The Cockrell family moved to the Dallas area in 1847 and purchased the part of John Neely Bryan’s homestead that included the Dallas town site and Trinity River ferry. Eventually the family opened a sawmill, lumberyard, gristmill and freighting business. The land they owned spread far on the rolling banks of the Trinity making up the family’s ranch, however, now much of that legend has been forgotten.
Today you may once again spot cattle roaming proudly where they once grazed, but now a skyline of concrete and steel are the backdrop where once only windmills and oil pumps could be seen. Continue reading →
The wife had a conference in San Antonio and it was decided that we’d make it a family affair so we loaded up the KIA and headed South, and thought it might be interesting to document some of the stops along the way.
Anytime (and I mean every time) we drive up or down the I-35 corridor there is the obligatory pullover at that Capitol of Kolaches in West, TX known as the Czech Stop. Since 1983 this deli-bakery-Shell station has been crankingout Czechoslovakian goodness that has six hundred travelers daily taking exit 353 to fill their tanks and their bellies.
Lamesa’s Sky-Vue Drive-In Theater, established in 1948, is well known through out the state. It is one of a handful of drive-in theaters remaining in the state of Texas. Some claim that the drive-in continues to operate merely to serve the legendary “Chihuahua” sandwich (stacked fried corn tortillas filled with homemade chili, onions, shredded cabbage and pimento cheese with a jalapeño pepper on the side) which is a specialty of the outdoor theater. Continue reading →
The votes are in and the people have spoken. It was a hot and contested week with the People’s Choice Award for Best DFW Food Truck. There were ten times more votes for this category than any other we have done so far.
Played honorably, the various trucks sent in teams of their followers to vote and it worked well. Seems food trucks have a stronger loyalty than any other business if this non-scientific voting procedure dictates anything. Continue reading →
In the small town of Bonham, a little drive about 70 miles northeast of Dallas sits Cappy’s Cafe. Like many small east Texas towns most all business lies around a courthouse on a downtown square and Bonham stays true with that formula, what makes Cappy’s stand out from the rest of those small towns is that they have been putting out an all you can eat home cooking buffet for almost 6 years now while any many competitors have came and gone. Continue reading →