Travel Guide: Austin, TX
The Austin Chronicle is the alternative weekly.
The Local weekly alternative paper is the Dallas Observer. Fort Worth has the Fort Worth Weekly. Also check the DFW SCENE.
Slightly disturbing has a pretty good Dallas site with a focus on gay clubs, though it covers all the bases.
Deep Ellum is said to be the “hip” neighborhood, however it has become more monied of late.
Three Links deep Ellum- tacos & local & national bands. 2704 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226· til 2AM
Phone: (214) 653-8228 amazing booking.
Club Clearview-2803 Main St., Dallas, (214) 939-0077-an old favorite, updated for the yups with multiple clubs, but this one still has its edge.
The Curtain Club-2800 Main St., Dallas, TX (214) 742-2336
The Gypsy Tea Room -2548 Elm St.-Dallas, (214) 744-9779-this is where you will find touring bands like Jon Spencer, etc.
Club Dada-2720 Elm St., Dallas, TX (214) 744-3232
Lounge on Elm Street. 2810 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75226
Bryan Street Tavern -4315 Bryan St, Dallas, TX, 75204-Hard to find show info but a few decent shows and a “punk/funk/No wave” dj night every wed
Lola’s Saloon and Trailer Park Bar -2735 W 5th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (817) 759-9100-Great live touring bands
I’m always embarrassed when I find amazing food at a chain and a themed chain in particular. But I have to say TRAIL DUST has the most amazing baby back ribs I have ever had. They are dry rubbed, then “sopped” with a thin liquid while smoking and finished with a tasty sauce while heated over mesquite wood. Bring a walkman if you hate country music, don’t wear a tie because they will cut it off, and if you like line dancing, this is your joint to hit-various locations
Babes Chicken Dinner house is a regional chain where everything is served family style and there are unlimited sides on things like mashed potatoes.
Sonny Bryans is a favorite local bbq chain.
Highland Park Soda Fountain ?- from 1912, malts, grilled cheese, Frito pie: 3229 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205 Open daily til 5 or 6
Kincaid’s, 4901 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, 817-732-2881
charred 1/2 lb burgers inside a giant bun.
Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ -Counter-serve joint dishing up Central Texas-style smoked meats on butcher paper: 400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Le Madeline-cheap french bistro chain that is excellent.
Sol’s Taco Lounge -2626 Commerce St., Dallas 214-651-7657
Cafe Brazil – Deep Ellum and other locations-2815 Elm St., Dallas 214-747-2730
Pecan Lodge – 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 Closed Mondays, Only open til 3 pm for lunch most days but dinner on Friday and Saturday- (214) 748-8900-Brisket, Ribs and a meat stuffed Sweet Potato.
Joe T Garcias-2201 North Commerce, Fort Worth, (817) 626-4356, all you can eat tex mex. One of the best.
Sushi Nights -2604 Main St., Dallas 214-752-0100
Angelos bbq, 2533 WHITE SETTLEMENT ROAD, FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76107
PHONE (817) 332-0357, OPEN 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M., MONDAY THRU SATURDAY CLOSED SUNDAYS
Kubys Sausage House and Factory-6601 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
(214)363-2231, Retail mart with restaurant which serves dinner only Friday and Saturday, open for lunch and brunch daily. German food and you can get the sausage plate sampling many of the house made product.
Tolbert’s Restaurant -Historic chili specialist-423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051
Arlington, TX-(Dallas suburb)
Eats-J. Gilligans Bar and Grill-400 East Abram, Arlington, TX-Inventors of a nacho variation, the “irish nacho” made with potatoes instead of Tortillas.
Atascocita, TX (north of Houston)
Eats -Tin Roof BBQ ?-Atascocita Plaza, 18918 Town Center Blvd, Atascocita, TX 77346
CLosed Monday, Lunch only on Sunday (281) 852-5577
Blessing, Texas (greater Houston)
Blessing Hotel Coffee Shop
128 10th St.
