Destination Greenville: The Texan Theater
State-of-the-Art Theater Produces Outstanding Experience
Photos By Hannah Fattig
The first words that comes to mind when I think of the Texan Theater in Greenville is absolute comfort. From the kind staff, to the delicious food, and the special performance, I felt completely and utterly pampered when I recently went there for a show. Going to the Texan was a whole new experience for me, and one that I highly recommend to all to come and spoil yourselves at the Texan.
Arriving early before the show, I thoroughly enjoyed coffee at the small shop adjacent to the theater called the Lobby. I got an iced coffee with whipped cream and vanilla shots, decaf, and it was certainly the best iced coffee I’ve had in a long while. Besides delicious coffees and other drinks, The Lobby also serves soups, salads, sandwiches, and “Curtain Call” sweets including cookies and scones.
Although I have been to several other “dinner and a show” events before, the Texan was by far the best such experience. The theater itself is warm and inviting with comfortable, adjustable-height chairs and tables arranged in such a way that you can see the show while receiving great service and eating a four-course meal.
Soon after we were seated in the theater, we were greeted by the owner herself, Barbara Horan, and she told us a little about the place and how she restored it to become the grand entertainment center that it is now. From the stage, Horan gave the audience a brief introduction to the show and about our meals for the night and introduced the chef as well.
The wait staff was very attentive and responsive to our needs. Our first course came before the show started — an appetizer of tomatoes, goat cheese, and pita bread. Next came a mixed garden salad with homemade vinaigrette, followed by steaks partnered with homemade creamy mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, and a dinner role. And for the dessert, a chocolate turtle cake, covered in a caramel drizzle. My favorite part of the meal was the appetizer, a unique combination of seasoned tomatoes, with a chunk of melted goat cheese, with pita bread to dip into. The zesty flavor was something I’d never eaten before, and I’d gladly have again.
While we ate, we were given a spectacular performance by the African Acrobats International called Cirque Zuma Zuma. I appreciated the Texan bringing such an entertaining and educational act to rural Texas – it is not one I will soon forget.
All in all, with the combination of the marvelous food, service, ambience, and exciting performance, my visit to the Texan Theater was a unique and memorable experience, and I highly suggest a visit there. Some of the upcoming performances include W.C. Clark, Mickey Gilley, Blood Sweat and Tears, Gino Vannelli, John Fullbright, and Radney Foster. Ticket pricing varies by performance and may seem a bit pricey to some but with the ticket comes the enjoyment of this state-of-the-art theater in a small town without the hassles of parking, plus a four-course dinner, an intimate show, and tips are included in the ticket price as well. For more information visit www.texantheatergreenville.com or call 903.259.6360.