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scrumptiouschef Feb 6, 2007 10:57 AM

Did anyone ever eat at the legendary Diamond Inn in Taylor Texas?Were the burgers worthy of the legend?What became of the owners and the little old ladies that turned out the burgers?

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    Winedot Feb 25, 2010 10:32 AM

    Yes.

    Absolutely.

    Not sure regarding the owners, but up until Rudy Mikeska's closed last year, the little old ladies were cranking out reasonable facsimiles of the Diamond Inn hamburger there. The whereabouts of the infamous grill remain unknown.

    In my opinion, the closing of Diamond Inn was a tragic loss akin to if Louie Mueller's Barbecue were to be shuttered.

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      scrumptiouschef Feb 25, 2010 03:45 PM

      Where did Mikeska's grill cooks migrate to when his joint shuttered recently?

      Also, for historical purposes. What was the physical address of the Inn? Is the building still standing?

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        Winedot Mar 8, 2010 09:58 AM

        A pair of sisters were the ones who continued grilling up the Diamond Inn hamburgers at Rudy Mikeska's as they had done back during their days at the old burger joint. They're still around. If only someone would put them back into operation...

        Diamond Inn was located at 113 West Second in Taylor, the current location of a used book store (Paperbacks, Etc., I believe). If you run a street view of that address on Google Maps, it is the building to the right of the vacant lot. In the old days Louie Mueller's grocery store was next door... back when Louie started serving barbecue from his meat counter.

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          scrumptiouschef Mar 8, 2010 03:29 PM

          Thanks for the history lesson winedot. I've shopped at that bookstore and had no idea I was in the old Inn. How is that Spanish restaurant near there? How about the German joint? What's the current rundown on eating out in Taylor Texas?

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            Jaymes Mar 9, 2010 08:40 AM

            There's been some chatting in the "Louie Mueller" thread about former Mueller pitmaster Lance, who has opened a new restaurant in Taylor.

            That might be interesting to check out.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565520

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              Winedot Mar 9, 2010 12:43 PM

              The Mexican place (El Corral Lozano) is making a move into the old Rudy Mikeska digs. They've painted the heretofore red building a bright green, and they're just waiting on all the city permits.

              The German joint (Reiny's) closed up shop last year. An Italian restaurant and pizzeria went in shortly thereafter. The pizza was surprisingly decent. However, they shut down within the last couple of months.

              Lance Kirkpatrick's new place, Mimosa, is the latest on the Taylor scene. The speed of service is lacking. However, I'm hoping those kinks will be worked out. He hasn't been open a month yet.

              An oldie on the Taylor scene is seeing a renaissance. New ownership has apparently kick-started the otherwise sleepy West End Cafe on Second Street/Highway 79. In the old days they would serve up chicken fried steak and the like. More recently they focused on barbecue. New owners took over within the last few months, and the place is hopping. I haven't been in there to see what the story is, although I caught the distinct whiff of pit smoke as I drove by recently. You've got to be ballsy to do barbecue in a town that already has the likes of Louie Mueller, Vencil Mares' Taylor Cafe, and Davis Grocery.

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                scrumptiouschef Mar 9, 2010 02:03 PM

                winedot
                You're a wealth of Taylor knowledge. Break down Davis Barbecue for me please. Also is there a gas station north of town that has a steak night? Heard mention of it. Tell me about the Cactus Rose too. I love Taylor, it's such a lovely small town.It's always been a destination for me for day trips.

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                  Winedot Mar 10, 2010 10:53 AM

                  Rev. Davis has been serving up barbecue for years in south Taylor. He used to run his operation out of an old service station down on Walnut/MLK (i.e., from downtown, over the railroad tracks and turn left at the light... past Williamson County Grain and yet more railroad tracks). A few years ago he moved across the street into a new metal building, stocked a few groceries, and continued to sell barbecue. If you're particular about strict compliance with the health code, it's probably not your kind of restaurant. But it is a local favorite. Farmers who are in town at Williamson County Grain routinely make it their lunchtime destination. Like Taylor Cafe, it attracts a higher percentage of Taylor locals... and it probably has among the most ethnically diverse customer bases of any of the barbecue joints in town. It's definitely worth a visit. You can have your own barbecue tour within the Taylor city limits--Louie Mueller, Vencil Mares' Taylor Cafe, Davis Grocery & Barbecue, and now West End Cafe.

                  As for the place north of town, you're probably hearing about the Circleville Store on Highway 95, on the left just before you get to the San Gabriel River. They're noted for their hamburgers, but they may very well have a steak night.

                  Keeping with the Highway 95 Revisited theme, Cactus Rose is up that way as well. It looks pretty rough. I haven't been there.

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                    scrumptiouschef May 14, 2011 08:16 PM

                    Davis Barbecue is knock your socks off good. Had lunch there today.

                    Hit Moe's Lounge as well for an ice cold Pearl Light beer.

                    Wonder how the burgers are there?

                    Cactus Rose is always a good afternoon. Love the saucy barmaid there.

                    Great, great jukebox with all the D.A.C, Hank Sr., Merle and Conway you could ever want or need.

                    Did the little old ladies from Diamond Inn ever find a place to practice their burger craft?

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                    Moe's Lounge
                    1119 N Main St, Taylor, TX 76574

                    Cactus Rose
                    Highway 95 N, Taylor, TX 76574

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