Texas Monthly Staff


Welcome to Texas!

Every day more than a thousand people move to the Lone Star State. Lucky enough to be a new arrival? This crash course will get you thinking, eating, and talking like a native in no time. (Lucky enough to already a native? You’ll be reminded of all the reasons to gloat.)

Our 40 Favorite Songs of 2014

A highly subjective list of our favorite songs of the year. 

Texas Monthly's Most Popular Longreads of 2014

Revisit (or devour for the first time) Texas Monthly’s fifteen most-read longform stories of 2014.

And the Bum Steer of the Year Is . . .

Hey, Senator Davis! Congratulations! The results are in, and you and the Democrats won by a landslide!

A Sneak Peek of our December Cover: Destination Dining

Ten far-flung places to get a great meal and a good night’s rest.

Can You Bum a Steer?

So you think you can write a Bum Steer headline.

The List: Texas’s Best New Restaurants of 2014

Grab a table and get ready for a treat. The eating (and drinking) has never been better. 

We Have Met the Idiot, and He Is Us

Congratulations, Texas Monthly, you’re the Bum Steer of the Month.

Giving a Voice to Texas Veterans

Four StoryCorps segments of Texans who served in the Army shed light on what it means to be a post-9/11 veteran.

The List: The Top 50 Barbecue Joints

Find out who made the cut. And which joint ranks number one.

Happy 80th Birthday, Willie!

We recorded well wishes from a few of your friends.

Our Long-Form Favorites from 2012

That we didn’t write, but wish we had.

Up and Eat ’Em

Breakfast isn’t just the most important meal of the day. As determined by our exhaustive survey of the state’s best bacon, eggs, pancakes, migas, biscuits, tacos, kolaches, grits, pie, pan dulce, and more, it’s also the most delicious.

Endless Summer

There are plenty of unpleasant reasons to take a staycation this summer, from the collapse of your 401(k) to the global outbreak of swine flu, but there are plenty of pleasant ones too. For the thirteen weekends between the first day of summer (June 21) and the first day of fall (September 22), we found thirteen weekend trips within Texas that will bring you as much fun, relaxation, romance, and history as anything you’ll find out there in the big, bad world.

The 40 Best Small-Town Cafes

Our exhaustive, exhausting, strictly scientific (and lamentably fattening) survey of the finest home cooking around, from Maxine’s on Main, in Bastrop, to El Paraiso, in Zapata.