Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Friday, April 25th
Slept in in preparation for the beginning of the Tour…regrouped and headed once again to The Big Kolache. Revisited all my new favorites and added in the Sausage, Cheese & Sauerkraut which they had been out of the last time. Another winner with the sauerkraut adding a nice touch of flavor. Also tried the Ranchero – Ham & Pepperjasck. Also very good. In summary, the sweet dough compliments onion/pepperjack/jalapeno type flavors really well. A quick run through the microwave finishes them off.
Headed to the airport (with a bag of Kolaches) to pick up my brother Kerry and good friend Rick – thanks Gina for letting Rick come out and play. While their flight was delayed by an hour due to weather in Chicago, we made up for lost time.
First, they enjoyed a few Kolaches with highest praise coming for the Elgin Sauasage and Cheese. Coincidentally, we were heaqding to Elgin for our next stop but had a short detour into a Sonic. Since we don’t have them up north, it was a must. Our selection included a bacon cheeseburger, chile foot long and a breakfast burrito. A nice mix to go along with cherry limeades.
Thirty minutes later we pulled up into an old Texas town which could have been in any number of movies – Elgin. Our destination, the City Cafe and a meeting with buffetbuster, Johnnie and the signman – also newly arrived.
The six of were seated at a big table, which seemed to preview our ordering. Their were 2 buffet orders which featured unlimited sides, catfish, pepper steak and one more meat dish which escapes me.
The remaining 4 ordered a French Dip, Elgin Sausage Sandwich, a Pork Chop Platter and the Chicken Fried Steak. The CFS was ther large order at $9.75 – a $1.80 more than the half order. It came with two full patties each the approximately 8 inches in diameter. Everyone got all the CFS you could handle. It was great tasting although less seasoned/peppery than Hoover’s.
The Pork Chop Platter featured three pork chops, bone free, seasoned, battered and fried uo nicely. We all got plenty of this one also. The Elgin Sausage Sandwich divied into sixths for each of us to try. It had the snap that makes a great sausage and that we would experience several times the next day.
Sides included mashed potatoes, corn, cabbage, carrots, french fries, fried okra and great black-eyed peas.
The real choice came at pie-time, aka dessert time. We went with the apple crumb – sweet, crumbly top abd loaded with apples, coconut meringue and lemon meringue – both great and six inches high, a super sweet cherry which I finished off and a choolate icebox pie which received the highest table grade!
While exiting, we bumped into the owner who surprised us a little at being British. None of expected the accent and the next few minutes provided a little history lesson. He also owned Quoffer’s, a cross between a Texas Roadhouse and an English Pub.
Not opening for another hour or so, he told us to knock on the door, mention his name and we could check it out. It was a good choice as the English pubtender relayed a little history. Purported to be haunted, it is visited regularly by teams of researchers trying to find some hidden ghost. It also was built on an alley, so the right side wall is a wrigley’s Spearmint painted brick wall from the building next door with about one sixth of the ad exposed.
It also served as the town funeral home for some years, an industry which may have led to the haunting.
After checking into our hotel and taking a quick tour of Austin, we were off to Guero’s, a j95 and wanderingjew recommendation. We were in the mood for tacos and margarita’s and appreciated recommendations.
There was a large list to choose from. We had a Fish Taco which was standard San Diego style with grilled fish, cabbage, and a sauce. Next came the Car,29,396548.013,1,37546,18.104.22.168
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