Named by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 as the Barbecue Capital of Texas, the Central Texas town of Lockhart lives up to the honor with some of the best-regarded ’cue joints in the state.

“Lockhart, because of its fine architecture, beautiful courthouse, and of course its fantastic barbecue.” —Carl M. Cisneros, Lockhart

Visitors also head to Lockhart to tour the restored Caldwell County Courthouse, to play golf or swim at Lockhart State Park, or to shop for antiques or cowboy hats. A sign posted on the porch of Manny Gammage’s Texas Hatters, which dates to 1928, says it all: “There’s no place like this place, anywhere near this place, so this must be the place.”

For more information, contact the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, 512/398-2818; www.lockhartchamber.com.

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