Heading due west outside Austin city limits, a familiar scent permeates the Texas Hill Country air: smoky barbecue. Some of the best smells come from Opie’s BBQ, a family-owned joint in the small town of Spicewood—the perfect example of that no-frills Texan attitude for which people drive miles away from the metropolis.
Bauder’s ice cream is famous in Iowa, especially so among people who attend the annual state fair. Year around, the drug store is a place to come for one heck of a fine cherry Coke, a Green River, or a lime phosphate. You can indulge in a turtle sundae, as well as shakes, malts, sodas, and floats of every stripe. All the ice cream treats are made from Bauder’s own ice cream, the flavor rotation of which includes fresh strawberry and peach in the summer months.
The Lobster Bomb is reason enough to visit Ford’s Lobsters, but factor in the rustic picnic tables you are sitting at, the view of boats coming and going, gulls screeching overhead, and the salty air, and you realize that this might just be the most perfect meal you ever ate.
Lyman Orchards has been a destination drive for as long as I can remember. It is a sprawling, picturesque fruit market with pretty views of the lake and picnic tables outside to sit and eat at. People come here to pick their own fruits in season…or if you are like me (rather lazy), you simply go inside Lyman and fill your shopping cart with wonderful produce ready to take home.
Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn is a picture perfect barn on a picture perfect road in beautiful Easton, CT. The choices vary with the season although you will always find plain apple, crumb topped Dutch apple and a rugged “country” apple. There is also raspberry, apple raspberry, apple cranberry, pumpkin, peach, and fruits of the forest to just name a few.
There is nothing the slightest bit fancy or “gourmet” about Patty’s, but the consistency of the excellent chicken and fries is not to be taken for granted. This is not a supermarket or a fast food chain; it is a small mom and pop place that is always crowded by locals who know all about it.