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Rik and Peggy Stanley (Photo by Kevin Vandivier)Stanley-Fisher House Bed and Breakfast

I heartily recommend the Stanley-Fisher House Bed and Breakfast in Matagorda.
Matagorda is one of those small coastal towns that retains the flavor of Texas in the 1950s. The Stanley-Fisher B&B is quite the historical spot. It is said that Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas,” slept here, as well as Sam Houston. The hospitality is second to none. You can enjoy breakfast in the main dining room or on the screened-in porch, or have it delivered to your room. They have a pear tree out front that produces enough fruit to make many jars of preserves. I remarked to owners Rik and Peggy Stanley that surely they must have the best job in the world. They agreed wholeheartedly.

The Stanley-Fisher House Bed and Breakfast, 107 St. Mary’s St.; 979/863-2920;

The Texas Pie Company

Several weeks ago we ate lunch at The Texas Pie Company in Kyle. What a treat! Their special of the day was meatloaf, and it was better than what my mother used to make. The pies were outstanding! They were still baking when we arrived so that we were able to eat warm pies there, as well as take some home. The crust was the best I’ve eaten in a restaurant. I took home two, both warm: peach and lemon chess. Wow!

The Texas Pie Company is at 202 W. Center St.; 512/268-5885;

Chef Point Cafe

The Chef Point Cafe in Watauga has five-star food in a gas station. You can get things like rack of lamb, stuffed New York strip, escar-got, and shrimp scampi. Not your typical gas-station food! Check their Web site for a video about the chef, Franson Nwaeze. He has had no formal training but makes some of the best food you will ever eat. Don’t have to get dressed up and pay extra for this one!

P. MERRELL, Arlington
Chef Point Cafe is at 5901 Watauga Rd. (at the Conoco gas station); 817/656-0080;

My Place Bar and Grille

One thing I love about living in Texas is the “hidden treasure” restaurant. We found one on US 281 in Bulverde—My Place Bar and Grille. Great, and I mean great, food. A delicious steak cooked just right, the best queso I’ve ever had, wonderful grilled salmon, and terrific service. The wait staff and owner David Lozano couldn’t have been nicer.

My Place Bar and Grille is at 29094 US 281 N.; 830/980-3663;

Butcher Boys

I love the burgers at Butcher Boys in Nacogdoches. It’s an honest-to-goodness meat market, and owner Billy Huddleston is really entertaining. I’ll put his onion rings up against any in Texas. The food is cheap, plentiful, and good.

Butcher Boys Smokehouse and Deli is at603 North St.; 936/560-1137; www.butcher

Zur Autobahn

We were in the Meridian area and ate at Zur Autobahn, a great German restaurant. The food was good, especially the red cabbage, and the prices were very reasonable. The area is pretty and makes for a nice drive.

Zur Autobahn is at 10668 Texas 22; 254/597-2500;

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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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