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Dripping Springs has come a long way from being known as the place “just west of weird," exploding in recent years into a suburb of Austin (though many would frown upon that designation). Driving on Highway 290, the Dripping Springs water tower with its “Gateway to the Hill Country” motto in bold letters serves as a personal welcome for residents and newcomers alike.

Despite the rapid recent growth in the Austin area, Dripping Springs still has many of the small-town features that its local residents — and transplants — all love. Many old favorite culinary staples are still thriving, years after the COVID-19 pandemic threatened local businesses statewide. The annual April Founders Day Festival has been a must-see for families for decades.

Those in search of a new day trip spot should consider these 11 places to visit in Dripping Springs.

Where to Eat

Homespun Kitchen & Bar
Homespun is a farm-to-table American restaurant with European influences that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner with live music and kid-friendly spaces. Chef Michael St. Germain is behind all menu choices, applying his experience from San Francisco restaurants and bringing critical acclaim for his burgers, according to the restaurant's website. With weekday specials, fresh-made desserts and over 300 whiskeys to choose from, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. Reserve at homespunkitchenandbar.com.

Oak Creek Cafe
Who can say no to some good Southern comfort food? Oak Creek Cafe has been operating at the corner of Sportplex Drive and Highway 290 for several years. Must-try menu items include the chicken fried steaks, biscuits and gravy, and mushroom Swiss burger. The cafe regularly posts photos of its large plates of comfort food on Facebook, and Google reviewers love it as a breakfast spot above all.

Rolling in Thyme & Dough
A personal favorite: Rolling in Thyme & Dough’s original Highway 290 location is in the center of Dripping Springs, offering delicious pastries, breakfast, and lunch options. Fan favorites include the smoky chipotle breakfast sandwich, the TX two-step sandwich for lunch, and any of the freshly-baked pastries. They also have weekly BYOB bistro nights on Wednesdays in the spring, utilizing fresh ingredients from the Dripping Springs Farmers Market.

Mazama Coffee Co
Since its founding in 2012, Dripping Springs’ first independent coffee shop has been caffeinating the town for over a decade. They micro-roast their own beans from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Brazil. They also have a bakery to provide customers with well-loved baked goods and lunch. Mazama’s was named the Best Coffee Shop of Dripping Springs from 2018-2021, according to their site.

The Great British Baking Company
This cozy food spot is a newer addition to Mercer Street. The Great British Baking Company adds to the growing food culture in town with their homemade sticky toffee pudding, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, and rotating soups. All of their menu items are made right behind the checkout counter in their open kitchen. Don’t forget to browse their selection of imported British goods, and make sure to take home a parfait or chocolate mousse in a jar.

What to Do

Dripping Springs Chocolate Company
The Wilson family created their chocolate business as a way to support local economies in Nicaragua after a family mission trip. In their mission statement, they aim to create the best chocolate while “improv[ing] the lives of the farmers and communities that grow the cacao.” They’ve since expanded their initial chocolate offerings to spice rubs, dessert and hot cocoa mixes, and chocolate-covered snacks.

The Sated Sheep
As a self-described “psychologist-turned-fiber-junkie,” this yarn shop owner has created her own community surrounding fiber crafts and a love of knitting. Allison’s shop has been a must-see for any visitors looking to pick up a new hobby, or wanting to grab a glass of wine and watch other knitters or crocheters create works of art. The shop offers affordable classes for any skill level, private lessons, and workshops for special events.

Vintage Soul
If you’ve never met Julie Crawford, you’re missing out on one of the most bubbly and welcoming personalities in Dripping Springs. Whether you’re in her Mercer Street shop or watching her weekly “Try-on Tuesday” Instagram stories, Julie makes everyone feel confident in her clothes and accessories. And let’s be honest, everyone loves information about true garment sizing before you try it on or buy online.

Starrs on Mercer
Two sisters with zero retail experience collaborated in 2015 to build a bustling “modern day department store” on Mercer Street. Born out of a love for shopping and convenience, Starrs on Mercer is a one-stop shop for women’s, men’s, and baby clothing, plus accessories, and gifts. The Starr sisters have since opened a travel agency, Starrs On The Go, to expand their endeavors.

