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Road Trip Number Five!

In Honky Tonk/ Food on 04/10/2011 at 2:13 pm

Kendalia Hall is located about 45 minutes outside of San Antonio on Ranch Road 3351 in beautiful Kendalia, Texas.

“Kendalia Halle was built in 1903 by the Nicholas Syring Musical Club, as a place to perform and entertain the small community.  Years ago the small portion to the right of the stage was fenced off with chicken wire. This is where the non-paying customers would sit and watch while not being allowed to dance.   The paying customers would use this part of the hall to bed down their children while they continued to dance. Dances would begin during the day and last until the next morning, with everyone bringing food to share with one another.  The oak tree out front was used to chain unruly customers if they were fighting or causing problems. They were usually released after they had sobered up.  The red fir wood used to build the dance hall was shipped from Oregon by railroad to Boerne, Texas. It was then brought to the site by horse drawn wagons.”

Kendalia Halle usually hosts dances and live music on Saturday evenings once a month.  At the regular events, free Bar-B-Q is provided with the normal cost of admission.  Be fairly warned this means a brisket and sausage taco with sauce, not a plate of meat with sides.

The sausage was the better of the two but both were quite good.  Also available are onions, which were sweet and tasty.  I tried the homemade green sauce on one taco and it was serious, delicious heat! BBQ is served in a separate building to the left:

Parking is in the back in a grassy area but most people, including ourselves, parking on the street.  There is one set of plumbing bathrooms and a couple of port-o-potties, which are apparently “not bad”.  These are located by the front gate.

The building itself is homey in its simplicity and definitely one of my favorite places yet.  It was open and airy, yet intimate and a source of community pride.  Windows were propped open to catch the breeze although there seems to be duct work for air conditioning.

Tables are easily reservable, just call a couple of days ahead and talk to Judi.  Get there before 8 and your table will be saved.  Beer was a little expensive at $3 each but they were always cold.

Acoustics were great, Billy Mata sounded perfect and the dancers were whirling around the dance floor.

This place was classic Texas honky tonk.  Dead animals mounted on the walls, good music, cold beer and people happy to see each other.  In addition, we saw the most interesting mount yet and had a brush with a celebrity look-alike.  Yea!

Thanks to photographer AND driver A.R. and always willing participates, K.A. and J.G.!

It killed the Romans, and now its killing me fact:  At least one cash machine in the Vatican has a language option as Latin.

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