Harbor Café offers Extensive Menu

Harbor Café offers a very wide array of menu items. Allow yourself plenty of time to look over their extensive menu, and be sure to save room for dessert! A great dining spot while visiting Clarksville, TN or Ft. Campbell.

Harbor Cafe storefrontHarbor Café Bar & Grill
2131 Lowes Drive
Clarksville, TN

We enjoyed a three generation family meal at this fine establishment in one of their large booths. Food, atmosphere, and service all culminated in an enjoyable evening.

Venue: While billed as a Café, I’d classify this establishment as a restaurant. You can easily dress casual or upscale to enjoy your evening.

Atmosphere: Large and roomy steak house atmosphere.

Harbor Cafe oriental dish with white rice and spring roll

Food Fare: Harbor Café offers a very wide array of menu items. Steak, pasta, seafood, oriental not to mention appetizers, salads,and desserts. We enjoyed grilled chicken with sweet potato, 2 oriental dishes, and a pasta dish.

Harbor Cafe oriental dish with spring roll

Recommendations: Allow yourself plenty of time to look over their extensive menu. Definitely save room for cheesecake. I’ve never had a piece of cheesecake that tall before. very tall cheesecake slice with strawberry sauce and whipped cream dollopBoth cheesecake and key lime pie were good. Consider adding this restaurant to your itinerary while visiting Clarksville, TN or Ft. Campbell.

Service: Top notch!piece of key lime pie with whipped cream dollop, cherry and leaf

Return Rating: Definitely!

Harbor Cafe neon sign

Put Dumas Walker Pepper & Pie Co. on your To Do List

Plan your trip to Brenham, TX around Dumas Walker’s hours. This unobtrusive restaurant is one that you would probably just drive by. Trust me — it is worth stopping. They offer tasty comfort food and the biscuits are the BEST!

Dumas Walker Pepper and Pie Company storefrontDumas Walker Pepper & Pie Company

 

1505 West Main

Brenham, TX

 

Dumas Walker’s serves Cajun, Creole, and comfort food in their small restaurant located in Brenham, Texas. Friends were kind enough to tell us about this restaurant and we are so glad they did!

Venue: Unobtrusive restaurant that you would probably just drive by. Trust me — it is worth eating here.

Atmosphere: Cozy table seating in a casual fashion with eclectic Texas country décor. There is a selection of old cookbooks you can look at while waiting for your food. I’ll be sharing some interesting recipes I found in future blog posts.

Dumas Walker bacon and eggs with hash browns, biscuit, and side of gravy

Food Fare: We’ve always chosen breakfast but we understand they have great burgers. The biscuits are the BEST! They are worth going off your diet. Hashbrowns and bacon arrived crispy as requested. I order a side of the gravy to enjoy with my meal.

Dumas Walker omelette with hashbrowns and biscuit

Recommendations: Plan your trip to Brenham around their open hours. They are open Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Also, check out Dumas Walker’s website for an interesting read about their history. The menu is online as well.

Service: Very good.

Return Rating: Definitely! We love breakfast for any meal.

Uncle Bud’s Offers Fun Eating Experience

Uncle Bud’s offers fantastic food, excellent service, and a fun eating experience. Great hometown spot!

Uncle Bud's restaurant pictureUncle Bud’s of Donelson

2719 Old Lebanon Rd.

Nashville, TN

Venue: “Home of the all-you-can-eat Fixin’s” that also offers an all-you-can-eat catfish any day of the week. This appears to be a popular local spot.

Atmosphere: Very welcoming and casual. Staff want you to have a good time.

Inside picture of a Uncle Bud's. Crowded seating.

Food Fare: Alligator tail, chicken nuggets and catfish are some of the items you can choose from. All dinners come with the All You Can Eat Fixin’s: coleslaw, white beans, hush puppies, fries, and pickles and onions.

Plated food: alligator tail, fries, slaw and white beans on the side

 

 

 

 

Fried fish, hush puppy and lemon slices

Recommendations: Try the alligator tail–you can have it fried or grilled. Both are delicious but I like grilled better. Be prepared for a fun eating experience. Go early to avoid a wait.

Service: Exceptional! It was very good even on a crazy busy Father’s Day.

Return rating: Definitely. We’ve been twice and would love to return again. Worth a spot on your to do list for the Nashville area.

Uncle Bud's Sign

Upside Down Hamburgers fun eat at Gronks Grill and Bar

Casual dining, upside down hamburgers, and good service make this a great stop if you are going through Superior, Wisconsin.

Gronks Grill and Bar signGronks Grill and Bar  4909 E. 2nd St., Superior, Wi

We drove by this fun looking place for years and finally decided to stop when we were burger hungry. We wish we had stopped sooner.

Picture of Gronks Grill and Bar building

Venue: Sports bar and grill on Highway 53 in Superior, Wisconsin. Interesting upnorth sports and outdoor decor. Boasts it is “home of the biggest 1 pound burger.” Aren’t all 1 pound burgers 1 pound?

Atmosphere: Casual dining at wood tables or bar with small Gronks wear gift shop.

Bar area in Grill and Bar

 

 

 

 

Food Fare: Upside Down burgers. You can check out their full menu online. We always request our fries well-done.

