San Marcos

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

You might find yourself pulling in here after a long stretch on I-35, not expecting much. Michael and Asenette Hernandez’s place sits on the frontage road alongside other restaurants you’ve probably never heard of. But two steps inside the door, you’re hit by a flood of rich meaty aromas and…

After the Flood

Jun 15, 2015 By Christian Wallace

In the aftermath of the Memorial Day flood, one family recovers what’s left of their belongings and searches for hope.  

The Dreamer

Mar 15, 2015 By Christian Wallace

A fond rememberance of Kent Finlay, the founder of Cheatham Street Warehouse and the “Godfather of Texas songwriters.” 

Interview: Michael Hernandez of Hays Co. Bar-B-Que

Feb 11, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Hays Co. Bar-B-Que; Opened 2007 Age: 41 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Post Oak In just eight short years, Michael Hernandez has gone from complete barbecue newbie to running one of the best barbecue joints in Texas. He was a fast learner and was dedicated to learning a…

Nineteenth Century Texas Barbecue

Aug 16, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

As is true throughout the South, the public barbecue was commonplace in Texas long before there were any restaurants serving commercial barbecue. As soon as a little town had enough population to consume a whole steer, the fourth of July celebrations at the center of town or the political rallies…

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering

May 16, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Longtime San Marcosans may recall this place as the former home of Woody’s, a barbecue joint that opened in 1984. It was taken over in 2007 by the Hernandez family, and in 2011 they changed the name to Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering. Last we checked, this venue does welcome…

101–125

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From John Warne Gates peddling barbed wire in San Antonio to a group of cowboys and ranchers holding the first rodeo in Pecos

101–125

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From John Warne Gates peddling barbed wire in San Antonio to a group of cowboys and ranchers holding the first rodeo in Pecos

Honorable Mentions

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Nineteen joints we couldn’t countenance not noting at all. AMARILLO Beans N Things A cozy country cafe plunked down on a busy city street. 806-373-7383 BRADY Hard Eight Pit Bar-B-Que Meats are cooked cowboy style directly over hot mesquite coals.

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering

Mar 5, 2012 By Daniel Vaughn

You won’t find it if you’re not looking for it. Hidden at a blind curve a good ways outside of town, and definitely not in view of the Interstate, Hays Co. Bar-B-Que has been flying under the radar. It didn’t help that they’ve already changed names since…

San Marcos River

Apr 30, 2010 By Texas Monthly

Watch out for sunken logs and fallen trees, which rest in the river like sleeping monsters in tangle of smaller deadwood.

2028: The Year in Sports.

Feb 1, 2008 By Jason Cohen

UT and A&M Form Second Football Teams After the top fifty NCAA programs were privatized, record revenues and stock splits made the IPO spin-offs inevitable. An antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas Tech and UTEP, whose teams remain not-for-profit university entities, was dismissed in federal court. ¡Viva Los Cowboys! Dallas Cowboys…

Body of Work

Jun 30, 2006 By Michael Hall

For twenty years, the Southwestern Writers Collection, on the campus of Texas State University, in San Marcos, has gathered up manuscripts, personal papers, photos, and other mementos from various icons and at least one outlaw. Want to have a look-see?

He’s Daniel Johnston, and He Was Gonna Be Famous

Feb 1, 2005 By Michael Hall

He was, for a while, and look what happened: Today one of the great songwriters in the alternative-rock universe is a 44-year-old manic-depressive living with his parents in Waller. And the worst thing about it is that he’s about to be famous again.

Thanks a Million ’98

Feb 1, 1999 By Ann Castle

Make that around $275 million. A roundup of last year’s top Texas philanthropists, from Tex and Buzz to Manny and Heavy Cat.

The Newton Boys

Apr 30, 1998 By Anne Dingus

UNTIL A STAR-STUDDED FILM SHOT THEM BACK into the spotlight, the Newton Boys had faded from public memory. Famous during the twenties, the four brothers—Jess, Willis (below left), Doc, and Joe (right)—were part Western desperadoes, part newfangled gangsters. They pulled off dozens of bank and train robberies but, unlike more-notorious…

¡Bravo!

Sep 30, 1996 By Anne Dingus

A new exhibit in San Marcos pays homage to Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the grandfather of Mexican photography, and the generations of fotógrafos who followed his lead.