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Things to do while in Texas
Foodie Things
I highly suggest calling in advance to check hours of operation. Nothing worse than having your heart set on some good grub only to be greeted by a CLOSED sign!
BBQ Joints: Follow the links for info.
http://www.texasmonthly.com/lists/50-best-bbq-joints-world
This next one has a very cool interactive map listing with links to the BBQ Joints
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=116553252883363963152.000481875e5567b11bfc6&ll=31.756196,-96.350098&spn=4.977868,9.382324&z=7&dg=feature
http://amazingribs.com/one_nation_under_sauce/austin_barbecue.html

The Texas BBQ Trail Legends:
Elgin:
Meyers Elgin Smokehouse - 512 281 3331 http://www.cuetopiatexas.com/
Southside Market & Barbeque -512 281 4650 http://www.southsidemarket.com/
Lockhart:
Black’s Barbeque - 512 398 2712 http://blacksbbq.com/
Chisolm Trail BBQ -512 398 6027 www.chisolmtrailbbq.com - website is currently not working but a phone call did verify they are still open
Smitty’s Market - 512 398 9344 http://smittysmarket.com/
Kreuz Market – 512 398 2361 http://kreuzmarket.com/
Luling:
City Market – 633 Davis Luling TX 78648 – 830 875 9019 (CLOSED SUNDAYS) No Website
Luling BAR-B-Q – 830 875 3848 http://lulingbar-b-q.com/
Taylor:
Davis Grocery & Bar-B-Q - 512 352 8111 - 400 S. Robinson St. Taylor TX 76574 – No Website
Louie Mueller Barbeque - 512 352 6206 http://www.louiemuellerbarbecue.com/
Taylor Café-– 101 N. Main Taylor TX 76574 - 512 352 2828 - No Website
West End Café -1107 W. 2nd St. Taylor TX 76574 - 512 352 6790 - No Website

Pie Joints:
1 Bluebonnet Café - Marble Falls, TX - http://www.bluebonnetcafe.net/
2 Koffee Kup Family Restaurant – Hico, TX - http://www.koffeekupfamilyrestaurant.com/
3 Love Creek Orchards Patio Café – Medina, TX - http://www.lovecreekorchards.com/
4 Fried Pie Factory – Locations throughout Texas and Arkansas www.theoriginalfriedpieshop.com/Locations.html
5 Royer’s Round Top Café - Round Top & Austin Locations http://royerspiehaven.com/
6 Jefferson’s House of Pies – Under New Name - http://www.kittskornbread.com/
7 Pie In The Sky Co- Conroe, TX - http://www.pieintheskypieco.com/

By Type of Food
TOP 10 Chicken Fried Steak
1 Threadgills
2 Neal’s Café‚
3 Gracy’s Country Kitchen
4 Rockett Café‚
5 Palo Pinto Café‚
6 Hill Country Cupboard
7 Tip Top Café‚
8 Hickory Hollow
9 Bill and Rosa’s Steakhouse
10 Lu Lu’s Bakery & Café

TOP 10 Hamburger
1 Alamo Cafe
2 Fuddrucker’s
3 Lost Maples Café
4 Keller’s Drive-In
5 Kincaid’s
6 Hut’s Hamburgers
7 Chester’s Hamburger Co.
8 Yankee’s Tavern
9 Henry’s Hideout
10 Herd’s Burgers
Top 10 Dessert
1 Koffee Kup
2 Blue Bonnet Café
3 Lost Maples Café
4 Clark’s
5 Love Creek Orchards Cedar Mill
6 Cooper’s
7 Salt Lick
8 Royer’s Café
9 The Shed Edom
10 Blanco Bowling Alley

By Type of Restaurant
TOP 10 No-Frills Diner
1 The Shed Café
2 OST Restaurant
3 Koffee Kup Family Restaurant
4 Vinny’s Italian Restaurant
5 Gracy’s Country Kitchen
6 Waffle House
7 59 Diner
8 Klump’s Restaurant
9 Blue Bonnet Café
10 Vern’s Place

LOW-BUDGET ROAD FOOD
1 What-a-burger
2 Dairy Queen
3 Koffee Kup
4 Sonic
5 McDonald’s
6 Waffle House
7 Mary’s Cafe
8 Bluebonnet Cafe
9 Taco Bell
10 Keller’s

