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Travel Guide: Austin, TX
The
Austin Chronicle is the alternative weekly.

Click here for lots of content about Austin
Texas weekly article on best small town cafes of Texas
 
Dallas/Fort Worth

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.

Live Music
Trees-said to have the best live music in Dallas, with the room painted as a forest.
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
Bar of soap-3615 PARRY AVE. DALLAS, TX. 75226     214-823-6617
Lounge on Elm Street. 2810 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75226

Record stores
Good Records-1808 Lower Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75206 (214)752-4663
Bill's Records and Tapes -1317 South Lamar Street, Dallas  972-234-1496

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

Other Eats-
Kincaid's, 4901 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, 817-732-2881
charred 1/2 lb burgers inside a giant bun.
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
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

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.
Denton, TX
About 30 miles north of Dallas lies the college town of Denton, home to the University of North Texas.

Alernative Art-Good/Bad Art Collective-120 Exposition, 940-591-1725

Nightclubs and bars
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.

Eats
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
Venues-The Percolator, an independently-owned coffee shop located in the Martin Building at 217 N. Stanton, also hosts band shows.
 
Elgin, TX-Near Austin-Southside Market and BBQ-1212 Highway 290, Elgin, TX, famous for bbq sausage.

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.
Houston

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.

Record Stores
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.

Live Music-
Hands Up-Hands up Houston is a promoting crew that puts on lots of indie band shows at different venues around town.
Fitzgeralds-2706 White Oak - Houston, TX 77007 || 713 - 862 - 3838
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)
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


Clubs-
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!!

Hotels-
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 quirky
Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast.

Lockhart, TX
Considered by some as the BBQ Capital of the world.

Eats-
Kreuz Market-619 N. Colorado St. , Lockhart, TX  512-398-2361
Also good, Blacks BBQ and Smittys.

Llano, TX
Eats-
Coopers old time pit bbq-505 W. Dallas, Llano, Texas Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 915-247-5713

Lubbock, TX-

Lubbock Online
Best of 2000.  Also check their club listings page.

Marfa, Texas

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.

Eats-
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
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.  I went there when I was little, but I didn't remember it.  Seriously.

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.  Schlitterbahn invented 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) 629-8169 http://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.

Eats-
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

Nightlife
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.

Live Music-
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
The Mix-2423 North Saint Marys Street San Antonio, TX 78212-3737 - (210) 735-1313 -good place.  mix of everything from Rockabilly stuff to punk and more

 


Art-
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/
Phone: 210-649-3730
FAX: 210-649-3282
2980 E. Loop 1604
Adkins, TX

Amarillo, TX

Eats
-Big Texan Steak House and Motel, 7701 East I-40
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 79103

 

Round Rock, TX(outside of Austin)
 
Eats
Round Rock Donuts-106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664, (512) 255-3629
www.roundrockdonuts.com


Taylor, TX

Louis Mueller BB
Q-   206 W Second Street,    Taylor, TX 76574 famous for brisket and Sausage
 
West, Tx
 
Eats-
The Czech Stop of West, Texas
-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.
Labor Day weekend each year you can enjoy Westfest, an annual polka festival

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