Life Lesson 247: Never Eat Pizza Before A Tejas Rodeo.

This one goes out to all you Top Chef addicts…

My good friend and fellow blogger, Sarah V. at Wandering Off dot com wrote a great post titled: Don’t Wear Sandals To The Rodeo And Other Observations. Go ahead and read it.

Piggy-backing off her post let me explain my adventure in cuisine de la rodeo grub…

Wait. First, there are two things I must admit.

One, I am a Yankee and sometimes proud of it. Two, this was my first Rodeo. {Insert-crooked smile}

I had only my simple-minded stereotypes to guide me through this event. I pictured John Wayne and Dolly Parton types doin’ the two-step, lots of Texas grit, bull-riding, and grease monkey food corn-dog-on-a-stick dripping with cholestrol. Whatever my initial thoughts contained I was way off…

Being that the Rodeo starts at 7:30p we wanted to eat dinner beforehand.  I had a hair-brained idea to get pizza. I had heard of 46th St. Pizza which has a location near the rodeo so I figured “perfect, we avoid clogging our arteries, get a slice of NY style pie, AND get to enjoy the Rodeo.”  Getting to the point, I was wrong… Oh… So wrong.

After inhaling this decent-at-best version of NY style pizza, My hubby, our two kids and I set out to our first rodeo. We enjoyed watching the brave bull-riders, dirt stompin’ on the dance floor, and guzzling some good ole Texas Shiner beer. We left wanting more.

The following weekend we drove up to the Tejas rodeo AGAIN, this time on a Friday night and Again we ate beforehand.  Whoops, we missed the rodeo, it’s only on Saturdays.

We are amateur Texans.

Friday nights they have live outdoor music and beer drinkin.  We had some extra time on our hands without the rodeo actually going on.  I explored the on-site restaurant (Tejas Rodeo Steakhouse) while my man and the kids went out to hang with the horses and watch the cowboys practice under the rodeo lights.

I was absolutely surprised.  The food is is excellent!  The servers knew every answer to all my nosey foodie questions and I totally missed the boat ( twice)!

I called the rest of the family over and we sampled the following:

Pan De Tejas Flat Bread, I would come back just for this even if we missed the rodeo again. This plate was a total mouth orgasm if I’ve ever had one. Homemade flatbread, goat cheese, mixed greens, and of course bacon.

Fried Green Tomatoes which were just as good as the movie and came with a homemade gravy that rocked my world. Yes, I licked that there little bowl.

Succulent Texas peach cobbler for dessert.  As Emeril might say next week on Top Chef, “Bam!”

I basically interviewed our waiter, by the way he was also excellent, and got the scoop. The Tejas Steakhouse chef prides herself on using only the freshest local ingredients.  They harvest their own garden for some of their veggies and herbs.  They are known for their smokehouse meats which are smoked for over 14 hours and served up only on rodeo days. Boy, I was kicking my own Yankee butt after this major misjudgment.

Now I can’t speak for all rodeo cuisine out there but I can say that the Tejas rodeo will definitely have my patronage many times in the future.  You may even get to see a real cowboy butterin’ up his biscuits.

Ps. To really rub in my lack of judgement, the steakhouse is going to be featured next week on Top Chef. Score one for the Tejas.

Life Lesson 247: Never eat pizza before a Tejas rodeo.

Stop back for more edible-adventures AND life lessons- As this saucy mama gets schooled in Texas style eatin’

Amen!

Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon is open Every Thursday thru Sunday night…and lunch Saturdays and Sundays

 


( Photo: My Pawwt-na and our Sparkly Princess)

* All opinions are my own I was not compensated for this post or the meal I ate at the Tejas Rodeo Steakhouse. I wish.

Meals and Wheels

 

Family “Foodventure” Four Stops of Food, Fun, and Family Time!

 Luckenbach Tx

I’m motivated to go on day trips as long as I get to try some sort of new food experience. This goes back to my childhood my Dad used to entice me to go skiing with him by offering me an m&m cookie at the end of the day (worked like a charm). This past weekend we decided to check out a famous old-time spot called Luckenbach Tx. Dirt stompin’ Texan music and a famous near-by burger joint were on our brain’s as we buckled our two cuties in the car and jetted out for a  grand ole’ Texas “foodventure”!

Luckenbach is by far the coolest place I’ve been for a beer in a long while. The live oak tress provide shade for the picnic tables and the stage. We just don’t have big ole trees like that in the suburbs! I didn’t try the eats, they looked far from appetizing, but boy-oh-boy that Shiner beer has never tasted so sweet! I would recommend going to this little gem of a town just for a cold Shiner and some good ole time Texas grit! It’s shaded, faded, and the music on saturDAY is free!

Fredericksburg, Tx

It would be a sin to be near Fredericksburg, Tx and not get some road stand peach cobbler. {Yum}  It’s the tail end of peach season, so I would not recommend buying the fresh peaches to eat alone, they are a bit gritty and flavorless at this time. However, if you’re a baker and butter-it- up- maker, they are perfect for cobbler.  I mean almost anything tastes good baked and buttered. Amen~ to my favorite butter goddess Paula Deen!

Alamo Springs Cafe and Bat Cave

Our final stop was my  personal “mile highlight” the famous cover burger from the Alamo Springs Cafe. I found out about this true hidden gem from my beautiful and talented blogess besty Flutiemcd.  This woman knows her stuff! Thecover burger was named the third best in the 2009 Texas Monthly  and it holds the test of time. A sizzled true beef patty all dressed up for the prom (fake pearls and all) on top of a homemade jalapeno cheddar bun with fixins fit for a true cowgirl: creamy avocado, green chiles, grilled onions, crunchy lettuce, juicy tomato, melted cheddar cheese and the chef’s special sauce. {winkity wink}  Did someone say glutton? Ok if you’re not in the car by now you should be, this is a true drippin’ down your arm with goodness experience. So big. Extra juicy. A total culinary orgasm!  On the down side, I hugely disappointed by the fries. They were a bit dry and overly greased up wihout that crunch in your mouth, “man you’re worth the calories” vibe. I heard the homemade onion rings are the thing to get. But the burger was all my heart needed for a “Yuummm” “Wowow” “Oh man I aint never goin to be the same!” experience.

Creepy Bats

What made this foodventure complete for the whole family was the visit to The Old Tunnel bat cave. I stayed and ordered some homemade chips and guacamole and watched some more of the band! However, my three-year-old was amazed and delighted for this unexpected adventure (we didn’t know this place existed til we pulled up). She was to-the-moon excited about seeing the bats released just at that, I’m sick of sitting here eating at this greasy place time. You can literally throw a stick at the “Old Tunnel” from the Alamo Springs Cafe. This spontaneous adventure was a true Texas Hill Country experience every bite of the way. Hopefully you are reading this on your iPhone on your way to one of these off the charts places.

Please check out Wandering Off for more Texas family adventures, Sarah knows her stuff!

*Note: This post is completely from my own opinion I was in NO WAY bribed, compensated, or given orders to write this. All opinions are my own.