peel and eat shrimp at the new Sundancer Grill near Lakeway, texas

(map) Good news for everyone who misses Shades! Sundancer Grill just debuted in the former Shades location and promises to be open year-round. Billing themselves as “upscale dining with a casual lakeside atmosphere,” the new spot is delivering when it comes to food (if only See More »

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Slow Ride draft beer IPA from the new Oasis Brewing Company at Oasis Texas on Lake Travis

(map) “A brew with a view.” It’s the perfect slogan for a brewery located next to The Oasis, with the same famous view of Lake Travis. It’s actually an even better view, ’cause it’s one floor higher! Cheers to Oasis Brewing, newly established in the See More »

(map) You can hear these falls before you can see them, the sound of water flowing over limestone like a musical call. These river stones were layered here 300 million years ago, give or take a day or two. The lazy, stair-step motion of the cascades belies the ferocity of the flash floods See More »

(map) This has to be one of the most heavenly smelling places in Texas! Open on weekends until July 13th, this is a cut-your-own place  where you can also shop for freshly harvested seeds, all kinds of soaps, oils and plants, or just sit back with a cool See More »

Hatch green chile shrimp scampi at chisos grill, bee cave, texas

(map) Now for summer, Chisos Grill is serving up several new dishes showcasing their creative Southwestern cuisine. (We’ve posted previously about Chisos Grill here.) Above, the Hatch green-chile shrimp scampi, Gulf shrimp sauteed in a white wine and green chile sauce. They’re served with a fried cake of jalapeno-and-cheddar grits. Below, the Texas eggrolls, stuffed with roasted Lockhart quail, black beans, corn and cheese, then fried. Below that, the pulled-pork Presidio tostadas, which aren’t new, but are darn good! Five new dishes are guest-starring on the menu currently.

Texas eggrolls at Chisos Grill, Bee Cave, Texas

Presidio tostadas at Chisos Grill, Bee Cave, Texas

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(map) Nothing gets your attention like a dish that’s on fire. Actually, the flame is only shooting up through the middle of the soup, but still, it’s a little, um, alarming. This Vietnamese Tom Yum soup is definitely yum. It’s made with shrimp, mushrooms, limes, lemongrass and chili peppers. It’s a delicious combo See More »

(map) Green Eggs & Ham, anyone? For all of you who feel like starting the weekend off right, the Iguana serves brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. You can relax on the covered patio and enjoy a great view of what’s left of the lake, along with dishes like Eggs Poblano. They say this is the Mexican version of See More »

Cross your fingers – it looks like there will be fireworks out West this year! To celebrate our independence, there are 23 fun events happening over two weeks, from burgers, barbecue and s’mores to live music, parades and wine-tasting. Below, a round-up with links to more info.  See More »

(map) Lake Travis may be low, but this old-school Texas swimming hole is always full of cool, clear water. The perfect way to cool off on a hot July Fourth weekend! Drive through an old-fashioned gate and then down a meandering dirt road that winds through huge oak trees. The Krause (pronounced Krow-see) family has See More »

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