A nice lunch ride yesterday to Tuffy's in Mauriceville - one of the many great little cafes within 150 miles of the house - got me to thinking...
Texas has more than its share of great one-of-a-kind family-owned restaurants, restaurants with long histories and regular clientele. They sit on the main streets of mid- to small-sized towns throughout the state. Some are brick or cinderblock, some are wood-sided, and some are tin structures. The ambience is always mom-and-pop 50's decor, sometimes the tables and chairs are wood, sometimes they're chrome and formica, but almost always they have wooden floors.
The food is always good. Country-style homecooking: chicken-fried steak, hamburgers, meatloaf, fried chicken, brisket. And always served with comfort-food choices for "sides," like mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, black-eyed peas, biscuits, cornbread. Great prices for plentiful portions. But there's rarely enough room for dessert. Such a shame, too, because there's almost always an assortment of homemade pies - meringues, custards, pecan - to choose from. Mile-high meringues. Fruit cobblers with melting Blue Bell ice cream on top.
So I've decided to make a change. From now on I'm going to skip the entree's and go straight for the desserts! I'm compiling my list:
Burton Cafe, Burton
Bluebonnet Cafe, Marble Falls
Hamburger Store, Jefferson
Must Be Heaven, Brenham
Texan Cafe (pie happy hour!), Hutto
Simply Country Cafe, Moss Hill
Sherry's Busy Bee Cafe, Santa Fe
H&H Cafe, Yoakum
Yumm Factory Cafe, Lampasas
Florida's Kitchen, Livingston
Citranos Coffee Shop Cafe, McGregor
Sue's Roost, Eustace
Johnny Reb's, Hearne
Hill Country Cupboard, Johnson City
City Cafe, Elgin...
Just for starters.