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Central Texas small town restaurants - any recommendations?

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I previously mentioned Lockhart's Sunshine Café and the Buda Diner as examples of unique central Texas small town restaurants and would like to open a discussion on this subject ... any thoughts and/or recommendations (And, could we avoid the already well known bbq joints so often mentioned on this board?).

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  1. Well there are two places in New Berlin.On is Brisztke Station
    and another place.Heard they are pretty good.Aurora's Cafe down in St.Hedwig on 1518 has good mexican food and the hamburger i had there was fine.Don't get down that way very often.In Seguin,one of the old stores across from the courthouse has a lunch counter.Never tried it so i'm not sure how good it is.Goerke's out near Marion has lunch specials during the week which are pretty tasty.They get very busy with customers at lunch time and have bbq and steaks as well.It's on Weyel Road.Eaten there quite a few times.

    1. Try the Brazos Bell Restaurant in downtown Burton. French country food. The menu changes regularly and the restaurant is only open on Friday and Sat evenings and Sunday brunch. If Cassoulet is on the menu, it is some of the best I've had. http://www.brazosbellerestaurant.com/...

      also Jambalaya's in Giddings.

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      1. re: presspass

        I agree with you about the Brazos Belle. It is a remarkable and unique restaurant, serving French food made with local ingredients (many of the herbs are grown by the chef) in a tiny town (pop. about 350} not far from Brenham. It's a checkered cloth tablecloth / napkins kind of place, not stuffy or formal and offers a decent selection of wines at moderate prices. The French born and trained chef does all the cooking and will visit your table at least once. In addition to good food, they bake their bread on site (You can purchase loaves to take home). It's a wonderful place, especially in the spring, since it's located in the bluebonnet heart of Texas. The drive and a visit to the area are well worth it! Burton, btw, also has a "local" diner across from the Belle, antique stores, and a Cotton Gin (and yearly festival - in the fall, I believe).

      2. For a truly unique and amazing Chow experience drive to Garfield Texas and dine at Little Thailand. It's a couple mobile homes jammed up together.The front one is the dining room proper,the back one is a bar [great jukebox] with a vintage curved leather bar...you may also eat there and be entertained by Dick,half of the husband wife team who own the restaurant.His Thai wife Surin commands the kitchen in an array of colorful Thai outfits.She is a gifted Thai chef.They garden extensively and utilize the produce in their menu.The eggs are free range.The steaks done in a wok,Thai style,are out of this world.They serve Thai beer and it is delicious as well.

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        1. re: scrumptiouschef

          Where is Garfield,Tx? I know of a Garfield down in I think Dewitt or Lavaca Counties, near New Davy and CottonPatch, but it mainly consists of the old schoolhouse/community center.Been years since yours truly was down that way.

            1. re: scrumptiouschef

              Dick passed away last fall. The place is still going strong, his son is running the bar now. He isn't quite the character that Dick was, but we still enjoyed dinner there a few months ago.

        2. "Avoid bbq joints"?

          Well, okay.

          Here are a few of my favorites. There are the most famous ones, like the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls (did you know that it's named after the hat and not the flower?), the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, and Royer's in Round Top. Also wonderful is the Hill Top B&B and Cafe in Fredericksburg.

          And the Sunset Restaurant on the square in Blanco.

          Don't know if any of you like fried shrimp, but I really do, when it's done right. And that's getting almost impossible to find. Not many places still bread their own shrimp. Most restaurants just buy it already breaded and frozen, from some place like Costco or Sysco. The breading is heavy and gummy, and the shrimp are small and it all tastes exactly the same as the last mediocre place where you had bad shrimp.

          But the Sunset Restaurant still breads their own jumbo shrimp and it is delicious. And they also still have baked potatoes on the menu - another item that's getting harder and harder to find. I drive over to Blanco about once a month just to have that good fried shrimp and a baked potato.

          Also, you can ask generations of college students that drove from the Houston area up to Austin or College Station where are the best sandwiches, baked goods, kolaches on HWY 71 and they'll answer without hesitation: Weikel's in La Grange.

          It's still owned by the family that used to own the famous Bon Ton Cafe, and the food is terrific. It's takeout only, though, and it's located in a gas station, so you'll think at first you might be at the wrong place. But the crowds of folks jamming in to place their orders before the good stuff is all gone quickly lets you know you've found Weikel's.

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          1. re: ChrissieH

            UGH! I am still nauseous from the fried shrimp and onion rings I had this afternoon at Sunset Resaurant and Bar in Blanco. I have never seen such globs of dough passing off as fried food. They were so thickly coated with batter that much of the stuff was UNCOOKED inside. Unbelievable... The waitress apologised for it even as she served the junk, which I had to have returned to the kitchen for another try, which was only slightly better. I guess every restaurant has a bad day... On the other hand, the service was good, as was the dinner salad.

            I am looking forward to returning to Sunset and ordering the shrimp again. I mean, it has to be better the next time. Nothing could be as bad as today's.

            1. re: avi

              Lordy. I feel personally responsible. That sounds NOTHING like the shrimp I drive over an hour each way to get. I'm kind of afraid that either they've changed cooks, or something else awful has happened.

              1. re: ChrissieH

                Don't feel bad. There may be hope yet as this fiasco was blamed on the prep guy who had prepared the shrimp in advance. The waitress volunteered to bring it to the owner's attention ... But that does not explain the onion rings which were overly batterred and greasy and seemed to be made with the same batter as the shrimp. Let's hope for the best ...

