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Jul 14, 2016
Erin Coldewey

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Off the Beaten Path: 6 “Hub City” Adventures Worth Having

There is a truth I’ve come to know about travel: every city you will ever have the pleasure of visiting contains something worth experiencing. In Lubbock we’re lucky enough to be home to several local treasures, from the Buddy Holly Center to our award-winning wineries to the world’s largest windmill museum to the local music scene. But if you’re willing to venture off the beaten path, so to speak, you’ll find there are plenty of other experiences worth having when you’re in town. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Flip’s Tavern
While everyone’s getting hit with a heavy dose of gaming nostalgia these days, a la Pokemon GO, it’s nothing new to those of us who visit Flip’s. Here you’ll find pinball tables repurposed in every way imaginable, both as tables and art, and a robust selection of brew to go along with it. You can also check them out for Sunday brunch for traditional favorites like French toast, breakfast tacos and brunch-y cocktails. (Location: 1406 Ave. Q)

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Pinball as art at Flip’s Tavern

Rockin’ Box 33
Lubbock loves music. Did you know you can catch live music almost every single night of the week in the “Hub City?” It’s true. And one of the places it’s best showcased is at the house concerts hosted by Melissa Grimes at Rockin’ Box 33. A house concert is exactly what it sounds like – an intimate performance inside a single room that will allow you to connect with the musician, the lyrics and other listeners, sans distractions. Like any other concert, you must purchase a ticket, but the unique experience is included for free. View more info on Rockin’ Box 33, the house concert experience and upcoming shows here.

The Bruno House
Nestled in the heart of Ransom Canyon lies a true Lubbock treasure – one of Robert Bruno’s Steel & Stone houses. Though off the beaten path, it’s truly worthy of a visit and a photo (or several). Even Vogue thought it was worthy of a magazine spread.

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The Bruno House in Ransom Canyon

Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters
It’s no surprise to those who know me that coffee is what makes my mornings go ‘round. In fact, I have confessed my love of coffee to our readers here and here, but my newest local coffee obsession goes back to the beans, particularly the beans from one local roasting company. On Saturday mornings you can find me at the Downtown Farmers Market buying a bag of whole bean coffee from Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters. My latest purchase? A roast from Papua New Guinea with notes of honey and florals, and it tastes just as good as it smells.

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Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters at the Downtown Farmers Market

Joel’s
With close to 1,000 restaurants to choose from in the “Hub City,” you’ll never go hungry. But if you’re looking for really good Mexican food, you can find it at Joel’s. Should you stop by on a Saturday, you may just be treated to a band of young mariachis practicing their craft while you eat. (Location: 3116 Amherst)

The Range
The Range is undoubtedly one of the best places to spend an evening in Lubbock. Here you’ll find a driving range, a place to throw washers and live music, but it’s also one of the best places in town to get a pizza with Crusty’s on location. We highly recommend the green chile chicken pizza or, my personal favorite, the buffalo chicken. (Location 3201 116th Street)

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Forever craving Crusty’s Pizza at The Range

Whether you’re visiting or love Lubbock as a local, we hope you get out and experience the city, and while you’re out, be sure to share your finds with us using #LiveLoveLubbock. And as always, happy exploring!