Top things to do in Odessa

Burgers in Odessa

Whitehouse Meat Market

Hidden among some industrial buildings north of the center, this is the place to get a great burger, cooked or uncooked. Besides fine Texas beef in deli cases, it serves up fab burgers in simple surrounds. Get a dou…
Cafe in Odessa

Norma’s Restaurant

The menu couldn't be simpler: eggs for breakfast, sandwiches and chicken-fried steak for lunch, but everything is prepared with care. Quality is tops as are the pies. The biggest problem here? Limited hours (but let…
Notable Building in Odessa

Permian High School

In 1990 the book Friday Night Lights was published to much critical acclaim. In it, journalist HG ‘Buzz’ Bissinger followed the Panthers football team of Permian High School during the team’s 1988 season. No fawning…
Steak in Odessa

Barn Door Steak House

The Barn Door has been serving Odessa's best steaks for decades. The restaurant incorporates the old railroad depot from Pecos, moved to this site in 1972. Among the highlights is the fresh bread and hunk of cheddar…
Historic Site in Odessa

White-Pool House

Built in 1887, this is the oldest existing house in Ector County. It had just two owners for nearly a century when in 1973 the Pool family deeded it to the county for preservation. It shows the change in local fortu…
Museum in Odessa

Presidential Archives & Leadership Library

This much-lauded museum has an interesting collection of items and info on all the presidents. It includes folk art, campaign materials and memorabilia. Out back is the very modest 1948 home of the Bush family, whic…
Statue in Odessa

Jackrabbit Statue

This eight-foot tall rabbit was the product of a local booster in 1962. Now a popular photo op, it reflects local attitudes about varmints in that a plaque lists a recipe for 'jackrabbit and dumplings'.