Lemons' Bar-B-Q crafts a barbecue-charged menu of steaks, sandwiches, chicken and seafood. Appetizing appetizers such as hand-breaded onion rings ($3.59 small, $4.99 large) deftly quell rumbling tummies as they warm up taste buds. Midday meal-seekers can nibble on a chopped or sliced barbecue sandwich ($4.99), then wipe away saucy traces with a juicy cheeseburger ($5.99). Dinner diners can dive fork-first into fried shrimp ($9.49) or chicken strips ($6.99), served with a choice of meal-rounding sides. Larger platters boasting steak, catfish, and savory roasted meats are also available for satisfying suppers. Today’s deal is valid for dine-in or carryout, allowing purchasers to pick their edible destination.
Crowned one of Texas's Best Restaurants by Texas Highways magazine readers, Underwood’s Cafeteria exudes western flair with a menu of biting barbecue and sauce-laden ribs. Gnaw on a pound of sliced barbecue beef ($8.99), German sausage ($7.19 per lb.), spare ribs ($8.79 per lb.) or chicken ($6.59 per lb.), or take a tongue dive through saucy straits of tender pork rib. Massive meals include family-sized selections of barbecue and chicken or single dinners with three sides, rolls, a relish tray, and a fruit cobbler, the perfect edible accompaniment to a long day spent translating Latin stereo instructions.
In 1885, behind the counter of Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store on the corner of Six Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas, pharmacist Charles Adlerton was struck by an idea. After observing how much patrons loved the combined scent of the many ingredients hidden within the soda fountain, he decided to create a drink that captured all their properties. He wound up inventing Dr. Pepper, and after one sip, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston Prim knew he wanted to sell it. Though the famous drink and plant have since parted ways, Dublin Bottling Works continues to celebrate that original legacy by crafting pure-cane-sugar sodas in chilled glass bottles, the way their employees have for more than 100 years.
Today, the bottlers' products find their way onto shelves all around the nation, and they invite visitors to come watch them while they work. They lead tours through their historic plant and the memorabilia-laden museum that now occupies their original offices. At the end of the tour, they make a stop in Old Doc's Soda Shop, where visitors can sample their products from an old fashioned soda fountain and buy bottled goods to drink at home or shake vigorously and then offer to neighbors who keep eating your newspapers.
A patio extends from Bluff Dale Vineyards's tasting room, presenting an expansive view of the sun-drenched grapevines and sloping foothills that D Magazine called "impressive." This swath of land grows the succulent grapes used to make the winery's fruit-forward selection of silken reds and aromatic whites. In addition to an oak-aged cabernet sauvignon, crisp chardonnay, and sweet muscat, the tasting room features a Texas cream sherry that is blended with the traditional—and time-intensive—solera system instead of with an industrial-sized cocktail shaker.
Owners David and Theresa Hayes also host live bands at their winery from time to time, inviting visitors to attend for free, bring a picnic, and tap their toes to the melodies of such groups as the Double J-R Band or the jazzy Pearl Street 4.
Chef Grady Spears has authored numerous cookbooks and showcased his skills on Good Morning America and the Today show, yet he still doesn't identify with the term chef. He's a cowboy cook—a long, tall Texan who made a living punching and selling cattle until a freak happenstance involving a quitting chef landed him in the grill-pilot seat. Patrons at Grady's Line Camp Steakhouse won't find any polished bamboo floors; instead, gritty hardwood and log-cabin-style seating complement the hearty menu, responsible for the restaurant's placement on Texas Monthly magazine's list of the 38 best steak houses in the Lone Star State. Patrons can snuggle up to grilled steaks and southwestern-style stuffed peppers after enjoying a beer-battered and fried appetizer or can clink longnecks to live music on the weekends for a rowdy evening without regretting trying to tip over a snoozing cowboy.