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Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:31

Readers Recommend: March 2009

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

If you know of a noteworthy Lone Star attraction, restaurant, event or product, Write or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Readers Recommend, Texas Highways, Box 141009, Austin 78714-1009. See the print edition for additional details.

Western Hill Country picks

My sister and I explored the western Hill Country. We highly recommend the wienerschnitzel and chocolate hazelnut crème brûlée at the Welfare Café in Welfare, the down-home lunch and yeast rolls at Neal’s Lodges’ dining room in Concan, the rustic Foxfire Log Cabins at Vanderpool, and The Comfort Common in aptly named Comfort.
At Camp Verde General Store in Camp Verde, we especially liked the gorgeous patio and the whimsical metal sculpture of a camel out front.

Welfare Cafe (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)
The Welfare Café is at 223 Waring Welfare Rd. in Welfare. Neal’s Lodges is at 20970 Texas 127 in Concan. Foxfire Log Cabins is at 117 Olsen Ranch Rd. in Vanderpool. The Comfort Common is at 717 High St. in Comfort. Camp Verde General Store is at 285 Camp Verde Rd. East in Camp Verde.

O’Leander Café

While my wife and I were visiting family in Leander, a local fireman told me that the O’Leander Café had a pecan burger that was “worth dying for.” So I went over, met owners Loretta and David Warner, and ordered the O’Leander Pecan Burger, which is cooked with a special pecan-and-onion mix. If you are willing to die for a hamburger, that’s one burger “worth dying for!” Along with the burger, I ordered sweet-potato fries and a Pepsi, and was really tempted to try one of their mouth-watering desserts, but I had no room left. We went back to Leander in mid-November and just had to take a little diversion over to the O’Leander Café.
O’Leander Café is at 105 W. Willis St. in Leander.

Robert’s Steakhouse

In Flatonia, Robert’s Steakhouse, formerly Stockman’s, has a new owner. Now, Robert Palomera is wooing folks, like me, to drool over the divine $12.99 steak dinner! You get those crispy, wonderful fried onions, a crisp salad, and a great choice of potatoes. Please do check this one out—you won’t be disappointed.
KAY KENNELL, San Antonio
Robert’s Steakhouse is at 1241 N. Texas 95 in Flatonia.

Jim’s Bar-B-Que and Catfish

Driving into East Texas at Waskom we saw a billboard sign for Jim’s Bar-B-Que and Catfish. I had the (very tender) smoky-flavored pork ribs that practically fell off the bone. They truly have a real pit barbecue out back! My husband had the Cajun-fried catfish dinner, the tastiest catfish he’d ever had. Both dinners were served with choice of coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, or beans, with huge glasses of iced tea! The menu also boasts a country breakfast, sandwich plates, chicken, hot links, beef and pork dinners, burgers, desserts and more.
Jim’s Bar-B-Que and Catfish is at 770 Spur 156 in Waskom; 903/687-3316.


On a recent trip to the coast, we stopped at an out-of-the-way café in Campbellton. Stetson is a vintage ’50’s-era café run by Jean and “Papa Bear” Roane. Jean said they were famous for their hamburgers and chicken-fried steak, so we took them up on it. The burger was a great, old-fashioned grilled cheeseburger, and the chicken-fried steak was large, tender, flavorful, and all meat under the golden batter. Cold iced tea was served in mason jars and Cokes from the bottle. Jean gives “free advice” and tells colorful stories while “Papa Bear” does the cooking. This café will be on our permanent South Texas-trip agenda!
Stetson Restaurant is at 2825 Commerce St. in Cambellton; 830/579-4006.

Arnold Burgers

You will find the largest burger in Texas in the smallest place in Amarillo: Arnold Burgers. In an 18-by-30-foot building, the largest hamburger—24 inches with all the fixings-—is served almost daily. Other burgers come in all shapes and sizes, and the smallest item there is called the “hamburger cookie.” Yum!
Arnold Burgers is at 1611 S. Washington St. in Amarillo.

Tuesday, 05 August 2008 15:10

Readers Recommend

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


Blue Quail Deli

On a recent trip back from the coast, we stopped for lunch in Goliad at Blue Quail Deli, just off the courthouse square. The Southwest grilled-chicken sandwich was delicious, fresh and served on cracked wheat that is baked on site. My husband had potato soup that had large pieces of potato—it was the best he’d had!  The server was friendly and the service efficient. It was a great place to stop, and we’ll plan to lunch there again.


Les and Winnie Gage, Austin

Blue Quail Deli is at 224 S. Commercial; 361/645-1600;


The Star Drug Store

The Star Drug Store in Galveston is back in business as a restaurant. They have Sunday brunch with live music, a real old-fashioned soda fountain with all the goodies, and the burgers are good, too.


Karen Peterson, Texas City

Star Drug Store is at 510 23rd St.; 409/766-7719;


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!


Marguerite Kownslar, San Antonio

Del Sol is at 2267 NW Military Hwy.; 210/525-8150.


2 Ole Biddys Cafe

There is a little deli/coffee shop in Odessa called 2 Ole Biddys with big portions of home cooking, reasonable prices, and a quaint atmosphere.


L. V. Hunt, Stinnett

2 Ole Biddys Cafe is at 3952 E. 42nd St., Ste. N; 432/362-0422.


Creekhaven Inn

My girlfriends and I just wanted to get away from our daily routines for a while.  I chose Creekhaven Inn in Wimberley.  I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a weekend more!  Guests drive down a winding road to arrive upon the fairytale-like “cottage.”  Beautiful cypress trees and greenery are all around.  There’s even a babbling creek.  Bill and Pat Appleman are gracious and good-humored hosts.  Pat baked her own breakfast pastries each morning.  We did not want to leave.


L.D. Miller, Austin

Creekhaven Inn is at 400 Mill Race Lane; 512/847-9344;


Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:15

Castroville Cafe

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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!



Castroville Café is at 309 Lafayette St.; 830/538-3400;

Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:15

Cibovino Restaurant

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Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:14

La Marina Restaurant

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Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:13

Al T’s Cajun Kitchen

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Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:12

Main Street Courtyard Café

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Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:11

Barnard Street Bakery

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008 05:41

Bucket Brigade

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Royers Round Top Café

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