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Readers Recommend: Harry Ts, Del Sol, Texas Cheese House and more

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

Loblolly Pines Village

I had the pleasure of spending a peaceful and wonderful weekend at Loblolly Pines Village in Bastrop. The place has 38 acres of beautiful, swaying pines; 30 comfortable, clean rooms; and campsites available. Two big hospitality rooms are available for any festive occasion. There’s also a great café with good country cooking. Owners John and Beverly Hayes welcome you with open arms and smiling faces. Stop in and stay awhile.

Loblolly Pines Village, 1128 Texas 21 E.; 512/321-2499;

Harry T's Steak  House

We thought you would enjoy hearing about Harry T’s in Pipe Creek, smack dab in the
middle of the Hill Country. This cozy restaurant is filled with antiques, and everything is for sale. Salads with crisp greens and ancho vin­aigrette begin our meal. Next come the most delicious pepper-coated steaks, complete with three types of sauce and Winnemucca ched­­-dar mashed potatoes. Bread pudding with Jack Daniel’s vanilla-cream sauce is the grand finale.
Harry T’s Steak House is at 167 Panther Ridge; 830/535-6900;

Del Sol

In a city where there are many fine Mexican restaurants (San Antonio), Del Sol is perhaps the best. The food is excellent, the dining room is light and airy (well-shaded patio dining is also available), the wait staff is friendly and expert, and the prices are astonishingly reasonable. The chipotle enchiladas are great, but the fajitas will knock your socks off!
Del Sol is at 2267 N. Military Hwy; 210/525-8150.

Texas Cheese House

We tried the Texas Cheese House in Lorena. What a find! Scott Simon, chef and owner, serves homemade artisan cheeses from all around Texas. He offers a limited menu of a cheese basket or a grilled-cheese sandwich [along with a cheese fold-over and mac-and-cheese]. But don’t be fooled! The cheese bas­ket comes with your choice of cheese, a serving of summer sausage, a mini loaf of fresh-baked bread, homemade mustard, and fruit. Stop in—you won’t regret it.
Texas Cheese House is at 102 E. Center St.; 254/655-4217;

Brazos River Catfish Cafe

We are lucky to live just a few miles from one of the best catfish places in the Lone Star State: the Brazos River Catfish Cafe in Millsap. Almost as soon as you are seated, the server brings
a bowl of the best pinto beans I’ve ever tasted. The salads, coleslaw, and baked and fried
potatoes are out-of-this-world good. In season, they might even be serving fried green tomatoes. No matter how full you are, never leave without having a piece of their homemade pie.
Brazos River Catfish Cafe is at 10771 W. I-20; 817/596-2994

Pickett House Restaurant

My husband and I took a motorcycle trip to East Texas and stopped by the Pickett House Restaurant in Woodville. This is some of the best down-home Southern cooking I have had in years! They serve one full meal per day, fam­ily-style and all you can eat. They even had watermelon-rind pickles, just like Granny used to make. We ate so much fried chicken and dumplings we could hardly get back on the bike!

TERRI L. McCULLOCH, Panorama Village
Pickett House Restaurant is on US 190 W.; 409/283-3371 or 800/323-0389;

Because of Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up, Inc., Archer City is a great side trip for book lovers. I recommend watching the two movies filmed here based on his books, The Last Picture Show and Texasville, before visiting. Make sure you visit the Royal Theater downtown also. I once walked out of the Dairy Queen and saw McMurtry himself sitting in his car. Archer City is a great weekend trip from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

DANNY ATCHLEY, Mineral Wells


Booked Up, Inc. is at 216 S. Center St.; 940/574-2511;
The Royal Theater is at 101 N. Center St.; 940/574-2489;

Los Cabos Mexican Grill

Anyone traveling through Columbus on Texas 71 should stop for lunch or dinner at Los Cabos Mexican Grill. The menu is extensive and portions are large in comparison to the price, so much so that my husband and I always end up asking for a to-go box. The atmosphere and service are excellent. You will not be disappointed if you enjoy really good Mexican food.

Los Cabos Mexican Grill is at 2543 Texas 71 S.; 979/732-9744.

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