Alright Benning. You’ve just hit on one thing that any native Texan would be more than happy to tell you about, and while it difficult to name things like the best of anything, I’ll do MY best here.
1) Best indigenous food
-Texas smoked BBQ (brisket, ribs, sausage…)
-Tex-Mex (fajitas, …)
2) Biggest plus to living there
-Umm, it’s Texas!? But seriously, we’ve got every kind of geography here, coastal plains, hill country, deep piney woods, mountains, canyons, flat land prairies…. did I miss anything?
3) Biggest minus
-I’ll have to get back to you on this one.
4) Weirdest wildlife
-Either the Ocelot or Jaguarundi, which are both of the cat family. Bigger than a house cat but smaller than a Mountain Lion.
5) A word or phrase that an outsider wouldn't understand
-fixinta (verb) meaning - getting ready. “Hey, we’re fixinta go to the store. Need anything?”
-A soft drink is a “coke”. It’s not soda or pop.
6) Local boy or girl who made good.
-Too many to list really. Actors, musicians, sports, businessmen
7) Gun laws
-No open carry. After that, pretty much everything else goes (except for the federal stuff).
8) Biggest misconception the rest of us might have about your state
-Not everyone has oil wells or cattle or a ranch. We’re not all truck driving, red necks.
9) The thing an outsider should never do
-Absolutely, under no circumstances should you ever correct a Texan on the pronunciation of anything local (place, someone’s name, food, ect…)
-It is also extremely unadvisable to bring up how you did it (whatever it is) where you come from. We really don’t care how you do it “up north”. We aren’t “up north”. You’re here now, and this is how we do it here.
-Every place has “THE” place to go. Where I live there is The Roadhouse, a tiny little hamburger place that makes their own sweet sourdough buns. And just down the road is the Winchester Steakhouse in (where else) Winchester.
But I could never tell it as good as this: written by Bum Phillips, head coach of the Houston Oilers
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TEXAN by Bum Phillips