Tom & Bingo's was rated highly in Texas Monthly's BBQ issue for 2008, and so we checked it out. Decent brisket comes on a hamburger bun, and you can get chips as a side-- not much in the way of extra fixins. The meat is pretty good, but the seating is lacking at this shack-- you'll sit on benches along the wall. Not a place to linger, which is good because they sell BBQ until they run out.
OK, but not great-- basic burgers and the fixins, but this location is smoke-free (unlike the one on 50th). Food is good enough, and the place is fairly kid friendly.
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center is probably the best place in Lubbock to check out new art and artists, particularly during the monthly First Friday Art Trail. The LHUCA also offers classes and provides space to a lot of smaller arts groups in the area. This is a great organization to support with your time and dollars.
Good selection, big parking lot, and friendly service. The Sewing Basket is a great place to pick up fabric and notions for your next quilting project.
While La Diosa is in the middle of the Depot District, it does stick out a bit in west Texas. Great place for tapas, a bottle of wine (or two) and a long conversation. There's generally live music on the weekends, and La Diosa tends to be a perennial stop on the First Friday Art Trail.
I'm not a fan of the Aalon Salon-- while it's convenient for Texas Tech students (basically across the street from campus at Broadway and University), the cut that I received was nothing like what I asked for. I'd recommend going elsewhere-- perhaps to Bijou in the Depot District.
This is Lubbock's only Aveda salon. The decor, clientele, and staff are all super laid-back and friendly, and getting an appointment isn't a hassle. I'd recommend this to my friends.
Jeni's ice cream is amazing. This location (Grandview) is fairly new, and a perfect place to stop when you're heading to or from Stauf's or Gina's in the same area. Try Jeni's local and completely wonderful flavor combinations, and you'll be ruined for big box ice cream forever.
This Cup 'O Joe location is fairly accessible, though parking can be a pain due to the movie theater and other shops nearby. Love the ambiance though it can get cold in there during the winter with all of the glass walls/windows. Check out the big booth by the fire.
Manna is a tiny little place in Cactus Alley where the food is good and the wine is flowing. If friends hadn't given us directions, we probably wouldn't have checked it out, but I'm glad we did. If you go, have the artisan cheeseboard or the buffalo migas (brunch).