Maxine's Cafe On Main in Bastrop
Took a meander about the Austin area this Labor Day weekend and ended up in Bastrop, the Historic Bastrop on Main Street, about the time the extreme heat and hunger overtook me (103! 103?). On Labor Day, most of the shops and restaurants were closed, but we parked by Maxine's Cafe and given it's proximity, went right in. As we did, my DH mentioned that he had seen this place on a show we like on PBS called The Daytripper, with Chet Garner as host (Saturdays in Houston at 3:30 p.m.).
Anyway, I was delighted with the mason jug of tea with lemon and tons of ice that they initially brought us, like it was heaven sent, cold, fresh and strong, just like I like it.
The restaurant (Est. 1997) is in an historic building with wood floors and is long and narrow. The server we had was a cheery young woman who just made me happy to be there. Although we are currently suffering under a low-carb diet to reduce our girth, we found lots of great food on the menu. I had the cobb salad and DH had the hamburger steak, he craving a burger. You know, a burger is just not a burger without the bun and toppings, but he relished it nonetheless. The cobb salad was amazing, I mean beautifully prepared, greens topped with evenly diced ripe red perfect seeded tomatoes, avocado, eggs, really good quality blue cheese and fried bacon crumbles. All in abundance and for $8.50 I can't imagine how they turn a profit.
The menu also features lots of CFS, burgers, fries of all kinds and beers in the cooler.
One of those memorable meals. I'm sure they don't need a plug, they were full with a line waiting when we left at 12:30 p.m.
Try it out if you are in the area. I did find a bottle of Pedernales label wine at an open shop nearby also, bonus. Don't knock it until you've tried it, especially the Tempranillo.
Jug 'o fresh tea, I love you (pictured).
Thanks for the nice review of Maxine's. I used to live in Bastrop and ate there all the time. They also make a great breakfast and are known for their awesome pies.
Bastrop is great for day tripping from Austin. Check their website, they have some fun events all the time and a great live theater venue. Don't know how the Main Street shops are doing in this economy, but they used to be worth the trip too.