LUBBOCK, Texas— For the first time in 12 years, I am back in the region known as West Texas as we begin a five-day visit to the town known as the home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The last time I was on the Tech campus was a few months before 9/11 in 2001 for the National Black Graduate Student Association.
Boy, a lot has changed in this college town since then.
A whole new side of town has been built that includes the host conference center where the 12th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium is taking place.
The Overton Hotel and Conference Center has been housing our meetings the last two days.
If Sunday’s brunch and yesterday ‘s breakfast is any indication, the Pecan Grill will be a great memory. They have venison burgers at this restaurant. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try one of those.
My friends and colleagues from Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communication have introduced me to one chain and one local restaurant.
I have to say the salmon and the crab cakes were memorable at the Texas Land & Cattle location here in Lubbock. I did some research and found there are more than 20 locations of this restaurant around the Lone Star State. And, there is even a location closer to my hometown– Richmond, Va. in Concord, NC. I will make a point to visit this restaurant again.
But, Lubbock should be proud of what Billy Rizzo’s and Stella’s Restaurant has to offer. While’s it’s known for its Italian cuisine, I thoroughly enjoyed the seafood there. The trout and the vanilla bread pudding were most memorable at this restaurant.
As the intensity of the conference increases today and we’re offered boxed lunches at the Student Union on the Texas Tech campus, the cuisine will be a little less memorable. But, I’m glad my week here is off to such a great, yummy start!