Blessing, Texas 77419
Phone: 361-588-6623 Breakfast and lunch only til 2 pm
Eats-Sodolaks Beefmasters Restaurant -?3500 Hwy 21 E, Bryan, TX 77808 Closed
Sunday (979) 778-4999-Roadtrip stop with steaks and chicken fried bacon, plus legendary meatloaf
122 S Haupttstrasse St.
Carmine, Texas 78932
Chicken fried steak, awesome onion rings
Eats-Woody’s Smokehouse- 947 St Marys St, Centerville, TX 75833-Open Daily (903) 536-9663 General store with lots of jerky, sausage, beef sticks, hams and cheeses plus burgers and bbq sandwiches and meats. plus fresh squeezed OJ
Chappell Hill, TX (between Houston and Austin)
Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli-8900 Hwy 290 E, Chappell Hill, TX 77426
Phone: (979) 836-0910 Chopped Beef sandwiches, amazing mac and cheese and tons of sweet kolaches, plus full service bbq cafe
Crystal Beach, TX (Greater Houston)
Eats-Stingaree Restaurant & Bar: 1295 N Stingaree Rd, Crystal Beach, TX 77650 (409) 684-2731 Closed Monday and Tuesday-Sweet crab nachos, shrimp filled avacado, Stinger Balls. Pepper jack wrapped in crab meat wrapped in peppered bacon and your usual southern seafood
About 30 miles north of Dallas lies the college town of Denton, home to the University of North Texas. Annually, they hold the 35 Denton festival
Cool Beans-1210 West Hickory-940-382-7025-grunge vintage jukebox
Dans Silver Leaf-103 N Industrial St-940-320-2000-great venue for local acts
Hailey’s Club, 122 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX
Lucky Lous-1207 West Hickory-Grown up frat boy bar
Best Indie venue-Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios-411 East Sycamore-940-387-7781-Bands like Quasi and Solex have played here.
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. Lots of cool acts.Check out Local Acts Brave Combo, Budapest One and Corn Mo.Records-
Recycled Books and Records-200 N. Locust-940-566-5688-Great selecion of hard to find discs.
Denton County Burger Company-113 West Hickory-940-383-1022 They make their burgers with shredded cheese on top.
Mazalan Restaurant-1928 N. Ruddell-940-566-1718-Mexican
El Matador-720 W. University-940-387-1137-more Mexican
Mr. Chopsticks-1120 W. Hickory-940-382-5437-unfortunately named chinese with cheap food.
Mr. Gattis Pizza on the Square-118 West Oak-940-383-0944-Pizza with live bands in a tiny basement.
Ranchmans cafe-110 W Bailey , PO Box 117 , Ponder, Texas 76259 near denton, Cafe: 940-479-2221, chicken fried steak and more.
El Paso, TX
Elgin, TX-Near Austin
-Southside Market and BBQ-1212 Highway 290, Elgin, TX, famous for bbq sausage.
Alamo Springs Cafe-107 Alamo Road, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Phone: 830-990-8004 Closed monday and tuesday. Mindblowing onion rings. Fried stuffed avacado with beef
McAllen, TX (South of Corpus Christi on the Mexican Border
Venue-Yerberia Cultura – 613 S 17th St, McAllen, TX 78501
Lee’s Pharmacy and Medical Equipment North Store ?- 5120 N 10th St, McAllen, TX 78504 Phone: (956) 630-5500 good burger at a lunch counter in an old pharmacy and tacos too! Classic fountain drinks.
Tioga, TX, about an hour north of Dallas.
Eats-Clark’s Outpost, 101 US 377, 940-437-2414 smoked brisket and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs garnished with a warm, sweet, peppery sauce. Sides, like corn on the cob deep-fried.
City Meat Market: 101 W Austin St, Giddings, TX 78942 Closed Sunday (979) 542-2740-Lockhart style with few sides.
The Local weekly alternative paper is the Houston Press.
Houston has some unusual folk art around town. People decorate their own lawns with “art”. Check out The ORANGE SHOW. There is more art in the restored Row Houses on 2501 Holman Street. 713-526-7662.