Treaty Oak Distilling
You can’t write about Dripping Springs without including some popular distilleries. When it was founded in 2006, Treaty Oak says it was only the fourth distillery operating in the state. The distillery sits on a 28-acre property on Fitzhugh Road with plenty of space for children to explore while you sit back and enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail. Tours of the distillery are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and classes are available on select Saturdays every month.

Desert Door Distillery
What was once a barren plot of land on Darden Hill Road has now developed into the only sotol distillery in the United States. Desert Door hosts a range of live music weekly, offers tours on weekends, and also has a rental space for private events. With a variety of cocktails and tacos made by James Beard award winner Jesse Griffiths and Spoke Hollow Steward, it’s definitely a go-to for any day trip itinerary.

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Frontier Airlines' 'wild' new unlimited pass clears cheap travel for Houstonians this summer

Wherever, whenever

Cheap flights are at Houstonians’ fingertips as Frontier Airlines offers its all-you-can-fly summer and annual passes. The “Go Wild” passes really do offer unlimited flights to unbounded destinations — both international and domestic — starting May 2.

Both passes are currently deeply discounted with fights out of Austin. The summer pass, which runs from May 2 to September 30, is available for $399 (compared with $999), and the year-round pass starting on the same day is going for $1,299 (formerly $1,999).

This deal is best for people who travel light and plan fast. Booking options allow domestic flights to be purchased one day in advance, while international gives a little more leeway, with 10 days, and neither include luggage allowances. Still, bags can be purchased as usual, and since the passes cost about as much as an average or slightly higher flight in their respective farthest reaches, it would only take a few uses to practically pay for itself.

Another consideration is blackout dates; not an insignificant number. There is at least one every month, with other, more restrictive months like March, 2024, blacked out on about a third of dates. The pass also auto-renews, so buyers will need to pay attention or be prepared to extend their travel marathon.

Flights travel direct from Austin to Denver or Las Vegas and back; everything else will take a connection. Taht means Houstonians can consider driving to Auston or Dallas — the latter which provides 18 more direct route options to locales including New York City, San Diego, Ontario, and Cancun.

This straightforward deal prioritizes flexible travelers, but offers extensive usefulness to someone willing to work around common travel dates and spend a few extra dollars to pack comfortably. More information about the “Go Wild” passes is available at flyfrontier.com.

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Ken Hoffman chides New York Times' Houston travel guide and explains why our city isn't a great place to visit

come for a lifetime

Here we go again, and again...

Another “36 Hours in Houston” article telling readers where to go and what to do if they have a short spell to spend here. The latest ran in TheNew York Times last week, written by Shannon Sims, who claims that she grew up in Houston and continues to live here.

Thing is, Sims' read just like the one the Times ran in 2016. And the one they ran in 2010. They might as well just move here.

Thirty-six hours doesn’t do Houston justice. They’re written by travel writers, who sometimes don’t live here, for tourists who’ve never been here. Houston isn’t that kind of town. First impressions aren’t our strength.

For example:

Out-of-state media had a field day the first time the Super Bowl was held at NRG Stadium in 2004. Sportswriters complained about the weather, the distance between their hotels and the teams’ practice facilities and the stadium, the traffic, complimentary food spreads in the media room, just about everything. Freeloading whiners.

Writers sent so many negative stories about Houston back to their hometown newspapers that it caught the attention of ABC World News Tonight. An ABC News producer got hold of my name and asked if I’d go on with World News Tonight anchor Forrest Sawyer to talk about the badmouthing of Houston.


Welcome to the real Houston

They asked me where I’d like to do the interview, somewhere that looked like Houston. I said meet me in the Galleria area, on the corner of Sage and Richmond. I positioned myself facing south so the big Men’s Club sign would be over my shoulder. If I’m going to talk about Houston … let’s get real about Houston.

Just before we started the interview, a Men’s Club bouncer ordered us to turn off the camera and leave. Even though we were on a public street, we left. He was a big’un. We went across the street and did the interview in front of Pete’s Fine Meats.

I delivered my usual pro-Houston talking points — most diverse city in America (which I do not believe, by the way), 80 golf courses, 10,000 restaurants (not sure I believe that one, either), Galveston Beach, Whataburger, on and on, etc.

Defending and promoting Houston became my thing. Whenever a major convention came to town, I would write the welcome letter, bragging about all there was to see and do here — pretty much a “36 Hours in Houston.”

Come for a lifetime — not a vacay

But truth, I would never recommend Houston as a short vacation destination. I would say, though, if you’re looking for a place to put down roots, raise a family, live your life … consider Houston for the long haul.

To paraphrase that sign outside Goode Company Barbecue on Kirby, “You might give some serious thought to thanking your lucky stars that you’re in … Houston.”

Spending 36 Hours in Houston is an empty promise. I’ve seen all those “Things to Do in Houston” and “Top 10 Attractions in Houston” lists provided by Trip Advisor, Time Out, Trip Savvy, Travelzoo and others: the Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, the Galleria, Houston Arboretum, Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Bayou Place, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and more.

What’s a tourist supposed to do at Rothko Chapel – pray that Southwest Airlines finds their luggage before it’s time to go home?

I have friends visit from out-of-state. I’ve never taken them to any of those places. I’ve never been to most of them myself.

When friends tell me that they’re coming to Houston, I’m tempted to say, “Stay where you are, I’ll come to you.”

From the looks of most travel stories about Houston, the No. 1 (and practically only) thing to do here is eat. We do have limitless fine restaurants with international cuisines. That’s one reason, along with the number of convenience stores and movie theaters here, why Houston has won many titles as “America’s Fattest City,” which we’re not. It’s just a dumb algorithm.

We’re simply not a hot tourist destination. Several years ago, I wrote about the most-visited tourist attractions in Houston. You know what was No. 1? The Galleria. Now every city has a galleria and every city brags about its restaurants.

Houston, in a good year, attracts 18 million visitors, and most of them come from within Texas. San Antonio draws more than 30 million tourists. San Antonio has the River Walk, the Alamo, Natural Bridge Caverns, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and SeaWorld.

Houston’s top amusement park is in a Fiesta supermarket parking lot.

Do it right

This isn’t to say that spending 36 Hours in Houston is a waste of time. You just need to time it right. Come in March and spend a day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s a world-class event and tons of fun with a big name concert and funnel cake to close out your night.

Or, come during the summer when the Astros are playing at Minute Maid Park. There’s no more enjoyable sports experience in Texas than an Astros game. If you live up north, get here in winter to escape your deep freeze at home.

If you’ve got only 36 hours on your hands, maybe Houston isn’t for you. But if you’ve got the rest of your life, then Houston could be the place.

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Ken Hoffman completely changes course on cruises after a trip on Royal Caribbean's new Galveston mega ship

the royal treatment

I’m taking a vacation from my usual vacation plans this year.

Instead of battling for breathing room at TSA security, waiting for my plane to depart while enjoying a cold, double-priced chicken sandwich and fries, taking forever to reach my seat because someone brought Celine Dion’s wardrobe trunk onboard and it won’t fit in the overhead compartment, sitting for nine hours next to someone who snores like a circus elephant and hogs the armrest, then landing 15 minutes ahead of schedule but there’s a plane at our gate so we’ll have to sit on the runway for30 minutes, then calling for an Uber into town …I’m going cruising next time.

I never thought of myself as a cruise guy. I used to think of cruises as the last hour of a wedding reception when only the drunks are still there, the band has left, someone finds a karaoke machine, and there will be icy conversations on the way home and apologies the next morning.

A Royal affair

Recently, Royal Caribbean International invited a couple thousand journalists, travel agents, and tourism professionals to the opening of its $125 million, 161,334-square foot cruise terminal in Galveston.

As we reported last year, it’s the largest everything: the largest cruise terminal in Texas capable of handling the largest ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, including the Allure of the Seas, which is 1,187-feet long, and sails with up to 6,780 guests and 2,200 crew members aboard.

By the numbers, that’s four times the population of Southside Place inside the Loop.

Also by the numbers: The Allure of the Seas is a football field longer and more buoyant than some little ship called The Titanic. It’s the largest cruise ship ever to sail from Galveston and have its home base in Texas.

Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal 3 is powered by 30,000 feet of on-site solar panels. The terminal is next to Pier 10 in Galveston Port and will process more than 630,000 passengers each year climbing aboard the Allure of the Seas and Royal Caribbean’s other large ships.

The gleaming terminal took roughly 18 months to build. If that's the case, then how come the 4-bedroom stucco house on a 50-by-100 lot at end of my block has taken two years — and it’s not close to done? (On the bright side, there’s a dumpster in the driveway that now holds half the junk previously cluttering my attic.)

