Over the course of 31 years, the smiling staffers at Express Oil Change & Service Centers have learned that customers just want their oil changed fast. Instead of selling extra parts out of an oversize trench coat, staffers work quickly and efficiently to give cars what they crave; quarts of thick, black oil in the blink of an eye without an appointment. Each procedure lasts approximately 10 minutes, during which mechanics will replace the vehicle's oil and inspect its innards for problems. The process is so quick that customers can even wait inside their own vehicles while it occurs, much like a drive-thru car wash or drive-thru dentist appointment.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has smoked beef brisket in-house nearly every night since 1941, painting each morsel with a tangy housemade sauce. Pulled pork, turkey breast, and polish sausage round out the menu with meals that are heartier than a burrito wrapped in Paul Bunyan’s plaid shirt. Boxed lunches and catered buffets brim with homestyle sides such as coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and jalapeño beans. Once the last pickle has been crunched and the last finger has been licked, guests can savor one of the restaurant’s most cherished traditions: a vanilla cone, on the house.
It's hard to pigeon-hole the cuisine of Texas into just one style of food. The large state is home to people from a wide range of cultures, and its cuisine reflects these Mexican, German, Creole, African, and Native American influences. In order to show off the true flavors of Texas, Texas Mesquite Grill's owner, Austin Yates, opted to serve everything from rib eyes hot off the mesquite grill to sizzling enchiladas to chicken-fried steak.
Whether it's a Texas quail kissed with a chipotle glaze or fish tacos flecked with a creole sauce, no dish truly evokes the flavors of Texas until it's paired with a beer, so Texas Mesquite Grill serves up 21 different beers on draft. The bartenders even make a version of their classic margarita with a splash of Corona, creating a beachy drink that's more refreshing than a tall glass of water with salt poured into it.
Gil’s Bar-B-Q's cuisine creators dish out a mélange of barbecued meat that can be read about on the straightforward menu. Flavorify mouths with a sweet sampling of Gil’s slow-cooked meats—including beef, chicken breast, sausage, ham, turkey breast, and pork ribs ($3.75+)—are doused in a cascade of Gil’s scrumptious barbecue nectar. The kitchen staff delicately bakes each meat in a wall-sized wood-burning pit to sizzle a juicy delicacy and stamp it with smoky flavors and a “Made by Gil’s” tattoo. The dinner plate (starting at $4.95) presents patrons with one meat and a choice between two sides such as coleslaw crafted from Gil’s family recipe or onion rings that accost the palate with flaky goodness. Guests can complete dining fests with a number of Gil’s other taste-bud-enticing items such as salads, burgers, wings, and desserts. Patrons can settle into the laid-back diner outfitted with green-backed booths and an eclectic mesh of pennants tacked along the walls to prevent them from tickling nearby ceiling fans.
Texas Rib Factory’s sugarless barbecue sauce gilds the edges of beef brisket, juicy ribs, and sausage. Inside the deep fryer, catfish and chicken take on a crispy, golden-brown hue, ready to be paired with southern sides such as fried okra and housemade potato salad.
Rockhouse's upbeat, musical confines nourish diners with a menu rocking out to steaks, seafood, burgers, and pub fare. Guests can start with crunchy fried-chicken brouchettes—white-meat chicken in a hickory-smoked bacon shawl ($8.99)—before heading to a thick, seasoned pork chop cooked over a controlled inferno ($13.99) or the fish-taco trio, a threesome of soft-shell flour disks filled with poppy-seed coleslaw and battered cod fillet and garnished with grilled asparagus ($12.99). Multifarious burgers, sliders, and sandwiches satisfy cravings for bread-clenched eats, with options such as the Chesapeake Bay burger topped with sautéed crab and melty swiss cheese ($8.99). Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., lunch takes the stage, entertaining taste buds with the avocado turkey wrap ($6.99) or a mountain of fresh fettuccine peaked with alfredo and a choice of chicken or shrimp ($6.99).