For four decades, Derek Webb served barbecue in Brady, known by most as the Heart of Texas. In 2013, he expanded Mac’s BBQ and opened a location in Midland. Now, Derek has a silent partner who Lubbock is quite familiar with – Josh Abbott. Naturally, the good people at Mac’s thought the next best step was to satisfy Lubbock’s love for barbecue and open a location in the heart of West Texas.
Every ounce of meat is covered in a nine component rub that took two and a half years to perfect, and if you think anyone gets any more detail than that, you’d be wrong. Mac’s offers the original vinegar-based sauce along with a sweet and spicy sauce. The beef is certified Angus, the quail is wrapped in bacon and the green chili mac and cheese will have you drooling. Beer, wine and mixed drinks are coming soon.The friendly staff is can pack up a meal for your small group of four to 10 with catering orders available come summer. While the barbecue is an obvious must, don’t rule out the breakfast burrito.
We all know Chef Antonio Pena, Albert Pereira, and the beautiful, tasty food they create inside their food truck. So we were more than a little excited to see that he is serving his seasonal cuisine out of a brick-and-mortar location in Ransom Canyon. Having catered more than a few events in the community, Tony wanted to create a destination restaurant where he could explore dishes that are tailored more for a table than a truck. He turned the space into a modern restaurant and started cooking. The new kitchen also allows him more room for catering events of up to 500 people.
A huge chalkboard in the dining room shows off the local partners and producers that Chef Pena sources many of his ingredients from. Back in the kitchen, he performs his culinary magic and creates gorgeous plates of food. The Fried Lobster and Cheesy Gnocchi appetizer is a trifecta of Parmesan, Asiago and smoked Gouda. You may have a difficult time choosing which entree to enjoy, but if the special of the day is a bison short rib, you struck gold. Other delicious entrees include: Venison Bolognese, Braised Rabbit Sandwich and Marsalena Chicken. You seriously can’t go wrong. “The first place people meet,” Tony said, “is in the kitchen.” He is thrilled to invite you into his.
It’s way more than wine tours. Donna and Rod Palmer launched a new way to experience Lubbock and show off all the city has to offer. Travel around town on one of their two buses. Climb aboard the colorful Fun Bus on a Tuesday afternoon for a Sippin’ and Shopping tour. From antiques to boutiques, take your tribe around town from shop to shop (many offering discounts) ending the afternoon with coffee, tea or drinks. On Wednesdays, let The Executive bus drive you to happy hour and stop by three local hot spots offering drink specials.
You, of course, can schedule wine tours with Cheers as well. Visit several of Lubbock’s award-winning wineries in style, and treat up to 12 of your friends with some West Texas wine tasting. Cheers is offering “March Madness” discounts on many of their tours so now’s the perfect time to cheers!
Not to mention that ESPN’s College Gameday was in town for the first time in Texas Tech Basketball Program history.
By: McKenna Dowdle
By: McKenna Dowdle
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