Lubbock: More Than You Bargained For, But Still a Lunchtime Bargain

Toe tappin’ music and lunchtime eateries will make your next trip to Lubbock something different than anticipated.

While most university cities offer the quintessential college bar and burger experience, Lubbock goes beyond what you’d expect.

Make sure you are hungry when lunchtime rolls around, because growing restless after 15 years as a stay-at-home mom, Teresa Stephens bought a restaurant one early Monday morning. Seeing it for the first time on the previous Saturday night, she took a leap of faith and opened the Cast Iron Grill. Her crew not only serves up outstanding home style cooking but Johnny will shine your shoes while preaching a sermon.

“We’re a little island of misfits that has found it’s way into thousands of people’s hearts,” said Stephens, “when you walk in, you become family. My staff makes a difference in people’s lives every single day.”

Homemade pies, all made from scratch, such as the Jack Daniel’s Pie are widely known. Stephens had 15 pie orders for their first Christmas and this past Thanksgiving had orders to bake 196.

“Our pies are truly made with love,” said Stephens, “but if you would have told me four years ago I would be doing this I would have told you, you were crazy.”

Located in Lubbock’s industrial neighborhood, Eddie’s BBQ is best known for their brisket and pork ribs. Dry rubbed with a sweet infused sauce available too, it is sure to fill the meat fueled cravings of any BBQ connoisseur.

After you overwhelm yourself with a self induced flavor explosion, start burning calories by tapping your toes to the sounds of Buddy Holly.

The Buddy Holly Center preserves the music of their native son who recorded such hits as “That’ll Be The Day”. Witnessing the impact Holly’s career of less than two years had on the music industry, visitors see his influence in the music of stars such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and more.

A swelling of wind farms across the country has increased interest in the history of this energy generating practice. In fact, it was a local Lubbock man collecting historic and rare windmills who spawned the interest in what later became the American Wind Power Center and Museum.

“The Smithsonian wanted to purchase two rare windmills from the collection and break it up,” said Tanya Meadows of the museum. “A Texas Tech professor saw the importance of keeping the collection together and was able to make an offer, purchase it, and it has grown from there.”

The American Wind Power Center now houses more than 170 windmills, with more than 100 of them in an indoor exhibit. Historical perspectives are a part of the exhibit, but a mind boggling lesson on the importance of the role wind power played in the advancement of the United States is the crown jewel.

Some say it’s off the beaten path, but Lubbock is a West Texas icon that deserves a second glance. Expect the West Texas landscape, but be shocked by what you find when the tumbleweeds stop tumbling for this isn’t your typical university stop.


Cory Cart is a freelance travel writer from Stillwater, OK, and prefers to cover things that locals celebrate in their own backyard. Follow him on Twitter @seemybackyard or visit his website at

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