No ordinary terminal

Royal Caribbean’s new terminal isn’t like anything at Bush-Intercontinental Airport. There aren’t T-shirt shops, newsstands, and restaurants. There’s no need for restaurants. The ship is right there down the gang plank and the buffet is open.

Royal Caribbean’s terminal has one purpose, to unload the passengers on disembarkation morning and load passengers a few hours later for embarkation. Cruise ships’ turnaround time is fast. Here’s a twist from airports – all the lanes for inspection and boarding are open.

Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Galveston Terminal

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship and brand new Galveston terminal are showstoppers.

There’s a novel idea for IAH: I got through security and boarding in 10 minutes.

Guests at the ribbon cutting were invited to test-drive a short dress rehearsal cruise aboard the Allure of the Seas. As we covered last March, the Allure of the Seas is enormous with 18 stories — I mean decks — and 24 guest elevators. The ship weighs 225,282 gross tons, which given the way a cruise ship feeds passengers, gets grosser each day at sea. Normal cruising speed is 22 knots. I have no idea how fast that is.

Ken on deck

I settled into a stateroom on Deck 12. It had a queen bed, a couch, desk, bathroom, and a balcony big enough for two chairs and a table. My room was visited by staff twice a day who cleaned it faster than I could messy it. I was by myself so the state room was plenty big. Two people could stay there comfortably. Three, you’re pushing it. Four, fistfights.

More than anything else, I was struck by the value of taking a cruise. You can take a four-night cruise that visits Cozumel, Mexico for $242, which includes your inside cabin, entertainment, activities and all you can eat three meals a day plus late-night burgers and pizza. A five-night cruise stopping at two ports can be as low as $270. Royal Caribbean cruises out of Galveston grow up to 15-nights, one-way to Spain, or through the Panama Canal to the west coast, starting at $755 per person.

Of course, prices are higher for more desirable staterooms (exterior balcony rooms and suites up to two bedrooms), and there are add-on costs for drink packages, Internet, salon damage control, and certain specialty restaurants.

There is a main dining room with full service that is included in your basic cruise price. The dining room holds 3,000 guests and has two seatings — early and late — for dinner.

A spectacular feast

I could be happy eating at the Windjammer buffet every meal for the rest of my life. Imagine a Hollywood producer throws a wedding for his last — and least attractive — daughter and goes all out for thousands of guests who must attend or they’ll never work in this town again. That’s the buffet on the Allure of the Seas. It’s huge, wildly popular yet illogically never crowded. I don’t wait to eat. (Editor's note: This is true.)

Each morning, I ate my weight in lox and bagels. Do you know how expensive lox is? The free breakfast alone covers the price of your cruise. Lunch and dinner had a spectacular array of food with multiple international cuisines. One night there was an Italian station that included chicken parm, my favorite.

I considered pulling up a chair to the buffet — but that would be bad cruise etiquette. Three times a day, I would walk briskly to the buffet and waddle back to my room. A daily malt at Johnny Rocket’s didn’t help. Two guys named Ben & Jerry were accomplices.

There are sinks designed for washing hands at the buffet entrance. A staffer points you to the sinks. And by points, I mean, hey you, wash up. There are hand sanitizer dispensers throughout public areas and staffers were constantly wiping down banisters, elevator buttons and everything that comes in human contact. I liked that.

One big onboard party

Everywhere there are bars, the ship is one floating bacchanalian (awesome word) festival. The large casino with table games and slots opened about a few hours after we left port. That’s when something amazing happened. I put $10 into a slot machine, pulled the handle one time and it came up double bars across the middle row. I won $100! Here’s the amazing part: I cashed out and never went back. I left a casino a winner for the first time. Oh, I’ve hit jackpots before but always gave it back and then some. This time, I walked.

I almost won a second time — at the daily trivia contest. I was teamed up with a travel agent and her plus-one husband. We missed on “What southern U.S. city named fora city in Egypt did Andrew Jackson help create?” We answered Alexandria. The correct answer was Memphis. I never knew there was a city in Egypt called Memphis.

