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When you think of Texas, you can’t help but think of barbecues and ridiculous quantities of meat. With so many varieties, it’s difficult to know where to start, but for us, the king of the barbecue has to be the Texas brisket. Rubbed with mustard and spices, and slowly smoked over nine hours, it has an incredible depth of flavours. A little morsel of trivia for you…
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Another quality chain to look out for on your travels is local-favourite Whataburger. Apparently, founder Harmon Dobson’s main aim was to create a burger so large it had to be eaten with two hands, and so delicious you can’t help but exclaim “What a burger!” upon eating it. As far as we’re concerned, a job well done. In recent news…Delicious!
Neighbouring Mexico has also had a huge influence on the food, bringing the world delicious Tex-Mex. If you happen to find yourself in Austin, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but we recommend you checkout Güero's Taco Bar, where they prove that bigger really is better.
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If you’re driving through Texas along the famous U.S. Route 66, be sure to look out for the Cadillac Ranch. This classic roadside attraction pays worthy homage to America’s love affair with anything on four wheels,with 10 colourfully graffiti-ed Cadillacs buried hood-first.
Texas is almost three times the size of the UK, so simply hitting the road to explore with no direction might just get you nowhere – literally. Instead, we recommend a road trip around the Hill Country, where you can catch a glimpse of the real cowboy lifestyle.
Fans of interactive design, film buffs and music lovers alike will be in their element at Texas’ famous South by Southwest festival. The sheer scale of the schedule over the two –week festival is somewhat daunting, so be sure to plan your visit well in advance.
For a truly unique Texan experience, drive over to Mason County and try your luck at hunting for Topaz. There are a number of ranches in the area that will set you up with everything you need to go hunting for the official state gem, which is only found in this area.
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With the Texas Brisket lauded as the king of the BBQ scene in the state, you’d think that it might date back to the days of the pioneers. Surprising, this isn’t the case - it actually wasn’t until the 50s and 60s that the brisket became a popular cut of meat for the BBQ; previously, it was generally reserved for stews due to its toughness. With the arrival of Jewish immigrants (and their cuisine) to the State, Jewish butchers started selling salt beef, pastrami and smoked brisket in their delicatessens. Naturally, it caught on quickly and has enjoyed pride of place on the BBQ scene ever since.
As we said, the delicious Tex-Mex cuisine was born out of Mexico’s close relationship with Texas, but originally the term ‘TexMex’ entered the American vernacular in reference to the Texas Mexican Railroad in 1875. It was later used to describe Texans of Mexican descent, and eventually became synonymous with their culture and cuisine, in particular. The food first made its entrance into popular culture during the 1880s, thanks largely to a group of women known as the ‘chili queens’, who served up bowls of delicious home-cooked food in the plazas of San Antonio. Thank you, ladies.
Well, it seems that founder Harmon Dobson’s mission to create that delicious, exclamatory burger has been achieved. In a recent – albeit unofficial - contest conducted by the Fast Company, the American public cast their votes and declared Whataburger the nation’s favourite burger restaurant, beating 31 competitors. The poll caused quite a stir across the States, and even ended up being covered by major news networks.