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Things That Only Exist in Texas: How Lucky Are We?

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The stories of the innate Texas traditions and culture we’ve come to know and love are numerous. The uniquely Texas-sized experiences we have, chains we shop at, and lifestyles we lead have become like high-water marks for those who look to the Lone Star State for inspiration. As the second-largest state in America, that stands to reason. Doesn’t it? We have been given the ability to enjoy foods, events, and even sayings that only exist here, in our home state! Here are a few things that come to mind.

1. Buc-ee’s

A one-of-a-kind blend of pit stop, grocery store, gas station, and “facilities,” Buc-ee’s has been on peoples’ bucket lists from outside the state of Texas for years! These giant convenience stores and truck stops exist throughout Texas and have a league of dedicated fans. In 2019, it made its first expansion outside of the state, establishing itself in Alabama.

2. Frito Pie

Things That Only Exist in Texas: How Lucky Are We?

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To the general American public, Fritos are simply considered a good bag of corn chips. But in Texas, they’ve been elevated to a loftier perch – that of the Frito pie. Here, we open the bag and load it up with chili, onions, and cheese. These unbelievably tasty signature dishes exist in the Lone Star State.

3. Highest Speed Limit

Things That Only Exist in Texas: How Lucky Are We?

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Texas has the highest speed limit found in the United States. State Highway 130 has a legal limit of 85 miles per hour!

4. H-E-B

Things That Only Exist in Texas: How Lucky Are We?

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Originally standing for “Howard E. Butt” (the chain’s founder), H-E-B has become a cornerstone in the Texas grocery industry. Today, those letters can be seen lit up for blocks around in more than 340 locations (in both the Lone Star State and Mexico). These stores sell not only mainstream grocery products but also private-label items that don’t exist elsewhere.

5. Kolaches

Kolaches have become a part of the Texas food fabric stemming from Czech immigrants who settled in parts of the state in the 1800s. Bringing their ethnic dishes with them, these little pastries exist because of their inherent cooking abilities and our love of great food. They’re not just made for fruit filling! Cheese, jalapenos, and sausages have been known to make it into these little bites of Heaven, and they can be found in grocery stores and bakeries throughout the entire state.