It's only been open since 1976, but it sure does seem like it's been there forever. We're talking, of course, about the Texas Chili Parlor, the Capitol-adjacent bar and restaurant that is a favorite among state employees and their elected bosses, judges and cops, bikers, UT students, and filmmakers (including Quentin Tarantino) alike. What is it about TCP that keeps them all coming back, night after night? Perhaps it's the chili. Well, of course, that's partially it. There's also the fact that the staff always remembers a face – and the drink that goes with it – no small feat when you consider the traffic this place gets. Indeed, for those reasons and more, TCP is the quintessential regulars bar, the place to go where everybody (eventually) knows your name.
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