That the Zest is all about. The Zest of Texas is experienced most palpably when you taste our legendary barbecue. Located on the Texas Barbecue Trail, Taylor knows how it’s done. Louie Mueller Barbecue is a two-time recipient of the James Beard award and is regularly included on Southern Living and Texas Monthly’s best barbecue lists, and has been featured in People and Esquire magazines. It is also routinely featured on the Food Network. Vencil Mares’ Taylor Café barbecue has earned kudos from USA Today, while former “Caterer to the Capitol” Rudy Mikeska’s barbecue has gone from local restaurant to national provider of “zesty” hot links. James Davis of Davis Grocery serves “come back” sauce for those customers who find themselves having to come back for more.
Taylor’s flavor also includes The Kolache Shoppe, a must-visit destination for fabulous, authentic Slavic pastries, and uniquely-Taylor taco stands for those wanting some tasty and satisfying Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine.
Movies, a museum and more. Taylor citizens enjoy a crowd-free, cultural movie-going experience at the Historical Howard Theatre. Along with first-run movies at the amazing price of $5 per admission, the Howard Theatre has been “proudly serving folks around Taylor for over 80 years.”
For a spectacular view of Taylor’s political foundations and ideologies, the Moody Museum is a must-see. Built in 1887, the Victorian home-turned-museum is the birthplace of former Governor Dan Moody. In fact, the first floor captures much of how it might have looked when the Moody family was in residence, complete with original furnishings. The upstairs is devoted to exhibits chronicling the life of the governor and his family, as well as Taylor’s other prominent people and events. While admission to the Moody Museum is free, donations are gladly accepted.
Zesty area attractions. Located just 10 miles south of Taylor, Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall invites you to “Take a two-step back in time to the eatinest, drinkinest, dancinest place in Texas!” Folks in the area have been swinging by for years for the kind of entertainment, food and hospitality you won’t find anywhere else.
The Cotton Club and Steakhouse in nearby Granger attracts neighbors and visitors from all over with live music and entertainment, dancing, fine food and good fun.
The Texas State Capitol is just 29 miles southwest of Taylor. Visitors can take tours and observe the Governor of Texas, along with the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, in action as they go about the business of the great Lone Star State.
Hidden for 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best-preserved caves in Texas and one of the few places where remains of prehistoric animals have been unearthed. It’s a short 23-mile drive away from Taylor.
Those interested in more of a road trip will love Longhorn Cavern State Park, Sea World, The Alamo, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Natural Bridge Caverns and Round Top Antiques Fair—all of which are within a couple of hours drive.
Accommodations. For those needing a bed to rest their head, Taylor offers the Best Western Taylor Inn, Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Country Garden Inn, Luxury Inn & Suites and the beautiful Talbot Street Bed & Breakfast. For those RVing it, the Four Winds and Blackland Farms offer a nice place to park.