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Handshakes to make in Bandera, Texas, Cowboy Capital of the World

No. 8 The Table of Knowledge

The iconic OST Restaurant (the Old Spanish Trail) has been in Bandera for about 90 years. If you’re lucky enough to arrive when it’s busy you may just get to join what locals affectionately call “the table of knowledge.” This is a table of locals, mostly retired, mostly life-long residents, who meet every day, usually over coffee, to share the happenings of the previous 24 hours and put “the world to rights.” You’ll find something similar in most Bandera restaurants. Listen carefully. Sometimes it’s not the worldwide breaking news, but the birth of a child, death of a friend, purchase of a new car, a letter in the mail that are the important things in life!


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