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On 8/15/2019 at 5:22 PM, PsychMike said:

Speaking of Bodacious, I'm having to drive to Shreveport and want to hit them up on the way home. There's apparently one in Marshall that would trim some time off my drive but is it comparable? Do you need to go to Longview to get the good stuff?

this is after the fact, but no they aren't the same.

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On 8/15/2019 at 9:15 PM, Etexhorn13 said:

TBH I grew up in Jefferson and have never gotten the Riverport hype other than to say it’s tasty, but I’ve never been blown away. I will grab a chopped brisket sandwich when I go back to visit my parents, but I’d probably rather get my bbq fix when I get home and go to Pinkertons. I will say that it’s better than all the other bodacious in the area that aren’t mobberly, though. 

seconding this, is it good? yes.

is it damn good for a town of like 2000 people? yes.

but is it worth driving up to from I-20 or down from I-30 like Mobberly? negative. 

it is for my money pretty easily in the top 3 in North East Texas (Bodacious Mobberly, Stanleys, Riverport)

all of that said, Stephen Joseph is a good dude who makes good BBQ.

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Not sure if this is still a live forum but I will post anyways. Visited twice the Fry Bread House in Phoenix. Love me some Indian Tacos.

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Bill's Burgers opening another location.  This time in Lampasas.  It'll be in the old Toupsie's location on the north side of town.

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3 hours ago, Longhorn Al said:

Bill's Burgers opening another location.  This time in Lampasas.  It'll be in the old Toupsie's location on the north side of town.

I’m assuming you actually pulled that hand in your avatar. If so, bravo! I’ve only seen it happen live one time. 

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7 minutes ago, Dangit said:

I’m assuming you actually pulled that hand in your avatar. If so, bravo! I’ve only seen it happen live one time. 

Did it twice in 2018.  Both in tournaments.  Crazy times.

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1 hour ago, MirrOlure said:

Old Tyme Grocery in Lafayette, LA...in town about 2.5 miles off I-10.

Worth it
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I was just talking about this exact same sammich with my buddy yesterday.  That's a must stop location for us when en route to NoLa or Red Stick.  

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4 hours ago, MirrOlure said:

Old Tyme Grocery in Lafayette, LA...in town about 2.5 miles off I-10.

Worth it
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I love this thread!

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On 9/18/2020 at 1:47 PM, MirrOlure said:

Old Tyme Grocery in Lafayette, LA...in town about 2.5 miles off I-10.

Worth it
 

 

the popeye's buffet used to be in that area

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On 6/15/2019 at 10:19 PM, NotActuallyALonghorn said:

House of Burgers and Wings in Corpus Christi has one of the better burgers I've had, particularly for not being too greasy. It also has an outdoor playground with bouncehouses and stuff for kids, so it's pretty family friendly.

Edit: They have pretty good mexican food as well.

Not a bad choice, but my old hometown favorite has always been Snapka's drive in.  In business for 60+ years and their dixie burger is one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.  Having grown up two blocks from the original Whataburger, Corpus Christi has had some great burger history.

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Adding a handful to the map and posting here as well.

Fredericksburg

  • Caliche Coffee - best coffee shop in FBG, they roast their beans in house plus they have good pastries.
  • Pecan Grove Store - old icehouse (Store was built in the late 50s) located 7ish min north of Fredericksburg on Highway 16. Beer/wine only, kitchen is open Thur to Sat 12 to 8p but on Fri and Sat night they also have handcut fries along with their Dino burgers. Huge outdoor seating area and usually have music on the weekends.
  • Hondos - There is a reason this is one of the most popular places in town. It is on West Main, so may have a problem finding parking on the street, but just park at the bank next door or further down the block past it. Live music basically every night they are open, huge outdoor seating area with fans, dog and kid friendly with a full bar and pretty good bar food.
    • Food recs: brisket mac & cheese, burgers, cheese fries (monterey jack vs nacho cheese, so they are broiled), queso for the table, stacked enchiladas.
  • I moved a couple of places around in Fredericksburg on the map to their current locations

Taos

  • The Coffee Apothecary - some of the best coffee I have had in 2020 was from here. Family owned & operated and they roast their own beans in house. MULTIPLE time "Best of Taos" award winners. This is the place that the locals go. No food, but the food truck next to them (Mary Jane's) has great burritos and also has won a bunch of "Best of Taos" awards.
    • Side note: Avoid World Cup Cafe - their coffee is decent but they have the baristas/workers that look down their nose at basically everyone. literally heard the guy say "here is your latte thing" to someone and bitch about someone else's order. plus they are cash only (in 2020 hard to believe these people exist) - plus their folks don't wear masks even after having to close for a while due to positive employee COVID tests like a month prior.
  • Doc Martin's - had a limited menu due to COVID but the Carne Asada over a cheese enchilada was a revelation and one of the best things I've had in 2020. The sofrito rice is the best rice I've ever had (beans were just ok, but the rest was just so good) - I haven't re-made this but it's a great idea I can't believe I didn't think of before now. Full Bar due to their association with the Taos Inn and Adobe Bar inside it. 
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  • Taos Cow Ice Cream is about 15 min north of "Taos" in Arroyo Seco but has great ice cream they make their own. They have coffee and other stuff too but the ice cream is the show stopper - have a number of interesting flavors but even their basic stuff is fantastic

Ruidoso

  • Cafe Rio Pizza - thin crust, NY style pizza in Ruidoso on the main drag. They get super busy after about 5p so call ahead or call in in the afternoon to order your pizza for later at night. They have recently been running out some on Fri/Sat night so that's just another reason to do so. Lots of options but a really solid pepperoni and cheese pizza here. Normally they sell by the slice but with COVID i think it is full pizza only. Another place that is really popular with the locals and tourists both.

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19 hours ago, pch said:

Not a bad choice, but my old hometown favorite has always been Snapka's drive in.  In business for 60+ years and their dixie burger is one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.  Having grown up two blocks from the original Whataburger, Corpus Christi has had some great burger history.

I grew up on the Dairy King in Taft.   My dad used to work at a phcy right down the street from the original WB.  He ate lots of those burgers made by Mr Dodson there on Ayers.  I still say those old Whataburger places where they took your order on the sack were head and shoulders better than the current ones.

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On 9/21/2020 at 1:14 PM, pyrohornIII said:

I grew up on the Dairy King in Taft.   My dad used to work at a phcy right down the street from the original WB.  He ate lots of those burgers made by Mr Dodson there on Ayers.  I still say those old Whataburger places where they took your order on the sack were head and shoulders better than the current ones.

YOU KNOW IT!  That black and white picture of the little league team sitting on the railing while their burgers were being cooked is truly what the good old days is all about.

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