Shannon and I were in the Dallas/Fort Worth area about 10 years ago and one of the things that both of us remembered best was dining at a Mexican restaurant called Joe T Garcia’s. After years of anticipation of returning, we finally got a chance to go back this afternoon. Mom warned us that it might not meet the expectations as we remember it, but I have to say it was even better. From outside, you would never even imagine that the restaurant is open as it appears as a full block of a combination of abandoned warehouse fronts and stone walls. However, when you enter the walls, it turns into beautifully styled Mexican buildings and a garden oasis. As with most things on this trip, the weather hindered the full experience of the gardens as the flowers were covered to protect them from the frost, but it was still a great experience.
Garcia’s dinner menu only includes three items: enchiladas, chicken fajitas, and beef fajitas. We arrived just in time for their lunch menu which includes a few more items, but we stuck with their specialties and split a combination of all the above. When they brought the chips and salsa, we tried out our new-found knowledge and asked for their “other salsa,” and sure enough they brought us a dish of green jalapeno salsa. Shannon, having studied Wes’s skills stepped up as our mixologist. As the food came out of the kitchen, we were blown away with everything. All of the food was so fresh and tasty, and homemade. We all agreed that it was the best Mexican food we have ever experienced. To top it all off, we got to meet Joe after lunch.
After lunch I was ready to try my skills at bull riding so we headed to the world’s largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob’s. Fortunately for the bulls, the bull riding is only on Friday and Saturday. I guess I’ll just have to wait until the next time I’m in town. So what is a honky tonk? From what I observed it’s a huge combination of rodeo, arcade, country music & dancing, food & bar, pool, gift shop, and casino all rolled into one establishment. We rolled in a bit too early to see it in its glory, but still enjoyed all it had to offer. I recently started collecting t-shirts from all the great places we’ve been visiting, so we stopped by the gift shop. In addition to my shirt, Shannon talked me into a set of bull horns, which I’m trying to find a way to mount to the Volvo.