Lunch at the Library!
We've driven this stretch of Highway 71 between Houston and Austin at least 100 times in the past 4 years. But this was the first time we stopped at the cute little house-like café/library, sitting next to the road.
Hit the Spot Café
I'm not sure about the library, but the café serves food 7 days a week and the lot seems pretty packed no matter what time of day we drive by. It was a little warm on this summer day at noon to eat on the porch, but I do love a porch. And how often do you get to sit on stump-stools, pulled up to a spool-table?
When you walk in the front door, you're greeted by the peaceful hush of an old fashioned library.
I was impressed with the old white counter that reminded me of childhood library visits. I think I remember lugging my picture books and lifting them way high to the counter, where a librarian waited with her stamp pad. Of course this library had a soft clicking sound I don't remember...since there were quite a few locals stopping in to use the computers.
There were also a few tables with jig saw puzzles in progress. We never had that in our library. But best of all, near the front door I noticed a small bed for the library cat. I didn't spot the kitty, but I like the idea that there was one roaming around the books somewhere.
The atmosphere changed quite a bit as we stepped into the café section of the building. There was a happy murmur of voices and clanking dishes. We happily took the only open table near the front and had a good time watching the locals meet and greet from table to booth.
It made the job of our server a little tricky since the floor space was often clogged with a few chatting on their way in or out. I'm not sure where these "locals" are from because you can't see a real town from the café. But it was a treat to find out the place wasn't filled with road tourists.
I asked our server what was most popular and I wasn't too surprised when she said chicken fried chicken, since I'd watched a few steamy plates go by.
So I made a pig of myself with my crispy filet of chicken, topped with cream gravy, along with buttery beans, mashed potatoes and Texas toast. My feast for $8.49 and Don's good old American burger with fries for $6.49 left us more than able to afford dessert. But we didn't have room. This café definitely hit the spot for road side dining! We will be back.
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.