Every five years, Texas Monthly lists the Top 50 ‘cue joints in Texas. It’s a big job – over eight months, a team of 16 trained eaters fan out across the state, visiting 658 places to find the best. This year, there were 18 repeats from the 2008 list, and one of them was Spicewood’s own Opie’s BBQ. Congrats on smoking the competition! See the entire Top 50 list here.
(map) Frozen margaritas, sunsets and Tex-Mex – what more do you need? How about a party on the patio? Iguana Grill has a fantastic setting overlooking Lake Travis. On Friday and Saturday nights, it’s even better because you can sit out and enjoy some awesome Texas talent, free. Shake Russell and his band See More »
(map) Score! Highlights opened just a few days ago to high-fives and major cheers from the neighborhood. Not a chain, the locally based restaurant seems to anticipate our community’s every desire. Outdoor patios? Check. 30+ TVs showing every major sporting event? Check. Typical sports-bar food – wings, pizza, burgers – that goes way See More »
Today’s my dad’s birthday. Here he is as a young pup, way out west in Mertzon.
A salute to all mothers everywhere, but especially to mine.
(map) They’re baaack! We’ve posted before about picking strawberries here, but at the farm next week, the time is ripe for big, juicy blackberries. At the beginning of the season, you hardly have to look to find See More »
(map) Verde’s is a big, open place that seems like it was designed for good times. As in, fun for kids and fun for grownups. There’s a huge covered patio that’s half-bar, half dining room. It overlooks a ginormous outdoor play area. So while the kids go nuts run around playing, See More »
(map) There are two great things about music at Angel’s: One, the shows are early, starting around 6 or 7. Two, they’re free! Three nights a week, you can enjoy bands like The Troubadillos, The Fabulous Chevelles, and Freddy Powers & Friends, dig into a good chicken-fried steak and still get home in time for your beauty sleep. Above, Sandra Bullock lookalike Andrea Marie and The Magnolia Band. This weekend, check out Six Sons of a Gun and Shawn Matthews.
Saturday, Austin Bakes for West set up shop at eight locations around Austin. Volunteer bakers manned the booths to raise relief funds for the town of West, Texas. It was a big success! Austin Bakes raised over $18,000, with 100% of donations going to West. And more donations are still coming in. If you missed the sale, you can donate online at austinbakes.com.
See more photos of the fun at Whole Foods Bee Cave below:
With Lake Travis dropping daily, all of the Sometimes Islands are now exposed, connected together into one long island. We waded across from Mansfield Dam Park recently and hiked around. We found lots of fossils and this spear point. The LCRA believes Native Americans like the Comanche, Apache and Tonkawa lived around these parts. My anthropologist friend Scott says it’s between 2,500 to 5,000 years old.