Four Fantastic Barbecue Trail Itineraries

Barbecue in the Coastal Bend is about more than amazing brisket and ribs. It’s about a true Texas experience. The itineraries we’ve created show off the fun activities you can do while you visit for barbecue. Explore the history of Texas at the Presidio La Bahía; take your significant other on a different kind of date or visit with friends and check out the local nightlife scene.

History of Barbecue Itinerary

Texas BBQ roots can be traced right here to the Coastal Bend. Beginning with the herds of bison roaming the region to the nearly thirty thousand head of cattle husbanded at the Presidio La Bahia, this region is where Texas barbecue began. This itinerary features historically significant places in the Coastal Bend, museums and the right mix of established barbecue joints.
Morning

Start your day off on the right foot with a hearty breakfast at Ramsey's Restaurant. You can't go wrong with the morning staples on their menu like huge waffles, western omelettes, and made-from-scratch biscuits with sausage gravy. The Museum of the Coastal Bend features the history of ranching in Texas all the way back to colonization. You can also learn to throw an atlatl - a primitive hunting weapon used by early settlers to hunt barbecue.

Nearby Coffee:
The Box Coffee Bar
2916 N. Laurent St
Victoria, TX 77901
[map]

Ramsey’s Restaurant
1403 N. Navarro St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Museum of the Coastal Bend
2200 E. Red River St
Victoria, TX 77901[map]

Afternoon

Lunch in Victoria is certainly historic with a trip to Fossati's Delicatessen. Founded in 1882, it is the oldest deli in Texas and they still churn out their favorites like the chicken salad melt and Italian po-boy daily. Another nearby downtown lunch option is Rosebud Records, Grill & Theater. Housed in the historic Leibold Building, their menu is full of comfort food favorites like juicy burgers, chicken & waffles, and delectable soda fountain-style desserts. You can also purchase vintage records in store or simply borrow them to play in the portable record players at your booth! Mission Espiritu Santo is a beautifully restored Catholic mission that features State Park guides who'll walk you through Texas' early history. The Mission hosted tens of thousands of head of cattle during it's prime and is linked directly to Texas' style barbecue. Located nearby is the Presidio La Bahia, a beautiful Spanish fort established hundreds of years ago to protect the Mission and the surrounding ranch land. Take a selfie on the only land in America that has flown under nine flags.

Nearby Barbecue:
McMillan’s Bar-B-Q
98 Hanley St
Goliad, TX 77963 [more info…]

Fossati’s Delicatessen<
302 S. Main St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Rosebud Records, Grill & Theater
102 S. Main St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Mission Espiritu Santo
108 Park Rd 6
Goliad, TX 77963 [map]

Presidio La Bahía
217 Loop 71 Highway 183
Goliad, TX 77963 [map]

Fannin Battleground
734 FM 2506
Victoria, TX 77905 [map]

Evening

The Old Victoria Driving Tour is an amazing collection of historically significant homes and buildings in Victoria. This self-guided tour is full of stories about larger than life figures. The Victoria Trail Through Time currently features twelve museum-quality historic interpretive displays telling the story of some certain place or event in Victoria's fascinating history. Finish off your day with a dinner of mouth-watering steaks and more at 5D Steakhouse.

Nearby Barbecue:
Mumphord’s Place
1202 E. Juan Linn St
Victoria, TX 77901 [more info…]

Victoria Historic Homes Tour
Brochure is available at the Explore Victoria Visitor Center.

Victoria Trail Through Time
Learn more at HistoricVictoriaTexas.com

5D Steakhouse
4904 N. Navarro St
Victoria, TX 77904 [map]

NIGHT

Polish off the night with drinks in historic Downtown Victoria at Moonshine Drinkery. Their moonshine cocktails are a unique addition to the Victoria nightlife scene. With over a dozen new and renovated hotels there are plenty of options for relaxing after the action packed day!

Moonshine Drinkery
103 W. Santa Rosa St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Check out the hotel options.

For a genuine local experience, stay at charming boutique accommodations.




