• Welcome to the Oral History Archive of Foodways Texas. The mission of Foodways Texas is to preserve, promote, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas. Within this archive of Texas food history, you will find stories from some of the folks that help create those cultures. We are actively building our archive, so expect to find new histories on the site regularly.
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  • Cooper’s Old Time Pit BAR-B-QUE


    Terry Wootan worked at Cooper’s when he was in high school. After spending some years away from barbecue while focusing on his real estate business, he took over Cooper’s in 1986. In his first years operating the business, Wootan did all the cooking and ...

    Thelma’s Bar-B-Que


    Born in Ville Platte, Louisiana, Thelma Williams relocated to Houston in 1969. After working and learning the restaurant and brisket trade at Kessler's Barbecue, she opened her own place in December 1999. Thelma cooked, her five-year-old granddaughter worked t...

    Plantation BBQ


    Lolo Garcia claims to be the architect of both the smoked brisket-filled tortilla and the brisket and egg taco. He’s certainly one of the first to present the combo to customers. Garcia’s Plantation BBQ (since 1987) is a food trailer parked along a busy in...