Foodie Finds

What's a road trip without sampling some local fare?  Here's a list of some of our favorite food finds we experienced while traveling. We think you're about to find out that our two favorites are beer and bbq!

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Sea J's CafeIf you're looking for the best fish and chips in Port Townsend, Washington, then look no further than Sea J's Cafe located along the Port Townsend Bay.  You'll have to ignore the ambiance and you might have to wait for a table (family style at that) but you'll be pleasantly surprised by the delicious "cod" fish and chips.  We heard their shakes are amazing as well. Sea J's Cafe| 2501 Washington St | Port Townsend, WA

Country Dough

Country Dough opened by one of the best Szechuan chefs in Seattle, is a tiny restaurant that opened in July of 2015. It is tucked deep inside Pike Place Market and claims over 1,800 years of history. Country Dough is appropriately named as there are three forms in this restaurant: flatbreads, noodles, and crepes. All of them are excellent. Gman dined on Country Dough's flatbread sandwich while TK enjoyed the noodles. 

Country Dough | 1916 Pike Place #14 |Seattle, WA

Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom

At the Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, they brew seven outstanding beers, plus a rotating selection of seasonal and special brews. Their Brewer’s Choice series allows Rande, Kevin and Lloyd’s imaginations to run wild, brewing such exotic beers as spruce tip, squash, molasses stout, cocoa pumpkin and fresh hop beer, using hops grown and harvested right here in Snoqualmie. Their products are available at their Taproom as well as in stores in Washington and northern Idaho.  (When we visisted the Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom we enjoyed the Summer Brew - Pre-Prohibition Pilsner and the Spinach, Artichoke, Jalapeno dip!) 

Snoqualmie Brewery & Taproom | 8032 Falls Ave SE | Snoqualmie, WA

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Enchanted Circle Brewing

This may be the best kept secret in Angel Fire, New Mexico. We popped in for happy hour and found a seat at the bar.  We sampled a couple of brews and enjoyed the Hummus & Olive Platter. (TK really enjoyed the Plum Sour) 

Enchanted Circle Brewing |20 Sage Ln | Angel Fire, NM

Sage Brush BBQ & Grill

When you've worked up an appetite hiking in the Rocky Mountains  nothing is better than a plate of delicious BBQ or a nice grilled steak!  That's just what you'll find when you visit Sagebrush BBQ & Grill in Grand Lake, Colorado.  This restaurant has it all from BBQ, to fresh salmon, to wild game.  We stopped in to sip a local microbrew but when the delicious smell of good things cookin' good hit our noses we had to have a snack.  We decided to order the chili cheese fries.  When our friendly waitress asked if we wanted it "Christmas style" we said, "YES," of course.  We were not disappointed with the red and green chili sauce smothering our fries.  (TK & G-man's fav:  chili cheese fries served Christmas style and a Colorado brew) 

Sagebrush BBQ & Grill | 1101 Grand Ave. | Grand Lake, CO

Hart's Firehouse BBQ

Hart's Firehouse BBQ has been serving up smokin’-good barbeque in the Killeen-Lampasas area since 1947 – putting smiles on generations of barbeque lovers.  This place screams Texas Hill Country BBQ!  As soon as we pulled off highway 281 and stepped out of the car we knew we made the right decision to stop here.  The joint is centered in the middle of shade trees with plenty of picnic tables to enjoy your BBQ "al fresco" style (the Texas way!).  The delicious smell of burned oak and charred meat hang in the air.  Facilities are located out back similar to a road side rest area.  (TK & G-man's fav:  sliced brisket sandwich topped with Hart's own bbq sauce.)

Hart's Firehouse BBQ  | 1799 US-281 | Lampasas, TX

Lady Falconburgh's Barley Exchange

Lady Falconburgh's is a European pub, located in the heart of historic downtown Durango, Colorado.  It is a local tradition, and tourist favorite.  They offer over 100 beers to choose from and 38 of them are on tap.  We happened to visit Lady Falconburgh's on a Tuesday night and were lucky enough to play Bingo with the whole pub. (TK & G-man's fav:  a pint of Mexican "Logger" from Ska Brewery of Durango and the meatball sliders)

Lady Falconburgh’s Barley Exchange | 640 Main Ave. | Durango, CO

Irish Embassy Pub

"CEAD Milé Failte!" One hundred thousand welcomes is what you'll feel at this authentic Irish pub located in downtown Durango, Colorado.  Enjoy a 20-ounce Imperial Pint of Guinness, a tasty serving of their famous fish and chips, or listen to a traditional Irish jam session.   (TK & G-man's fav:  A pint of Mexican "Logger" from the local Ska Brewery and the Embassy's fish and chips with homemade tarter sauce!)

