When in Texas

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  1. no really

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    San Antonio river walk. Great food, drinks and fun.
     
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    Go on a weekday around lunch and it's not bad otherwise it's packed!
     
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    I believe they claim it to be the oldest dance hall in Texas. Cowboys dance hall Thursday-Saturday is a good time in San Antonio, Floores in Helotes has live music all the time and usually has good artists and some times famous ones, it's outside San Antonio.
     
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    I also forgot round rock donuts in round rock has a huge donut if you go near Austin.
     
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    And, when in the Hill Country, don't forget Luckenbach.....
     
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    Texas is at it's best under two conditions.
    In the Snow. (Honest it happens)
    In the rear veiw mirror.
     
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    I did know that snow happens on occasion and I'm sure they'd find it entertaining but they have enjoyed their time so far. They've been treated very well by everyone they've encountered. The whole lot of them are farm raised with good manners, they enjoy what they do and are pleased to answer questions about their unique trailers and they're very inquisitive and have enjoyed learning about people and state they're visiting.
     
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    ..........Is he a welder\fabricator for oil field equipment ?
     
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    They're actually heavy haul specialists and their particular team has hauled the largest loads moved in Canada and will be doing some fairly routine work. Each unit will weigh about 270 tons and are typically components for refining projects, require a combination of pull & push trucks.

    The trailers they use can be configured in any way they require and often have to be driven or operated by remote control. They are a German made unit and while there are others who can operate them, he's one of very few who have been trained in Germany and qualified to train others. It's my understanding that the division in Texas does not have comparable equipment, and is considering purchasing so the Canadians will be working alongside Texans, giving them the opportunity to decide if the equipment is essential and if so, there will be a trained team in place.

    An example of the kind of work they do:

     
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    I'd like to start out by saying that I don't like bashing anyone's state or neck of the woods but I am about to just speak openly about our experience thus far.

    We are originally from the Chicago area. We left on a road trip that took us to Washington near the Canadian border and from there drove down to Cat Spring, Texas (southern Texas). We ended up settling down near Dallas due to having a couple of SO's family there and we were about to start our own family.

    So far we have not liked Dallas. We can't eat out at restaurants because it always upsets our stomach... We've tried different styles of cuisine, restaurants in different cities, mom and pop joints as well as big name chain restaurants.. We have only had luck at 2 places off the top of my head. I have heard so much of the BBQ in Texas. Or even just the meat. I'm still waiting on that experience. And to be fair, Texas is HUGE, so maybe it's out there somewhere. But I guess I assumed that one of their largest cities would have some outstanding food. Driving conditions are the worst of any place we've ever been. Even states that we had to drive through the mountains on black ice at night -_- People here get into horrible accidents because there's some light rain outside. I always notice all the car debris on the sides of the roads and especially on the sides of the highways. We call that big nightmare of a highway system the spaghetti death bowl. People here don't use lane signals or anything like that. It seems the speeds here are too slow or too fast. I've seen people get bullied on the road for using turn signals! And the poor out of staters! Whenever I see their license plates, I know someone is going to make their time on the road a hassle. We've also noticed that right or wrong, drivers like to get out of their car in this state to go yell at other drivers. We've seen it happen at plenty of stop signs and street light intersections. Even heard stories from people who have been FOLLOWED HOME to be confronted. Happened to one of my SO's old work friends maybe a couple months back. A group of guys in a truck followed him to our apartment complex and blocked his truck in. The 5 guys got out and proceeded to tell him to get out of his truck. Mind you, I wasn't there, but according to the friend he was cut off by the 5 guys in the truck. It was probably just a group of 5 bored guys trying to be tough. But still. I guess the "road rage" I am used to seeing is maybe honking or yelling from within your own car and it lasts moments before everyone gets back to their lives.

    Sorry I don't have any places to suggest they see. I still have a lot of looking around still to do myself. It's a shame they missed the bluebells? (flowers) they seem to grow all over the place for a period of time earlier in the year. It's quite pretty! We always see people stopping to take pictures among them. I hope to hear more suggestions from people of places to see and visit. Or maybe even some good food stops!
     
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    Koda, I think you took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in Mexico.
    I've lived in Texas (Dallas area) for 17+ years now. Great food just about anywhere!! Highways are better than average for a area with 6 million people (but there is still 6 million people on the roads). And while many drivers do speed, they're also mainly courteous (of course there is always going to be the exception to that).
    The only area you might get chased down are in the bad parts of town, but that's true in any part of the country.

    I will admit when we lived on the south side of Dallas, I didn't care for it too much, but since we moved to the north side its been GREAT! So much to do, so many great restaurants.

    If you want the best bbq in the Metroplex go to "Ten-50 BBQ" in Richardson off of 75 and Arapaho (on t he north bound frontage road of 75) - the brisket cannot be beat. We mainly stay away from chain restaurants and eat at local places.

    Your comment about the food sounds like my brother from Minnesota who thinks Bell Peppers are too spicy. Here in Texas we like some flavor to our food.
     
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    Koda , I have to agree with you Texas is one of the craziest states for driving.
    I've seen the interstate between Houston and Dallas back up for over 20 miles because the trooper was giving someone a ticket along side the frontage road!
    I used to be in heavy haul too and we always said Texas was best to drive in a ice storm be cause those without any sense were in a ditch and the rest were at home.
     