Cactus-2930 South Shepard
All through Texas we would hit BBQ joints. I would always try the sausage hoping for a sublime taste sensation. I didn’t find good sausage until, ironically enough, we stopped at Goode Company BBQ for an amazing Jalapeno Sausage, tasty ribs and creamy cole slaw- 8911 Katy Fwy,Houston, TX 77024
Also you can try the bbq at Gumbeaux Restaurant, 2316 Southmore Boulevard , Houston (713) 520-9962-Call first as this is a catering truck and may have changed locations.
Thelma’s Barbecue- 1020 Live Oak St @ Lamar Houston TX 77003 713.228.2262-this is not texas bbq, but Louisiana style. Stick with the “sandwiches” which are more overflowing piles of meat dripping with sauce on a big bun you use to mop up the sauce. Don’t get the sweet tea and don’t try to get the a la carte stuff.
Pizzitola’s BBQ-70-year old big brick pit -1703 Shepherd Drive Houston, TX 77007(713) 227-2283 famous for spare ribs
Hubcap Grill -1111 Prairie St , Houston, TX 77002 (713) 223-5885 Amazing burger place, also a location in Kemah
The Original Kolache Shoppe -since 1956-5404 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77087 (713) 649-0711. Kolaches are Czech pastries often filled with meat but sweet a lot too. Here they have some mindblowing savory ones like a roast beef version with bacon an jalapeno.
Poison Girl -cocktails-1641 Westheimer Rd # B, Houston, TX 77006 (713) 527-9929
Mango’s Cafe-403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-8903 http://www.mangoscafehouston.com/
Mary Janes Fat Cat-4216 Washington Ave. Houston, Texas (713) 869-5263
The Backroom at the Mink on Main, Touring acts play the back room of this bar http://www.minkonmain.com , 3718 Main Street @ Alabama (Backroom entrance on Alabama)
notsuoH-314 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 2nd floor “speakeasy” with live music
The Proletariet-903 Richmond, Houston, TX
Rudyards-2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, Texas, “british pub” with a suprising diversity of bands showing up.
Walters On Washington-4215 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 713-864-2727
Bombay Pizza Co.-914 Main St., Suite 105 Houston, TX 77002 (713) 654-4444-Hybrid Indian/Italian Pizza
Continental Club-Locations in Houston and Austin
TRASH BAR TEXAS-313 1st. St. Humble, TX 77338 832.232.3403 Located in Humble, TX we are NE Houston’s newest and ONLY Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar/Venue!! open Mon.- Sat. 6PM – 2AM and we are ROCKING and ready to ROCK you even more!! Trash Bar Texas is an “Icehouse,” so if you don’t like beer, then bring your own liquor and we’ll take of the rest with our set-ups!!
Allen Park Inn, 2121 Allen Parkway, 713-521-9321-voted best value hotel for great location and reasonable rates.
Aside from all the national chains you can also try the quirkyRobin’s Nest Bed and Breakfast.
Beaumont, Texas (near Houston)
Texas Rose-Club with live music 2013 South M L King Junior Parkway, Beaumont, Texas
The Logon Cafe -3805 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77706(409) 832-1529 cafe with live music
Eats-Leona General Store – 136 North Leona Blvd, TX-75, Leona, TX 75850 (903) 344-2202 Only open for dinner Thursday Friday and Saturday. Thursday is Catfish, Friday and Saturday is steak served with twice baked potatos. New meaning to limited menu. Roadtrip stop.
Lexington, TX (1 hour from Austin or so.)
Snow’s BBQ, LLC. -516 Main St Lexington, TX 78947 (979) 773-4640-Only open Saturdays from 8 am til they sell out, plus Mail Order
Considered by some as the BBQ Capital of the world.
Eats- Kreuz Market-619 N. Colorado St. , Lockhart, TX 512-398-2361
Blacks BBQ-215 North Main St, Lockhart, Texas 78644-Beef ribs and cheese filled sausages are recommended.
Smittys BBQ-208 S Commerce St, Lockhart, TX 78644-they have a salad bar! and Stuffed baked potatoes.
Eats-Coopers old time pit bbq-505 W. Dallas, Llano, Texas Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 915-247-5713
Loyola Beach, Texas (Greater Corpus Christi)
King’s Inn-1116 East County 2270 Loyola Beach, Riviera, Texas 78379 361-297-5265, avacado salad and just a few seafood items with a unique tartar sauce. Closed Sunday and Monday
Home to Light Artist Donald Judd, this town has a lot of his work all over the place, including an installation in an old army barracks. See his work at the Chinati Museum.
