Featuring an extensive menu of creative American food—including The Reuben 1976—Humperdinks has served the mertroplex area for 38 years. Humperdinks boasts menu items such as barbecue ribs, sustainable seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers, and original buffalo hot wings, along with a number of award-winning microbrews.
It was April 2005 when planters began the painstaking task of rooting 7,000 vines in the rich, rocky soil of Cathedral Mountain Vineyard. Situated just 19 miles south of Alpine, Texas, the location was ideal––plentiful sun and chilly nights would sustain the Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre vines until the grapes were ready for harvesting. That day finally arrived in 2006, when cultivators descended upon the vineyard to reap the first fruits destined to become Times Ten Cellars' Spanish- and Rhone-style wines. These may seem like extraordinary lengths to go to for a decent pour, but one look at Time Ten’s wine list is all it takes to realize its founders’ fondness for Texan-born wines knows no bounds. At the tasting bar, guests can sample limited-release wines such as Cathedral Mountain Vinyard's Dessert Red or Vino de Piedra, alongside other domestic vinos from the Lone Star State, as well as those from California and––on occasion––even Italy. On select nights, jazz music drowns out the chorus of sipping rising up from the comfy cocoa arm chairs in the lounge, and Times Ten Cellar's also offers occasional classes for anyone looking for an excuse to expand their knowledge of wine or stick their nose in other people's glasses.
Recently featured in D Magazine, Havana Jim lights up the spirits of sophisticated smokers by offering an expansive selection of cigars and a comfortably upscale setting that's good for hosting puffs. The shop features a range of brands and prices; the Berger & Argenti Mooch maduro ($5) offers tasty inhales on a budget, as does the Alec Bradley Family Blend ($7), created for the fathers of the company's three principal executives out of richly flavored tobacco and power-tool extract. Higher-end light-ups such as the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary ($11) and the Padron 1964 Imperial ($20) offer complex sensations intended to keep taste buds guessing as if tackling an Agatha Christie–penned calculus test.
The Milk Pail Local Market & Drive Thru started with a simple idea: What if the convenience of the drive-thru wasn't reserved for fast food spots? From there, a new type of grocery store sprouted. It's stocked with the same staples, such as artisanal breads, milk, and ice cream. However, visitors who order online can pick up their basics in a drive-thru, without the hassle of climbing out of their car through the sunroof.
For those who don't mind a break from the driver's seat, though, the grocery store's team also welcomes walk-ins to a brick-and-mortar store, with a bigger selection than the drive-thru. The team believes customers should get to pick out their own fresh produce, for instance, and browse floral bouquets for the one that most strikes their fancy. The physical store boasts ready-to-eat casseroles and dips, too, along with an array of beers and wines.
Some towns have Oktoberfest, but only Little Elm, Texas has Shredtoberfest. The annual event rings in the National Wakeboard Points Chase, a wakeboarding competition that challenges its participants to perform ollies and air tricks as they soar above the waters at Hydrous Wake Park. In between sips of craft beers and bites of bratwurst and polish sausage, attendees enjoy the festival's activities, which include raffles, games, and giveaways and opportunities to hop on paddleboards or jump around in bounce houses. Guests can even enter the kicker contest, showing off their airborne skills while clad in their finest lederhosen wetsuits.