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Favorite Soup?

We stopped in at Chapala's on Anderson Lane the other day and the chicken tortilla was pretty good. I couldn't finish it so I took 1/3 of it home and finished it this morning for brunch.

If you're ever out in the Horseshoe Bay area try "A Taste of Thyme", good food and the homemade soups are killer.

golfgod

Nov 25, 2007
golfgod in Austin

Enroute recs, Austin to Colorado

Thanks Christie; I've actually eaten there back when I still worked, one of my clients in Abilene took me there every time I was up. It's too early to eat there on the way up to CO, but I'm putting it on my list for the return trips, usually about noon when I hit Abilene on the return.

Anyone else?

golfgod

Nov 25, 2007
golfgod in Texas

Absolute best burger in Texas?

I see a fair amount of "famous" burger places getting a lot of love here. Here's one that's a bit off the beaten path though. In Burnet TX, just south of town on US 281 is Delaware Springs golf course.

Their snack bar has one of the best burgers going. Real onions and lettuce and tomato.

On Friday and Saturday they have REAL deviled eggs. I have non-golfing friends who go there just for the burgers.

golfgod

Nov 22, 2007
golfgod in Texas

Best Barbecue Only You Know About...

I'm very partial to Spyke's BBQ in Kingsland. It's about 15 miles west of Marble Falls on FM 141, just before you cross the river into Llano county. Daily specials (ribs on Wednesday, 4 ribs/2 sides for $6.95) pork tenderloin on Fridays. We live in Marble Falls and it's the only BBQ we ever eat any more.

golfgod

Nov 22, 2007
golfgod in Texas

Enroute recs, Austin to Colorado

We're going to have a number of drives from the Hill Country to Colorado and would like some recommendations on where to eat en route. We take the back roads through Llano to Abilene then I20 and US84 to Lubbock, Amarillo, Dumas and up through OK to Lamar.

I found a nice Thai place in Canyon last week but don't recall the name.

Help a brother out here.

Thanks in advance.

golfgod

Nov 22, 2007
golfgod in Texas

A few Colorado recommendations

Prior to a recent driving trip to Colorado I searched this board for recommendations and found a few, but not a lot of recs. Here's a few that we found and although geographically scattered we were pretty pleased with them. Here they are, North to South.

Ft. Collins: Poppy's, 130 S. Mason. We had a pretty reasonably priced dinner one evening, I had duck breast over mashed potatoes with thinly sliced (granny smith?) apples in fruit reduction. My wife had an "open faced" butternut squash ravioli, with mushrooms and spinach. A glass or two of wine and we were out in the low $40 range.

Loveland: Ristorante Damosso, 1120 N. Lincoln. We had dinner one night and were so impressed we went back a few days later for lunch with some friends. At dinner I had a house salad and a Penne Putanesca, my wife had the Tomato Basil soup and the Scallops appetizer. I had wine, my wife had water. We also had the focaccia bread/pizza which is not to be missed. Portions are very ample. I had a couple of glasses of the house Pinot Grigio (Lagaria IIRC) and the whole ticket was about $44.

Pace is leisurely, allow ample time.

At lunch 3 days later we had a couple of Penne Alfredo, one Spaghetti del Mare and a Calzone. A few glasses of wine, one dessert split 3 ways, one house salad. The whole thing was about $55, for four people.

In Woodland Park we had a great, leisurely lunch at Danny's Corner Bisto, right next to the movie theatre, 605 W. Midland Ave. It was so new that the ribbon cutting is one week AFTER we ate there. Two entries, with side soups and iced teas were $20! I had the turkey burger with Mushroom, Barley soup, my wife had a Veggie Wrap with IIRC Tomato Basil. Had time allowed we would have returned a few days later for a dinner, the menu looked great.

Three places we will return to, especially the Loveland and Ft. Collins ones as we bought a house in Loveland while up there.

golfgod

Oct 21, 2007
golfgod in Southwest

Driving trip-Portland to Medford

Actually we're going down to Medford either Tuesday evening or Wednesday and then will go back to Portland for the weekend. Will hit Salem area on Monday and Tuesday.

I have a tentative round with the nephew scheduled. But not taking my clubs with me.

Thanks for the Novak's tip.

Aug 10, 2007
golfgod in Pacific Northwest

Driving trip-Portland to Medford

We're taking a week to see the Cascades and will be driving form PDX to Medford, possibly returning the long way via Bend. Tentative plans are for a couple of nights each in Portland, with family, Corvallis, Eugene (might skip) and 2 or 3 in Medord and Ashland.

I've read the recent posts and just want to see if there's any updates, I don't remember seeing much in Corvallis on here, but my wife says she's seen a Ray Ray show where she was there. I guess if nothing else I can check out the food network site and see what she said. Although in Austin I think she pretty much hit the "touristy" spots and fortunately stayed away from our faves.

Thanks in advance.

golfgod

Aug 10, 2007
golfgod in Pacific Northwest

Austin to Santa Fe

I'll second massman regarding dinner in Roswell. We ate at a European place on the west side of 285. IIRC my wife had something Italian and I had something German. Check the yellow pages, I think it was a mile or so south of the Hampton Inn.

Jan 22, 2007
golfgod in Texas

Best not overly expensive restaurant in Houston?

IMO you can't go wrong at Le Cep, Westheimer just west of Wilcrest. This is the family that used to own Rotisserie For Beef And Bird. French country cuisine and the only way to top $50/person is to overdo the desserts and liquor.

