August 2009

Features

How We Did It

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Our 31 researchers were given rigorous training and dispatched to the field with packets of wet ones, bottles of Tums, and a scientific score sheet (the one pictured at right is from the Cove, in San Antonio, whose Texas Burger ranked number five on our list). As soon as the…

The Judgment of Sharon Keller

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Her decision to close the door on a death row inmate’s final plea has earned the state’s top criminal judge lasting infamy and a misconduct investigation that goes to trial this month. But was she wrong?

The 50 Greatest Hamburgers In Texas

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

On our first-ever quest for the state’s best burgers, we covered more than 12,000 miles, ate at more than 250 restaurants, and gained, collectively, more than 40 pounds. Our dauntless determination (and fearless fat intake) was rewarded with a list of 50 transcendent burgers—and you’ll never guess which one ended up on top.

Pitch Perfect

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

What’s the secret to writing a great country song? Which comes first, music or lyrics? Looking to answer these and other questions, we gathered a group of singer-songwriters—Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Sonny Throckmorton, Patty Griffin, and Jack Ingram—set out a couple guitars, and let the tape roll.

Web

G-L-O-R-I-A

Jul 31, 2009 By Michael Hall

When the legendary Liberty Lunch club closed in July 1999, senior editor and musician Michael Hall came up with a way to say goodbye to an era—play “Gloria” for 24 hours straight.

Cold Cash

Jul 31, 2009 By Paul Stekler

Convicted congressman William Jefferson owes this former pollster money. Something tells me I'm not going to collect.

Soul Food

Jul 31, 2009 By laurakelso

Julie Powell, the author, blogger, and inspiration for the film Julie & Julia, discusses living in New York, missing Austin, and seeing her life on the big screen.

Grilled Caprese Salad

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

If you thread this appetizer onto wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for 20 to 30 minutes beforehand to ensure they don’t burn on the grill. 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing 2 pints cherry tomatoes 1 twelve-ounce container fresh mozzarella, drained and…

Mismanaged Care

Jul 31, 2009 By Patricia Hart

A unique confluence of medicine, money, and politics is driving health care costs in the Rio Grande Valley. At the center of it all is a Democrat from Palmview, who is already under indictment for unreported income.

The Biggest Burger Ever

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

It may well be at Arnold’s, in Amarillo. Think twenty pounds of unseasoned meat and some forty slices of American cheese (if you please). Can anyone say “supersize”?

Grady’s 3M Burgers

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 1/2 pounds coarse-ground chuck 1 1/2 pounds coarse-ground sirloin 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus some to taste 2 tablespoons coarse-ground pepper 4 tablespoons brown sugar 6 quality hamburger buns Preheat grill to medium high and lightly grease the grate. In a mixing bowl, combine…

Chop-House Burger With Parmesan Chive Fries

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Chop House Burger 1/2 pound fresh ground hamburger patty (we use a 77/23 blend) pinch of kosher salt and cracked pepper ciabatta bun 2 slices applewood-smoked bacon 2 slices cheddar cheese 1 1/2 ounces shredded iceberg lettuce 2 slices tomato 3 rings red…

Living the Dream

Jan 20, 2013 By Lisa Gartner

For 35 years, the Big Burger and Coca Cola Museum was that nebulous wonder of Monahans—and that’s just the way its founders, Elaine and Dan Wetzig, wanted it.

Miscellany

The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: Gary Cartwright

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

One can only guess at what motivated Gary Cartwright to write such a mean story about the state of today’s sportswriting [“Game Over,” June 2009]. I’m sure that he sorely misses those drunken days of debauchery at the heels of Blackie Sherrod, but to take cheap shots at today’s…

Grease and Desist

Jul 31, 2009 By Jake Silverstein

To: Mr. John DeStefano Jr., mayor of New Haven, Connecticut; Mr. Thomas J. Moses Sr., mayor of the Village of Hamburg, New York; Mr. Kenneth Rottier, mayor of Seymour, Wisconsin Dear Sirs, It has come to our attention that the localities of which you are the elected representatives have for…

Reporter

Liz Lambert’s Office

Jul 31, 2009 By Kristie Ramirez

Lawyer-turned-hotelier Liz Lambert ushered in a retail and restaurant renaissance on Austin’s South Congress Avenue when she transformed the Hotel San José from a pimp-and-pusher paradise to a chic bungalow-style retreat. The 45-year-old Midland native (who also owns the hipster coffee hangout Jo’s) has become the authority on Texas…

C. Andrew Doyle

Jul 31, 2009 By Evan Smith

“The complexities of the world are just now being tippy-toed into by churches, and that keeps us out of a place where people can find us, where they’re building community. It’s not that we’re locked out; it’s that we can’t find the door.”

Jim Adler, Personal-Injury Lawyer

Jul 31, 2009 By Karen Olsson

Adler, who grew up in Dallas, has been a personal-injury lawyer for 36 years. He is the founder of the Houston law firm Jim S. Adler & Associates and appears in television ads in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. I started out doing law enforcement work for the Texas State…

Nina Diaz

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

The 21-year-old lead singer and guitarist for San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma leaped onto the rock scene in 2007 after she and her bandmates (drummer and older sister Phanie, bassist Jenn Alva) were discovered by Joan Jett—who promptly signed them to her label—and invited to open concerts for Morrissey.

Octahedron

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Can a completely unpredictable rock band do something to surprise you? No one took The Mars Volta guitarist and producer Omar Rodriguez-López that seriously when he dropped hints that his band’s next album would be “acoustic.” The group’s relentless sonic assaults are legendary, with lonnnng prog-ish jams punctuated by…

Double-Booked

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

The near-collapse of the record business has left us with fewer and fewer recordings by young, emerging jazz talent. For the most part, unless you (1) live in New York City and (2) hang out in its clubs, you’re out of luck. Thankfully, there are exceptions, and a notable one…

How to Brew Sweet Tea

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

It seems simple enough—make tea, add sugar—but brewing a high-class glass of Southern champagne is “all about time, temperature, and quality,” according to Clayton Christopher, the founder of Austin-based Sweet Leaf Tea Company. He should know: In just over ten years, he’s gone from making batches of the stuff at…

Cecil Kuhne

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival is the fourth and final book in a series of anthologies about high adventures that devolve into life-or-death situations (Near Death on the High Seas, Near Death in the Mountains, and Near Death in the Arctic). The editor, who…

Rhino Ranch

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

It was 1966 when Thalia high schooler Duane Moore, along with his girlfriend, Jacy Farrow, made his first appearance, in The Last Picture Show. Now, 43 years later, Larry McMurtry presents Rhino Ranch, a fond adieu to his most enduring character. This presumably final book in the trilogy…

Trust Me

Jul 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

With his eleventh novel, the slick techie thriller Trust Me, Austinite Jeff Abbott posits what everyone fears to be true: that crazies lurking on the World Wide Web will someday emerge from the cybershadows and make very bad things happen. University of Texas grad student Luke Dantry uncovers…

Columns

Hullabaloo

Jul 31, 2009 By Paul Burka

Rick Perry is the first Aggie governor in history. But as the current crisis shows, he’s been nothing but trouble for Texas A&M.