Honky Tonkin’

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.

Joe T Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

Joe T. Garcia's Gardens

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.

A Mexican Fiesta

Mixologist in Training

Hanging with Joe T Garcia

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.

Billy Bob's Honky Tonk

The Direction I'm Headed

Not This One - Too Fierce

My Collection

My Cowgirl

Greatest Atari game Ever


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10 Responses to Honky Tonkin’

  1. HP says:

    I’m lovin’ your trek through TX! Dad would be so proud of the other-salsa mixing. This is a skill even I have not yet mastered. And, yes, the “other Dr. Patrick” is a force to be reckoned with in his knowledge base – growing up, my friends called him a walking encyclopedia. These were, of course, the days before Wikipedia, which is probably a more accurate description given the ever-evolving nature of Dad’s knowledge base. 🙂

    Shannon, I think you have a real future as a longhorn model. Who knew?! This is of course assuming that your future in salsa mixology doesn’t pan out – there’s stiff competition in that business, you know! 🙂

    Thinking of you guys today and always. Sending you warm thoughts and well-wishes at DF. And hoping you beat the weather out of Boston and back to Dallas.

    Lots of hugs and love,

  2. Cousin Geoffrey says:

    A fine display of skills all around, folks fans (especially Aunt Betsy on the ol’ Pac-man)!

    Bret & Shannon – Best of luck in Boston today! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Aunt Betsy – best of luck holding down the ‘Fort’ (get it? Fort Worth! get it?) until your traveling companions return!

    All the best,
    Cousin Geoffrey

  3. Danielle says:

    I have to say…your visit to the honky tonk made me a bit jealous. But the sight of that disco ball saddle almost made me pack my boots, hat, and chaps and head south.

    If you guys return to NY and get a hankerin’ for a taste of the cowboy/cowgirl lifestyle, let me know. There are some cow ponies I know that need some ridin’ and ropin’.

    Good luck in Boston, Bret. As always, we’ll be thinking of you!

  4. JLAG says:

    That video was awesome. Shan, you have the moves. Betsy, I wouldn’t mess with your wranglin’. Safe trip today. Love to y’all.

  5. Dave Storms says:

    Wow thats pretty cool, looks like you guys are having alot of fun…nice dancing moves Mrs. Hoefen!…that mexican food looked delicious…..enjoy ya’lls time together!

  6. Aunt Bo says:

    I love Galaga…my one and only game I have ever played and was addicted to( or was ever any good at)…I have not see that in years…..On a good day I could beat mark (Sr that is). That is from 30 years ago….

    Great cowgirls you have traveling with you…thinking of you in Boston.

  7. Was that Shannon singing in the video? If her rap career (wic-a-wic wegmans) falters, there’s plan B. Plus the country dance moves are right on par with Dolly.

  8. Michelle, Mario, and Simona says:

    Good luck in Boston today Bret! Hope you beat the storm there!!!

  9. Dawn DeBadts says:

    Shannon are you still old enough to try out for Americn Idol. OMG you are talented. And to top it off you can “dance with the bulls”. Who knew? You guys are hilarius. I think there is a lot of us who wish we were with you down there.

  10. Eric DeGusipe says:

    Hey man. Sounds like you are really making the rounds around the South. I am over in Korea right now (since the 1st) and have been following your travels over the past two months. Joe T Garcias is awesome. My favorite is their chicken tortilla soup. I went there numerous times when I lived outside FW for the RSG project at Comanche Peak. Sounds like it has a special place in your heart…er stomach also. Say hi to Shannon for me and enjoy the continued travels. Good luck with the treatments. – Eric

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