The Texan Café takes its name in earnest. Its menu is a roster of Lone Star fare, including hunks of meat that include ribeyes, strips, filets, and sirloins of seven or fourteen ounces. Beyond steak, there are hamburgers, pepper burgers, and bacon cheeseburgers. Non-beef sandwiches include fried green tomato BLTs, catfish grilled or fried, and even a veggie burger. In fact, a meat-frowner can find great satisfaction in a plate of four vegetables – excellent vegetables – that are themselves suitably Texan.
The side-dish repertoire includes blackeyed peas (a must to accompany chicken fried steak), fried okra, sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, “heavenly lime salad,” butter beans, and eggplant casserole. In our experience, the accompaniments are so good that you may just finish off a serving even before you are finished plowing through your T-bone. But we must warn you: desserts at the Texan Cafe are worthy of a significant appetite reserve. Pies are not to be missed.
One of the best things about The Texas Café isn’t on the menu and isn’t made in the kitchen. It is the sign outside: a larger-than-life bust of a bull hanging over the front of the building.
Small town, friendly staff, great food. Grilled sausage bites opened the evening; they were served with a standard BBQ sauce. We also has fried green tomatoes; these were served with ranch dressing. Both starters came out hot and delicious.
Dinners included a glazed ham steak with a Texan root beer sauce. The RB is reduced to a syrupy, flavorful sauce for the perfectly grilled ham steak. Chicken fried fteak is “hand breaded, fork tender and a Texas size portion.” As good as advertised. We were both in the mood for creamed corn and mac & cheese. The hit of the evening: chicken & dumplings, a Thursday night special. These dumplings are neither light nor heavy. They are the perfect companion to the chicken and gravy. Sides include an enormous batch of sweet potato fries and green beans.
Dessert presented the usual problems… so many choices, so little room. There is a separate room, the Pie Room, which has them all on display, along with a baker who’s willing to answer questions. The choices numbered at least 20! We went with Black Forest pie, peppermint patty pie and millionaires pie. That last is an interesting combo of pineapple and nuts mixed into, and topping, a cream cheese-style filling. These non-standard choices were all very good and brought the staff to our table to display their pride. And we agree, they have much to be proud of!