Interactive Map of Family-Owned Restaurants Across Texas

Interactive Map of Family-Owned Restaurants Across Texas

Plan your food-inspired road trip with these 33 mom-and-pop restaurants Texas. The decisions are wide open when hunger strikes on those long hauls across the state. Sure, you could pull up to the nearest drive-thru window (again), but there’s nothing boldest or grandest about a bag of fast food—especially when exceptional mom-and-pop restaurants are dishing up affordable comfort a little farther down the line.

Texas Arts and Crafts Fair Returns to the Hill Country After Five-Year Absence

Texas Arts and Crafts Fair Returns to the Hill Country After Five-Year Absence

The Texas Arts and Crafts Fair, which the legislature deemed the official arts and crafts fair of the Lone Star State in 1995, is returning this fall after five years of absence. The Hill Country Arts Foundation will debut its newly updated Ingram campus to an estimated 5,000 guests in support of more than 150 Texas artists Sept. 28-30.

Experience One of the Best Live Music Scenes in Texas at Houston’s Silver Slipper

Experience One of the Best Live Music Scenes in Texas at Houston’s Silver Slipper

In broad daylight, the Silver Slipper is hardly a looker. The compact building 4 miles northeast of downtown Houston is about as long and wide as an eight-lane bowling alley—“indistinct Minimal Traditional,” according to The Handbook of Texas. Three days a week, it’s a bar, short-order eatery, and neighborhood hangout.

Passionate Chefs Make Boxed Sandwiches A Thing of the Past at These Fort Worth Museums

Passionate Chefs Make Boxed Sandwiches A Thing of the Past at These Fort Worth Museums

When chef Denise Shavandy walks into the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, she often wonders if she’s dreaming. Before she found her way to cooking, Shavandy considered other career paths that might have landed her in a place like this. Fortuitously, her job as executive chef of Café Modern, the museum’s restaurant, involves crafting beautiful food next to some of the most important art anywhere, inside a building created by one of the world’s foremost design talents.

What the Heck Is Sotol? Visit This Hill Country Distillery and Tasting Room and Find Out

What the Heck Is Sotol? Visit This Hill Country Distillery and Tasting Room and Find Out

Desert Door’s sandstorm margarita combines its signature sotol with lime, peaches, rosemary, and jalapeño.In 2016, graduate students Judson Kauffman, Brent Looby, and Ryan Campbell stood around in a college parking garage drinking Mexican sotol from the bottle before class. 

Has Brenham Become the Hamptons of Texas?

Has Brenham Become the Hamptons of Texas?

There aren’t enough synonyms for “quaint” in describing Brenham, that rare landlocked town that feels like it should have a lighthouse. Arranged around an Art Deco courthouse which, built in 1939, is one of the newer buildings downtown, Brenham keeps history in its place.

Find History and Romance on the Bridges of McLennan County

Find History and Romance on the Bridges of McLennan County

Despite its title, this story is not a parody of a famous novel with a similar name. It is about a love affair, however, one that endures between the people of Waco and their bridges. And this love story begins with a tortilla.

The Daytripper Explores Nocona’s Leatherworking Roots

The Daytripper Explores Nocona’s Leatherworking Roots

I don’t go trippin’ to North Texas as much as I’d like to, so in the hopes of finding a new adventure I hopped on the highway and drove as far north as it would take me (without landing in Oklahoma). And what I found was Nocona, a fascinating town with a storied leatherworking tradition.

After Tackling Topics like Al Qaeda and Scientology, Texas Writer Lawrence Wright Is Now onto Examining the Lone Star State

After Tackling Topics like Al Qaeda and Scientology, Texas Writer Lawrence Wright Is Now onto Examining the Lone Star State

Wright, 71, welcomed 2018 with the Hulu miniseries The Looming Tower, based on his 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Al-Qaeda and 9/11. Then came the world premiere of his play Cleo, about the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton during filming of the 1963 epic Cleopatra. Most recently, Wright played a key role in the acclaimed documentary Three Identical Strangers, which is informed by a study he unearthed in his 1997 book, Twins.

Frank X. Tolbert 2 Interprets ‘Incredible Creations of Nature’ in the Texas Bird Project

Frank X. Tolbert 2 Interprets ‘Incredible Creations of Nature’ in the Texas Bird Project

 
The art aficionados at the opening of Frank X. Tolbert 2’s Texas Bird Project exhibition in Austin were clearly enamored with the artist’s prints, paintings, and drawings of the state’s winged and feathered beings.

Get a Concentrated Dose of Marfa’s Bohemian Counterculture at El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love

Get a Concentrated Dose of Marfa’s Bohemian Counterculture at El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love

 
Arriving in Marfa, the high-desert ranching town with a lofty reputation as a mecca for modern art, first-time visitors sometimes find themselves wandering empty streets and wondering, “What’d I miss?” Those who come to love this creative outpost understand that it takes patience to get a feel for the town’s enigmatic allure.

Opa’s Smokehouse in Fredericksburg Has Kept Generations of Customers Coming Back for More

Opa’s Smokehouse in Fredericksburg Has Kept Generations of Customers Coming Back for More

The Opa’s story began in 1947 when Arno Schwethelm, a merchant and rancher from Comfort, gave a small meat market to his daughter Ruby and son-in-law Milton Edwards as a wedding present. The young couple renovated the building and established their meat market as Fredericksburg Lockers’ Inc.

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