There are many reasons to go on vacation, but let’s not forget about making a vacation around something you need every day — food.

If food will prompt you to make a trip, then head to Lockhart to eat four of some of the best barbecue restaurants in Texas. Black’s BBQ, Smitty’s Market and Kreuz Market are consistently ranked as three of the best barbecue restaurants in Texas —in fact, you can call them legendary Texas restaurants.
Black’s BBQ is considered Texas’ oldest barbecue restaurant owned by the same founding family. Kreuz Market began in 1900 by Charles Kreuz. It’s life began as a meat market and grocery store, but customers grew to love the family’s barbecue.

Kreuz moved to its new location in 1999 and introduced an expanded menu complimenting some already delicious barbecue.

Smitty’s Market, owned by Nina Schmidt Sells, a descendant of the Kreuz family, maintains one of the top barbecue restaurants in the state and is housed in the old Kreuz location. The smoke-stained walls testify to the tons of meat smoked within the building. No trip to Lockhart would be complete without a trip through the historic corridors of Smitty’s Market.

There are several historic places to visit in Lockhart, including the Caldwell County Courthouse, built in 1894 with its mansard roofs and tall central clock tower featuring a Seth Thomas clock.

Other historic buildings include the Dr. Eugene Clark Library and the Brock Cabin, located in Lions Park. Also, don’t miss the Caldwell County Jail Museum, located at 3315 E. Market St. and housed in the old jail building constructed in 1908, in the Norman castellated style of architecture. The museum is open Saturdays and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Looking for a bit of relaxation or a round of golf, then stop by Lockhart State Park, located just south of Lockhart. The park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s features a nine-hole course along Clear Fork Creek.

To learn more about all there is to do in Lockhart, then visit the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center website at www.lockhartchamber.com