge has become something of a cultural institution on historic Sixth Street, where it’s surrounded by dive bars and greasy burger joints. It’s known for its art and music as much as for its caffeinated beverages. Meanwhile, owner Jason Barrett has a reputation for investing in the surrounding San Jacinto community, and that local focus is part of the charm.

So is the food. The 806 offers an all-vegetarian menu of bagels, nachos, and vegan-friendly pizza pockets, plus breakfast tacos and a handful of baked goods. Combined with a caffeinated pick-me-up – beer and wine are also available – The 806 ends up being the best place to end a long day.

Other late-night favorites include Asian food, speakeasy fare, and a golf course adventure.

The 806 Coffee + Lounge 2812 SW Sixth Ave., 322.1806, the806.com

Scott and Rin Buchanan:

Why? We love the creative drinks and food and the absence of a corporate feel. It feels incredibly local, which is fulfilling. We also appreciate the support programs they have for the neighborhood and their support for the arts and music. The staff and owners are always amazing. What to order: We love the MP3. It's pita bread with vegetarian chili, spinach and cheese. Our favorite drink is the KAC. They actually consider it the “Yellow City official drink” because we order it so much. Scott orders his with different milk and an extra shot of espresso. I also get a London Fog, which isn't on the menu. But it's a classic hot black tea with steamed milk and vanilla. I choose a green tea from their amazing tea list and change the milk to soy milk.

Livia Woodburn:

Why? Jason is great! He really supports local music and art. He also brings in a lot of bands on their way to big events in other areas of Texas, like SXSW. What to order: The awesome veggie chili, a hummus sandwich, or taboule salad.

Aaron Adamson:

Thai House, 5601 Amarillo Blvd. East, 383.0003

Why? Late night is the true chef time to dine. I usually head to the Boulevard to Thai House, and I try to support the taco truck vendors there as much as possible, too. What to order: At Thai House the half duck, noodles, and summer rolls. At any taco truck vendor, go for barbacoa tacos with cilantro, onion and lime.

Rocky Dunnam:

Bar 3, 9101 S. Coulter St., 353.7003

Why? It’s located at Preston West Par 3 golf course. Its main dining area overlooks the lighted golf course and driving range. The kitchen and bar are both open until 2 a.m. and will satisfy your typical late-night cravings for fried fare. What to order: The loaded french fries with pulled pork never disappoint.

Leslie Fuller-Meier:

La Frontera, 1401 S. Arthur St., 372.4593

Why? The fresh food. And cheese – they use lots of cheese on everything. What to order: Anything topped with fresh, grated cheddar cheese!

Jessica Higgins:

Metropolitan-A Speakeasy, 9181 Town Square Blvd., Suite 1201, 242.0117, metroofamarillo.com

Why? I love the Metropolitan's atmosphere and overall relaxed, but attentive vibe. Aaron's creativity and take on dishes is fun. What to order: The steak or one of the daily specials always followed by sticky date cake.

Brian Mason:

BL Bistro, 2203 S. Austin St., 355.7838, blbistro.com

Why? I know I’m biased, but not many people know that we have a late-night bar menu from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Every item is made fresh in house and priced lower than $10. What to order: Try the wings!