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Best Tacos: Rio Grande Valley

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Chilaquiles, Anita’s Cafe Type: Breakfast Rating: 4.25 Price: $1.79 Watching the tortilla lady at work in this little place, with its cheery rooster-themed decor, you feel like a guest in someone’s home. Best…

Best Tacos: Midland-Odessa

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Al Pastor, Taqueria Guadalajara Type: Classic Mexican Rating: 4.25 Price: $2 At this American Graffiti–meets–Mexico joint, the baskets of cinnamon-and-achiote-spiked tacos al pastor are even better with a dash of chile de árbol salsa. (Your…

Best Tacos: Amarillo

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Al Pastor, El Tejavan Type: Classic Mexican Rating: 4.75 Price: $8.99/platter Here in cattle country, it’s beef—not pork—that’s cooked al pastor. The well-marinated steak is elevated by simple cilantro, onions, and freshly made corn…

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New Braunfels Sweepstakes

May 21, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

Three winners will receive one of three New Braunfels prize packages: Prize 1 Prize package for four includes a two-night stay at Canyon Lakeview resort, tubing at Rockin’ R River Rides, a wine tasting at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, and admission to the New Braunfels Conservation…

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Urban Cowboy Screening

May 14, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly, in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Cavender’s, hosted a special screening of Urban Cowboy, the subject of the June cover story by senior editor John Spong. Before the film, Spong sat down with editor in chief Brian D. Sweany to chat about the behind-the-scene making of the movie,…

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Panhandle Sweepstakes

Apr 21, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

Two winners will receive one of two Panhandle prize packages at the following locations:   Lubbock Prize package includes a two-night stay at the Hawthorne Suites. Enjoy admission for four to the Buddy Holly Center and the Silent Wings Museum, and pick up…

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Albuquerque Sweepstakes

Mar 26, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

One winner will receive a three-day, two-night adventure getaway for two in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enjoy a two-night stay in one of Nativo Lodge’s beautiful new artist’s rooms. View Albuquerque, the stunning Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande from the sky on a hot-air ballon ride with…

Welcome to Texas!

Mar 25, 2015 By Texas Monthly

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 be a native? You’ll be reminded of all the reasons to gloat.)

Where to Go First

Mar 25, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

Few things make Texans happier than a full tank of gas and an open highway. You’ve got a lot of ground to cover, but I propose you start with these four trips, each originating at Brady, the geographic center of Texas. You’ll be saying “y’all” and offering the hi sign in no time.

Cover to Cover

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Jeff Salamon

If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve settled in, you’ve got a lot of options.

The Playlist

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Michael Hall

Oh, the endless arguments about Texas music. But don’t feel the need to master it—no one really can. Instead, here are ten songs to help you hold your own at almost any party. 

Where to Be a Tourist

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

A word about these four destinations: most native Texans visited them on their elementary school field trips. They are essential, so if you haven’t seen them yet, you’d better get cracking. Just remember, this is only the start.

The Media Guide

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and John Spong

To gain pop culture literacy, you could spend a long weekend taking in works produced for the big screen (Giant, Dazed and Confused) and the small box (Lonesome Dove, Friday Night Lights). But the quicker route would be an afternoon surfing YouTube. Search for the terms below, but don’t blame us if you end up falling down a Van Cliburn rabbit hole.