Drinking

It’s the number-one restaurant day of the year (bigger than Valentine’s Day, even)! Sunday, May 10 is less than two weeks away. Below, a guide to 21 of the best places out West to take Mom for her special day. Clicking on a restaurant’s name will take you to their special menu.

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(map) May 2-3, Becker celebrates all things lavender. From sweeping fields of blooming lavender to lavender soaps, sachets, lotions and plants. There’s live music, cooking demo’s, touring and wine-tasting, as well as food and craft vendors. Best of all, it’s free! Just $5 for parking. Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival website

Today we celebrate the final battle of the Texas Revolution, a fight that lasted all of 18 minutes. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s army to win Texas independence from Mexico. According to legend, Santa Anna missed

(map) Raise your glass to this news: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Real Ale opens their new taproom, serving over a dozen of their freshest brews. Buy a flight or a pint for $4 and toast the cool new setting. Open from 11 to 5, with tours available on Fridays and Saturdays (see a tour here). You’ll [...]

  (map) What better way to celebrate Texas Independence than all month long? And with $1 Lone Star beer? Starting March 1st, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q does just that. Cheers! Rudy’s Bar-B-Q website

(map) Next Saturday the 28th is Spicewood Vineyards’ 7th annual chili cookoff. $20 gets you a chili-tasting wristband, as well as a souvenir glass of Spicewood’s Cabernet Claret. Judges will decide which chili pairs best with the claret and the competition gets plenty hot! From 1 to 6 pm, with live music and food trucks. Find [...]

Sweet! From restaurants and wineries to shindigs in Luckenbach, all kinds of Valentine’s events are taking place out West. Just click on the links below for more info. Note: Most places say reservations are a MUST.

(map) The ultimate way to toast your Valentine’s Day may be this ‘rita from Iron Cactus. Dubbed “Vision for Valentine’s,” the drink is crafted from Patron Platinum, Grand Marnier Centenaire and freshly squeezed lime juice. But what sets it apart is what’s served on the side: A sparkling pair of earrings designed by Zoltan David, [...]

The Austin Chronicle just published “First Plates,” their annual Best Restaurants list. Five of those mentioned are out West, including Jack Allen’s Kitchen, The League and Pieous. Read more about the list here.


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