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Aug 17

Rule the Kingdom, Pinballz Kingdom, That Is...

Posted to Adventure Friday by Lysa Gonzalez

Hey there! My name is Veronica Tierno and I am an intern with Visit Buda, TX. I am a senior at Texas State University majoring in Digital Media Innovation with a concentration in Multimedia Production. I grew up all over the U.S. due to my parents being in the military. I have spent my whole life adapting to new environments.

As I get to know Buda, I will take you along with me to show you how to stay busy on an unplanned Friday. To carry on with Adventure Friday is such an honor. Buda is a great place to explore and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!

My first adventure: Pinballz Kingdom!

When you think of the word “kingdom,” what do you think of? I usually think of castles, dragons, and royalty. Expect three out of three of those things when you come to Pinballz Kingdom.

The arcade is located in a former truck stop that was built to look like a castle. To match the theme of the building, the entrance archway contains a giant dragon who greets you as you walk through the doors.

If you want to play games, you buy a game card as soon as you walk in the door. The card stores your credits and treasures (tickets). While adventuring through their wide variety of arcade games, expect to be treated as royalty along the way. 

I enjoy Pinballz Kingdom compared to other arcades because of their wide variety of vintage and retro games like PacMan, Donkey Kong, Gallaga, etc. Even in arcades my parents took me to when I was younger, I have never seen so many pinball machines in one place. They have a whole wall almost completely filled with pinball machines (hence the name). What I find cool is all of the retro games are for sale.

 If pinball isn’t your thing, they also have classic games like air hockey, skee ball, coin-pusher games, and newer phone “app” games for the kiddos, as well as, bumper cars.

If you want an awesome place for a date day, family outing, or you’re hanging out with friends, you can expect to spend all day in this kingdom.

Sep 18

Burgers of Buda, TX

Posted to Happy Trails by Lysa Gonzalez

So you know when you get have a craving for a really good burger? Though us Texan’s take pride in how good our Whataburger is, it will never be quite good enough to curb our craving for a perfectly seasoned, juicy hunk of Texas burger. So when fast food burgers just don’t cut it, we created a menu of the most popular burger’s across Buda. This list is so good it’ll make Hamburglar wish he wasn’t stealing from McDonald's.

Dynamic Duo: Pinballz Kingdom's own “Texas Burger”

Pinballz  Burger

With a bit of hesitation over the BBQ sauce, and a reassuring “don’t worry you’ll love our burger”, Pinballz Kingdom served us the perfect burger. Yes, I just made that claim. I didn’t know I would love the BBQ sauce on this burger so much and the onion rings are exactly how every onion ring should be made. We ordered the meat cooked medium, and it made for just the right amount of drip. They piled it high with a hunky slice of cheddar cheese, perfectly crisp bacon, crunchy onion rings, all topped with tangy BBQ sauce. Every ingredient perfect on its own, but together made for a dang good burger. Also, if you’re reading this and imagining how much of a mess you’ll make on your freshly pressed shirt, this burger surprisingly stays together until the very last bite. We will definitely be back to try the #2 favorite: Hatch Lava Burger.

Charred to Perfection: Tavern on Main’s own “Jalapeno-Cheddar Burger”

Tavern Burger

A juicy center, flavorful charred edges, crisp jalapenos, need we say more? If you are like me, you are a lover of the edges. Brownies? Give me the corner piece. Square pizza?  Yes please with those burnt cheesy corners. There really is something about those crispy edges that hold the flavor so well. And with the burger from the Tavern on Main, you get to enjoy your favorite edge on the first AND last bite. Even the cheese has crispy edges! They assembled a tasty classic burger with 6 ounces of beef, a thick slice of cheddar cheese, and fresh cut grilled jalapenos in between a jalapeno cheddar bun. The jalapeno cheddar burger  was just the right amount of different (and delicious) to make it our go to classic burger.

Brooklyn Down South’s own “The 967 Burger”

Brooklyns Burger

Welcome to your perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Devour a ½ pound of beef topped with spicy bacon jalapeno jam, thin cut onion rings, american cheese, topped with an egg all in between a sourdough honey bun. When you hear jam you usually expect it to be sweet, but it had a welcome spiciness that quickly became my favorite part of the burger. If you haven’t ever tried adding an egg to this burger from Brooklyn's Down South this might be a good place to start. We loved how it added just the right amount of egg flavor. Only thing I would ask for next time is an over easy egg instead of medium so I can experience the runny yolk with this already juicy burger. Just don’t wear your freshly pressed shirt to this table--you’re in for a delicious mess!

Cabela’s own “Hawaiian Bison Burger”

Cabelas burger 2

After trying the sweet and spicy combo from Brooklyn’s, we were feeling a bit adventurous and tried the Hawaiian bison burger from Cabela’s. If you’re one of those oddballs who likes pineapple on your pizza, this is the burger for you. Cabela’s took a cafeteria-style burger and made it gourmet with your choice of angus, bison, or elk patties, pepper jack cheese, two thick slices of pineapple, all topped with tangy Korean BBQ sauce. The bison patty on this burger is a great place to start if you’re nervous about venturing off from beef, chicken or pork. Though the korean BBQ sauce was our favorite part of this creation, next time we will probably stick with toppings that are a bit more classic, just so we can enjoy the gamey juicy flavor of the bison. Avocado Bison Burger date at Cabela’s? I’d say yes to that.

Did we miss a burger? Give us a reason to try it out! We are always looking for new food to try in Buda. Though after this we should probably stick with salads for a while.