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#6474613 - 09/30/16 07:33 AM Texas 10 best
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#6474698 - 09/30/16 08:33 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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I haven't been to any of them. Well, looks like I have some work to do. food
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#6474916 - 09/30/16 11:14 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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Don't waste your time of money on Mary's in Strawn........ it sucks. IMHO
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#6475027 - 09/30/16 01:03 PM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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Except for the pies Bluebonnet is way overrated. Hilltop is good but pricey. Leona General Store makes a really good ribeye. I need to get out to Comstock and try that place.

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#6477015 - 10/02/16 11:38 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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Of the 10 listed, I have been to 4: Mary's, Bluebonnet Cafe, Poor Richard's Cafe, and Hilltop Cafe. Poor Richard's is always busy, but the food is sub-par. Hilltop Cafe is great and might be my favorite Chicken Fried Steak I have had ever.

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#6477432 - 10/02/16 05:20 PM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: TexasKC]
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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
Except for the pies Bluebonnet is way overrated. Hilltop is good but pricey. Leona General Store makes a really good ribeye. I need to get out to Comstock and try that place.


Having Mary's at #2 makes me wonder about the other places rated in this article.
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#6477680 - 10/02/16 08:23 PM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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Try The Cafe in Graford,Texas and you will throw rocks at Marys which has gone down hill in the past few years.

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#6478452 - 10/03/16 10:55 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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1. Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls) is on my to pig out at list up

Took the wife, son & his girlfriend to Poor Richards last week, it was good but man was everything salty as heck.
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#6478456 - 10/03/16 10:57 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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Love the Leona store!
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#6479127 - 10/03/16 05:30 PM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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no telling how many times I have eaten at the Bluebonnet in Marble Falls, grew up in Burnet and my dad had several service stations around MF. They really are a bit over rated in my opinion the last 10-15 years other than their pies are still some of the best I have ever had. The wife and I did a day trip for Valentine's day a year or so back, stopped at the Bluebonnet for lunch, the meat loaf was good (not great) and the sides were all pretty good (definitely home cooking with a touch of sugar). But the highlight of that little stop was Coconut cream with calf slobbers (meringue). For what it's worth, this has become a huge attraction (like Cooper's in Llano) for all the yuppies and weirdos from Austin and is likely overrated in part to that huge draw.
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#6479423 - 10/03/16 08:14 PM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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PMK : I think the older we get, the more great places we have eaten at with improved selections of food combined that with our own improved abilities to cook better meals kind of takes away some or diminishes some of those old great memories of those few special places.

Back when there was not a lot of close/nearby competition and a lot less general knowledge of what all is out there to compare to, I bet their food was hard to beat. Probably still way good eating up


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#6479894 - 10/04/16 08:23 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: Stub]
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Originally Posted By: Stub
Back when there was not a lot of close/nearby competition and a lot less general knowledge of what all is out there to compare to, I bet their food was hard to beat. Probably still way good eating up


I am starting to come to the conclusion that this is what the reality is and I'm still young comparatively. I've been to a fair amount of "the best" something places that have had been in multiple articles and such. More often than not they are just ok and a waste of time. My most recent expedience was with Goodson's Cafe in Tomball, at one time they had the alleged best chicken fried steak. Well I beg to differ it was just another fried piece of meat. My neighbor apparently is related to the owners and she got butt hurt when I told her that it was an overrated meal. The problem at times is going when with high expectations and just being let down.

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#6481658 - 10/05/16 08:34 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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very true Stub! Likewise, years ago, there were about half of the tables open at any point in time, not the mass of people forming a 30-45 minute waiting time. I think the cooks are more rushed to get the meals out to the table, so more people can be filed on thru ... taking away from the care given in preparation like years ago. People are in much more of a rush now than the simpler times of yesteryear.
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#6481699 - 10/05/16 08:58 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: bill oxner]
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It's amazing how long good reputations can hang on. Case in point is Goodsons in Tomball mentioned in the post above. When "Ma Goodson" ran her restaurant she did in fact make the best CFS I ever ate. Their food has been completely average for many years now and people still rave about it.

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#6481737 - 10/05/16 09:13 AM Re: Texas 10 best [Re: TexasKC]
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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
It's amazing how long good reputations can hang on. Case in point is Goodsons in Tomball mentioned in the post above. When "Ma Goodson" ran her restaurant she did in fact make the best CFS I ever ate. Their food has been completely average for many years now and people still rave about it.


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