There are numerous restaurants and bars in the 700 block of South Polk Street in Amarillo, with options ranging from Mexican to Asian to pub grub. In Vega, 35 miles west of Amarillo, I like Boot Hill Saloon & Grill, 909 Vega Blvd. (tel. 806/267-2904;, an eatery that looks straight from the Old West but was built in 2007. The menu features both steaks and sandwiches, plus pastas, seafood, and baby back ribs ($10-$25).

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