burton / brenham / round top travel guide


Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Standing in front of the old Burton Railroad Depot (in this top, these jeans, and these boots). 

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Burton Railroad Depot.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Some vintage finds at Flown The Coop in Burton.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

The old Cotton Gin in Burton.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

One of three antique shops in Burton.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Perusing the many fun finds in Rita’s Antiques in Burton.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Inside Flown The Coop.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

JW's Steakhouse | The Style Scribe

A chicken fried steak and all the fix-ins from JW’s Steakhouse.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Inside Rita’s Antiques.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Flown The Coop in Burton, Texas.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Antiquing in Burton.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Antiquing in Round Top | The Style Scribe

Antiquing in Round Top.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

White Horse Tavern in Burton.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Inside Flown The Coop.

Royers Cafe in Round Top | The Style Scribe

Royers Cafe in Round Top.

Burton, Texas | The Style Scribe

Ever since my mom and stepdad got married five years ago, I’ve visited the teeny Texas town of Burton a few times a year. This spot sits smack dab in the middle of Austin and Houston, and is near a bunch of adorable little towns to discover. Burton itself has a population of only 300, so you know you’re out in the country! If you live in either of the aforementioned big cities, I highly recommend a day trip (or even a weekend!) in Burton, Brenham, or Round Top. There aren’t a ton of restaurants in any of the three cities, but here is a list of the best of the best! They are only about a 15 minute drive away from each other, so each little town is worth checking out!

Stay Guide

Unless your family or a friend owns or leases a ranch in the area, your best bet is to stay in Brenham. There are a few hotels available on both the low and high end. For a more luxurious stay, make reservations at The Inn at Dos Brisas – in addition to the rustic-chic Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, this hotel boasts a bunch of activities like horseback riding, fishing, skeet shooting, cooking classes and more. The Inn at Dos Brisas also houses a Forbes five-star restaurant! More on that below…

For more inexpensive accommodations, check out the Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites, and the Hampton Inn & Suites.

Eat Guide

The Cactus – just outside of Burton, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant features an excellent chicken fried steak and onion rings. Don’t be fooled by the 1/4 order of onion rings on the menu – it’s a VERY full plate, so unless you have a huge group, don’t do a full order!. A half order of Chicken Fried Steak will take up half your plate too! Be sure to order beer at this spot, because the wine tastes like grape juice. PS – the sign in front of the restaurant is broken! Basically it’s a real dive, but a total gem nonetheless!

JW’s Steakhouse – this yummy spot is located in Carmine, just a short 10 minute drive from Burton. You’ll find quality home-cookin’ here! They’ve got bottlecaps (fried jalapeno slices – YUM), chicken fried steak, seafood, sandwiches, hearty steaks and more – and plenty of decadent sides to go with them!

Royers Cafe – this restaurant is a legend. Located in Round Top, Royers Cafe is a sight to be seen and the food is outrageously good. The menu features everything from fried fish and grilled quail to pasta and steak. They are famous for their pies, so definitely don’t leave without grabbing a slice for dessert (and maybe a whole pie for later?)! In addition to Royers Cafe, owner Bud “The Pieman” Royers opened Royers Pie Haven, a separate shop just a short walk away exclusively for pies. If you’re craving an afternoon sweet snack, stop by Royers Pie Haven!

The Inn at Dos Brisas – as mentioned above, The Inn at Dos Brisas boasts a Forbes five-star restaurant within the hotel. It’s pretty fancy, so perfect for an anniversary or other special occasion evening with your significant other.

The Short Stop – it’s what it sounds like. This little convenience store in Burton is a convenience store, but it also has a delicious restaurant attached. Here you’ll find mouthwatering patty melts, burgers and other not-so-diet-friendly food options. Worth every calorie.

Do Guide

Round Top Antiques Fair (March 28-April 2) – the Round Top Antiques Fair is this area’s biggest event of the year, and it just so happens to be starting on Monday! Hundreds of vendors from all over the country come to Round Top each year to show off and sell their best antique finds. It draws thousands of people every year! Unfortunately I won’t be going this year, but luckily some of the vendors had set up their tents already while I was there last weekend – my mom and I got to do a little bit of antiquing ourselves! If you can’t make it to this one, there’s also a fair in the fall!

The Cotton Gin Festival (April 15-16th) – another fun event that happens right in the heart of Burton is The Cotton Gin Festival. This two-day festival features a parade, tractor pull, carnival booths with lots of food and cool things to buy, and most importantly they fire up the old cotton gin (pictured above)!

Flown The Coop – if you find yourself in Burton with some free time, check out Flown The Coop, a cute new store right off the main road in town. The owners of this little shop sell everything from local honey and candles, to restored antique and industrial treasures they’ve found and collected all over the US. It’s the perfect little gift shop!

White Horse Tavern – if you’re looking for a cold beer and live music, this joint is gonna be it. Sitting right on Main Street, you’ll know it by the white horse standing outside on the front lawn. Check the chalkboard on the front door for who’s playing that night and opening times – in a small town like Burton you never can be sure when they’ll be open!

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