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How to act like a local in Marfa, Texas (Part 3: Eat like a local)

Squeeze Marfa is a quaint deli with an outside seating area. If you choose not to eat here, just stop by and pick up some chocolate.

When traveling through Marfa, there are a handful of places you will want to experience if interested in seeing the area through the eyes of a "local."

Below, is a list of restaurants and bars that will give you a real sense of what it's like to live in Marfa.

1. Food Shark is the top-rated food truck by locals. It stays put in a parking lot at the corner of West San Antonio Street and South Hoover Street. It is only open from noon until 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Like a handful of eateries in Marfa, Food Shark only accepts cash and checks. The menu is predominantly Mediterranean with an occasional Mexican twist.

2. Lost Horse is the definite after-hours joint for Marfa locals. Make your way out to the courtyard. The back bar serves cold canned beer while cats stroll across the coolers and bar top. The venue frequently offers live music, too.

3. If you have done any research on Marfa before this article, you have more than likely heard of a place that Matthew McConaughey likes to frequent, called Marfa Burrito. The owner and chef extraordinaire, Ramona, operate a restaurant out of what appears to be her home kitchen. This place takes cash only.

4. Planet Marfa is a must-see, regardless of whether you are a fan of beer gardens or not. The courtyard features a school bus, treehouse bar, and underground seating. Most places in Marfa are dog-friendly -- this place definitely is. There is also a community room, some outdoor games and plenty of photo ops.

5. Squeeze Marfa is a quaint deli with an outside seating area. If you choose not to eat here, just stop by and pick up some chocolate. The owner is from Switzerland (she is the one in the kitchen with the accent) and imports Swiss chocolate from a company run by her brother and son.

Other Tips:

- Do not waste time hunting for an ATM in Marfa. Bring plenty of cash from your place of origin and save yourself the headache.

- Places close pretty early in Marfa. On Friday nights, the bars close at midnight. On Saturdays, they will stay open until 1 a.m. You may want to purchase some wine from the local grocery or liquor store on your way into town, if you think you may like a nightcap.

- Locals say they can spot tourists because they wear open-toed shoes. The desert is known for traveling prickly pears that will make their way into your footwear so, it's best to stick with a shoe that best protects your feet.

In case you missed it:

How to act like a local in Marfa, Texas (Part 1: Prada Marfa)

How to act like a local in Marfa, Texas (Part 2: Hotel Paisano)

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