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M.L. Edwards & Co. mercantile on Mount Vernon’s downtown square could double as a museum. Wooden cabinets that once displayed hardware items line one wall of the 1900 building, and an original freight elevator, operated by a hand-pull rope, still reaches the second floor, which used to be a funeral home.

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Some might call Suga’s Deep South Cuisine and Jazz Bar in Beaumont an accidental restaurant.

Start Dallas26Running errands in Dallas, Mom and I realize we’re both thirsty and famished. Our busy day, with its lengthy to-do list, doesn’t allow for the leisurely lunch we typically enjoy.

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After cooking gumbo for 30 years, I’ve developed some rituals when it comes to tailoring my recipe to the seasons. In the cold part of the year, I make oyster gumbo, because that’s when oysters are in season in Texas (typically November through April). In the hot weather, blue crabs are plentiful, and so I make summer gumbo with crabs. Of course, the main ingredient in any season is shrimp.

hyeNot long ago, the tiny town of Hye was merely a curiosity for travelers between Johnson City and Fredericksburg on US 290. But a handful of entrepreneurs and winemakers are reshaping this no-stoplight community into a Hill Country destination of its own.

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My family’s love affair with the chewy and crunchy good taste of Collin Street Bakery’s DeLuxe Fruitcakes began years ago when we sent a cake by mail-order to my in-laws.

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A little more than 25 miles from where my feet tramped, a line of cars waited to enter Lost Maples State Natural Area, whose namesake trees blazed with red, yellow, and orange glory. But I had Hill Country State Natural Area pretty much to myself, and while no maples grow here, this rugged retreat offers a respectable display of fall color.

molcajetaStepping into the brightly colored display area of the Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market in San Antonio was like entering into the kitchen of a good friend, albeit one whose culinary expertise far exceeded that of my wife Laura and me.

MagicOften where we travel and why is motivated by food, whether a journey charted to find new favorites or a desire to return to a place where a great meal—or maybe just a slice of pie—was once memorably enjoyed.

Baytown Race TrackJust east of Houston, where sandy soil meets swampy waters, there’s a town that thrives in the humid breezes of Southeast Texas.

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If you’re a recent arrival in Texas, you may not have heard that our state gave birth to the hamburger, but now you know: Allegedly created in the late 1880s at an East Texas café owned by a man named Fletcher Davis, the hamburger was introduced to a larger audience at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair—and the rest, as they say, is history.

bbqtoplongFew topics in the Texas food world get people more excited than barbecue.

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