Dining in West, Texas
Don and I made a lunch stop at Picha's, on the way to Fort Worth. It was worth it.
Old Royal Confectionary
Once inside, the history of the old building was clear to see. The building housed a confectionary, over 100 years ago. The old counter is original.
Pic From the Past
I liked seeing the old photo, reminding me of the building's history. Actually it looks like there are 2 counters. Maybe one was a soda fountain. I can see the old foot railing in both new and old photos.
Behind the first counter I could see a painting of the late, Patsy Picha. (pronounced PEA-ka) She and her husband Albin opened up the Czech-American restaurant in 1980. That's not all that old, compared to the building with it's exposed wiring and 2-blade ceiling fans... but the family recipes from Czechoslovakia, go way, way back. Luckily the Pichas had 6 kids, so the restaurant is still owned and run by family.
Cozy and Welcoming
We arrived near the end of the lunch hour, but Julie with her long braid and shorts greeted us with a big smile never made us feel rushed to eat up and get out.
Julie said she was a family friend of the Pichas. She said she'd been working at the restaurant for 6 years and she loved it. I believed her.
Watching from the Back
One young man carried huge "tubes" of chopped meat to kitchen from the back. I think Julie said it was for meatloaf.
The Daily Special!
I just had to order the daily special for $5.95! How is that even possible? My plate had roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes and lima beans, packed with flavor and lots of ham.
Don ordered the sausage plate that came with sauerkraut and Picha's special "Czech Fries". They were more like scalloped potatoes with yummy, sweet grilled onions. We were incredibly impressed with all the food and service.
Dessert to Go
We didn't have room for dessert, but took a couple of apple cobblers to go. Too bad Picha's does not offer Kolaches, or we could have taken some of those to go, as well. West is known as the Kolache Capital of Texas, but Picha's lets the other Czech bakeries in town serve up the traditional Czech pastry.
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.