Barbecue, Boots and Brews Itinerary

Barbecue and drinks go hand in hand; get ready to enjoy some of the best of both! These barbecue, drinks and dancing options are a fun overnight adventure.
Morning

Frances Marie's Restaurant & Cantina is a wonderful way to start a day with great Mexican breakfast dishes and amazing margaritas. If it's Sunday, the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar and their signature brunch features some of the best Bloody Marys and mimosas in town. Be sure to give the Texas Benedict dish a try!

Nearby Coffee:
Liberty Coffee Haus
206 Liberty St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Frances Marie’s Restaurant & Cantina
25050 Houston Hwy
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar
1201 W. Stayton Ave
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Afternoon

Grab your crew and hit the water with kayak rentals from Flow Paddle Co! Located in Riverside Park, they offer drop off and pick up services so you can take on the 4+ miles of paddling along the Guadlupe River in the park. After your aquatic adventure, head on over for lunch and draft beers at Froggy's Grub & Pub. One of Victoria's newest restaurants, they feature bar food favorites and signature burgers along with tons of TV screens.

Nearby Barbecue:
KB’s BBQ
11835 US-87
Victoria, TX 77904 [more info…]

Flow Paddle Co
476 McCright Dr
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Froggy’s Grub & Pub
2902 N. Navarro St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Evening

At Aero Crafters, choose from over 24 craft brews on tap, along with dozens of bottled and canned varieties, 8 wines on top, and specialty cocktails. They have lawn games and live music as well in their large outdoor beer garden! For a great group dining experience, check out Burdogz Bar & Grill. Their huge outdoor patio regularly features local live music favorites, along with great drink special and shareable appetizers.

Aero Crafters
309 E. Crestwood Dr
Victoria, TX 77904 [map]

Burdogz Bar & Grill
1209 E. Airline Rd
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

NIGHT

If you're looking for dancing, Shooters is casual, fun western nightlife and has some of the best karaoke in town. Dodge City Saloon features many pool tables and a huge dance floor for all ages. Settle down for the night with over a dozen new and renovated hotels there are plenty of options for relaxing after the action packed day!

Shooters
4705 N. Navarro Street
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Dodge City Saloon
205 N. Star Dr
Victoria, TX 77904 [map]

Check out the hotel options.

For a genuine local experience, stay at charming boutique accommodations.




Couples' Barbecue Itinerary

Whether you’re married a decade or you just started dating, our couples’ barbecue itinerary is a great casual way to spend some time with your significant other. Enjoy the conversation over the sights and sounds of Texas’ true rustic barbecue scene – all while eating your way through some of the best barbecue in America.
Morning

For breakfast the specials at Huvar's Artisan Market in Downtown Victoria are highly suggested. They also have made-to-order coffee and espresso drinks. After breakfast enjoy a relaxing walk hand-in-hand on the trails of the Athey Nature Area. Listen to the calls of numerous species of birds while the sunlight peeks through the trees.

Nearby Coffee:
Huvar’s Artisan Market
110 W. Juan Linn St
Victoria, TX 77901
[map]

Huvar’s Artisan Market
110 W. Juan Linn St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Athey Nature Trail
In Riverside Park [map]

Afternoon

Relax with an afternoon of delectable wine tastings in a beautiful country setting at the recently opened Gulf Breeze Winery, Victoria's first winery! If you feel like venturing out a bit, take a drive to Lavaca Bluffs Winery in nearby Lolita. Enjoy authentic wines from the Texas Gulf Coast and walk along their vineyard perched on the banks of the scenic Lavaca River. The Victoria Educational Gardens is open daily dawn to dusk and admission is free!  Take a relaxing walk hand-in-hand through the flowering plants and native vegetation. The Nave Museum hosts classic and contemporary exhibits in an historic Greco-Roman hall.