TOP 10 Patio Dining
1 Joe T. Garcia’s
2 Riverwalk
3 Grist Mill
4 Texas Pride BBQ
5 Deutschlander Freshwater Catfish Co.
6 El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant
7 Oasis Restaurant
8 La Brisa Mexican Bar and Grill
9 Wildcatter Steakhouse
10 Top Water Grill

By Meal
Top 10 Breakfast
1 Blue Bonnet Café
2 Koffee Kup
3 OST
4 Sunset Café
5 Cotton Gin
6 Newmans Bakery
7 Whataburger
8 Bowling Club Café
9 Lost Maples Café
10 King’s Café

Top 10 Lunch & Dinner
1 Cooper’s
2 Hard 8 BBQ
3 Clark’s
4 Blue Bonnet Café
5 Salt Lick
6 Koffee Kup
7 Steel Horse Café
8 Grist Mill
9 OST
10 Vinny’s

Statewide Best Roads:
Top 10 Roads in Texas
1 FM 337
2 FM 170
3 FM 455
4 TX 118
5 TX 16
6 FM 335
7 TX 35
8 FM 4
9 FM 1431
10 Willow City Loop

TOP 5 State Highway
1 TX 16
2 TX 35
3 TX 114
4 TX 118
5 TX 87

Regional Bests
TOP 5 ROAD Big Bend Country Region
1 FM 170
2 TX 118
3 US 17
4 Chisos Basin Rd
5 US 385

TOP 5 ROAD Gulf Coast Region
1 TX 35
2 TX 87
3 FM 3005
4 TX 361
5 TX 149

TOP 5 ROAD Hill Country Region
1 FM 337
2 FM 335
3 FM 336
4 TX 16
5 FM 1431

TOP 5 ROAD Panhandle Plains Region
1 TX 207
2 Park Road 5, Palo Duro Canyon State Park
3 FM 656
4 FM 94
5 TX 114

TOP 5 ROAD Piney Woods Region
1 FM 729
2 TX 87
3 FM 315
4 TX 21
5 US 96

TOP 5 ROADS Prairies & Lakes Region
1 FM 4
2 FM 455
3 FM 697
4 FM 390
5 FM 373

TOP 5 ROADS South Texas Plains Region
1 US 83
2 RR 334
3 US 281
4 TX 16
5 TX 285

BEST ROAD NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT:
1 FM 697
2 FM 4
3 TX 16
4 TX 349
5 FM 674
6 FM 473
7 RR 1050
8 RR 12
9 TX 163
10 TX 59

If you are into wine:
http://www.texaswinetrail.com

Interesting Roadside Tourist Attractions:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/tx

Other Top Historic Landmarks and Things of Interest:
Top Parks, Lakes, Attractions
1 Big Bend National Park Study Butte
2 Palo Duro Canyon Canyon
3 Inks Lake State Park, Burnet
4 Lake Travis, Austin
5 Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool
6 Garner State Park, Concan
7 Lake Whitney, Whitney
8 Canyon Lake, Sattler
9 Caddo Lake State Park, Karnak

TOP Swimming Hole
1 Hamilton Pool, Dripping Springs
2 Balmorhea State Park,Toyahvale
3 Camp Live Oak, Leakey
4 Blue Hole, Wimberley

Top Landmarks
1 Enchanted Rock Fredericksburg
2 Alamo, San Antonio
3 Stonehenge II, Hunt
4 Luckenbach, Luckenbach
5 Chisos Basin Big Bend National Park, Study Butte
6 Sam Houston Statue, Huntsville
7 Texas State Capitol, Austin
8 San Jacinto Monument, La Porte
9 Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo
10 Presidio La Bahia, Goliad
11State Capitol Building, Austin

TOP State or National Park
1 Big Bend National Park
2 Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool
3 Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon
4 Garner State Park, Concan
5 Huntsville State Park, Huntsville
6 Eisenhower State Park, Denison
7 Inks Lake State Park, Burnet
8 Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose
9 Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City
10 Big Thicket National Preserve, Kountze


