The popular “Lubbock, Texas” mural located in the Arts District Image: Courtesy Visit Lubbock

Jthere is no doubt that the state of Texas is big! From the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains of the West, you can find everything from marshes, rivers and swamps to mountains, plains and plateaus. Northwest of Texas is a town in the High Plains where 90% of Texas wine grapes are grown and one of national top 10 University public art museums is located — Lubbock.

With a population of just under 300,000, Lubbock is primarily a cotton growing town and was home to rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly. It is also known as “Hub City” – originally intended to describe Lubbock’s accessible location to four major US highways, being in the central time zone, equidistant from both coasts and ease of transportation. commercial requests. Today, it lives up to its nickname for having top-notch health care, agriculture, and education, but most importantly for its well-planned transportation network—unlike Houston, there’s no traffic—at the point where you can get anywhere in the city with an average journey time of 15 minutes.

Houstonia Visited Lubbock to get a taste of what the town has to offer, and we were not disappointed. Visiting this city immerses you in the creative arts scene and satisfies the taste buds of foodies with newly developed restaurants. You’ll also gain insight into West Texas’ rich history and ranching culture. If you want to take a trip somewhere new without leaving the Lone Star State, Lubbock is just a one-way flight straight from Houston.

Whether you want to explore the deeply historic National Ranching Heritage Center or sample the vines at Llano Estacado Winery, here’s everything you need to know for the perfect Lubbock weekend.




FOOD

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Along with classic Texas staples like barbecue and chicken fried steaks, this city has expanded its offerings to all corners of the world with more eclectic cuisines and upscale, locally sourced dishes that seem to have revitalized the scene. local food from Lubbock.

For breakfast, go to Cast iron grill for its basic homemade pies and unparalleled hospitality to visitors. Think hearty Southern cuisine of cookies and gravy or a pie you can smell before it hits the table. If you’re expecting to eat a big lunch and looking for a quick bite, grab an espresso and a freshly baked pastry at Ninety-two bakery and cafe. The beautifully decorated interior with a picturesque wall and ceiling of fresh flowers filled with black and white umbrellas will make you feel like you’ve been teleported to France.

Cast Iron Grill, 620 19th St., Lubbock, TX 79401, (806) 771-7690

Ninety-Two Bakery & Cafe, 6303 82nd St., Lubbock, TX 79424, (806) 853-5459

A good place for lunch in the Hub City is not hard to find. Hailing from Lubbock and graduating from Texas Tech University, comes Owner Chef Cameron West’s Chicken Bar by Dirk. What was once just a restaurant is now a renovated eating place where you’ll find a wall full of cartoons by West’s grandfather, Dirk. Grandpa West is a former mayor of Lubbock and cartoonist for the Avalanche-Journal. Order the freshest oysters in town, crispy fried chicken and the famous Lubbock cocktail called “The Chilton”, which consists of vodka, lemon juice, sparkling water and a salty drink.

Dirk’s, 1636 13th Street, Lubbock, TX 79401, (806) 368-3915

Another undeniably delicious choice for lunch is by Evie Mae, an award-winning family barbecue restaurant. Try a combo plate with the brisket and pulled pork, and for sides, order the green chili cheese grits, cornbread, and green beans (though whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong). A must-have treat is banana pudding, which is 100% homemade and gluten-free. Don’t leave Lubbock without trying what is perhaps the best hidden BBQ gem in Texas.

Evie Mae’s BBQ, 217 US-62, Wolfforth, TX 79382, (806) 782-2281




If you had a big lunch, tapas and sangria at La Diosa Cellars for dinner is the way to go. Located in downtown Lubbock, this bistro brings a warm Spanish ambiance and cuisine to the city. There’s an eclectic collection of Frida Kahlo furniture, lighting, and paintings that cover the walls. Eat as a family and order an assortment of bites like bruschetta, olives and shishito peppers, or heartier dishes like Spanish meatballs and classic gazpacho.

