12 Hours in Uvalde

Grand Opera House, Uvalde

Uvalde, about an hour and a half west of San Antonio, is brimming with culture. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see the birth place of Matthew McConaughey or visit the home of John Nance Garner, a former vice president? Uvalde is the perfect place to stop on your way to (or from) west Texas for some delicious food and a lot of history.

Breakfast: Herradero de Jalisco
224 W Main St

To start your morning off right, stop by Herradero de Jalisco for breakfast tacos made with fresh ingredients. The service is quick and what the restaurant lacks in decoration it makes up for in its warm tortillas. You might get some stares because it’s all locals but that just means the food is perfect.

Briscoe-Garner Museum
333 N Park St

A branch of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, the Briscoe-Garner Museum is located in John Nance Garner’s, the first Texan to serve as speaker of the U.S. House and as vice president, home of over 30 years. The museum is home to artifacts detailing the lives of Garner and Dolph Briscoe, a Texas governor from 1973-1979, who were Uvalde natives. You can find items like the canoe Garner used to paddle the Nueces River and items from Briscoe’s campaign. The staff is extremely friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have about the historic Texas men.

Lunch: Tea Room
114 W North St

After browsing through the history of Dolph Briscoe & John Nance Garner, grab a seat at The Tea Room in downtown Uvalde. While they prepare their famous Roasted Poblano soup and half sandwich for you take in the adorable atmosphere. The portions are fairly large; you get chips and fruit with that half sandwich, but save room for dessert. The cakes and cookies both look amazing so it’s hard to choose – maybe get both!

Aviation Museum at Garner Field
201 Sul Ross Dr

Continuing on your historic journey of Uvalde, drive to the Aviation Museum at Garner Field where they have converted Hanger #1 into a museum rich in World War II aviation history. The museum houses restored aircraft including a Fairchild PT-19 cadet training plane and an L-4 Piper target spotting plane. Make sure to get a photo with the P-51 propeller, it makes the perfect Instagram shot. As a behind the scenes tour, ask to see the collection of aircraft in the HUFF Hanger which is owned by a private collector.

Dinner: Evett’s Bar-B-Que
301 Main St

If you love brisket and/or ribs, Evett’s Bar-B-Que is the place for you. The speedy service and history, the restaurant has been open for over 50 years, make this hole in the wall some of the best BBQ in southern Texas. The sauce is sweet and tangy, slightly different from the normal Texas style, but worth trying. Not feeling the ribs? Get the Frito pie which some say is the best in Texas.

Grand Opera House
104 W North St

After eating your fill (and then some) of BBQ, head to the Grand Opera House for a night of culture. The opera house was built in 1891 and is one of the oldest theaters in Texas. The venue seeks to provide enrichment and appreciation of culture in the community as well as help to preserve their historic building. If there are no shows going on, stop by the Briscoe Visitor Center (located inside the Grand Opera House) to see their museum of the history of Uvalde. Make sure to check their website to see what’s on. In February they are featuring the emerging artist, Mariachi Encanto.


— By Hayden Pigott

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