Fogo de Chao is overrated, I've always thought so. Tony Mandolas is pretty good though.

golfgod

Dec 14, 2006
golfgod in Texas

Houston NW recomendations near Jersey Village

I used to live there until 3 years ago and I'll be back this Friday. I'm looking for someplace different in the 290/1960 area that's houndworthy. Moderate to upper moderate price.

Please help, if not my buddy is going to insist on going back to the same "cajun" place or I'll insist on going back to Napolis just because I ate lunch there twice a week for 7 years!

Thanks

Nov 27, 2006
golfgod in Texas

Dinner in San Antonio

Not sure how much driving you want to do but we found a great place a few weeks ago, less than an hour out of town. It's called O'Briens and it's in Bergheim.

From SAT go north on 281 to State Highway 46 and turn west, it's about 10 miles on the right. It's a bit more than an hour from our house and we've been back a couple of times since discovering it.

Good luck

Nov 27, 2006
golfgod in Texas

Chipped Beef

If they dont' have it in the jars you can get it in many deli sections where they have the prepackaged turkey and other cold cuts.

Nov 27, 2006
golfgod in Manhattan

Help - Thanksgiving in Austin

If you're like us and don't want to spend $40 and up per head, try Jamin House, in Marble Falls. It's about 45 miles west of Austin. We''ve had Thanksgiving there the last couple of years, and I think we're paying $13-15 plate, not including drinks.

It's a Caribbean style place, great jerk pork and chicken, but they do tons of seafood and are a great little place. Probably need reservations and they're closed on Wednesday.

golfgod

golfgod

Nov 22, 2006
golfgod in Austin

BBQ Hound`s First Texas BBQ Pilgrammage to Austin

Glad to see I'm not the only one who's snapped to the price portion ratio at Cooper's! Look I don't care if George Bush thinks you're great, heck you're probably comping him anyway, serve good food at a reasonable price and I'll come back.

No problems with any of the other recos, if you want a similar style to Coopers, and closer in you might try Opies in Spicewood (Hwy 71 West). We live in that area and his prices have been creeping up too but overall it's superior to Coopers. Another place that's been gaining in popularity lately is Spyke's in Kingsland. FM 1431, west of Marble Falls, just before the bridge into Llano county. Not worth the trip from Austin probably but if you're already in the area and trying to clear the taste of Blue Bonnet Cafe out of your mouth.

golfgod

Nov 16, 2006
golfgod in Texas

Vail recommendations

Thanks RiverRat I'll do that.
BlueOx, not sure which condos we're staying in, just that it's ski-in/ski-out. I'm going with a ski club from Houston.

I like French, Italian, Thai and seafood, unfortunately many of my running buddies tend to limit themselves to steak and seafood, as a result I often eat with a different crowd than I skied with!

Thanks for the recos.

golfgod

Nov 16, 2006
golfgod in Southwest

Help! Hound-worthy restaurant btwn Katy&Austin?

In La Grange we like Bistro 108, right on the square downtown. We've been there a few times and never been disappointed. Reasonably priced too!

golfgod

Nov 15, 2006
golfgod in Texas

Vail recommendations

I'm going to Vail in early December and it's been a couple of years. Any recommendations other than the "well known" standards.

Thanks

golfgod

Nov 13, 2006
golfgod in Southwest

Central Texas small town restaurants - any recommendations?

I don't know why everyone still raves about Blue Bonnet in Marble Falls! Maybe it's because you drove so far and waited in line, but I live there and it's NOT good. A place that specializes in breakfast should; (1) be able to keep your coffee cup reasonably filled, (2) have something other than fake/powdered creamer for said coffee, (3) serve coffee that has some taste, be able to serve hash browns other than burned outside, cold inside.

A better choice is Brother's Bakery 3 blocks north on 281. But enough about my rant.

In Marble Falls we also have Cafe 909 and Patton's on Main, both in Austin American Stateman's top 25 and Jamin House, a collection of seafood and Caribbean.

I recently discovered O'Brien's in Bergheim, on TX 46 about midway between Bulverde and Boerne. It's about an hour from my house but I'm putting it on my monthly to bi-monthly list!

golfgod

Nov 12, 2006
golfgod in Texas

Thanksgiving in Houston: Thanksgiving dinner plus other meals

Try Le Cep on Westheimer, just west of Wilcrest. Owned and operated by the former owners of Rotisserie For Beef and Bird. French country at its best, and nicely priced. Probably need reservations for dinner. I still overnight in Houston 3 or 4 times a year and it's the ONLY Houston restaurant's phone number still stored in my cell phone!

golfgod

Nov 12, 2006
golfgod in Houston

New discovery, north of San Antonio

While driving to Boerne yesterday I stopped in O'Briens in Bergheim. This is on SH 46 about 10 miles west of US 281, midway between Bulverde and Boerne. What a treat, not exactly what you expect in small town Hill Country. Some standard TX fare, steaks and seafood etc, but also many other choices. They're open for lunch and dinner, lunches $7.99 and up. Dinners about $9.99 and up.

For lunch I had a chicken breast with artichokes and capers in a lemno butter sauce with a mixed vegetable side, $8.99 IIRC. Stopped in later on the way home and sampled two desserts (couldn't make up my mind) blackberry cobbler and a PUMPKIN bread pudding.

BTW, it looks like reservations are probably in order for weekend evenings, they were filling up by 6:15 when I left.

I can't find the menu I brought home but they do have a website. They have live music a couple of nights a week also.

golfgod

Nov 12, 2006
golfgod in Texas