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    Well we are still here so I try not to take everything to heart. Just had to speak up about my personal experiences thus far. I've lived in various parts of Illinois and Florida. Lived in Washington and a few parts of Texas. Used to spend some winters in far north Wisconsin. So although I have not seen TONS of places, I'd say I have at least traveled and driven in various environments and gotten to eat cuisine from the north, east, south, and west haha

    But unfortunately for us so far, the food has been a bust. Which is a real shame because we LOVE BBQ and MEAT! Thank you for that restaurant recommendation, we actually have been living in the North Dallas area and we certainly like it a lot better than the southern part of Dallas! We've tried a lot of different places to eat. Then we started seeing if the large chains would be any different. Had a really bad experience with the Cheesecake Factory's food. Went to a couple of mom and pop type places where one had very greasy inedible sausage and the other place was just dry and flavorless. I guess we have just had really bad luck. Even the Texans we went with for dinner complained so it wasn't just us at least. The 2 places we have had no bad experiences were Papa Deaux's and Chipotle. Normally I just cook so we can avoid issues but I'd still love to find some local food spots that we can talk well of.

    The car chase down that happened to our friend specifically, that happened in North Dallas (near Richardson and Plano) :p But I will say when we lived in the Southern part (I guess more South East) you could hear gun shots at random. We haven't heard a single gun shot now that we're up north. Not even during 4th of July. We didn't know that the area we moved to was known as rather bad until we started telling people where we lived. Apparently Texans were shocked that we lived where we did.

    I've eaten a lot of southern food and food of various ethnicity. My family is all from Cuba, I'm a first generation American, I was born in Miami, Florida. Grew up in the Chicagoland area. So I'd say that I know about flavorful foods. Cuban food is ALL about flavor. Cuban food isn't known for being spicy but I also LOVE spicy food. So my issues with the food definitely haven't been because I couldn't appreciate flavors or spice :p I assumed with Texas being so near Mexico that there'd also be some good Hispanic food here. But so far it's been a lot of cheap greasy Americanized stuff. Maybe I just haven't found the spots that the long time locals like.

    @AmericanStand I think one of the other problems is 1, I have NEVER seen a cop car with someone pulled over. I've seen lots of illegal things done while driving but never a pull over. I have only seen cop cars at accidents and wrecks. And that's where problem number 2 comes in, the rubbernecking... I know people want to look but they don't move along... We've seen accidents happen because of the rubbernecking too. My SO had NEVER been in an auto incident of any kind, not even a fender bump. Since being in Texas, we have had TWO cars get trashed. First time he got side swiped by a car that went through a red light. The second time he was at a complete stop in a left turn lane with another car infront of him. The car behind came plowing through crashing into his back-end so hard that he went into the car infront of him, the person behind him then raced out of there. Both accidents took 30 minutes-1 hour before cops showed up and dealt with it. I remember both times were nightmares. So we are on our third car now. We went from a car to a bit better car to now having a SVU. We have a child and worry about any more accidents. We used to love going out driving just for leisure before Dallas. Now we only go out on the road if we have to!

    That being said, I don't really like city life to begin with... Chicago might have nice culture and food but I don't want to live there either. There was a lot of beautiful land and farms when we were driving around OUTSIDE of the major city areas of Texas. I don't want to make it sound like I hate someone's state. My experiences in certain areas here haven't been the best but I'm still looking around and keeping positive. I would probably like the area more if I was out near more land and the landscape views!
     
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    @Koda, Whataburger is your friend. :)
     
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    Living in Texas, I know its blasphemy but I can't stand Whataburger's burgers. Their shakes are good and so is their breakfast but their burgers are too much bun for the amount of meat you get.
     
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    Koda

    Since you mentioned North Dallas and Papadoux and Cheesecake Factory I know the general area (I live near there also) Heres some good restaurants that you'll find flavor at.

    Addis Ababba - Ethiopian Food - Richardson just south of Main St on the Southbound frontage road of 75 (kind of a hole in the wall, but GREAT food - I recommend "Doro Tibs" (Chicken) and the Vegetarian Platter
    The aforementioned ten-50 BBQ
    PF Chang's - Chinese -- next to the Cheesecake Factory I believe you were talking about in McKinney off of 75 One of the few national chains I recommend.
    Salsa's TexMex - Plano, Independence and Legacy in a small shopping center on SW corner - also have a 2nd location in Frisco (never been to that one)
    Cavelli's Wood Fired Pizza far north McKinney, Stonebridge Dr and Virginia Parkway (map on their website) Also a location in Irving (never been to that one).
    Lily's Cafe -- American and Guatemalan food - Plano, Independence and Parker in Tom Thumb shopping center North east side facing Parker. Breakfasts are great (and served all day)try their Cowboy Omelet, Lunches are good (I like their enchiladas myself, the burgers were so-so. I also had 2 people tell me their Chicken Fried steak was nothing to write home about). We eat there 3-4 times a month and 90% of time order breakfast.
    Royal Chopstix Chinese, small local chain.
     
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    Had a guy on our crew that was afraid of heights. When we went over the bridge in Corpus he had to shut his eyes until we got to the other side. One time one of the smart alecs on the crew (not me this time) yelled out we are over it now. And we werent.

    He like to tore up the inside of my truck before we got off that bridge.

    And dont take anyone afraid of water across the Pontchartrain Causeway. Bad mistake since its 23 miles long and looks like you are driving over the ocean at some points.
     
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    Like the Bluebonnet since they opened back up too. They dont do rodeos there anymore i dont think but the fences and stuff are still there.

    While we are on on New Braunfels everyone thats close to the area needs to drive down River Road. its awesome and doesnt take long. Canyon lake is also nice.
     
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    If you go for the Thanksgiving river parade get a hotel with a parking garage. Found out the hard way on that one.
     
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