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Travel + Leisure
May 08, 2014

If smoked meat is your Texas road trip priority, look no further than Lockhart. There are a slew of world-famous barbecue restaurants here, all with their own secret recipes; all operating the same way they have for decades. Head to the town square if you’re looking for more than a guaranteed meat coma. Here you can check out a quirky museum dedicated to clocks and pick up some unexpected souvenirs.

Smitty’s Market

You’ll pass open fires on your way to the casual dining room at this barbecue joint; eaters get a stack of white bread and one plastic knife with each order of hot rings (sausages) and fat brisket.

Kreuz Market

You’re not going to find sauce at Kreuz’s (pronounced Krites), a Lockhart stronghold since 1900. They’re best known for their sausages—original and jalapeño cheddar—though they also have a cult following for their beef brisket and pork spare ribs.

Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches

This funky museum, located on one corner of the historic town square, has an impressive collection of antique timekeepers from Germany, France, Austria, and the U.S.

Sol y Luna Antiques and Art

Antique shops are a dime a dozen in Texas’ small towns, but this shop looks for global pieces as well as costume jewelry, vintage furniture, and original artwork.

Anna Lee's Viola Street Inn

This B&B outside of Lockhart has four lavishly decorated rooms—one has a canopy bed while another has a deep soaking tub under a chandelier—and beautiful common rooms with rich wood accents. In the evenings, head out to the porch swing with a glass of wine in hand.

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