La Diosa Cellars, 901 17th St., Lubbock, TX 79401, (806) 744-3600




ART

Lubbock is a great place for art lovers, as the city is extremely proud of the arts. One percent of the estimated budget of any new capital or major renovation project in the city must be set aside for a work of public art. The city is home to one of the first state-recognized cultural arts districts. Today, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) became the driving force behind the revitalization of downtown Lubbock, using the arts to stimulate the growth of the town.
Explore art galleries, First Friday Art Trail and open art studios in the Arts district. Learn more about rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly at Buddy Holly Museum or buy a ticket for a state-of-the-art show Buddy Holly Performing Arts Hall. Opened in January 2021, Buddy Holly Hall features two theaters, event space, a full-service bistro and a ballet academy, all under one roof.

One of the most impressive things about the Lubbock art scene is at Texas Tech University. TTU Public Art Collection was named one of the top 10 public art collections in the United States by Public Art Review, the leading journal in the field of public art. There are over 101 works of art in the Texas Tech system and 87 of them are on the Lubbock campus. Art placement is site specific, with the type of building corresponding to what the installation depicts. For example, the stainless steel sculpture “Agave dreams“, of a kneeling female figure with her hands holding a living agave plant, stands outside the biology building. You can request a public Art Cart tour or take a self-guided walk around campus to see There is no charge for either tour.

TTU Public Art Collection, 1508 Knoxville Ave, Lubbock, TX 79409, (806) 742-2011




WINE

When you think of wine grapes, West Texas might not come to mind. But Texas is the fifth wine state in the United States, and 90% of the wine grapes grown in the state actually come from the High Plains, just outside of Lubbock. There’s a buzz around Texas wine coming from the Hill Country; meanwhile, the High Plains do all the “dirty work.” When visiting these vineyards and wineries in the Hautes Plaines, you will notice a sense of collaboration and support rather than competition. It is by working together that these wines are so good!

To visit McPherson Cellars Winery at the beautifully restored and historic Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, located in Lubbock’s entertainment district. Here you will find award-winning local wines at reasonable prices. Owner-winemaker Kim McPherson took over the family business from his father, who would pioneer winemaking in Texas. The winery grows and bottles everything, and the wine is enjoyed in many restaurants around town. Try the Espines Rose made with Grenache grapes.

McPherson Cellars Winery, 1615 Texas Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401, (806) 687-9463

Another must-see winery is Llano Estacado Winery, which leads the winemaking game with Texas-style tasting rooms. Since 1976, Llano Estacado has proven just how delicious Texas grapes can be, crafting every bottle with great taste and quality in mind. It’s the largest, best-selling premium winery in Texas and when you tour the vineyard, you’ll notice a unique Southern flair to fine wine.

Llano Estacado Vineyard, 3426 FM 1585, Lubbock, TX 79404, (806) 745-2258




THE STORY

A trip to Lubbock wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the National Center for Livestock History. At first glance, this 27-acre museum and historic outdoor park may look like old ranch homes in a park just outside the TTU campus, but what you learn is that these homes preserve Texas history. Go back in time by participating in a guided tour given with passion and humour; you will blame yourself for doubting the experience.

The concept for the National Livestock History Center began in 1966, with all but five of its 53 historic structures being over 100 years old. The most amazing thing about this place is that each structure has been carefully deconstructed from its original location, then delicately rebuilt in the center so visitors can learn about the history of the frontier settlers who lived there. If you only do one thing in Lubbock, this should be it.

National Center for Livestock History, 3121 4th St., Lubbock, TX 79409, (806) 742-0498




TO STAY

Stay at Cotton Court Hotel; Urban luxury meets a Southern boutique style hotel located in the heart of downtown. Influenced by Lubbock’s history in the cotton industry and its musical roots, this hotel encompasses what it means to visit Lubbock. Enjoy live music in the open courtyard (a clue in the name), take a dip in the outdoor pool, and savor fine dining and casual cocktails at Midnight Shift Restaurant & Bar. If you’re traveling with your pup, be sure to stay for Yappy Hour on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. You’ll find drink specials, dog treats and, of course, live music.




After spending a week in Lubbock, it’s clear this town has a lot to offer. Other experiences include Prairie Dog Town, unique murals to admire in town, and beer tasting at AULD Brewery or the new LBK Brewery. You can eat at the gourmet restaurant The nicolett or Tthe Western Tableand visit the local bookstore, Wild Lark Books.

For more information on visiting Lubbock, go to Visit Lubbock.org.