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Road Trip #13 – In ConJUNCTION with London, Texas

In Honky Tonk/ Food on 03/10/2013 at 3:19 pm

Greetings Honky Tonk lovers!  Another road trip has come and gone; time for the recap!

We herded to the small town of Junction, Texas to indulge in their local going-abouts.  Most of us stayed at The Legends Inn which was surprisingly nice and clean.  Also, significantly cheaper than the Best Western.  If, for some reason you ever need to overnight it in Junction, I recommend this place.

The Junction Rivers Winery was our first official stop.

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We wine tasted and were educated by a very friendly staff, who answered all questions with ease.  The tasting is very affordable and appealed to a range of palates.  A nice facility and porch with a concise menu; several other parties were nibbling and enjoying adult beverages.  Not an extensive facility but welcoming and accommodating.  Frozen drinks were well received, even by those who do not typically partake in frozen drinks.  Without reservation, this was my favorite spot.

For dinner, Isaack’s Restaurant was the stop.  While no doubt a staple in the community, the high points here were the chicken fried steak and the various local history items on the walls.

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Although Texas Monthly thinks Isaack’s is great, I think it is standard small town fried fare with a high point.  And the pie is served ice box cold, which is dandy for some but confusing and dejecting to others.  If you are heading this direction, perhaps try Milky Way or Lum’s first.

Then onward to London Dance Hall, about 20 miles away on a dark, dark road.  This may be an interesting spot to visit during the day; this was our limited view:

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First, don’t wear clothing which can’t hold up to staple holes because you’ll walk out with at least two.  Smoking is allowed inside but it was a small crowd and not an issue.  The outfit seems to be three separate building with doorways cut in between.  Dancing space is large, multiple tables, a side room for non-smokers and a standing section.  Due to this, this dance hall would be a good place to bring a large group of dancers.  Minors acting a fool are not looked kindly upon, which is a nice change of pace.

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Since no one is our party was too keen on dancing, we spent most of our time in the bar part, playing pool and such.  Of the two bartenders, the big tall one keep staring our group down for reasons unbeknownst to us, but we enjoyed ourselves regardless.  Bathrooms were interesting and the overall vibe was relaxed and fun.  London Dance Hall does not have a website but the Texas Dance Hall Preservation website lists info.  Beer prices were low; technically they take cards but cash is your most efficient method.

Heading back to town, we happened to find ourselves in the parking lot of Wild Turkey.

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It is loud and smoky but allowed writing on the walls.  A good stop for one last beer.

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As a next-morning note, breakfast on Sunday morning is damn near impossible to find.  Eventually, we found Tia Nena which sported large plates of food.  The tortillas were tasty, the bacon looks better than it is.

Check out Facebook for many more pictures.  Mucho thanks to everyone who drove so far, my regulars and the newbies, and of course, to the photographers, A.R. and G.T.  Cheers!

You’ve-been-reading-too-much-into-it FACT: Taco Bell is named after its founder, Glen Bell.

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