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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.

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An 1890s chuck wagon is supspended from the ceiling at Cowcatcher Steaks. Cowcatchers Steaks

While driving around Bulverde, we found a great restaurant (with great views) called Cowcatchers Steaks. The food is delicious (especially the rib-eye), pricing is reasonable, and the service and venue outstanding. Kids will enjoy the Longhorns and horses in the front and the space to run around. This is the perfect place to take your family for a special occasion that calls for steak.

Cowcatchers Steaks is at 1100 Bulverde Rd.; 830/980-6080.

Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant and Bakery

TH readers will want to know about Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant and Bakery in Lake Worth. They have the most delicious home-style meals ever—real chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and chicken potpie (to name a few)—served with traditional vegetables
and from-scratch mashed potatoes and rolls. You will also be served one of Ginger’s “made daily” cinnamon rolls with your meal, or you might want to try one of the scrumptious homemade pies (coconut, chocolate, and many more). They have old-time prices, enjoyable décor, and a staff that goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome.

JOYCE BELL, Fort Worth
Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant and Bakery is at 6312 Jacksboro Hwy.; 817/237-2114.

Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill

Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill in Marble Falls should be recognized as one of the best steak and seafood restaurants in the Hill Country, if not the state. The restaurant has been around for 15 years and has an interesting story about its conception and rebirth.

Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill is at 900 FM 1431 West; 830/693-2245.

Two Amigos Taqueria

Two Amigos Taqueria is a little café two blocks west of the Waxahachie courthouse. The authentic Mexican food is fabulous! Try the nachos with everything on them or a
soft taco made with corn tortillas, seasoned chicken, grilled onions, and cilantro. Need more? The tortilla soup is to-die-for and served in generous portions. Prices are reasonable, and the menu has something for everyone. Some days the café observes a lunch schedule only, but later in the week they stay open through the evening. It’s a real treat!

Two Amigos Taqueria is at 212 W. Jefferson St.; 972/923-3305

The Moosehead Cafe

I recommend The Moosehead Cafe in Crockett. Not only is the food great, the people there are the nicest!

The Moosehead Cafe (think burgers, Philly cheese steaks, chicken-fried steaks, and rib-eye sandwiches) is at 412 E. Houston Ave..

Longhorn Ranch Store and Grill

We stopped at the Longhorn Ranch Store and Grill in Whitesboro for lunch. It was a great experience. Best rib-eye sandwiches that we ever had. Great food and nice Western furnishings and accessories!

Longhorn Ranch Store and Grill is at 12265 E. US 82.

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