Beginning as a single shop in 1988, Racer Car Wash has expanded to include two additional Lubbock locations and continues to dole out soft-cloth washes and spot-free rinses. Vehicles can roll into the shop for a list of services from a quick Wash & Go to The Works, complete with polish, wax, tire dressing, and total-body protectant. Once cars are squeaky clean, staffers protect against streaks and spots with a towel dry and chickenpox vaccination.
Established in 1977, Copper Caboose delivers fresh Mexican dishes such as housemade guacamole and sizzling fajitas and American dishes such as charbroiled steak and smoked baby-back ribs to diners. The sports bar features six big-screen TVs as well as 11 booths each bedecked with its own private TV. Other entertainment options include twice-weekly Texas hold'em poker tournaments and free games pool until 7 p.m. every night.
The 50th Street Caboose, sister restaurant of the Copper Caboose, which was established in 1977, creates a rollicking, family-friendly setting, where the worlds of Tex-Mex cuisine and virtual entertainment collide. The restaurant's menu of charbroiled steaks, beefy fajitas, and taco dinners grants diners the energy to tackle an arcade stocked with more than 100 games, which have included popular titles such as Frogger and Terminator: Salvation. Exceptional button-smashers who earn handfuls of tickets can head to the redemption area to retrieve various prizes, such as toys, stuffed animals, and mounted pi?ata heads. The sounds of clacking billiard balls and contagious laughter vie for airspace as adults swig frosty brews in the lounge area, and 50th Street Caboose's party rooms reserve space for birthday celebrations, sporting events, and private get-togethers.
Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas need no introduction. These three Mexican staples are nearly ubiquitous north and south of the border, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a place that does them better than Emma's Mexican Food. The casual eatery gets it right by focusing on what matters: fresh guacamole, ripe tomatoes, and tender pieces of beef and chicken. For a special treat, try the chef's signature chile rellenos, which pair spicy peppers with melted cheese.
Chicken is the main draw at El Buen Pollo. The kitchen staff serves their birds whole, half, or, like incriminating documents, shredded up and rolled in enchiladas. To prevent diners from getting all chickened out, they also prepare meals that comprise other proteins, such as beef ribs and carne asada.