How can we not love a community whose welcome sign bears an adorable illustrated heart in cowboy boots, tipping off his hat to visitors, alongside the slogan, “The friendliest little city with a heart as big as Texas!” Molton, TX, is a sweet little city, and one that is more like a small town, with only just over 800 people. It’s the kind of place where people driving by in their pickup trucks will nod and say hello to you as you stroll through downtown and one that has a Facebook page, “All About Moulton,” to celebrate everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.
We’re suckers for a small town steak houses and Kloesel’s Steak House & Bar, an inviting 1940s house by the train tracks, does not disappoint. During the lunch hour, homemade cake is served to your table directly upon arrival, before your meal arrives. The steak is delicious. Moulton also has one bbq (Alley Bar B-Q) and two bars, Old Moulton Bank (from the former Dan Electro’s owner from Houston, and it’s rafters are filled with vintage electric guitars) and Scooter’s Dancehall (more club and bar than two-stepping venue).
Moulton’s new café, Java Jive, serves a stack of pancakes for just $2.50, milkshakes & malts, or a perfectly-made cappuccino or a flat white. You’ll see the owner’s gorgeous children hanging out with her at the counter and meet locals taking a break from work in their office or farm.
As for shopping, there’s an apron shop that is curiously only open by appointment (we will make one for next visit) and Texas Junk Company, another Houston transplant whose shop is filled with an amazing collection of vintage cowboy boots among other treasures.
For fun, our friends who live in downtown in an historic home (the Rehmet House, a former B&B) tell us they host friends and locals, get amazing home-cooked meals from school and church fundraisers, and enjoy an idyllic life, just a stone’s throw from Houston (1 hour), Bastrop (1 hour), Austin (an hour and change), and Shiner (11 minutes). Vintage shopping in Smithville is also just a half hour north, and more vintage shopping (and spring cleaning) takes place through an annual city-wide garage sale each April.
With not too many retail or restaurant distractions, but just enough in case you want to buy a gift or go out for a meal, Moulton is a lovely place to catch up with friends, enjoy beautiful country drive to see the painted church or brewery in nearby Shiner, or try your luck at the local American Legion bingo hall’s bingo night. Sometimes however, it’s just nice to stay in with friends, especially when they host us with such style.