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Steaks the size of your head at Big Texan

Steaks the size of your head at Big Texan

Big Texan Restaurant 7701 E. Interstate 40 Amarillo, TX 806-372-6000 Website Souvenirs galore! A Route 66 icon since 1960, it is home to the “Free 72 oz. Steak.” (If you can eat their 72 oz. steak dinner in one hour, you’ll get it free ……

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All that we love deeply becomes a part of us — Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner

All that we love deeply becomes a part of us — Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner

Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner May 23, 1943-2013 2305 Francis St. Houston, TX Folk Art Environment Built: 2003-present Artist deceased, site status unknown A green oasis beckons amid rows of ramshackle houses in the Third Ward, near the University of Houston campus. Cleveland Turner’s gaily painted house…

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Footwear folliage at Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum

Footwear folliage at Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum

Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum 105 N. 12th Vega, TX 806 267-2828 Welded environment, Boot tree, Inspiration for “Cars” Dot Leavitt and her husband Harold owned Vega Zero Lockers, a cold freezer storage in the 40s and 50s. (Remember, at the time most people didn’t have…

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Home of the Ugly Pies and halfway down Route 66

Home of the Ugly Pies and halfway down Route 66

Mid Point Cafe Old Route 66 Adrian, TX 806-538-6379 Website Pie, Hamburgers, Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” The MidPoint Cafe was built during the early days of Route 66 (late 30s, early 40s) by Jennie Van der Wort is one of the route’s most famed places…

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Party at the Moon Tower

Party at the Moon Tower

Moonlight Towers 2100 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX (512) 974-6700 Historic lighting at Zilker Park Matthew McConaughey spread the word “Party at the moon tower” in the 1993 movie Dazed and Confused. Today they are an official Texas landmark and some can be found near…

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SNL meets Glee meets a magic show! — Esther’s Follies

SNL meets Glee meets a magic show! — Esther’s Follies

Esther’s Follies 525 E. Sixth Street Austin, TX 512-320-0198 website Comedy club This kitschy comedy club has been a downtown staple since 1977, and for a good reason. The ever-changing shows are full of musical-comedy theater, with Vaudville entertainment, satire, magic tricks, improv comedy, and…

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Austin’s SoCo staples

Austin’s SoCo staples

Some of my favorites haunts in Austin are on South Congress. If you are at SXSW, just walk across the bridge … Yard Dog Gallery 1510 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX 512-912-1613 website Outsider art gallery Yard Dog Gallery opened in 1995, with its roots…

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The “Junk King” – Vince Hannemann

The “Junk King” – Vince Hannemann

Cathedral of Junk – Vince Hannemann 4422 Lareina Drive Austin, TX (512) 299-7413 Sculpture environment By appointment only At one point in the 1990s, Vince Hanneman was in charge of the city’s recycling program. And it worked out really well, because he could bring home…

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Chicken sh*t bingo every Sunday at Ginny’s

Chicken sh*t bingo every Sunday at Ginny’s

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon 5434 Burnet Road Austin, TX (512) 458-1813 Live Music, Legendary Bingo, Bar Open: Mon – Sat 9 am – 2 am; Sun 12 pm – 8 pm Every Sunday around 5, Chicken shit bingo begins! Huh? Yep, for $2 your bingo…

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South Austin Trailer Park Eateries

South Austin Trailer Park Eateries

Trailer Park Eatery — Torchy’s 1311 South First St Austin, TX 512-366-0537 website Tacos, Desserts, Food Trucks The cornerstone in the South Austin Trailer Park Eatery is the legendary taco truck, Torchy’s. They feature over 14 types of tacos. The Trailer Park itself has a…

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