Texans take their food as seriously as they do their football. Many Winter Texans and other visitors to the Lone Star State have the good sense to agree with them—that Texan food is that of the gods.
1. Po Po Family Restaurant
Bright neon letters spell “CHICKEN, STEAKS, SEAFOOD” across the rock exterior of Po Po Family Restaurant, just off I-10, 37 miles north of San Antonio at the Welfare exit #533.
The neon and the notice tell you what to expect at Po Po’s: a menu that requires no translation, featuring traditional American and Southern fare, cooked to order.
Po Po is not just your ordinary restaurant. This eatery has a unique history with a cast of unique characters and circumstances, a matchless plate collection, as well as some of the best food in the Texas Hill County. The warmth and hospitality are hard to beat.
If you have ever been to Po Po’s, you will never forget the outstanding food and the nostalgic experience.
2. Collin Street Bakery
Corsicana’s Collin Street Bakery is legendary for pecan-packed fruitcakes that are shipped to every state in the nation and 200 countries around the world.
Don’t worry if fruitcake isn’t your thing. Collin Street Bakery makes plenty of other items that have attracted a devoted following.
There’s a deep dish pecan pie, chocolate fudge pecan pie, white chocolate macadamia cheesecake, White House pumpkin cake, apricot pecan cake, and pecan coffee Bundt cake. Hungry yet?
3. Texas Produce
More than 180,000 farms provide what may be the best fruit and veggies anywhere. Look for Medina apples, Pecos cantaloupes, Black Diamond watermelon from Luling, peaches from Parker and Gillespie counties, grapefruit and oranges from the Rio Grande Valley, the famous sweet 1015 onions, and spinach from Crystal City, where a statue of Popeye reminds you that you’re in leafy, green land.
4. Kloesel’s Steak House
Blink and you’ll miss Moulton—but that would be a mistake.
On a recommendation we received while in Luling we made a lunch stop at this sidetrack town 10 miles north of Shiner on Texas 95.
Incidentally we were on our way to tour the “little brewery in Shiner”.
Turn west off Texas 95 onto Moore Avenue, and see what I mean.
During the past 40 years, Harvey and Diana Kloesel have turned a former grocery-café into a popular eatery. The Kloesels charbroil choice steaks. Other fare ranges from fettuccine to blue-plate specials, plus luscious pies and cheesecakes. All steaks at Kloesel’s Steak House are USDA choice beef and are freshly cut in the Kloesel’s preparation room.
The salad dressings and sauces are family recipes prepared fresh each week. The Kloesels also feature their own private label of Steak Sauce which is served in their restaurant. The sauces, salad dressings, homemade pies, fresh bread and buns, and fresh steaks are available for purchase.
5. Deutsch Apple Bakery
Since opening their doors in 1997, Deutsch Apple Bakery has provided their customers with the best products available.
Their food embodies the home-baked taste everybody loves. From their delicious caramel-praline glazed apple pecan cakes to freshly baked apple pies, and a wide variety of scrumptious sweets, you’ll want to return to this charming bakery again and again.
Though they specialize in products featuring apples, such as delicious apple pies, apple pecan cakes, and muffins, you’ll enjoy their line of Ruthie’s cookies, oatmeal cranberry cookie, pecan pie, and walnut brownies.
The Deutsch Apple Bakery is located on the corner of RR 165 and Loop 163, just east of the town square in Blanco.
Note: This is the fourth in an ongoing series on Why I Love Texas Food
Part 1: What’s to Love about Texas Food
Part 2: 6 Reasons to Love Texas Food
He was a bold man who first ate an oyster.
—Jonathan Swift, author