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Al’s Texas Tours: Top 5 Texas Taco Joints

IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! What better way to celebrate than indulging in some delicious mouth watering Texas tacos? Each city has their unique spin on this tasty dish, so we decided that it would be a perfect fit for this weeks Al’s Texas Tour! So pack your bags and get ready to experience the top 5 Texas Taco Joints! While we’re at it, be sure to join us at Taco Casa tomorrow afternoon for some free tacos on us! Bon Apatite!



Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, Austin – Throughout the years, the city of Austin has embraced its weird cultural lifestyle and it tends to reflect in their tacos. This fantastic taco joint features a menu that combines traditional taco flavors and smoked BBQ. The result? A match made in heaven. Their pork carnitas, beef fajitas and brisket tacos will simply blow your taste buds away.




Torchy’s Tacos, Austin, Dallas, Waco, ect. – You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t experienced this popular Texas treat. Originally a food truck from Austin, this taco shop boomed in popularity and has expanded to multiple locations all across the state. These tacos are known for their experimental nature, such as a taco with fried chicken, a hot dog and fried avocado. Not to mention their guacamole infused queso is to die for.




Gorditas Aguascalientes, Houston – This hidden Houston gem features home made fresh corn and flour tortillas, which cradle the best taco meats and dressings in town. They’re bigger and pack more ingredients than your average street tacos. The chopped and diced meat is cooked to perfection and then finished with a firestorm of peppers, cilantros and onions.




Chacho’s Tacos, Corpus Christie – This little mom and pop shop busted onto the scene and quickly spread thanks to word of mouth. This restaurant is famous for their signature breakfast tacos, which are comprised of thick rich eggs and meats with an addition of fresh tomatoes, jalapenos and cheese. Their also famous for the All-Mighty Chacho’s Taco Challenge, where you must devour a foot long behemoth breakfast taco in 10 minutes. Many have tried, few have succeeded. Are you up for the challenge?




Taqueria Datapoint, San Antonio – This restaurant makes quite possibly the best Tacos Al Pastor and barbacoa on the planet. The carnitas are infused with various spices and sauces, which result in a flavorful kick with every bite. The miniature tacos feature high-grade meat that is grilled and dressed excellently. If you love spicy, then this is definitely the place for you!


And before you head out on your own Taco road trip, now is the perfect time to make sure that you are covered.  Give us at call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto insurance policy is update to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible!

Enjoy the drive and those delicious Texas Tacos!

Pay It Forward will be held tomorrow, June 21, from 3:00pm – 4:00p, at Saginaw Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76179

Al’s Texas Tours: Top 5 Best Places to Camp in Texas


         Al's Texas Tours


School is out and summer has finally kicked in! That means it’s the perfect time for a ROAD TRIP!!

Texas is famous for it’s lush beautiful landscapes and scenic views. So why not get the family together for an outdoor experience unlike any other? Our beautiful state is packed with some of the best national and state parks in the world. Do yourself a favor and check out Al’s Best Road Trips: Top 5 best places to camp in Texas! Bigbend

Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park, TX – This is perhaps one of the most famous national parks in Texas as well as the entire country. This campground features some of the highest points and incredible rock formations in the state, which makes it great for backpacking. Campers can also Kayak along the Rio Grande River and discover some of the most beautiful views in all of Texas.


Possum Kingdom Lake, Young County, TX – If you’re not much of an outdoorsy person, but want to go get a camping experience, than Possum Kingdom Lake is the place for you. This campground is a utopia for water sports, fishing, and nature activities. While you’re there, make sure you check out the infamous “Hell’s Gate” cliff formation in the lake. You can even go cliff diving if you’re brave enough!



Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, TX – This historic state park offers a plethora of outdoor activities and is home to some of the best horseback trails in Texas. This park also offers bird watching, star gazing tours, mountain biking and hundreds of miles of trails to be explored.



Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, TX – If you’re craving a sense of adventure, then head on out to this beautiful park located right outside of Austin. This park features multiple natural swimming holes, extreme mountain biking trails and cave diving tours. The main attraction, however, is the Gorman Falls, which is a 65-foot waterfall that looks like something out of a dream.



Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, TX – This is definitely the most family friendly option on the list. Dinosaur Valley is known for it’s great hiking trails and dinosaur themed activities. You can explore the Paluxy River, which is filled with various dinosaur tracks, or dig for prehistoric fossils in the canyons. It’s all of the fun of Jurassic Park, without live dinosaurs!

Before you head out for your ROAD TRIP, make sure that you’re covered.  Give us at call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto, home, boat, RV insurance policy is update to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible! Now go out and plan your trip – Adventure awaits!


