Texans in D.C. Share Special Sense of Camaraderie

Hill County Barbecue Market, Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Tribune) - Ask a Texas transplant about living in the nation’s capital, and you are likely to get an answer with a wistful memory about his or her former home.  

Despite the capital’s buttoned-up atmosphere, many Texans have flocked here for government posts and lobbying jobs. They are always eager to meet fellow Texans, grab some barbecue and talk about life back home. 

Texas has the second-largest congressional delegation, behind California, and those 38 members usually bring their hometown staffs with them. 

There are no figures on the number of Texas transplants in the Washington area, but some are part of the Texas State Society, a 110-year-old social and volunteer organization that has more than 2,000 active members. 

Texans say that despite the bustle of the Beltway, it is easy to find folks from home. 

Many Texans find one another at Hill Country Barbecue Market, just north of the National Mall. More than 60 people gathered there to celebrate Texas Independence Day this month and chowed down on breakfast tacos, which can be a tough get. 

After a long day on Capitol Hill, a sandwich can go a long way toward fixing things, said Elizabeth Karmel, executive chef at Hill Country Barbecue Market. 

“You can have a really stressful day, but then you walk in and smell it, and all of a sudden your blood pressure goes down,” Karmel said. “In one bite, it takes you home.” 
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/07/texans-dc-share-special-sense-camaraderie/.

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