Patty Shack

Jul 20, 2016 By Brian D. Sweany

My all-time favorite hamburger came from the Country Burger, my family's beloved neighborhood restaurant in Plano.

Winners BBQ

Oct 26, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

De’Andre Jackson never thought he’d be cooking barbecue for a living. As a football star out of Garland, he started for the Big 12’s Iowa State. Entering his senior year, some had him graded as the third best cornerback in college. An ACL-tear toward the end of the season kept…

Homes Sweet Homes

Oct 21, 2015 By Brian D. Sweany

Buyers today are seeing tremendous change, just as my parents did, but they all still want the same thing: the chance to own a piece of the Texas dream.

Five Texas Teens Doing Big Things

Jan 21, 2013 By Doyin Oyeniyi

An Austin teen will be the first American to graduate from an elite ballet school in Russia this spring. She is just the latest in a string of Texas teens who have accomplished impressive things in the past few years.

Time Will Tell

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

I saw my first historical marker as a Cub Scout in Pack 291. Nearly thirty years later, I’m still hooked on the story of Texas.

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.

The “Dublin Dr Pepper” Legacy Lives On

Jun 30, 2012 By Jason Cohen

After a disappointing settlement with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, the family that owns Dublin Bottling Works, Inc. continues to thrive using the same ingredient that fans have enjoyed for years—pure cane sugar.

TMBBQFest, “23 Pitmasters in 23 Days”: Big Daddy’s Roadhouse BBQ

Oct 12, 2011 By Stephanie Kuo

Editor’s Note: The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival is almost here! Each day until then, we’ll be talking to one of the featured pitmasters, with questions from TM staffers, esteemed BBQ experts, Twitter followers and you, the readers of this blog. Today we bring you Joe Arriago, 33 of Big Daddy’s Roadhouse BBQ in Lavon. For more info, visit their page on Photograph by Daniel Vaughn. Who did you learn your craft from? We went to a school for this, and my boss paid for it. And everyday I try to learn more. We try to do the most we can here. I’ve been working here for all 16 years, and I love it. I love my job. There’s always something new every time to learn. What’s your signature meat? We got brisket, sausage, turkey, ham, ribs, chicken and pulled pork. We have all those seven different kinds of meats. My favorites are the brisket and the ribs. I think those are the best here at Big Daddy’s. Sauce or no sauce? I like the meat with no sauce. Sometimes, with the meat we cook, you don’t need the sauce. They already come in with real good flavor. But we do have a barbecue sauce here for customers. It’s Big Daddy’s own recipe. It tastes real good. It’s sweet sauce.

The Story of Forgetting

Mar 31, 2008 By Mike Shea

Stefan Merrill Block is a talent. Though his debut novel, The Story of Forgetting, sings a bit from the Jonathan Safran Foer hymnal (a precocious teen trying to unravel his family’s tragic history), the Plano native distinguishes himself with inventive plotting and an urbane Texas voice. High Plains…

Shabby Chic

May 31, 2006 By Katy Vine

Will the upscale shoppers of Plano really buy what Wal-Mart is selling?

The Craddickal Right

Mar 1, 2002 By Patricia Hart

Tom Craddick of Midland wants to be the first Republican Speaker of the House in Texas since 1873. He may already have the votes, but his critics are questioning his tactics.

Teenage Wasteland

Jan 1, 1999 By Pamela Colloff

With its optimistically broad streets and oversized cantilevered homes, Plano is the suburban ideal taken to its extreme, and its exaggerated scale often gives rise to exaggerated problems. Heroin addiction is only the latest.

Pop Art

Jan 1, 1999 By Kathryn Jones

How 7 UP is trying to win back its share of the soft drink market, one commercial at a time.

A Stand-up Guy

Apr 30, 1998 By Jason Cohen

Plano’s Steve Harvey has been a successful comedian for years. Now he’s a sitcom star too.

The Needle and the Damage Done

Apr 1, 1998 By kimwozencraft

In 1979, as an undercover cop in Tyler, I got hooked on drugs. Nearly two decades later I’m clean, but the consequences of my addiction haunt me still.

For Posterity’s Sake

Jan 1, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Coming Soon: Groacho Marx The Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum, Plano. Michael Bohdan, who calls himself Cockroach Dundee, runs the museum at his pest-control business, featuring such exhibits as H. Ross Peroach and Liberoche, a dead roach covered with sequins sitting at a miniature piano topped by a candelabra. If…

Hot Potatoes

Jan 1, 1996 By Skip Hollandsworth

Is it possible to have a low-fat chip that tastes good? After three years of top-secret tinkering, Frito-Lay thinks it has hit upon the ultimate snacker’s delight.