The Allure of the Seas has seven themed “neighborhoods,” like Central Park and Boardwalk, complete with a merry-go-round. There are Broadway production shows like Mamma Mia! at night. I went to the comedy club where one of the comics advised — and I don’t know if this is true — don’t get frisky on your balcony, because there are cameras everywhere, you know, just in case. I thought, if he’s trying to discourage people from canoodling on the balcony, that’s not an effective deterrent. I mean, some people…

There was a sports deck, rock climbing, mini golf, and a full-sized basketball court. I played HORSE with children. There was a zip line nine stories high, waterslides and two surf simulators. There’s an ice show and aerial performers. Most people sipped adult beverages and lounged around the various pools. There’s stuff to do all day and through the night. I never got bored. I had the best time. I brought a book with me, never touched it.

We stopped for a day in Cozumel where passengers visited pharmacies for certain medications that CVS at home keeps behind the counter. (Put it this way, onboard canoodling lasted longer than usual that night. But after four hours, you might want to call somebody.) There’s a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant onshore and a non-stop row of bars. The beach was clean, the sand super white and the water shimmering blue. Maybe some U.S. tourists should think about keeping their T-shirts on.

Changing course on cruising

Here’s how much my view of cruising turned 180. My next vacation will be a full 7-day cruise to somewhere from Galveston. Even the end of a cruise is terrific.

Consider the last day of your Disney vacation: You leave your hotel at 10 am for your noon flight. Security at Orlando airport isn’t fun times. Then you’re trapped in a too-skinny seat for two hours on a packed plane, followed by waiting for everybody to get their carry-on down from the overheads, then take forever to squeeze down the aisle to the exit door, then downstairs to baggage claim, then the shuttle to the Parking Spot. By the time you get in your car, it’s been a five or six-hour stress test.

On the final day of your cruise, you get up, have breakfast, and get off the ship at your leisure — let’s say 8 am. Your car is waiting right there at a parking lot. You’re on I-45 in five minutes and home before 9 am — in time for your second breakfast.

Right now, I’m checking schedules for my summertime cruise. On the advice of my trivia contest partner, I’ll be using a travel agent. Why? They know the best deals and if something goes wrong, a travel agent is your friend. Plus, she takes a lot of cruises and I want to win the trivia contest next time.

What's your best — or worst — cruise experience? Let Ken know at ken@culturemap.com or on Twitter.

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Brad Paisley steals hearts — and a fan's phone — in his Star Trail of Fame RodeoHouston show

a star is born

Just a few hours before hitting the stage for his 15th show at RodeoHouston on Saturday, March 18, Brad Paisley was inducted into the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Star Trail of Fame.

The guitar picker joined the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Charley Pride, Elvis Presley, Gene Autry (the first performer ever), Roy Rogers, Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Selena.

Unless you are a certified rodeo rat like myself and have spent years stalking the halls of the NRG Center assignments, you’ve likely never seen this wall of gold plaques, located on the second floor of NRG Center outside HLSR’s offices.

Paisley’s star is the tenth on the wall, hanging next to Selena. On Saturday, he spoke briefly at an unveiling ceremony hosted by HLSR organizers.

“There’s nothing like this in the world,” Paisley told the assembled Houston press and rodeo brass on Saturday afternoon. “You guys realize that.”

It’s an honor reserved for the performers who’ve made a pronounced mark on the event. For some, like Reba and Strait, it’s about longevity and universal draw. While Selena (1993, 1994, 1995) and Elvis Presley (1970, 1974) only appeared at the rodeo a handful of times, their appearances have grown into sacred cultural milestones for two distinct demographics.

In Houston, you can age a native by who they first saw at the rodeo, like cowboy cosplay carbon dating. It doesn’t take long into a casual conversation about the rodeo without someone bragging about who they first saw.

Not unlike vegans, it won’t take long for someone to edify you with tales of seeing Elvis’ name on the Dome’s exploding scoreboard, or seeing Selena’s famous outfits in living color on Diamond Vision from the cheap seats. For me, it was being four years old and Strait showing off some of his ocean front property in 1987.

Paisley’s rodeo stops have always been breathers, nights to stretch and enjoy the scenery, like an industry night for the rodeo season. He’s performed at every RodeoHouston held since 2014, and without COVID changing the world’s plans, Saturday night’s matinee would have been his 17th show.

I’ve never heard anyone say an unkind word about a Paisley variety show stop. The rodeo’s starred stage, in whatever iteration, feels like home to him. The Grand Ole Opry and Guitar Hall of Fame member could be the house performer at an all-year rodeo theme park and no one would bat an eye.

