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The Second Honkytonkfoodie Road Trip!

In Honky Tonk/ Food on 08/16/2010 at 4:32 pm

After some pre-road trip pool time, I loaded up some of my favorite people into a giant diesel pickup truck and headed out.  Of course we hit some traffic and map reading was essential,

but we made it to the Devil’s Backbone Tavern.  Technically in Fischer, TX but really just on the side of the road in the Hill Country, we posed to take a picture.  The bartender opened the window mid-click and yoo-hooed us inside for some cold beer.

The bar part is small and not centrally air-conditioned but we made a spot of ourselves by the front door.

We were the only non-locals but everyone was very friendly.  So friendly in fact, a bearded man with mirrored sunglasses gave us a bag of chili hot dogs.  It seemed a little sketchy, so we let the man of our group eat the first one.

Better than peanuts!

I had some curiosity about the rest of the building so the bartender showed me its contents:

A haunted pool hall!  I am disappointed there are no orbs in the picture but all the ghosts were probably sleeping off the long night of scaring the cast and crew from Ghost Hunters, who were apparently there the night before.  I got the impression this section is rarely open but maybe that is just in the sweltering heat of summer.

Really enjoyed this place, despite the warm air inside.  Beer was CHEAP and COLD.  People were very friendly to us strangers without being too nosy.  Make sure you head out there in the daylight to see the beautiful drive.

Hitting the road to New Braunfels, we maneuvered through swim suited flesh that saturates town this time of year and hit up the  Huisache Grill.

Sitting outside had no wait, so we took it.  The patio was nice and quiet.  A little warm and dark which is better than really warm and really dark.

The menu was varied and made choosing difficult.  I decided to go between light and heavy with the Grilled Salmon Sandwich.  It was delicious and plenty filling.  The salmon was cooked perfectly and was well-proportioned to the bread.  Herbed cream cheese added a nice texture.  We were all starving and did not remember to take pictures until the feasting had begun.

The lettuce was the only flaw, but as previously mentioned, I dislike lettuce on sandwiches, especially hot ones.  See those pickles?  They were homemade and had a delicious heat.  Yum!

Other plates ranged from salad to steak and everyone was very pleased with their meals.  Also, the table bread was warm sourdough and a quality palate cleanser.

With full bellies, we headed out like a herd of turtles to Hoity Toit Beer Joint.

This place is not easy to find, as it is in a residential neighborhood.  Even from the outside you could tell it had a sense of humor about itself.

Its divided into two sections, the front being the main part, which is neon lit as the ‘Asshole Section’ and, probably not by coincidence, where karaoke was happening that night.  We sat in the back, played pool and darts and people-watched like you can best in a small town bar.

It did get a little crowded and loud.  And piercing when the Tina Turner impression occurred.  I would like to try this place at a more low-key time, like during the week or earlier in the day on a non-summer month.  Beer was Cheap and Cold!

What a super group!  Thanks guys!

And a big THANK YOU to the official photographer of HTF, A.R.  My pictures are always blurry and this blog would suck without you!

This-ain’t-Rhode-Island fact about Texas from Wikipedia:  Texas is 10% larger than France and almost twice as large as Germany or Japan. If it were a country, Texas would be the 40th largest behind Chile and Zambia.


Keep your panties on

In Honky Tonk/ Food on 08/15/2010 at 2:54 pm

Working on the post about The Second Honkytonkfoodie Road Trip…

Here’s a preview:

Random Wikipedia fact:  The continuous Fly Geyser of Fly Ranch began during 1916 water well drilling that accidentally penetrated a geothermal source.

Another awesome night at Arkey’s

In Honky Tonk on 08/08/2010 at 2:40 pm

That about sums it up.

Wikipedia fun fact: In northeastern India, ghost peppers are smeared on fences or incorporated in smoke bombs as a safety precaution to keep wild elephants at a distance.

Salt Licked

In Food on 08/01/2010 at 4:43 pm

Today the boyfriend and I made a lovely jaunt to Austin.  In the process, we dined at The Salt Lick in Driftwood.  Fortunately, we went with lovely people who knew it was BYOB so take note.

Amongst the trees, on a road with little else, we pulled into a well-organized parking situation (one way in, another way out) and hauled the ice chest to a shaded bench.  A good amount of people were waiting at picnic tables outside, though fresh squeezed lemonade and popcorn were available for the truly parched.  The wait was clearly labeled but did not seem to take long; the crowd was a good mixture of families, hip Austinites and random first-timers.

There are two seating areas.  We were put in the largest, in the section which was porch style but with air conditioning.

We ordered family style, which seemed to be the most popular option.  An array of sides and meats were included.

As the prompt waitress came back, we were able to make specific requests as to what else we would like to stuff our bellies.

Beans, coleslaw, bread, pickles, onions, ribs, brisket and sausage are the standard fare.  Sauce was on the table, and habanero was requested.  Jalapenos were declined.

Beans: thick and hearty.  A nice taste without being overwhelming or dominant.

Coleslaw: my preferred kind, sliced cabbage, minimal vinegar and pepper.  A lovely palate cleanser and none of that mayonnaise yuck.

Bread: of the thick sliced, homemade variety.  Slightly sweet and a nice pairing with the sauce.

Pickles: Claussen, not cold but not warm.

Onion: Raw, white.  Nice compliment to brisket piled on a piece of bread with sauce.

Ribs: Delicious.  Nice black coating and quality meat lacking in a need for additional topping.  I appreciated the range of meat the bones wore, purely as a pacing mechanism.

Brisket:  Good.  Best pieces (IMHO) were the end ones, overall very well cooked meat.  Minimal fat and sliced in a variety of thickness.

Sausage: Not impressed, but as previously noted, I am über picky about my sausage.  I would say it was standard for any BBQ place that does not specifically focus on sausage.

Sauce: Very nicely executed.  Sweet and peppery.  Memorable but left room on your taste buds for other flavors.

The wait staff was efficient and on top of the water refill situation.  Dessert was offered, two kinds of cobbler – Peach and Blackberry.  As it had been recommended, the table split a piece of Blackberry.

This is as good of time as any to admit I am often disappointed by cobbler.  Usually it’s because the crust is too soggy or sweet.  This cobbler, however, was scrumdiddlyupmtous.  The berries were sweet and warm, most memorable however, was the topping, which was CAKE.  Genius and delightful.  A feeding frenzy ensued, despite the ridiculously full tummies.

Go to this place, do it like we did, experiment later.

Brad bought us lunch so this fact is for him:  C3PO is the first character to speak in Star Wars.