America's Greatest Main Streets
At the outskirts of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Denton is its own full-blown city, with a population of 120,000 and two state universities. The walkable downtown core is built around a classic courthouse square, lending some flair and sense of community. (A stop by the museum housed in the 1896 courthouse explains how Denton evolved.) A thriving local music scene—proto-hipster band Brave Combo is based here—supports many live music venues not far from the square.
Worth a Stop: Rooster’s Roadhouse, where regulars favor the brisket burger and the pit barbecue plates (slogan: Red Neck, White Trash, Blue Collar).