Don’t Mess With Texas

Don’t we all have horses and oil wells? With the Super Bowl recently held in Dallas, I was unfortunately reminded about the rest of the nation’s stereotypical view of Texans – a bunch of ignorant, uneducated, backwoods heathens who ride horses and pump black gold from their back forty. We all wear boots and cowboy hats. We kill our own food and shoot anybody who trespasses on our farms and ranches. 

While you may find a few Texans who fit that mold, I bet pickins would be slim. Texas is home to three of the 10 largest cities in the nation and has become a true melting pot of cultures from around the world. Many companies move their corporate headquarters to Texas for the temperate climate, central location, and affordable housing prices – not to mention the friendly natives. The Texas economy continues to outperform the rest of the country, so we must be doing something more than barrel racing and roping calves here.

I pulled into a retail center parking lot in west Plano on a recent Saturday afternoon and here’s what I saw – a row of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and even a Ford GT. I didn’t find one horse hitched to a wooden post outside the trendy new restaurant. Rather, ponies of a different kind were anxiously waiting under the hoods to be set free along the Dallas North Tollway. 

Don't Mess With Texas

My point is the Dallas Metroplex has a lot to offer – culture, international cuisine, the Symphony, leading corporations, top entertainment, and major league sports. Even a New York City writer covering the Super Bowl commented on the “surprising quality” of dining choices in Dallas. That writer probably doesn’t know that Dallas has more restaurants per capita than New York City. 

All said Texas does have a history rich in cowboy culture. It’s part of who we are, but is certainly not all we have to offer. And if you ever want to visit a snapshot of that stereotypical Texas heritage, Fort Worth is just down the road a piece. We Texans are a proud bunch, so whatever your opinion of the south, don’t mess with Texas!

Where to Search for a HUD Foreclosure

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If you’re searching for HUD Foreclosures or HUD Homes, this website is for you. It contains information about HUD properties and links to all the available HUD homes in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties.

Unlike many foreclosure sites, we will not ask you to pay us to look at foreclosure listings, nor will we require you to give us your contact information. Feel free to use the “HUD Search” links on the site and you can have immediate access to all active HUD Foreclosure listings in the greater Dallas – Ft. Worth Metroplex.

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Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Joe T. Garcia’s – A Fort Worth Landmark

The chorus to George Strait’s hit song titled, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” played on a local station today and got me thinking about Joe T. Garcia’s.

Gina and I had dropped by the restaurant, located just south of the Fort Worth Stockyards, after we listed a property in North Richland Hills and I had taken the photo below on my iPhone as we stood in line waiting for a table to open.

Joe T. Garcia's - A Fort Worth Landmark

Copyright 2010 - Tom Branch

Joe T. Garcia’s, known as “Joe T’s” among locals, was first opened on July 4th, 1935. The original restaurant seated 16 people and people would line up for hours to try out the famous enchiladas and hand-made tortillas.

Joe believed that the best form of advertising was word of mouth and did no traditional advertising. Joe and his family provided great meals and great service so despite no traditional advertising their family business flourished and grew.

Joe passed away in the early 1950’s leaving his wife and family to take over the reins. In the 1970’s a garden patio was added and every year after that saw an expansion of the gardens or the addition of a room. Over the years seating capacity has increased to almost 1000 and you still have to wait in line to get a seat!

The next time you’re in Fort Worth consider dropping by this landmark and give the food and hospitality a try! Don’t be surprised if you have to stand in line…

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR