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  • Laura Jo Provencher

Hidden Gems in a Desert Town

If you had asked me two years ago where Marfa, Texas was I probably would have said something annoying and cheesy like "Marfa, who?". Not only because I have never been much of a Texas fan (this opinion is evolving I love you Texas people) but I've never been the sharpest geography student. And while Instagram has plenty of downfalls, it also has been one of the best ways for me to learn new things, be exposed to new ideas, and travel to hundreds of places vicariously. And that is exactly how I came across this little, desert town in West Texas.

Marfa is one of the strangest places I've ever been; abandoned, yet lively-eery, yet inviting- plain, yet eccentric. I mean, the whole town is closed four out of the seven days of the week. But boy, are there some gems. Even though no one can really travel much at this *exact* moment in time, I thought it would be fun to share my some of my favorite spots for those planning their next adventure as fervently as me. I will not apologize that all of these places are food and beverage related- I am who I am.


The Sentinel

If you care anything about aesthetics, The Sentinel will leave your jaw on the floor. Warm desert tones, airy, spacious layout, cacti in every corner, dog friendly, and breakfast tacos that make you say "12 more please and thank you". It's a bright coffee shop by day and a cozy bar by night and I would be lying if I said we didn't spend, well, every day there.


Convenience West BBQ


I have never been the world's biggest BBQ fan. In fact, I didn't like it all for a long time. But let me tell you, Convenience West has good barbeque. Their sandwich is delicious and their sides are spunky and creative. Plus the people are so nice!


Al Campo


This is one of those hidden, subtle, hole in the wall kind of places that make you feel like you found buried treasure when you discover it. Al Campo is a tucked away oasis of string lights, homemade tortilla chips, and wine smooth as butter. It's one of those places that entices you with it's warmth and ambiance making you want to stay for hours.

When we first arrived in Marfa and I saw an actual tumbleweed rolling down the street, I'll admit I had my doubts. But as it turns out, if you stick around long enough, first impressions aren't always right and you may just find yourself enchanted by the unfamiliar-tumbleweeds and all. * Honorable mentions: Lost Horse Saloon, Food Shark, & Marfa Burritos