He’s grown into an ambassador for a gentler, comical side of modern country music that’s always needed. Running counter to the stuffy modern hat acts, the sterner indie-toned traditionalists, and the rap-liters. Paisley’s the dude playing the hits, showing off his picking fingers, and having a beer with everyone in the room. No one else on this year’s rodeo lineup besides Paisley has recorded a song with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, either.

On Saturday night, Paisley brought the warmth from his plaque unveiling onto the stage in front of a sold out matinee crowd. “River Bank” kicked things off with Paisley’s slashing riverbilly guitar out front.

It only took three songs for Paisley to make his first tour onto the dirt for “Perfect Storm”, which morphed into a cover of “The Love Boat” TV theme song as Paisley took a victory lap on the west side of the stadium. Of course, “Water” was the next song.

Music videos have always been Paisley’s multimedia creative jam and he made sure to sprinkle some gems from his videography into the set and screens. “Waitin’ On a Woman” came with the requisite posthumous cameo from Andy Griffith from the music video. For “Celebrity,” Paisley’s own mascot from the industry-skewering viral video made a minor cameo in the chute seats.

For a foggy mountain jam, Paisley and his band members with instruments that can go mobile joined him on the dirt for a road trip.

“You’re such a beautiful mix of Budweiser, cow shit, and Brut Cologne,” Paisley told the crowd as “I’m Still A Guy” worked its way into the set list.

Paisley stole a fan’s phone for a spell and began to play on Aurora Fernandez Sordelli’s Instagram account, perusing her socials and critiquing her profile. It completely made sense for United States Congressman Dan Crenshaw to sit in on “American Saturday Night,” playing tambourine more than slightly off beat.

Brad Paisley RodeoHouston 2023

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“The Brad Paisley Variety Hour has been a certified hit for 15 rodeo seasons running and hopefully, we’re only at the beginning of its run.


River Bank

Wrapped Around

Perfect Storm

The Literal Love Boat Theme


Waitin’ On a Woman



Last Time For Everything

Old Alabama

I’m Still A Guy

This is Country Music

American Saturday Night (with Dan Crenshaw on tambourine)


She’s Everything

Longtime Houston news anchor's new commercial success leads week's hottest stories

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. Longtime Houston news anchor boasts serious commercial success in new TV gig. Our columnist catches up with the former ABC13 employee about life as a TV spokesperson.

2. The ultimate Houston list of kid-friendly and family fun for spring break 2023. We've rounded up more than 20 suggestions to beat back boredom.

3. Turnpike Troubadours kick up some red dirt redemption in RodeoHouston's top-selling show to date. Like Ferris Bueller, Turnpike brings together the country music tribes..

4. 9 best Houston bars for 2023 mix legendary local faves with must-visit newcomers. Presenting the nominees for Bar of the Year in the 2023 Tastemaker Awards.

5. Local Foods owner serves up French bistro with caviar service, regional classics, and a duck-short rib burger in Rice Village. The new restaurant is located in the former Thai Spice space.

Brad Paisley joins George Strait and Selena with induction into RodeoHouston's prestigious Star Trail of Fame

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Country superstar Brad Paisley's RodeoHouston performance on Saturday, March 18 will mark more than his 15th time taking the Rodeo stage.

The amiable singer and crooner will also be inducted into the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s prestigious Star Trail of Fame at 3 pm the same day.

This honor makes Paisley the 10th star honored with a gold plaque to commemorate his years of outstanding entertainment at the Rodeo. For those keeping score (and there are many), Paisley has played at RodeoHouston every year since 2014. He's also famous for his choice of wife, noted actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

"Brad Paisley is a great addition to our Star Trail of Fame, as he’s playing his 15th show at RodeoHouston this weekend and continues to be one of our top performers each season," Jason Kane, RodeoHouston's director of entertainment, tells CultureMap. "We’re thrilled to recognize Brad and welcome him to our RodeoHouston family, alongside fellow artists who have helped shaped our show over the years."

As for those other artists on the trail, those include names like the King of Country George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and our beloved Tejano queen Selena.

Fans who want to check out the official Star Trail of Fame can find it on the second floor of NRG Center outside the Rodeo’s offices.