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Out Back Beer Garden in D’Hanis

In Food on 04/17/2011 at 7:33 pm

There is a teeny town out in the Brush Country named D’Hanis.  It was established in 1847 by Alsatians and is famous for the red colored bricks made at D’Hanis Brick and Tile.  Many houses and businesses within a fifty mile area have splashes of red.  Exhibit A:

I can’t say I’ve spent much time there but recently I spent the night at a lovely bed and breakfast and even more recently, to a trip Out Back.  As in, behind The Country Mart to the Out Back Beer Garden.

Magically, every Tuesday and Friday, a door to a secret garden opens to reveal a beauty of a place.

Come inside!

Theres a bar with ice-cold beer, plenty of seating,

and, via the meat counter from the country mart, meat:

Its meat you buy yourself and cook yourself!  Right there on a big grill thing!  What fun!  Now, before you get all gung-ho and start throwing your meat around, be humble in the face of Regulars.

These guys are serious.  Minor seasonings are provided but they showed up with baggies of concoctions and potions so intimidating I tried to not make eye contact.  And of course, being not much of a cook and certainly no kind of griller, I waited until they were done and for the cover of darkness.

Since I like mine rare, I get SUPER antsy about overcooking so I threw the slab on there, a couple of minutes each side.  And by each side, I mean all four of them.

Back in the garden, we drank beer and were promptly provided the side orders, which that night were potatoes, green beans and iceberg lettuce salad with ranch.  These are $1.50 each, and quite frankly, you get what you pay for.

The atmosphere is friendly and low-key.  While the card-playing group spend a good 45 minutes trying to figure out if they knew us (maybe they did and maybe they didn’t…), we ending up chatting with some friendly folks who are in the prisoner recovery business.

This would be a great place to take a group of friends or non-Texans for a taste of rural living.  Bring your koozie and something camo if you got it.

Driving good to know trivia: 42 counties in Texas are larger, in area, than Rhode Island.

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