Carmens Cafe-317 San Antonio Street, Marfa.-said to be the best mexican food in town.
Hotels-Riata Inn, Highway 90, 915-729-3800-just outside of town
8731 Hwy 6, Navasota, TX 77868
Needville, Texas (greater Houston)
The Jay Cafe-16634 Highway 36
Needville, Texas 77461
apple pie and a great burger served on a jalapeno bun. Great sign
Pearland, TX (HOUSTON)
Eats-Killens Barbeque – 3613 E. Broadway • Pearland, TX 77581
Round Top, TX
Eats-Royers Round Top Café – 105 Main St, Round Top, TX 78954 Home cooking and pie. Lunch only sunday, Closed M-W (979) 249-3611
San Antonio, TX
The Local alternative paper is the San Antonio Current.
Finally I remember the Alamo. If you are in San Antonio, you will go there so just give in.
First of all, a half hour north of San Antonio is the town of New Braunfels, TX. It is home to two wonderful things. One is the most amazing waterpark ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE! Its called Schlitterbahn and its actually 3 waterparks, 2 of them share one parking lot while the other is a mile away. Schlitterbahninvented what is called a “watercoaster” which is a slide which shoots you uphill using water. They have these featured all over the two newer parks. The third park is most unusual. Its built on the side of a hill and takes advantage of the terrain and its location on a river. They have numerous “tube chutes” where you ride inner tubes through troughs of water which are sometimes gentle, sometimes rapids, all of them fun and relaxing and never boring. One of them runs an hour!! You must go here! MUST!!
Also in New Braunfels, is the New Braunfels Smokehouse, what else? A bbq place-New Braunfels Smokehouse (The Original), Corner of Hwy 46 & I-35 Phone (830) 625-2416 and nearby is the Gruene Hall-1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130, the oldest venue in Texas, old roadhouse style. Then there is also the Icehouse, the Texas version of the beer garden. Billy’s Ice House-1193 Loop 337,New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 629-8169http://www.billysice.com/
Back to San Antonio, they have a pretty decent amusement park Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It has a great tower drop ride and log flume and is built inside an old rock quarry. They have a wave pool in the shape of texas, but there is no way to see that to confirm it since its so far from anything with height.
Tip: Buy a six flags seasons pass, and you can visit 3 parks in texas for the price of one in the triangle of Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
They also have a SEA WORLD with a couple of good rollercoasters.
Museum-Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum – 239 Abiso Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 824-7791
I happened to be on a meat quest when I was on my Texas trip, so I had mucho BBQ but no mexican. So I ate at Rudy’s Country Store (various locations-one at 24152 W Ih 10 at: IH-10 and Boerne Stage Road-tel: (210) 698-2141. You order meat by the pound and put sauce on it yourself. The Pork Loin was bland and dry when I went but it was pretty good. Caution: Beware of overordering. Try things in quarter pound increments, for we wound up with two much food. No Frills here either.
I also hit a real sit down chain called the County Line BBQ-many locations in San Antonio. There was too much to choose from, but they have cheap good peel and eat shrimp, smoked prime rib yum and lots more in a less authentic but good atmosphere. Great baby backs. They had good looking desserts, but what-are you kidding me? I can only eat so much.
And for steak, I went to the Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse, 60 NE Loop 410 at: McCullough Ave-tel: (210) 342-4477 and many other locations statewide. Yummy Mesquite grilled steaks, served with amazing garlic mashed potatoes swimming in butter and texas toast points, which you are to dip in the butter atop the potatoes. Then they have the JACK DANIELS PIE which is not a pie at all but a caserole mess of chocolate chips and brownie, topped with jack daniels covered with chocolate chip cookie dough which is then baked then SMOTHERED in ice cream. Best when shared so you don’t pass out from the sugar rush.
Walk around Market Square (W. Commerce at Santa Rosa) for galleries, restaurants, bars and a Mexican market, where you can tacky souveniers.
