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Road Trip #7

In Honky Tonk/ Food on 10/24/2011 at 7:45 pm

What a big night in Adkins, TX!  We got a little lost, and almost in an accident but it was all on the call of the road.

First we ate dinner.  Loop 107 Burgers Bakery & More blends a little bit into the neighborhood but it well worth the uncertainty.

I had initial concerns due to the lack of blazing lights inside and not a single car to be seen in the parking lot.  We did show up about 45 minutes before they closed, but were welcomed.  Basic inside, with hodgepodge furniture.

In either an insight of genius or murphy’s law, I forgot my lactaid pills.  This was good and bad.  Good, because it prevented me from ordering the special like everyone else and the blueberry cream cheese fried pie.  Bad, because of the previously noted reasons.  If cheese and creamy are your nemesis also, take some pills because most menu items had some form of dairy.  Two of us had sandwiches.  The patty melt and southwestern grilled chicken breast options were very tasty.  I had the chicken; with fries, it was fulfilling and well-cooked.  Double points for crisp jalapenos with just the right heat.

And then there was the special:

Chicken fried chicken with minimal breading, homemade mac and cheese and green beans, which tasted canned but that was the table’s 2:1 preference.  Overall the food was well-constructed, clearly individually-made and delicious.  Crafted food at its simple finest.

Try to save room for one of these softies:

or

Quite possibly the best oatmeal raisin cookie I have ever nibbled!  You know what those cookies needed to taste better?  Nothing!

Swell place.  Low-key atmosphere but very accommodating service.

Next, we tooled over to 4 A’s Sports Bar.

Small and square interior with clean bathrooms and a friendly bartender, this was a perfect intermittent beer stop.  We watched the locals play pool, consumed $2 beer and haggled the TV and each other.

Finally, we moseyed on down to Kicaster Country Store. 

This place is out in the bushes but an enjoyable venue.  The inside was filled with bar patrons, i.e. people watching baseball and chatting.

Outside had the band, dance space and a better set of bathrooms.  We chose outside.

Small dance floor with tree in middle, the crowd was mostly locals and family friendly.  The band and setup need some fine tuning but the place was great for chatting amongst friends.  Cheers!  Special thanks to the drivers and official HTF photographer.  Thanks for coming out!

Seriously pointless trivia: The Playboy Bunny costume is the only non-service uniform to have been granted a U.S. Patent.

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Upcoming Road Trip!

In Honky Tonk on 10/16/2011 at 1:33 pm

Next Saturday, October 22nd, we will be in the country near La Vernia, TX at Kicaster Country Store.

South Texas Wranglers play.  Serious dancing music so boots are a necessity.  Come on if you want to be on the bandwagon of fun!

 

“I saw this on tv and have no interest in figuring out if it’s true” fact:  62% of women will not enter a bar that has three motorcycles parked in front of it.

 

HTF is back. Where the hell are you?

In Food on 10/01/2011 at 5:50 pm

I am hitched, honeymooned and homesteading.  Let’s get back to the basics of love, yall.  Love of Honky Tonks and Food, of course!

A couple of months ago, the hubs and I went to Acadiana Cafe, outside San Antonio.  I have sampled their food a few times from a festival cart (yea, fried pickles) but have not been to the bricks and mortar place in a long, long time.

Living in Louisiana for a year instilled a profound appreciation for Cajun food, although I am by NO means an expert, so bear with me.

The place is quite large and setup for flow of many people and large groups.  They serve beer, wine and margaritas; Abita was a nice touch.  Service was a little sluggish but attentive.  About six tables were occupied when we were there, so it could go either way when busy.

My order was two pistolettes stuffed with etouffee, which came with a house salad.

Yes, that is cheese on the salad.  Again, I don’t get why this is a thing now but I’m going to gloss over it.  Ultimately, I didn’t eat it anyway because those other plate items were so delicious.  First, the bread.  It is French bread, fried (!) like a beneigh so it is slightly sweet, lightly crispy on the outside and bready on the inside.  Thank goodness there were two on the plate because one was just not enough!  Delicious!  The etouffee was also tasty.  Spicy light gravy with sweet shellfish.

I also ordered a side of greens.

After splashing on generous amounts of hot peppers in vinegar,

I dug in with abandon.  Great job on these.  The bacon was an accent only, then the onions brought their flair and finally the greens were a burst of roughage, not overly cooked but soft enough to nibble.  Well paired with the pistolettes and iced tea.

The other order at the table was boudin on a bed of red beans and rice.

Being much too full to take a bite, hubs said it AMAZing.  He’s kind of new to the Cajun movement and can be a bit picky but he was a big fan.  The plate was cleared pretty quickly.  Success!

This place was very good and, quite frankly, one of your few Cajun cuisine options in the area.  Thank your lucky stars they take food seriously.

 

Stature fact: Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.