Thursday April 24 cont.
After napping at the hotel for a few hours, we drove to ChiTownDiner's
hotel and met him in the parking lot. He drove us to our dinner destination in beautiful downtown Hutto, the Texan Cafe
Did I say the last place had a great storefront? This one is even better.
Welcome to Texas!
Those horns hang over the entry way to what CTD
referred as the Pie Room. Good description, because before any of us ordered our dinners, we all went in to check out the pie case.
Now THAT is a thing of beauty!
Thoughts of skipping regular food and just eating six slices of pie went though my head, but after seeing chicken & dumplings was the dinner special,
I quickly settled on that. I have had several bad experiences with C & D lately. It even got me thinking maybe I don't really like this dish that much. But this was the real thing!
Unmistakably homemade, these dumplings were perfect! Both the sweet potato fries and green beans were winners, too. CTD
, continuing his theme of trying to eat every chicken fried steak in Texas, (A noble task if I ever heard one!) went for the CFS.
He cut up generous portions for Johnny and I to try and we agreed it was just slightly inferior to the one the night before at Hoover's
. Delicious sides of macaroni & cheese and creamed corn came with it.
I can't remember what Johnny originally ordered, but immediately after, he noticed the ham steak in a root beer sauce. I flagged down the waitress and asked if it was too late for him to switch. She literally ran back to the kitchen to change the order for us. Thank goodness she did, because I would have hated to have missed out on this.
Ham in root beer sauce? That is almost as good an idea as Pie Happy Hour!
Before we can get to dessert, I have to talk about ChiTownDiner
as a dining companion. Despite the huge dinners we have coming and the promise of amazing pie awaiting us, he still orders TWO appetizers. CTD
, you are my Roadfood hero! Here are the fried green tomatoes and the sausage platter.
Finally, it was time for dessert. Should I complain about the lack of variety being offered?
There were others that weren't even listed there, like CTD's
Millionaire Pie. You can find a description and a photo in this thread. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=27061&whichpage=1
Johnny went for the Black Forest Cake
while I went for the Peppermint Patty Pie.
The only regrets were they we couldn't have tried any more slices. Because we were all stuffed beyond belief. This wasn't the best food we ate on the trip, but by the time you combine the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff and the dinner companions, this was my favorite meal of the vacation.
Here is CTD's
official Roadfood review of the Texan Cafe http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=5624&RefID=547
Once back in Austin, we did some driving around, checking out SOCO. But we were way too full to stop at any cupcake or taco trucks. Johnny and I went back to the hotel, tired and full.
Much more to come.....