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Monument Café

500 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX - (512) 930-9586
Posted By Jim Nadeau on 5/9/2011 9:22:00 AM
What a terrific concept! We took a slight detour on our way back to DFW from Horseshoe Bay and were so pleased we did. All the food is so fresh and natural.

I started with a very good tortilla soup, rivaling that found in any Mexican restaurant, and followed it with a luscious chicken fried steak that ranks at the top of my all-time CFS list. The beef was wonderful, with no hint of grease whatsoever. The absolutely wonderful thin-sliced onion rings are grease free too. A side dish of chile pepper squash casserole, recommended by JJ, our waitress with personality plus, was another winner. My wife enjoyed the freshness and quality of her grilled chicken breast sandwich but nowhere near as much as the Monument chocolate pecan crusted pie.

Be sure to visit their market, as we did, to take home some of their meat and produce. We will return to try their freshly squeezed lemonade, visit the soon-to-open beer garden, and visit the many shops in Georgetown's square.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Onion Rings
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
chili pepper squash casserole
Tortilla Soup
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Monument chocolate pie is dense and fudgy. Look closely at the crust. It is not a crust, but a web of crunchy toasted pecans. Brilliant!
"Monument chocolate pie is dense and fudgy. Look closely at the crust. It is not a crust, but a web of crunchy toasted pecans. Brilliant!"
Michael Stern





Texas on a plate: chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green chile squash casserole, and a refreshing apple salad.
"Texas on a plate: chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green chile squash casserole, and a refreshing apple salad."
Michael Stern


Honest chili: rich and bright, tasting of cumin and hot but not aggressively so. Wen you order it, the waitress will ask,
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The old location up the road was an airy space with plenty of elbow room at tables and the counter: a nice place to linger over morning coffee.  Those blurs in the foreground are good ice tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
"The old location up the road was an airy space with plenty of elbow room at tables and the counter: a nice place to linger over morning coffee. Those blurs in the foreground are good ice tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade."
Michael Stern


Jane and I have long contended that ice in the South and Southwest is colder than ice in the north. This close-up view of a glass of ice tea illustrates our point.
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Is this the best chocolate pie in Texas?
"Is this the best chocolate pie in Texas?"
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