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Nov 6, 2009 07:46 AM

Have You Seen Any Real Cowboys Wearing Their Hats in Restaurants?


To try and keep this on the Texas board I would like to know where I could eat, and what kind of place would it be, where wearing a hat would be acceptable. I am balding and I want to dine where I can wear something on my head and not look like a sissy. Kidding.. , but Bikers do it, no?)

There's this thread goin' on :
I am 63 and spent my first 50+ years in Texas. A lot of summertime was spent around farmers and cattle ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma.
Tho my memory is foggy, I seem to remember cafes where men did not always shed their hats. Certainly did not shed their gimme caps... What about their Stetsons, cheap straw work hat or other head gear? Any fancy places?

  1. Well, This doesn't answer your question, but when Bum Phillips was the head coach of the Houston Oilers he didn't wear his hat in the Astrodome, because he said that he was taught not to wear a hat indoors.(
    )So if you're going by Bum's rule, unless you're going al fresco, nowhere would be the answer.

    1. Well, you don't take off the hat for lunch when you come from and are going back to work. You don't wear Winter or dress Stetsons to work. You don't wear gimmies to dinner, unless right after work and casual. If then, you don't take em off. Unless you're a tpourist, you don't wear a Stetson out at night - but in that case you take it off when seated for dinner. If you leave a Stetson type hat (Mexican summer Stetson type hats are more macho) on your head when off work, it should be sweat, water, and grime stained and broke to fit yer head. If you wear a Winter/dress Stetson, it should be with a cowboy cut suit at a wedding, Elks Club election, Vet's dance, or if you own the whole town.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        Good reply Sam. My memory is of the sweat and grime darkened straw hat that virtually never came off, unless perhaps you were out of the sun or wanted to wipe your forehead to keep all the crap from running into your eyes.
        I wonder if Bush Jr. ever left his hat on? There's a cowboy!

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          I live in Houston and I see someone wearing a cowboy hat about once a month, not in a restaurant, but anywhere.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            I don't think there's much pokin' of cows in Houston. The traffic is bad enough as it is.

            1. re: Scargod

              The first time I visited Houston was in the mid70s and I saw a horse tied to a parking meter.

              1. re: c oliver

                Probably a police officer, they're the only people I've seen riding a horse, unless the rodeo is in town, and I was born in thre 50's.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I lived in Flower Mound, a fast growing and affluent (for the most part), burb of Dallas. I occasionally saw riding horses tied up at the convenience store on FM 1171. But then we had riding trails around Grapevine Lake, too.
                  Just saying that a few miles more and you were in "Highland Park" like territory with big shopping centers. A few miles in the other direction and there were real cowboys.

                  1. re: Scargod

                    You know, there's a large Arabian breeding farm across my back fence (and most of my neighbor's back fences too), and probably at least a half dozen places with large paddocks filled with horses within a mile of me, yet I have yet to see ONE person on horseback! Never thought much about it before, but now that I have it does seem strange!

            2. re: Sam Fujisaka

              One of my former neighbors, Ben Fowler, was a small-time rancher; ran 40-50 head a year just to keep a farm/ranch property tax exemption. Ben's in his 70s and never cuter than in his dress boots, (always) pressed Wranglers, white, button down Oxford cloth shirt, blue blazer and cowboy hat (I think it was something fancier than Stetson but can't remember.) But the hat came OFF when he came indoors, not just in a restaurant. Same with his work hat.

            3. Used to see it all the time when I lived in El Paso. Cowboy hats and baseball caps. Not so much up here in the north. North Dallas area, that is. '-)

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              1. re: Caroline1

                Correctomundo! I comprehende. I believe I was seeing it up in Denton (farther north), area and Justin, Ponder, Decatur and Krum. Dallas and the burbs are mostly just for the poseurs, though some boys have settled in the city and might be slow to adapt.
                Remember, it hasn't been that many years since Ft Worth had sawdust on the floor of a famous Q place.
                FWIW, that was so you could spit, and so on, on the floor... I doubt they gave a whit whether you had your hat on in that place or not!

              2. Like the wearing of blue jeans, I doubt there are many restaurants where wearing a hat would be any problem at all with maybe the exception of places like the French Room, Mansion, etc. and I wouldn't even be too quick to rule them out.

                1. Jfood has never seen any real cowboy wearing a cowboy hat in any restaurtant in New Canaan, CT.

                  He does seen Mr. Lauren dressed in some really weird duds on Sundays though.

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                  1. re: jfood

                    Don't ya think it's time for Mr. Lauren to start aging gracefully and ditch some of those duds?

                    1. re: c oliver

                      what you see on TV ain't nothing. he one time drove his gull wing car, got out and he was dressed from head to toe in leather and sequins along the seams. Looked like a m jacksaon wannabe. fortunately his wife was dressed perfectly as she always does, and age appropriate.

                      1. re: jfood

                        And I'm going to assume this WASN'T Halloween? She does always look lovely and age appropriate.