I could have told you that Texas was not in the "Sweet Tea Belt" I encountered the same situation initially on my 2005 Deep South and Texas Baseball Trip and was just as surprised.
I’ve had Big Red Before, ironically the first time I tried it was in Louisville Kentucky almost 2 decades ago- it was quite different since I never had bubble gum soda before, as a rule I try to avoid sweet drinks in general anyway, and even only do desserts in moderation- maybe every other day on any extended roadfood trip.
Thanks for the comments, but you did make me realize that I completely forget to mention beverages, as I often do.
My preconceived notion was that Texas would be part of the Southern sweet tea belt, but I could not have been more wrong. Every single place I ordered iced tea in, it came out unsweetened. I was sure that at least Bryce’s Cafeteria in Texarkana would be sweet tea country, but no.
I tried Big Red once and thought it was just okay, while Johnny enjoyed it more than I did and got it several times. My big regret was seeing Triple XXX root beer available at Sonny Bryan’s and not getting it. Can anyone tell me if I missed something special?
I think Buffetbuster just broke the record for most responses to a trip report!
You literally covered everything from soup to nuts.
I finally had a chance to finish reading your disseration, err, I mean report.
Now I have to go on the scale and see how much weight I gained- even thought I haven’t actually eaten anything- it sure feels like I’ve "digested" a feast!
Hill Country may be a possibility (or Sarge’s). Don’t know if I could handle both in one day. I have a friend in from California that weekend, so not sure I can make it. I’ll let you know for sure later in the week.
Thanks for bringing back memories of my trip to texas in September of 2008. The pie at the Blanco bowling club was sensational. Want to make it back to get to even more of the great austin places.
The giving up seven home runs to the Reds reference was to ChiTownDiner about his Cubbies. Who are 6 – 0 against my Pirates so far this year, by the way. Have fun at the Phillies-Mets game!
My itch will be scratched over Memorial Day weekend, since I will be in Oklahoma, where I haven’t been since 2001. If I have some brisket, which I most likely will, I will think of you.!
I am getting that same itch! I’m getting a strong craving for brisket again! I may head up to Hill Country next weekend, (in NYC, that is !!) been there before, loved it…
Also looking forward to trying the new Wildwood BBQ right around the corner from there.
See you in NYC, Cliff? How about you , Billyboy? (you can almost walk over from your Fulton St area!) Sunday afternoon brisket in NYC,
followed by Sarge’s for pastrami for dessert!
p.s. Who was the baseball team that gave up 7 homers to the Reds?
(that could even be a record, huh?) Sounds like they need some
better pitching. I’m looking forward to going to the Phillies-
Mets game at Citizens Bank Park in July.
p.p.s I am getting pastrami/brisket withdrawal symptoms !
I have been using watching the hockey games as an excuse, but I have enjoyed just relaxing at home the last two weekends. But, I am starting to really get that itch to go somewhere again.
As much great dessert as I ate, I never had THREE pieces of pie in one meal like you recently did. Although, Johnny did have two pieces of pie and peach coobler at Bryce’s Cafeteria.
I must say this you will probabbly have to stay home a while to recover from your TX marathon. I really enjoyed reading your report and enjoying your pix of all the great food & desserts.
I can definately see why TX was out of food with you, johnny & Ellen eating your way through there!
Thanks for a great trip report as always!
I totally second that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [:)]
This reminded me of the funniest chapter I have ever read in any book… Bill Bryson’s "A Walk in the Woods"… I think it is Ch 12 (my copy’s in storage, sadly). His buddy Katz (nice RF name!) has an amazing laundromat experience. Check it out if you have the inclination! (He could be Johnny’s alter-ego?!)
Billyboy, I am still stunned you made that list. Wow.
Looking forward to it,my friend!!!![:)]
Ann – Can’t wait to hook up with Bob and yourself sometime over the summer – we had fun with CSD and Biker Jim yesterday. See you soon!
You all did a marvelous job on reporting-I smelled the smoke,tasted the food, and enjoyed the smiles.Thanks to all my fellow roadfooders!!!!!!!!![:X]
billyboy – bb added enough stops to pass 800 Roadfood places…this is so amazing…that’s more then an entire edition of Roadfood, which has 700! My bib’s off to you Cliff!
BB – The feeling s mutual…and I beleive we’ve got a few ahead of us…after all, we’ve only hit one city in the whole universe, and then only partially.
I added a few pictures to my Austin thread including one of the Hut’s half and half.
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