This has been a good year for my quest for the best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas. Here are some of the highlights for 2010:

•    I didn’t get sick from eating Chicken Fried Steak
•    My Cholesterol did not jump sky high
•    I can still fit into my clothes
•    I found the Udderly Best Chicken Fried Steak (5 Udders) George’s in Waco
•    I found the Udderly worst Chicken Fried Steak (0 Udders) The Angry Dog, Dallas
•    I found the most expensive Chicken Fried Steak, Max’s Wine Bar, Houston
•    I found the largest Chicken Fried Steak, Hickory Hollow, Houston

In my next post, you will find a recap of all the Chicken Fried Steaks I’ve consumed, with all the ratings and all the info you need to enjoy what Texas does best, Chicken Fried Steak.

The search is not ending, in 2011 my goal is to find at least Five 5 Udder rated Chicken Fried Steaks. That means I will have to go to at least triple the number of restaurants I went to in 2010. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. With your help the best Chicken Fried Steak restaurant will be found.

So what can we expect in 2011? Don’t bet the farm on these but I was pretty good at predicting what would happen in 2010.

So here is what I see in 2011 for Texas:

•    Hotel occupancy will continue to increase, but there will still be great bargains to be found.
•    You will visit as many Texas cities as possible 
•    The best deals will be on Luxury Hotels & Resorts. There are plenty of them throughout Texas.
•    So many Texas attractions, so little time 
•    Car Rental rates will continue to increase their rates but not as drastically as in 2010. There are some smaller, less known car rental companies you may want to look for. EZ Rent a Car in Dallas, for instance.
•    You will eat only in local Texas restaurants. Break to chain.
•    I still believe Southwest Airlines will finally begin charging for bags now that they have seen the Billions of dollars the other airlines have made.
•    Airline prices will rise throughout the year.
•    The highest room rates will still be in San Antonio, so if you see a deal, grab it.

Travel Tips to help you save money:

•    Compare rates on a site like www.kayak.com
•    Once you find a hotel you want to stay, look on their website to see what rate they have. If you feel it’s too high, call the hotel, ask for the manager, tell him or her you will be visiting the area several times in 2010 and you would like a lower rate. Example. If the lowest rate is $100, ask if they can extend a rate of $75.00. The worst that can happen is they say no. They may say I can give you an $80 rate. You just saved $20/nt. (and you may just get an upgraded room).
•    If you have to rent a car, try not to rent it from an airport location as it usually costs more.
•    Book a tour package. They will save you time and money.

Happy New Year from the Texas Travelin’ Man and TourTexas.com

The Texas Travelin' Man

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