Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans has been visited and reviewed by every major food network and blog there is. Tastes Like Travel normally tries to visit those unknown, out of the way, Mom and Pop places that get missed by the main stream media. However, Willie Mae’s is know…
I will tell you right up front that Tastes Like Travel is from Texas, and in Texas there is a Barbecue Restaurant in every city. If you are from Texas you know that finding good Barbecue is not that hard. In California that is a totally different story. Recently on a 12 day trip to California the only Barbecue Restaurant I saw the entire trip was the Train Dust in Morgan Hill California.
On our last evening in San Jose, my cousin suggested we take a 20 minute drive East to the small town of Morgan Hill. He said ” there is some good Barbecue there you ought to try”. I reluctantly said OK knowing my history with out of State Barbecue has not been good. Morgan Hill was a quaint little town and was bustling with several restaurants and shops. It was the kind of town I would like to explore when time permits. Right in the middle of Downtown was Trail Dust Barbecue. THe restaurant itself was not very big. There were no more that 12 tables in the restaurant. When we arrived the place was about 60% full, but is was only 6:00 p.m. We were immediatly seated and presented a menu. Everything on the menu and in the store screamed Texas Barbecue. The tasteful decor was complete with license plates from Texas And Oklahoma as well as other memorabilia. The menu had dishes of Ribs, Pulled Pork, Barbecued Chicken and meat combo platters. The only truly California item was the Tri-Tip. I ordered the Pulled Pork and my guest had the Ribs and Beef combo plate.
The Barbecue was truly delicious. It had the tell tail smoke ring on the meat and the taste was distinctly Oak Smoked. Trail Dust boast that they dry rub their meat and smoke it indirectly over indirect heat with Oak Wood. Snooping around after I ate I walked behind the Restaurant and saw their smokers. A sing on the fence said “No Video or Photos” When the restaurant is that careful about their food and smoking technique it has to be good. A sign in the window and information on the menu states, “All Menu items Will Sell Out. I have no doubt that this is true. I personally like the taste of the meat without Barbecue Sauce, But I tried their sauce to see how it tasted and it was very good.
I can honestly say this is the best Barbecue I have ever eaten in California. Tastes Like Travel highly recommends a trip to Trail Dust Barbecue. If your from California it will be a great meal, If your from Texas it will remind you of home.
Trail Dust BBQ
17240 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 776-9072 ?traildustbbq.com
As it is Spring Break week in the great state of Texas, many people lucky enough to have the week off will head to Galveston. Smart Spring Breakers will make their way to Jimmy’s on the Pier Restaurant for some fresh fish tacos and specialty beers.
Tastes LikeTravel stopped by Jimmy’s at the beginning of March. After a long walk on the beach, inquiries made to islanders directed us to Jimmy’s on the Pier Restaurant. We were not disappointed! Located on one of the few remaining working piers in Galveston, Jimmy’s on the Pier boasts the only ‘on the waves’ dining on the island.
Sitting at the bar in island pastel comfy andirondack styled stools, we were warmly greeted by the bartender. after a brief discussion of the beers available, we settled on one recommended by the bartender, a Brewhouse Brown Ale. Tasty!
After perusing the menu, I again asked the bartender for his recommendation, and he proudly suggested the fish tacos. He mentioned that the tacos had recently been written up in the Dallas paper, and I recalled that I had read that article. So of course I had to try the tacos!
As described on the menu, the house specialty is made with locally-caught grouper, and served with a delicious white wine caper sauce. The tortilla was soft and warm, and the grated red and green cabbages were fresh and tasty. The black beans and rice served with it, although mixed together, was seasoned well. The portion was just enough to satisfy.
The bar and dining room are small, but the veranda opens up in good weather. Downstairs is an upscale souvenir shop that looked interesting but was closed when we visited.
Jimmy’s on the Pier Restaurant should definitely be on your must eat list for your next trip to Galveston!
On the enclosed dining deck over the newly rebuilt Galveston Fishing Pier
Our restaurant and bar has the best view in Galveston with the only “over the water” dining around. Fully enclosed for the winter, with a fireplace and heaters to keep you cozy through the cooler months.
On the warmer days, our deck opens all the way around to offer fresh breezes from the amazing Gulf. Jimmy’s is also now full-service, allowing you to relax and enjoy the environment while our staf…See More
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Most of the time, when a restaurant has been voted the best local eatery in town, the food served is pretty good. This time however, we could not figure out why Tony’s Main Street Cafe had earned this award in 2009. Maybe that had been a better year for the cafe?
Tony’s is located in downtown Denison Texas, which is still the heart of town. Although downtown areas strive to be quaint, having to pass the kitchen to get to the restrooms is not my idea of quaint. And the seating was cramped, too many tables in the dining area, which had a cashier counter for some reason. The staff seemed disinterested, like we were disrupting their day.
The menu looked promising – prime rib sandwich, Reuben, pastrami on rye, French dip, burgers, etc. – all offered with homemade potato chips.
We ordered the prime rib sandwich and the pastrami on rye. After what seemed like an unusually long wait, considering there was only three other tables; one was leaving, one was eating, and the others got their order just before we did; the result was disappointing.
Both sandwiches had meat that was very overcooked. The slab of meat that passed for prime rib looked like it came off of a shoe. One thick slice, that was all. Prime rib should have a pink center, medium to medium rare, and this was well done. And it was on a plain hoagie roll with no lettuce or tomato, not even a pickle for garnish. As for the pastrami, both the meat and the bread were greasy, like it had been grilled on the flattop with too much butter, or oleo. There was only a slice or two of pastrami, I could barely find it. The flavor of the pastrami was good, let’s hope that Tony decides to cut back on the grease and increase the amount of meat on the sandwich.
The homemade potato chips were cold, greasy and a little overdone. They had the taste of being cooked in old oil at too low of temperature, so the oil soaked in to the chips. And no salt. One thing that does need salt is any potato based food, especially when fried.
On a better note, the neighboring table had ordered the Cobb salad, and it looked great. It covered the huge platter it was on, seemed to be fresh, and the guest had to ask for a take-home container.
We hate to kill a restaurant with just one visit so if you are in Dennison you might try it and let us know. Downtown Denison has so many choices for food that it might be a while before Tastes Like Travel ventures back to Tony’s Main Street Café. There has to be a reason that Tony’s won best new restaurant in 2009, let’s hope they get the mojo back soon.