          2. Silver K Cafe in Johnson City has some creative menu items http://www.silverkcafe.com/

            Not so much central Texas, but I like the chicken fried steak at Magnolia Diner in Magnolia.

            I haven't tried Brazos Belle yet, but will next time I'm in Burton. I like breakfast at Burton Cafe.

            1. i'm a fan of Royers Round Top Cafe, in Roundtop for southern comfort food and pies.

              not central texas, but in woodville near lake livingston there is the Pickett House Restaurant that serves really yummy fried chicken and the best chicken and dumplings. everything is served family style and it's all you can eat. they also serve cold buttermilk as a beverage.

              i never understood the appeal of the kolaches in la grange. i didn't find them that great. they did have good jalapeno cheese bread though.

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              1. re: yimay

                i agree about weikel's in la grange. i prefer hruska's in ellinger if i were to buy some kolaches, etc. i haven't tried rounder's and didn't get to try it when they had the takeout place with coopers meat market. i guess next time i head down to houston i'll have to make a detour.

              2. Clear Springs Catfish Restaraunt in Clear Springs on TxHWy46,south of New Braunfels has good fried fish and shrimp as well as grilled fish items,ribs,hamburgers,etc.

                1. the limestone grill in boerne, texas, is quite good!

                  1. South Loop Cafe between Boerne and San Antonio is terrific.

                    1. I don't know why everyone still raves about Blue Bonnet in Marble Falls! Maybe it's because you drove so far and waited in line, but I live there and it's NOT good. A place that specializes in breakfast should; (1) be able to keep your coffee cup reasonably filled, (2) have something other than fake/powdered creamer for said coffee, (3) serve coffee that has some taste, be able to serve hash browns other than burned outside, cold inside.

                      A better choice is Brother's Bakery 3 blocks north on 281. But enough about my rant.

                      In Marble Falls we also have Cafe 909 and Patton's on Main, both in Austin American Stateman's top 25 and Jamin House, a collection of seafood and Caribbean.

                      I recently discovered O'Brien's in Bergheim, on TX 46 about midway between Bulverde and Boerne. It's about an hour from my house but I'm putting it on my monthly to bi-monthly list!

                      golfgod

                      1. Saying that Weikel's has the best kolaches on 71 is not setting the bar too high. For Kolaches, I HIGHLY reccomend Green's sausage house in Zabcikville (15 minutes east of Temple). Their sausage kolaches rule because they make their own sausages, and the fruit and cheese versions aren't too shabby, though the fillings are almost certainly bought in. The poppy seed are nice, though sweet. Buy sausages while there, you will be glad you did.
                        Also, sorry, but the stagecoach is horrible, unless you're into bad food in a room filled with octogenarians from a tour bus. AVOID!

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                        1. re: LeroyT

                          Reviving the thread for current reviews of the Brazos Belle.And other pertinent Central Texas suggestions...

                        2. Also in Blanco, just a block off the square, is the Blanco Bowling Club. An old 9-pin alley, they have good burgers, home cooking and great onion rings. The big treat is on Friday nights, when they serve all you can eat catfish that is very fresh and perfectly breaded and cooked. It is def. worht the trip.

                          1. food for thought? judging based on cfs, pie, etc. but there are some with creative entrees. not just central texas.

                            http://www.texasmonthly.com/magazine/...

                            i haven't been to a single one of them.

                            1. Anytime we're in the area we go to Kreuz (pronounced kroitzes) market in Lockhart. They slowcook their meat in wood fired ovens until it's super tender and serve it on brown paper with wonderbread, pickles and beer---outstanding. If you're in Seguin in the AM you might want to try the breakfast tacos at Mi Casita as well (301 N. Austin St.), they are something special.

                              1. 814 A Texas Bistro in Comfort is very nice. Small place, chef owners with great prices-food (high quality) and wine.

                                1. Here's how you get to Goerke's: off I-35, south on 1103 for 3.2 miles, where you will see a sign saying turn left for Goerke's. After you turn onto Brite Road, it will almost immediately come to an end on Weil Road, Turn left. You go .4 miles, and will see a road coming in from your left, identified by a sign as Weil Road. In order to stay on Weil Road, you have to turn left here. If you don't, you will be on Short Weil Road. Goerke's is 1.1 miles after the turn, on your left.

                                  I can recommend the Honey Creek Restaurant (Cafe?--can't remember) on Hwy 46, several miles west of 281, on your left. I am particularly fond of their chicken fried pork cutlet (not sure they call it that.) The portions are huge, so I usually order the sandwich, which gives me a half-portion. Seems like they don't open until 3:00. You can check on their website.

                                  I've also dined well at the Dixie Grill, which fronts I-10 in Seguin. This is a "down home Alabama" type place (no stars and bars or 'we reserve the right' signs on the wall, though. I had the chicken fried pork cutlets, which were delicious, served with a baby-greens salad, sides, hot cornbread, and a pitcher of tea.

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                                  1. re: archon41

                                    Haven't been to Seguin in awhile,nor tried the Honey Creek Cafe on TXHwy 46.

                                  2. PRIME CUT Restaurant in Montague, TX

                                    This little gem is worth the drive. Fabulous steaks-- better than some of the 5 star restaurants that I have been to. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the food is phenomenal!! Sometimes they have live music....Brad Hines, etc. Call for reservations because it books up quickly!