When dining in the Hill Country during bluebonnet season...
You just have no choice but to stop at Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls! 3 bonus points for a cafe with a Pie Happy Hour!
The Cody's drove over 3 hours from Fort Worth and Don and I drove about the same from Houston. 1 bonus point for a road trip reunion and 2 extra points for Alan...his first time in the blog.
The Cafe is often filled with people gathering together while vacationing. The line is always long and the crowded atmosphere is hardly the place to catch up. But the crowded chaos is half the fun!
Busy in the kitchen!
First you wait in line outside. Once you get inside you get to know your line neighbors well as you get shoved into them, each time a bathroom door opens. My favorite part of the line is when it reaches the kitchen door and you can watch them cracking eggs or carrying mountain high pies into the cooler.
3 bonus points for kitchen view...with stacks of eggs!
Really lame photos of tee shirts!
Our server, Tracy smiled, but she didn't stop long enough to get a non-blurred photo. I was hoping to capture her tee shirt with the state of Texas filled with blue bonnets. 1/2 bonus point for that brief "people encounter"
The other tee shirt was worn by a man at a nearby table. If you are from St. Louis, you know Ted Drewes and their frozen custard which is so thick they serve it upside down! 5 bonus points for a people encounter with this customer who was happy to chat about Ted Drewes.
Closer look at the shirt and you realize Ted Drewes has been in the biz the same number of years as Blue Bonnet Cafe! 4 bonus points for that thrilling knowledge!! Both food joints have been open since 1929!
What to eat? Too early for my pie appetite, but not too late for breakfast. My ham and cheese omelet, biscuits and hash browns were pretty much what I expected. I'm no gravy expert. I like the idea, but after 2 bites, it just seemed crazy that I was eating a bowl of gravy! So an okay 2 points for food.
Love a Happy Line
It was 2 when we left and the line was still out the door. People seemed pretty happy, though. (probably not in August heat) So 2 bonus points for cheery folk.
How can you eat in the Blue Bonnet Cafe, then drive out into the Hill Country and NOT get giddy seeing miles of bluebonnets? Christy and I weren't giddy enough to park along the road and pose in them, but we did stop a moment at this pretty patch outside a winery near Sunrise Beach.
5 bonus points for seeing them at all after last spring's dry season!
27.5 points for Blue Bonnet Cafe?
Once again, it's a strange rating scale. 27.5 is pretty high... must have been our company that shot the rates so high?
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.