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Forbidden City?

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Forbidden City?

I've been posting some questions on the San Antonio board for our upcoming late February trip. We heard about the Forbidden City in Katy, Texas.

Has anyone been there lately? Is it as cool as it look? I'm always afraid the photos on the website are outdated.

We are renting a car for a few days to explore the area around SA. Would it be worth a day trip? I'm thinking getting up early and arriving when the place opens, then maybe stop at some sights--suggestions please--(and for BBQ) on the way back.

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Forbidden City?

My choices first to last, but all are excellent choices. These are shades of perfection and worth a special trip.

Smitty's in Lockhart

Salt Lick Near Austin

City Market in Luling

Kreuz Market in Lockhart

Black's in Lockhart

Luling Bar-B-Que in Luling

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2. Re: Forbidden City?

It's been about 3 years since I was there last - I liked it and thought it was well worth it. This topis has come up in the recent past - you might be able to get more info if you search for it. It is just off I-10 - so it will be a quick run on I-10 from SA. The good BBQ places I am familiar with and some the previous post had mentioned (such as Luling) are good but about another 90 mts from Katy. My guess is that there are other between Katy and SA.

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Hi GV,

If you do have a car, be sure to go to Chris Madrid's for a burger and onion rings--the Best. It is away from the touristy area, and they have a great patio, if the weather is good!

Go to:


for menu,location, directions...it is worth the 20 minute trip!!



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Personally, I don't think that coming from San Antonio to Houston is worth the 6 or 7 hour round trip drive for a day trip. I live in Houston and I love it, but I would rather go to Austin, New Braunfels, Wimberley, or Fredericksburg (just to name a few places) since it takes less than half that time.

I've never been to the Forbidden City, but I would like to go sometime.

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