The Man Himself

LBJ's Favorites

President Lyndon B. Johnson and unidentified dinner guest. USSS Agent Rufus Youngblood standing in background.
President Johnson has dinner with a guest aboard the USS Sequoia, July 15, 1965
President Johnson has dinner with a guest aboard the USS Sequoia as Secret Service Agent Rufus Youngblood stands in the background, July 15, 1965.

Compiled by library staff, here are some of Lyndon B. Johnson's favorite things.

Food and Beverages

Main Dishes

Guests at the LBJ Ranch were often served: Deer sausage (very spicy), eggs, toast (made from homemade, freshly baked bread), and peach preserves.


Mexican dishes

Beef, corn, okra, apple butter

Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes and gravy

Spinach, Cornbread

Rat Cheese and soda crackers

Fruits: any type of melon

Chipped beef on toast (from Navy days)

Deer sausage, scrambled eggs, and grits


Coconut Macaroon



Tapioca Pudding

Coconut Cream Pie

Peanut Brittle

Banana Pudding

German Chocolate Cake

Lemon Sponge Cake

Peach Ice Cream

Peach Cobbler


Liquor: Scotch/Cutty Sark

Soft Drinks: Fresca, Root Beer

Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies and President Johnson, standing with drinks in the Oval Office
Australia PM Robert Menzies and President Johnson have drinks in the Oval Office, 1965
Australia Prime Minister Robert Menzies and President Johnson have drinks in the Oval Office, July 6, 1965.

Diet Meals


Half a melon, hot tea, low-calorie orange juice (for a reservoir of energy—a slice of grilled lean steak)


Hot bouillon, grilled fish steaks, herb-flavored string beans, sherbet or low-calorie custard


Cup of unsweetened fresh fruit, soufflé made of low-calorie cheese, green salad filled with grated carrot, pie with both crust and filling made of low-calorie ingredients

Movies & Music


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

The Searchers

John Wayne westerns

James Bond films

Action/Thriller movies



Strauss Waltz

Viennese Waltzes

Western Music

Old Time Fox Trot



Battle Hymn of the Republic

Onward Christian Soldiers

America The Beautiful

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Carolina Moon

Stormy Weather


Wagon Wheels

Don't Fence Me In

High Noon

Navajo Trail

Hills of Home

Songs from:


"Hello Dolly"

"The Sound of Music"


After shave

Old Spice


Wildflowers - especially the Bluebonnet, Coreopsis, and Gaillardia

Places to Drive In and Around Austin

Hill Country

Lakes (Highland Lakes chain)

Commodore Perry

Tarrytown (section of Austin)

Places to Eat in Austin

Driskill Hotel

Night Hawk

El Patio

El Rancho


Steak Island

Things to Do/Ideas of Fun

Meeting friends


Visiting friends


Isaiah 1:18, NKJV

"Come now, and let us reason together..."

Favorite Color

We do not know President Johnson's favorite color. When asked, Lady Bird Johnson remembered that he did not like the following: purple or "muley" colors, such as green, brown, beige, and gray.