It may be hard to believe, but it’s true. These days it seems like anything you could want is just a few clicks away. You can order pretty much anything you want from anyplace on earth through the amazing wonder that is the world wide web. But even in the information age, there are still a few things that are only found in Texas.
15. Mexican Martinis
Most people have probably had a margarita, but if you’re not from Texas, you may never have heard of the margarita’s delicious cousin, the Mexican Martini. A Mexican martini is essentially a margarita served like a Martini, plus olives. Try one, your taste buds will thank you.
Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen
Texas’s favorite grocery store is unlike any other. With its yellow coupons and incredible meal-deals, H-E-B is supermarket perfection. Don’t look for it elsewhere though, because aside from Mexico, H-E-B only has U.S. locations in the Lone Star State.
13. Amy's Ice Cream
Where else could you get Shiner flavored ice-cream? Amy’s Ice Creams is a Texas-only ice-cream shop that is absolutely off-the-charts awesome. Some of their other flavors include Mexican Vanilla, All Thai’ed Up, Ancho Chocolate, and Avocado. For the less adventurous, they also have regular ice-cream flavors like Just Vanilla, and Belgian Chocolate. But no matter your taste in ice-cream, you’ll only find Amy’s in Texas.
12. Fried Beverages at the Texas State Fair
The Texas State Fair is a legend among state fairs in the United States, it even set the scene for the 1962 remake of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “State Fair”. In more recent years the Texas State Fair has become something of a fried-food mecca, producing such mind-boggling confections as fried sweet tea, fried lattes, and the seemingly impossible fried frozen margarita.
11. Homecoming Mums
If you grew up in Texas, you probably didn’t realize that Homecoming mums are not a tradition anywhere else, at least, not to the extent they are in Texas. Originally a real chrysanthemum corsage with ribbons, Homecoming mums have morphed into multi-flowered, light-up monstrosities that require a harness to be worn. Everything’s bigger in Texas, as they say.
Okay okay, so Schlitterbahn recently opened up a Kansas City location. So you can either go to that one, or any one of the other four locations scattered across the Lone Star State. If you want the full experience though, you need to go to the original Schlitterbahn location in New Braunfels. It has repeatedly been voted America’s number one water park, spanning 70 acres and boasting world-famous water slides.
9. Gargantuan Portion Sizes
Texans like to eat. It’s really small wonder, considering what a foodie destination Texas is. Recently, Time published a list of the 20 Best Food Cities in America, and Texas claimed three spots including number one. All that good food has affected Texas portion sizes, on average portions in the Lone Star state can be up to two to three times larger than in states with less mouth-watering food.
8. Dickens on the Strand
Galveston is a unique city that is replete with history. The Strand in Galveston is lined with turn of the twentieth century shops, and the streets are still paved with red bricks over which horse-drawn carriages have trod for more than a hundred years. The sidewalks are still about a foot above street level and remain spotted with iron horse rings for tying up your mount before meandering into the old Emporium. This historic feel is why Galveston is the prime location for the annual Dickens on the Strand celebration where you can step back in time to witness a Victorian caroling troupe, purchase handmade crafts and sample traditional dishes Charles Dickens himself might have enjoyed.
7. Breakfast Tacos
What is so complicated about putting some eggs in a tortilla? It seems as natural as peanut butter and jelly to a resident of the Lone Star state, but the uniquely Texan invention of breakfast tacos never fail to delight out-of-state visitors. It has got to be the most convenient breakfast option ever. I hear in other states they have to eat their bacon and eggs with a fork, off a plate, and then there are dishes to do and all kinds of hassle.
It must be so sad to live in one of the other 49 states, with no access to the road-trip oasis that is Buc-ee’s. Home to the cleanest restrooms in the state, and the dubiously named but delicious beaver nuggets, Buc-ee’s can only be found in the Lone Star state.
5. Speed Limits That Don't Limit Your Speed By Much
In case you didn’t already know, Texas is home to the highest speed limits in the nation, on portions of the State Highway 130 toll road on the outskirts of Austin, Texas you can legally push the speedometer up to 85 miles per hour.
4. Kolaches on Every Corner
How do people outside of Texas handle the lack of Kolaches? They just don’t know what they’re missing. Traditional kolaches are fruit-filled pastries, but Texans have expanded the term to include sausage-filled bread as well, which is technically called a klobasnek. It’s no matter though, a kolache by any other name would taste as amazing.
3. The Cadillac Ranch
Where else would spray-painted cars be buried vertically and left on display for all to see? That’s right, nowhere. Look for this Texan art on old Route 66 near Amarillo.
Nowhere else but Texas can you find a festival dedicated to sausage. Wurstfest is a celebration of German culture and Texas heritage that includes traditional German folk dancing, food and of course, beer. Wurstfest takes place in the Fall in New Braunfels each year. Come on down, it’s both delectable and fun!
1. The San Antonio Riverwalk
Texas’s answer to Venice, the San Antonio Riverwalk is comprised of picturesque waterways surrounded by shops and restaurants. If you want to skip the crowds on the sidewalk, river taxis will take you anyplace you want to go, and if you’re still not enchanted with San Antonio after visiting the Riverwalk, the Alamo is located just a few steps away in down town.