We finally made it to New Braunfels to visit the new super-sized Buc-ee's. It has been a while, but anytime we find ourselves on I-10 near Luling, we stop at the huge Buc-ee's there, and this new one would prove to be even more enormous.
That row of gas lanes is only about half of it. If you can imagine taking about four normal sized travel centers and putting them all together in a single building, that would be this new Buc-ee's.
Inside, you'll find a huge assortment of candy, collectibles, crafts, t-shirts and the like, but most importantly, you'll find Beaver Nuggets. We sent a couple of bags of these to my son who is currently deployed overseas, and when Eva was filling out the customs form, the lady at the post office told her that she might want to be a little more descriptive than "Beaver Nuggets" since the customs people may not be familiar with Buc-ee's.
Buc-ee's also has a fancy food ordering situation. You go up to one of the twenty or so menu stations and select what you want. From there, a ticket is printed and when they call your number, you go and grab your vittles. We picked up a pulled-pork sandwich, a brisket sandwich and a huge box of fries and it was certainly nothing to write home about, but not bad for travel center food.
In the end, I don't think Buc-ee's is about getting a best dinner, but it is certainly a great place to stop and stretch your legs during a long drive. And don't forget the Beaver Nuggets.