To Pepper Steaks and Back

In Food on 04/21/2010 at 4:38 pm

After a week of prodding, we made a road trip to Hermann Son’s Steakhouse in Hondo.  In recent years my only interaction with this town has been to hit up the HEB for groceries and gas on the way to Concan and Garner State Park.  But my childhood was full of dining excersions to this establishment, which has had a home in this town since 1948.

Famous menu item is the Pepper Steak, which is two hamburger patties stuffed with onions, jalapenos and cheese, then fried to delicious perfection.  They are available in hot, medium or mild but I highly recommend you NOT be a sissy and get it hot.  I always douse mine in A-1 sauce and then try to refrain from inhaling the whole plate.

Secretly, I also love their salad bar.  An ice chest inspired contraption on wheels, it boasts the ideals of the disguised-as-healthy salad.  It has a big bowl of lettuce with some minor wilts, next to buckets of pickled beets, okra and corn, mayonnaise-laden pasta and potato salad, creamy dressings, gigantic croutons and my personal favorite of all, bacon bits.  Not real bacon crumbs or even faux bacon, the color of normal bacon.  Bright orange/ maroon imitation bacon bits.  Which make so many things better: including but not limited to, potato salad, macaroni salad, sprouts slathered in Italian dressing, okra slathered in Italian dressing, lettuce slathered in Italian dressing and, well, you get the idea.  There are somethings you just shouldn’t fight.

I can tell many tales about this place but ultimately this is a blog about food and honky tonks so I’ll stick to what the people want.  If you’re ever in Hondo and Whataburger has lost its charm momentarily, try Hermann Son’s.  Every Tuesday the special is Pepper Steak! http://www.hermannsonssteakhouse.com/Hermann/welcome.htm

Is that a fact, eh?: Uncle Sam’s face was modeled after a traveling salesman from Canada.

  1. LOVE THE SIGN… This is one of my favorite’s in between Huntsville and Birmingham AL on I-65

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