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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Point of Interest
“The Odeon Theater built in 1928 is the oldest continually operating movie theater in West Texas. It is now owned and operated by a non-profit called the Odeon Preservation Association. Visit theodeontheater.com for more details. CASH ONLY!! Showtimes are Friday (7:30 PM)-Monday (7:00 PM). Tickets are $4.00. Typical moviegoing snacks are available for purchase. The theater, serving as a movie theater and performing arts center, also presents live entertainment as scheduled and free classic films on Wednesdays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Lea Lou has a 21+ club in addition to a regular restaurant serving up pizza and salads. Steak night is Friday night. You choose the cut and temperature of your steak, it's cooked to order, and then you choose from a range of all-you-can-eat sides.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Willow Creek is a long time staple of the Mason Square. It is the best place for a classic chicken fried steak. Their French fries and rolls are my favorite, and you get a trip to the salad bar included with most meals. Try the buttermilk pie if you have a sweet tooth. It is homemade in-house, and it is delicious with an after-dinner cup of coffee. They also have a 21+ club in the back.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Mason County Museum is a tiny storefront on the square in Mason. It is a nice addition to a day on the square and inshows the local history of the area. The museum is home to the largest topaz found in North America. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Sandstone Cellars wine bar is another family fave. In the summer, the sangria or a frosty winerita really hits the spot. Order a charcuterie board, or ask that your food from Santos be brought to the wine bar and walk over. Say hi to Michael (the bartender) or Scott and Manny, the owners. Friends of the Family!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Building
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you are wanting a hearty meal with German roots, Square Plate is the place for you. Take advantage of their daily special or go for the brat/pepperwurst plate or the schnitzel. If I'm alone, I normally grab a small table by the window and watch the traffic go by around the Square. Their pecan pie is to die for! Open for lunch Monday-Saturday, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM”
  • 3 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“The Thing Is Boutique has rare and handmade clothing and accessories. One of a kind pieces you can't live without!”
  • 1 local recommends
Discount Store
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Café
“Used to be an old grocery store on the north side of town. Now it is one of the best Mexican food restaurants in town. Don't be in hurry cause good food takes time! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Mason’s newest museum addition is aptly named, the Mason Square Museum. It is a more compact version of the Mason County Historical Museum, but with its own unique exhibits (including the largest blue topaz found in the United States).”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Good food hand made in an old filling station. We always used to go after church.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Visit the site of historic Fort Mason, established in 1851 on the frontier as a safe haven for settlers against Native American raids. On the site is a reproduction of the officers' quarters with a small exhibit about the fort's history. Without the fort, there would be no Mason. It is free to visit, and the vantage point of the fort offers sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Nacho's Cafe is the go-to place for Tex-Mex style food. Ask for white sauce (jalapeño ranch) in addition to their classic salsa. If you want something really spicy, ask for the green sauce. Their ranch is homemade and delicious as well. Say hi to Nacho and Lisa if they are around.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“AWESOME breakfast tacos! Family owned and operated authentic Mexican cuisine. Great food and yummy fresh squeezed lemonade. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Courthouse
“Constructed in 1909 in the classical revival style, this is the third-generation courthouse of Mason County. It is located at the heart of the Mason Square that spans two blocks long and one block wide.”
  • 1 local recommends