Food & Drink

Meals & supplies off the Beat-en path

Helping Westlakers indulge their beatnik side even though they live far from the City Lights, is 263 Provisions: a general store, restaurant, and community hangout envisioned by a former Big Red Sun landscaper whose Beat Generation obsession's made evident by a mural of Kerouac and a collection of very hip tomes -- so finally, you won't get kicked out for enjoying a Naked Lunch. The deal

For those craving more than just a reality sandwich, they're serving Southwestern-influenced dinner specialties like a flat iron steak over jalapeno cheese grits, wood-oven pizzas with toppings like pancetta & prosciutto, and 14 tapped reality-escapers including Real Ale's Devil's Backbone, also the course for the climactic roller-blading race in the '93 movie Airborne, which you should rent after drinking a lot

If you're in a hurry to get on the road, opt for take-with-yous like breakfast tacos, sandwiches, fresh farm-to-table produce, beans from Texas Coffee Traders, and local delicacies like Paqui Tortillas, Dos Lunas Cheese, and energy bars from Bearded Brothers, through whose face-fur no City Light can shine.