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Readers Recommend: February 2009

Texas Highways readers are like our field reporters, so find out what these readers recommend.



Trautwein Sauteed Shrimp at Creek Road Cafe (Photo by Michael Amador)

Creek Road Cafe

While day-tripping in the Hill Country, we stopped for lunch at the recently opened Creek Road Café in Dripping Springs. From the outside, the building is nondescript, but inside we were greeted by smiling wait staff, soft music, tinkling glasses, and mouthwatering aromas. The angel-hair pasta tossed in ginger- and sesame-seed oil with vegetables and topped with grilled shrimp was divine. 

CAROL McKINNEY, Horseshoe Bay
Creek Road Café is at 301 US 290 W.; 512/858-9459.

Fion Wine Pub

On a recent visit to Texas, my family discovered a delightful wine pub called Fion, in the Steiner Ranch area of Austin. On the menu is a variety of interesting wines and beers and a large selection of cheeses. Order your wine by the glass or by smaller servings so you can sample several. Choose your favorite wines and cheeses, and when the chilled marble slab overflowing with cheese, dried fruits, nuts, and crackers arrives, sit back and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of conversation and good wine. Finish off with a special dessert. I can’t wait to return to this delightful pub again!

JANE PELLETIER, Lisle, Illinois
Fion Wine Pub is at 2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd.; 512/266-3466.

Wagon Wheel

If you’re ever in Goldthwaite around lunchtime, be sure to stop at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant!  Our burgers came out just right (no doctoring needed), and the onion rings were extra crispy. The place was full—but the service was quick and friendly!

Wagon Wheel Restaurant is at 1004 Fisher St.; 325/648-3535.

Ernie's Seafood

I, and many of my friends, have enjoyed many excellent seafood meals at Ernie’s Seafood Restaurant in North Richland Hills. Not only is the seafood great, but the owner, R.D. Cavazos, also has an excellent weekend brunch and a great happy hour in the cocktail lounge. The waiters are very experienced and leave nothing to be desired. 

Ernie’s Seafood Restaurant is at 8206 Bedford Euless Rd.; 817/498-5511.

The Lonesome Spur

Located next to the Justin Boot Outlet in Justin is a good home-cookin’ cafe, owned by Dakon and Amy Doggett, called the Lonesome Spur. If you’re hungry for a big country breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Spur has it all. Gen-erous portions, great burgers, Friday-night all-you-can-eat catfish, and a lip-smackin’ chicken-fried steak that rivals any I’ve eaten in quite a while. There is a variety of yummy desserts made fresh daily, so make sure and save room. 

The Lonesome Spur is at 218 S. Texas 156; 940/648-2600.

Big Fatty's Spankin' Shack

We were driving across the border from Oklahoma on I-35 and wanted some Texas barbecue. The first restaurant only offered burgers, so we drove on a short distance to the next town, Valley View, and saw a sign for Big Fatty’s Spankin’ Shack. We found the restaurant right on the town square, went in, and were warmly greeted by the proprietor. I ordered a brisket sandwich, which was the best I’d had anywhere. It was so good I bought five pounds of brisket to take to my son. The food is delicious and the ambience is great. 

Big Fatty’s Spankin’ Shack is at 112 McCubbin St.; 940/726-6000.


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