The River Walk is a very touristy area, basically a canal with little cruise boats and tons of bars and restaurants. Its right across the street from the Alamo, so you can’t really miss it.
The best restaurant on the River Walk is said to be Boudro’s (421 E. Commerce, 210-224-8484)- a hybrid of New Orleans and Texas cooking, and always packed. Reasonably priced.
Rosario’s-910 S Alamo St-San Antonio, (210) 223-1806-said to have the best margarita, as well as the best mexican food in all of San Antonio.
Schilo’s Delicatessen -a historical landmark, and the best place for soup or homemade root beer. 424 E Commerce St. San Antonio, TX (210) 223-6692
Acapulco Drive-inn & Catering 609 S. Alamo St. San Antonio (210)224-2452-Cheap, outside beer joint with picnic tables and great chips and refried bean dip.
Liberty Bar-328 E. Josephine St. San Antonio (210)227-1187-Tasty, decor free southwestern food. CHEAP!! Local favorite.
the Cove-606 W. Cypress Street , San Antonio , Texas , 78212 , 210-227-2683-fish tacos and awesome food and live music in a carwash
Magic Time Machine ?- 902 NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78209- (210) 828-1470-Theme restaurant where staff dress as cartoon characters. Not sure how I feel about this.
Nightlife centers around the River Walk. Lots of Bars, and it’s safe most hours of the night.
Dick’s Last Resort (406 Navarro, 210-224-0026) the River Walk is big with young tourists and conventioneers. They have live music on most nights.
Market Square is also full of bars and “cantinas” and you can find great margaritas everywhere.
Also, St. Mary’s Strip (2400 North St, Mary’s near Hwy. 281) has a big selection of bars, nightclubs and restaurants and a ton of live music.
The Korova -107 E Martin St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-5070
Limelight -2718 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212(210) 735-7775 Touring national acts, including Punk shows. Til 2 am
Jiggers-Loud Rock and Roll, live bands.1639 Babcock Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78229- Yelp says “great if you belong in the Klan” and “like the Jerry Springer show live” so use caution.
TEN ELEVEN 1011 Avenue B San Antonio, TX 78215
–Hotel Havana -1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205 Fancy Old Renovated Hotel with Latin snacks in the mini bar. Nice bar to drink in too. Ocho restaurant inside.
Blue Star Arts Complex-1420 S Alamo -San Antonio-Old warehouses converted to Galleries. Said to be the best in SA.Hotels-
Adams House Bed & Breakfast Inn-231 Adams St, San Antonio (210) 224-4791-Highly recommened hotel with rooms about 100 dollars. You may be able to get a AAA discount.Painted Lady -620 Broadway St. San Antonio (210)220-1092-another B&B with charm and a Liberace room. Hmmm.Adkins, TX (near San Antonio)eats-Texas Pride BBQ-Great texas style bbq in a huge compound
http://www.texaspridebbq.net/ 210-649-3730, 2980 E. Loop 1604
Amarillo, Texas 79118, Main (800) 657-7177-home to the “free” 72 ounce steak, that is, free, if you eat it all, and the sides.
Coyote Bluff-A bunch of different kinds of burgers including the Burger From Hell. 2417 S. Grand Street, Amarillo, TX 79103GoldenLight Cafe and Cantina-2906 SW 6th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106-said by some to have the best burger (green chile burger natch) on old Route 66.
The 806-2812 SW 6th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106
Round Rock Donuts-106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664, (512) 255-3629
San Angelo, TX
Restaurant, bar and Museum-
Miss Hatties Restaurant and cathouse lounge?-26 E Concho Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903 (325) 653-0570- Open daily. Also a bordello museum next door. Try Miss Hatties brothel burger Great onion rings!
Louis Mueller BBQ- 206 W Second Street, Taylor, TX 76574 famous for brisket and Jalapeno Sausage
Local Mini Chain here with delicious burgers called Jucy’s Hamburgers
-www.czechstop.net – 105 North College Avenue, West, TX – (254) 826-4161- Rest Stop along I-35, 75 miles south of Dallas. 15 miles north of Waco specializing in Kolaches, A pastry type. You can also stay nearby at the Czech INN, which is locally owned.