Nearby Barbecue:
Aunt Jo’s BBBQ
5303 US-77
Victoria, TX 77905 [more info…]

Gulf Breeze Winery
3005 FM 1685
Victoria, Texas 77905 [map]

Lavaca Bluffs Winery
4261 County Road 426
Lolita, TX 77971 [map]

Victoria Educational Gardens
333 Bachelor Dr
Victoria, TX 77905 [map]

Nave Museum
306 W. Commercial St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Evening

The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar is located right on the Guadalupe River and it has one of the best patio music scenes in Texas. Enjoy the cool evening breeze, crisp drinks and good band overlooking the river on a romantic night. Another great option for a night out is Empire Bar & Grill, with their menus full of comfort fare like burgers, signature sandwiches, wings, and more.

The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar
1201 W. Stayton Ave
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Empire Bar & Grill
6908 N. Navarro St
Victoria, TX 77904 [map]

NIGHT

Greeks 205 is located in beautiful Downtown Victoria, and their outdoor patio is one of the best spots in town for live music. Looking for a great place to dance? Newly-restored Schroeder Hall, the second-oldest dancehall in Texas, plays host to live bands every weekend and on occasion major country music acts. Take in the history of this  genuine Texas dancehall as you boot-scoot across the hardwood floors.

Greeks 205
205 E. Constitution St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Schroeder Hall
12516 FM 622
Goliad, TX 77963 [map]

For a genuine local experience, stay at charming boutique accommodations.

The Inn on Main
315 N. Main St
Victoria, TX 77901
+1-316-580-2794 [call]

Timeless Serenity B&B
707 Washington St
Victoria, TX 77901
+1-361-649-4097 [call]




Family-Friendly Barbecue Fun Itinerary

Barbecue is the perfect family-friendly cuisine. Everyone can dig in and grab their favorite meat from a heaping plate of brisket, sausage, ribs, and more. Bring along the kids and dig into a variety of fun activities in Victoria that’ll keep ‘em all entertained.
Morning

Sweet Fountainz Bakeryis a great option for families, where you can get a tasty kolache, fritter, or sausage roll on the go. After breakfast head over to The Texas Zoo in Riverside Park and view over 150 native and exotic species; this small, uncrowded zoo is perfect for families with little ones.

Nearby Coffee:
The Box Coffee Bar (Downtown Location)
215 S. Main St
Victoria, TX 77901
[map]

Sweet Fountainz Bakery
5805 John Stockbauer Dr
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

The Texas Zoo
110 Memorial Drive
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Afternoon

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent houses a variety of exhibits that will enrich young minds daily. At the Victoria Public Library, your family can find a number of scheduled activities that are free of charge, or you can simply spend some time reading in the quiet atmosphere. One of the newest activity trends, escape rooms, have recently come to Victoria with Pro Escape Rooms and De-Crypt It Escape Room. See if your family has what it takes to escape! Nothing brings the family together like great burgers. Take the kids and all to either Jim's Big Burger or Burger Nation. Both are excellent choices for a mouth-watering burger! Afterwards, grab desserts at Karen's SweetPea Cupcakerywith their homemade ice cream and cupcakes.

Nearby Barbecue:
Uncle Mutt’s Bar-B-Q Co.
5404 N. Navarro Street
Victoria, TX 77904 [more info…]

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent
1205 Sam Houston Drive
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Victoria Public Library
302 N. Main St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Pro Escape Rooms
3205 Old Goliad Rd
Victoria, TX 77905 [map]

De-Crypt It Escape Room
1909 E. Red River St, Ste. 5
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Jim’s Big Burger
102 Glascow Street
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Burger Nation
3112 N. Navarro Street
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Karen’s SweetPea Cupcakery
2515 N. Azalea St
Victoria, TX 77901 [map]

Evening

Victoria's newest family fun center, Outlaw Pass, features go-kart racing, miniature adventure golf, a rock wall, arcade with state-of-the-art games, and much more. Afterwards, take the whole family to Paint's Underground Pizza for delicious, made-to-order Ohio-style pizza.

Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center
78 Tate Road
Victoria, TX 77904 [map]

Paint’s Underground Pizza
5001B John Stockbauer Dr
Victoria, TX 77904 [map]

NIGHT

With over a dozen new and renovated hotels there are plenty of options for relaxing after the action packed day!

Check out the hotel options.

For a genuine local experience, stay at charming boutique accommodations.