Other Sites to See
1 River Walk, San Antonio

2 USS Lexington, Corpus Christi

3 Seawolf Park, Galveston

4 Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi

5 Space Center, Houston

6 Fort Worth Stock Yards

7 Dealey Plaza/Grassy Knoll, Dallas

8 Old Tunnel State Park Bat Caves, Fredericksburg

9 Caverns of Sonora, Sonora

10 Natural Bridge Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns, TX

11 Longhorn Cavern State Park, Burnett

12 Inner Space Cavern, Georgetown

13 Gruene Hall (Texas‘ Oldest Dance Hall), Gruene


Motorcycle Hangouts
1 Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop, Leakey
2 Big Slick’s Bar & Grill, Westminster
3 Strokers Ice House, Dallas 4 Reno’s Chop Shop, Dallas
5 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, Dallas
6 Luckenbach, Luckenbach
7 Hog Alley, Georgetown
8 Loco Coyote Grill, Glen Rose
9 Herschel’s Family Restaurant, Mt Pleasant
10 Willhoite’s Restaurant, Grapevine
11 Dam Icehouse, Houston
12 Loose Wheels Texas, Sherman
13 Doc’s Bar & Grill, Muenster
14 11th Street Cowboy Bar, Bandera

If you know of others worthy of mention please PM me the info and I will add it to the list.
 

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I didn't see Marie Calendar for pies or Papaduex for restaurants, but maybe that's because they're in San Antonio and not Kerrville?
 

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Now this is my kind of post: BBQ listings up top. Looking forward to some great lunches and dinner. I can even be talked into BBQ for breakfast if anyone else is interested:)
 

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Now this is my kind of post: BBQ listings up top. Looking forward to some great lunches and dinner. I can even be talked into BBQ for breakfast if anyone else is interested:)
I'll take you up on that. If we can find a BBQ breakfast with bacon I may never leave Texas.
 

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Damn excellent post John! I'm gonna show it to Janine! And I'm so excited to be back out there and see you guys and the rest of the Tejas crue!!!
Can't wait for FM170 and 118....not to mention the Sisters and the Hill Country!!!
 

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There is just so much to do here in Texas! Not to mention that a lot of the roads mentioned, even though they are country roads, have 70 and 75mph speed limits! And if you have EZPASS or TXTAG, there's a toll road through the heart of Tx with an 80mph limit!


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There is just so much to do here in Texas! Not to mention that a lot of the roads mentioned, even though they are country roads, have 70 and 75mph speed limits! And if you have EZPASS or TXTAG, there's a toll road through the heart of Tx with an 80mph limit!


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That toll would be 85 mph, Toll 130 between Austin and Seguin. And if you've got a tour pak the Toll cameras can't pick your license plate- so it's FREE! I -10 is 80 mph from Junction to damn near El Paso.

Anything under 65 (on highways) is unsafe in Texas!
 

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We may have to have a little pre-SWV recon, now that you done gone and mentioned Texas BBQ.
Take it from me- I have done TONS of research on the matter.

The top 3 BBQ joints in the Hill Country are (in no particular order)

La BarBQue in Austin. Open 1100- sold out

Franklin's in Austin Open 1100 til sold out

Snow's in Lexington, 60 miles northeast of Austin and only open Saturdays. 0900 til sold out.

Coopers in Llano (not the ones in New Braunfels or Mason!!!) Never sells out.

Smitty's in Lockhart Never sells out

Kruetz's in Lockhart Never sells out

Louie Miller's in Taylor. Sells out but open til 5
 

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Take it from me- I have done TONS of research on the matter.

The top 3 BBQ joints in the Hill Country are (in no particular order)

La BarBQue in Austin. Open 1100- sold out

Franklin's in Austin Open 1100 til sold out

Snow's in Lexington, 60 miles northeast of Austin and only open Saturdays. 0900 til sold out.

Coopers in Llano (not the ones in New Braunfels or Mason!!!) Never sells out.

Smitty's in Lockhart Never sells out

Kruetz's in Lockhart Never sells out

Louie Miller's in Taylor. Sells out but open til 5
This is SPOT on, but need to The Big Bib in San Antonio.

http://www.thebigbib.com/
 
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