The Irish Embassy Pub | 900 Main Ave. | Durango, CO

Pizza Planet
Pizza Planet is an Amarillo, Texas, institution since 1974.  The serve up delicious pizza pies LOADED with so many toppings it takes two hands to hold a slice! (TK & G-man's fav:  1/2 Canadian back, 1/2 black olive)

Pizza Planet | 2400 Paramount Blvd. | Amarillo, TX

Texas Chili Parlor

The Texas Chili Parlor has been an Austin institution since 1976! 
TCP is many things to many people but to all of Austin, TCP has
become a landmark, a not-to-be-missed bit of local color. A visit to TCP will do your spirit good! (TK & G-man fav:  chili and the enchiladas!)

Texas Chili Parlor | 1409 Lavaca St. | Austin, TX

Wallbangers Sports Bar & Grill

Experience great food and good times at Wallbanger's Sports Bar & Grill. Wallbangers is a  different kind of sports bar.  They offer a family style restaurant with an arcade room where kids can play while mom and dad watch their favorite team on one of the 14 big screen TV's. (TK & G-man fav:  Chili Cheese Fries!)

Wallbangers Sports Bar & Grill | 720 US-50 | Salida, CO

Fred's Cafe (The Original)

In between wagon gigs and hunting excursions (where Terry packs in
his kitchen and morphs into "Camp Cook"), he can be found at the famous burger joint "Fred's Café," in the Arts District of West Fort Worth, knocking back beers with the Merry Souls and Colorful Characters that frequent Fred's, frolicking on the patio with his sassy daughter Adeline, and bumping to the local live music with his lovely wife Jennifer. (TK & G-man's fav: Fred's burger with cheese and cold-ass beer!)

Fred's Texas Cafe | 915 Currie St. | Fort Worth, TX

The Abbey Inn

The Abbey Inn is situated on Denton’s Historic Courthouse Square. At the Abbey Inn you will enjoy authentic, freshly prepared English cuisine like Bangers and Mash or Cottage Pie. They offer quite a wide variety of import and domestic lagers, ales and stouts, great wines, and a full bar. (TK & G-man's fav:  Fish & chips with homemade tarter sauce paired with Bottington!)

The Abbey Inn | 101 W. Hickory St. | Denton, TX

The Branding Iron Steakhouse

The Branding Iron is the best steakhouse and perhaps the only place you can find a cold beer in Mena, Arkansas.  We had a 30 minute wait before we could get into the restaurant but the food was well worth it and we had time to do some serious people watching as the locals mingled with the motorcycle tourists.  (TK & G-man's fav:  You won't be disappointed with the chicken fried steak or half smoked chicken but if you want a true religious food experience order the mashed potatoes.  We were certain that a whole stick of real butter went into every bite!)

The Branding Iron Steakhouse | 623 Sherwood Ave. | Mena, AR

Padre Island Burger Company

This gnarly burger joint is the vision of CIA graduate Chef Jason Johnson.  After a long day of sun and fun on the beaches of South Padre it is nice to stop in for a cold beer and a delicious "chronic" burger and sweet potato fries.  Dude!

Padre Island Burger Company | 11878 TX-361 | Corpus Christi, TX

Joseph's Riverport BBQ

The only thing hotter than an east Texas July day is the smoking hot
BBQ you'll find at Joseph's Riverport BBQ. This isn't your usual east Texas BBQ shack as it sits directly in the middle of Jefferson, Texas, and has been featured in Texas Monthly as one of  the 50 best BBQ joints in Texas.  Portions are large and prices are reasonable. The only downfall may be the lack of seating but that can be remedied - just ask nicely and someone will scoot over and share their table with you.  If you're appetite is big and you're feeling adventurous order up the Swamp Fries.  They come complete with smoked brisket, cheese, jalapenos and chopped onions.

Joseph's Riverport BBQ | 201 N Polk St. | Jefferson, TX

Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club and Restaurant

If you believe in ghosts or really good burgers Auntie Skinner's 
Riverboat Club and Restaurant is the place for you!  Housed in an 
old cotton warehouse built way back in 1866, and like most structures in Jefferson, Texas, the staff at Skinner's claims to have a ghost that they refer to as George.   Besides the possibility of scaring up some ghosts you may also scare up a really good pub(dive) burger! Stop in during the day and you may sit next to a family enjoying an antiquing  trip to Jefferson or a motorcycle enthusiast that stopped in for a cold one after a hot east Texas ride.

Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club and Restaurant | 107 W. Austin St. | Jefferson, TX