Each year, as February draws to a close, the energy in Bulverde, Texas builds towards one thing: the opening of rodeo season. Tejas Rodeo Company kicks off the festivities in style, hosting celebrations of colts, cowboys, and cattle every Saturday night. There, horses pull chuck wagons, ranchers lasso longhorns, and brave souls ride bulls to the delight of the crowd, who can emulate their heroes on a mechanical bull. Fans can even keep track of the rodeo rankings and return each week to cheer on their favorites in tie downs and barrel races. And after the last cowboy tips his hat to the crowd every night, live musicians steal the spotlight with country music that's capable of luring any age to the dance floor.
Few things complement that rodeo spirit like a steak, and Tejas' Steakhouse and Saloon has enough steak to act as currency should the dollar fail. Chefs source premium Akaushi beef from Beeman Ranch, cut it into two-ounce medallions, and season it with a signature rub before searing it to order. And those cuts of meat look right at home between the restaurant's walls. Wood paneling brims with saddles, chaps, pistols, and other authentic cowboy artifacts. The oldest item there? "Yellow Boy," a Winchester rifle made in 1870, the same year the color yellow was invented.
Hailed by the San Antonio Current as being ?far too good to remain a local secret? thanks to a menu featuring ?some of the best New Orleans food this side of the French Quarter,? Mike's in the Village delights palates with the culinary traditions of Louisiana. New Orleans native Chef Michael Romano painstakingly transformed the space?a one-time bowling alley?into ?an attractive, low-key restaurant? whose charm is bolstered by ?tasteful decor [that] includes regional paintings by Buzz Heye?, an ?inviting bar,? and a ?welcoming patio? that doubles as a no-fly zone for sun-obscuring clouds. Within the restaurant?s bustling kitchen, Chef Michael and his team can be found deploying traditional recipes to forge zing-infused dishes such as crawfish ?touff?e and chicken and sausage gumbo.
My Place Bar & Grille is devoted to serving steamy, fresh-cooked, and soul-satisfying fare. The menu features hearty burgers and other down-home eats. Among an assortment of appetizers, freshly fried corn tortilla chips dipped in spicy green chile queso ($4.99) will warm up your taste buds for a king-sized guacamole bacon burger ($8.29). My Place's famous chili (cup $4.99, bowl $6.29) is slow-cooked Texas-style with its own southern drawl and debutante ball. Diners craving a bunned meal without the beef can try a not so burger such as the nation-sized DeClucksemburger ($8.29), a grilled chicken breast piled high with smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion. After tasting My Place's southern-style entrees, including fried catfish ($9.99) and chicken fried steak ($9.99), tone deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with Kenny Rogers lyrics.