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Glen Rose: Barnard Street Bakery
One of the best bakeries around is in Glen Rose: Barnard Street Bakery. The moment you step inside this wonderful place, you’ll realize you’re not prepared for what you see. The delicious pies, cakes, cookies, and kolaches on display will tempt your taste buds. The bakery also sells the best sandwiches, made fresh while you wait.
- CHERYL NABORS, Glen Rose
Barnard Street Bakery is at 1110 NE Big Bend Trail; 254/897-3324; www.tigercorner.biz/barnardstreetbakery.html.
Main Street Courtyard Café
I would like to recommend Main Street Courtyard Café in Vernon. It is only open for lunch, but what a treat! During a recent weeklong visit to this North Texas town, I ate here four times—every time was great. The quiches, soups, and desserts were excellent.
- FLO MACKLIN, Austin
Main Street Courtyard Café is at 1726 Main St.; 940/552-9200. Once a month, the café hosts Dinner and a Movie Night in conjunction with the nearby Vernon Plaza Theater. For details, visit www.vernonplaza.com.
Al T’s Cajun Kitchen
My daughter and I happened upon Al T’s Cajun Kitchen in Winnie while traveling from San Antonio to New Orleans. It is locally owned and serves large portions of excellent food at good prices. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable, and the service is very friendly. I recommend trying the boudin, po’boys, and onion rings, as well as the delicious shrimp platter and the pralines. We liked it so much that we stopped there on our return drive.
- GREG NYE, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Al T’s Cajun Kitchen is on Texas 124; 409/296-2981.
La Marina Restaurant
The best food in La Grange can be found at La Marina Restaurant. The menu selection is broad and they serve absolutely the best chicken-fried steak in the South. The wait staff will welcome you with open arms upon arrival and truly make you feel like an old friend. I attribute my wide waistline to the culinary skills of owner Adolfo Hernandez—he cooks the best ribeye steak.
- SHERRI LEWALLEN, Giddings
La Marina Restaurant is at 1502 W. Texas 71; 979/968-2065.
After eating at a wonderful Italian place in Winnsboro called Cibovino Restaurant, I must recommend it to my fellow Texas Highways readers. The food is fresh and expertly prepared, and the atmosphere is great. The experience is above reproach. I’m sure I’ll probably see some of you there soon, because I’m going back!
- LILLIAN GEE, Sulphur Springs
Cibovino Restaurant is at 218 N. Main St.; 903/342-0028; www.cibovinorestaurant.com.
Noteworthy menu items here include the Deconstructed Meatball Sandwich (meatballs covered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese served with a ciabatta loaf) and Penne Pasta Art (pasta with artichoke hearts, capers, and marinara sauce).
For a delicious dining experience, head to Castroville Café in Castroville. The soups and sandwiches are delectable—try the Cabaret (roast beef, mushrooms, swiss cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo on toasted sourdough bread). And no meal would be complete without a glass of peach iced tea and a Strawberry Delight (strawberry gelatin mixed with fresh strawberries, pineapples, and pecans, and topped with a sour cream glaze). Everything is utterly delightful!
- VIVIENNE McDOUGAL, Grapevine
Castroville Café is at 309 Lafayette St.; 830/538-3400; www.castrovillecafe.com.