Enjoy Traditional Texas Tastes at our 55 Plus Communities in Texas

Enjoy Iconic Dishes in Our Restaurant-Style Dining Room


The Lone Star state is perfect for the comfort food lover! Texas is a massive state with people from all over, so as you can imagine, its many cultures influence the cuisine. These include Southern, Creole, Mexican, Native American, British, Italian, and Jewish, to name a few. At Sunshine Retirement Living communities in Texas, our residents love to enjoy the state’s most iconic foods and celebrate its culture, so we deliver!

Food is a big part of the culture here in Texas, so we make sure our residents have a high-quality dining experience for each meal. Our meals are prepared with love by our master chefs and professional kitchen staff, who always incorporate local ingredients into meals. Some are even grown in our community gardens!

The restaurant-style dining rooms in our communities are lively. However, we also offer private dining rooms for residents to reserve to enjoy a cozy meal with family and friends or host an event. With the enjoyable culinary experience that our communities provide, indulging in these delicious Texas tastes is that much more amazing:


Texas barbeque is a staple in the Lone Star state. There are many barbeque dishes to choose from, such as beef brisket, pork ribs, sausage, and pulled pork. The styles of barbeque vary throughout the state and across the country, including the marinade, cut, and heating method, but we can assure you that they are all delicious! Just pick your BBQ of choice with a dish and classic sides like mac and cheese, onion rings, collard greens, beans, cornbread, hushpuppies, and creamed corn for a mouth-watering meal. Here are some main BBQ dishes you might enjoy:

  • Pulled pork sandwich
  • Slow cooker pulled pork
  • Chuckwagon chili and Frito pie
  • Texas-style beef short ribs
  • Pulled pork nachos

Chicken-Fried Steak

Another Texas favorite is chicken-fried steak. This dish consists of a cut of steak that is coated with seasoned flour and then fried similarly to fried chicken. Often, you’ll find that this dish is served smothered in a delicious gravy sauce and served with yummy sides like mashed potatoes. Although our communities do focus on serving healthy meals for our residents, there’s always room to balance your veggies with a delicious, heart-warming classic like this.


Here in Texas, you can find plenty of Tex-Mex cuisine. This cuisine is a blend of Mexican and Southern American flavors. The ingredients used for these dishes are heavily influenced by Mexican cuisine, including the addition of shredded cheese, beans, chicken, beef, pork, peppers, and flour tortillas. Here are some examples of Tex-Mex foods you might find in our Texas retirement communities:

  • Fajitas: grilled meat with peppers and onions served on a tortilla
  • Nachos: a combination of toppings such as sour cream, cheese, chicken, onions, and guacamole served over crispy tortilla chips
  • Enchiladas: tortilla rolled around a filling, such as cheese, meats, beans, and vegetables, topped with a savory sauce

Pecan Pie

Nothing makes dinner better than finishing the meal with fresh, homemade pecan pie! Texans love it so much that they even made it the official state dessert. A classic pecan pie consists of a filling that includes eggs, butter, sugar, pecans, and a sweetener such as brown sugar, cane syrup, sugar syrup, or molasses. And even in the healthiest of diets, there’s always room for the occasional sweet treat. We love to treat our residents to a mouthwatering dessert in moderation!

Suppose you or your loved one need a top-notch senior community with delicious food, plenty of activities, and welcoming members. In that case, you should check out all that our Sunshine Retirement Living communities in Texas have to offer! We have locations across the state, including independent living communities in Austin, and both an independent living and transitional assisted living and memory care community in Pharr, Texas.

Contact our friendly team today to learn more about Sunshine Retirement Living communities in Texas.

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