Road trip Number 3

In Honky Tonk/ Food on 10/03/2010 at 6:09 pm

What a fantastic group we had for the third road trip event for Honkytonkfoodie!  With the exception of two other photo-reclusive people, this was us:

Handsome, eh?

The only minor kink of the evening was we didn’t actually go inside the Bexar Bowling Society and Club.  Bowling only commences on the third Saturday of the month and the Hall was having a private party.  Being without gifts, we decided to freestyle the itinerary and see what we could find in the area.  Before we left, however, our fearless photographer snapped some evidence.

Fortunately, we found just the place to calm our wanderlust:  The Double Ringer, which was about 7 seconds away.  I fell in love before the vehicle had rolled to a stop.

Inside, from the front door:

This is the porch:

This was our lovely bartender Larie:

This place has all sorts of history including magazine articles, celebrity drop-ins and a historic airport down the road.  A couple of friendly patrons chatted with us and gave one lucky lady of the group a ride in his military truck, purchased off Ebay for $3,000.

Ain’t America great?!?  I also flipped through this gem on the table.

Beer prices ranged from $2 – $2.50.  Cash only.

Apparently, the place can get pretty busy.  Saturday was low-key though, with a few people in and out.  Regardless of the night, I loved the atmosphere and the no-one-is-a-stranger attitude.  And that I got to go behind the bar.  And beer was cheap and cold.  Oh!  And the outhouse in the back.  Okay, I just loved this place in general.  Even the (indoor) bathroom was nice.

My stomach had plans for us though, so we pressed on to Catalano’s in Cibolo.  Fortunately they let all eight of us in, even though they were 30 minutes away from closing.

As the only people in there, I can not comment on the speed of service normally but our waitress was a slightly awkward high schooler who was very nice and did not rush us or demonstrate how pissed off she was that was prevented her from going home on time.  Menu-wise, I went the safe route and ordered spaghetti marinara, had a slice of pepperoni pizza with extra pepperoni and sauce, and discussed the chicken Parmesan, a supreme pizza and the meatball version of my own dish.

The pasta itself was well cooked; the sauce lacked imagination but was good.  As for the meat version of my order, I understand the balls were dry (snort!).  The chicken was okay but the winner here is the pizza: more specifically, the pizza crust.

A clean taste, light texture and the perfect amount of crisp.  It was a tad greasy but it also had extra pepperoni.  All the pizza-having people were quite pleased.

From there, we waddled over to The Blue Bonnet Palace in Selma, known to locals as the NEW Blue Bonnet Palace.

The door process is cramped and the women’s restroom situation needs some serious re-structuring but otherwise it is a nice venue.  Size-wise, both inside and outside spaces are well done with plenty of room for dancing.

Security was around and of course, standing right behind me when I put down a beer bottle on the slanted railing, which then spilled on the chair of the lady sitting below us.  Jake Hooker and The Outsiders put on a fine show, as usual,

but the sound system needs some tweaking.  A large reunion was happening behind us so a range of patrons filled the place.

Another great road trip!  Thanks to everyone for rolling with the change of plans and coming out, to A.R. for photoing, and to G.R. and J.M. for driving.  See you next time!

Music fun fact:  The first music CD released in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.

  1. Can’t wait to re-visit the Double Ringer and BBP! Maybe I’ll catch a plane ride out of the next one, ha!

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