Top 5 Texas BBQ Restaurants

Fire up your smoker & grills! Cause June marks the dawn of summer and it just so happens to be National Barbecue Month! And if there’s one thing the great state of Texas is known for, it’s that we make some mean, mouth-watering Barbeque. People from all over the world flock to Texas to experience the bountiful bbq and become instantly addicted. It’s almost a right of passage to tourists and Texans alike. In fact, Texas Barbecue is so magnificent; we decided to take you on a little Texas BBQ Road Trip to the top 5 BBQ joints in the Lone Star State.


FranklinsFranklin’s, Austin, TX – Customers have been known to wait in line for up to 5 hours to get a taste of this immaculate barbecue. Heck, even Kanye West was told to get in the back of the line when he visited this historic establishment. Franklin’s has set the bar for smoked excellence that is recognized worldwide. Their brisket meat is too good for words to describe. Just do yourself a favor and make a pit stop here next time you’re in Austin. It’ll be well worth the wait!

PecanLodgePecan Lodge, Dallas, TX – This North Texas joint came to the party a little late, but they have already made a huge splash. Pecan Lodge features juicy peppered pork ribs that fall right off the bone, jalapeno sausage links that give off a bold mesquite flavor and rich smoky brisket that is grilled to perfection.

La Barbecue

La Barbecue, Austin, TX – Austin is known for it’s food trucks and this barbeque pit is by far it’s greatest meal on wheels. La Barbecue serves expertly smoked meats that are both rich and spicy. Their brisket falls apart on your butcher paper and contains an explosion of flavor that will knock your taste buds right out of the park.

BlacksBlacks, Lockhart, TX – Lockhart is a small south Texas town with a population of roughly 13,000 people. However, in the heart of this pint-sized community lies a smoky Texas treasure. Blacks BBQ packs a powerful flavor punch in its brisket and they carry some of the biggest beef short ribs on the market. Their signature handmade sausage is blended with spices and they’re fully cooked to perfection over Central Texas post oak.

MuellerLouie Mueller, Taylor, TX – This smokehouse is known for it’s massive beef rib, which comes apart effortlessly and packs a whirlwind of rich, juicy, peppered flavor. Their smoked brisket is also rendered to perfection, which results in the perfect amount of tender goodness.


And before you head out on your own BBQ road trip, now is the perfect time to make sure that you are covered.  Give us at call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto insurance policy is update to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible!


Enjoy the drive and that delicious Texas BBQ!

Why We Love Sonic



Milkshakes, Limeades and Slushes!


Everybody loves Sonic and so do we!


There’s something special about Sonic that makes it stand out from other generic fast food joints. It embraces the classic American drive-in experience with friendly carhop service, that features signature menu items that you can’t find anywhere else. Simply put, Sonic offers great food and fun for the whole family, which is why we decided to partner with them for our next Pay It Forward event. Here are a few reasons why we love Sonic and why you should join us this Wednesday as we “Pay It Forward” with FREE slushes, limeades, and treats!

Sonic Drinks – There’s nothing better than getting half priced Cherry Limeades during Sonic Happy Hour. Sonic offers over 1,063,953 different drink combinations, which include fountain drinks, slushes, shakes and other limeades. Also, who can’t resist Sonic’s delectable crushed ice?

One-Of-A-Kind Menu – Sonic definitely offers the most variety on their menu when compared to other fast food restaurants. With items such as signature hotdogs, boneless wings, grilled cheese sandwiches and popcorn chicken – there’s something for everyone on this menu. They even offer a snack menu with mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers in case you’re craving something light. Also, did we mention that they offer breakfast all day?

Great Customer Experience – Sonic’s name is derived from their original slogan, “Service with the Speed of Sound” which is exactly what you receive. They offer a fast food dining experience unlike any other, with excellent carhop service and drive in bays where you can eat your meal straight from your car. It truly is the ultimate hangout!

Sonic Desserts – If you’re craving some sugar after your meal, look no further than Sonic’s dessert menu. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with a Sonic Blast, waffle cone or a traditional ice cream sundae. Sonic is also the only fast food restaurant that offers multiple flavored shakes with premium ingredients. Looking for a unique frozen treat? Try the Oreo Peanut Butter Shake or the Strawberry Cheesecake Shake.

Philanthropy – Sonic isn’t just about great food and service, but they also give back to the community. Their most popular program is Limeades for Learning, which benefits teachers and students in local communities. Since 2009 they have donated over $4.2 million to schools and made a difference in thousands of teachers and student’s lives.

Sonic Holiday Specials – Every once in a while, Sonic will offer amazing all day specials as a “thank you” to their fans. Last year they offered 50-cent corn dogs, $1 hotdogs and free root beer floats all day on multiple occasions. What a delicious bargain!

By partnering with Sonic for our Pay It Forward event, we hope to brighten your day and make a difference. We would be thrilled if you would join us for drinks and treats on us, this Wednesday from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. The address to the Sonic location is listed below. Big Al can’t wait to see you there!