Upside hamburger with french fries and cole slaw

Recommendations: While you are online looking at the menu, look up their daily specials. Last I knew, Wednesdays was buy one, get one free Upside Down hamburgers. My husband likes the Barnyard Burger–it has beef, pork and an egg.

Service:  Has been good every time we are there. We also call ahead to order when traveling through and carry out service is great too.

Inside restaurant with boat hanging from ceiling

Return Rating: Definitely, every chance we get. Love to eat here.

Gronks wear gift shop inside Grill and Bar

Burgers, Fish, Soul Food & Friendly

Homey restaurant where the locals eat. Comfort food, friendliness and tasty food await inside.

Cookie’s Place
942 US-84
Teague, TX

Cookie's Place Restaurant exterior

We have a new favorite place to grab a burger in Texas. We’ve enjoyed Whataburger in the past, but when we are near Teague, Texas we plan to stop in at Cookie’s Place.

Venue: Restaurant where the locals eat. A homey atmosphere offering tables as well as a tv if you care to watch. Don’t judge the interior by the exterior. Comfort food and friendliness are inside.

Cookie's Place restaurant interior

Atmosphere: Very relaxed. We were invited to holler if we needed anything.

Menu picture

Food Fare: Burgers, fish, and soul food. If you are in a hurry, ask what is on the food line for a hot, delicious meal. If you have time, order off the menu. We enjoyed the chicken fried steak (off the line), bacon cheese burger and iced tea.

Chicken Fried Steak meal with corn muffin and baked beans

Plated hamburger and crispy fries

Recommendations: Try the buttermilk pie! Piece of buttermilk pie It was a large piece and tasted great. The banana pudding was beyond tasty. My husband, who doesn’t do creamed banana anything, loved it.

Service: Solid service. We were waited on by a young lady, Cookie herself, and her husband. The young lady provided knowledgeable recommendations when asked. French fries were nice and crispy as requested. Cookie brought a pitcher of tea to our table for my husband who is a heavy drinker.

Return Rating: Definitely! Be sure to say hello to Cookie!

Chinese Cuisine in the Upper Peninsula

Chinese food you can order a la carts or by family meals. Request your food “Chinese Hot” for a flavorful zing. Staff address menu questions and the food is delicious.

Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant frontGolden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 215 S. Suffolk, Ironwood, MI

Venue:  The Golden Dragon relocated from a small strip mall location to its current fine dining spot that was formerly an Italian restaurant in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s supper Peninsula.  Lots of seating and a separate bar area.Table and booth seating inside Chinese restaurant

Atmosphere:  Relaxing environment with your choice of table or booth.  The owner, Annie, is usually on site and interacts with her customers.

Food Fare:  Chinese food that you can order a la carte or by family meals.

Picture of Chinese food

 

Recommendations:  If you enjoy spicy, request your food “Chinese Hot” for a flavorful zing.  Egg rolls and spring rolls are both delicious.  The peanutbutter chicken has a sweetly delicious peanutbutter sauce.

Service:  Excellent.  Well trained staff.  They know the menu and can address questions.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  Note:  the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Picture of Chinese food

 

Picture of Chinese food

 

 

 

Picture of Chinese food

 

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Cozy Hometown Bakery for your Coffee Break

Get your coffee, donut or pasty at this Ironwood, MI bakery. Casual, friendly atmosphere in this downtown gem.

Rigoni's bakery storefrontRigoni’s Bakery, 110 S. Suffolk St., Ironwood, MI.

Venue:  Hometown, local owned, small business bakery.

Atmosphere:  Clean and casual, eat in or carry out bakery.  Nice place for daily coffee as evidenced by many locals.  The table in front of the window is the men’s a.m. gathering hole.

Tables and booths inside bakery

Food Fare:  Donuts, cookies, muffins, breads, brownies, breakfast pasties, traditional pasties.  Coffee, hot tea, other drinks.  Reasonable prices.

Bakery case with baked goods

Recommendations:  Check out the day old packaged donuts for a deal.  Also, there are sometimes pasties at a discount.  Take ’em home and freeze for a quick meal.  Say hi to Bob the Baker and owner if you see him.  If you’ve not tried a pasty, be sure to do so.

Bob the Baker and bakery case with goodies

Service:  Friendly and they’ll keep your coffee cup full.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  This is one of the gems in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Baked goods display case

 

Road Trip for Ribs to Trinity, Texas

Easy to spot barbeque stand in Trinity, Texas offers food the proprietor can rightfully be proud of. Worth a road trip for the ribs!

The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity Texas SignSammy’s Bar-B-Que     Trinity Texas

Venue: Side of the road Bar-B-Que stand that was easy to spot as we drove by (107 Calvin Street). There was a Resale Shop next door (don’t bother) separate from the food stand.

Atmosphere: Awning covered picnic tables with a small food trailer and a bar-b-que pit.

Food Fare: “The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity TX” according to their sign (We agree). We tried the ribs and Boudin sausage and were very happy with them. Check out the size of the ribs in the picture – great tasting and easy to eat off the bone. Note: I am not usually an eat off the bone person, but I was with these! Sausage was delicious. We sampled potato salad and beans at the stand, and both were great tasting. The potato salad was some of the best we have ever had. The beans were exceptional. The proprietor was rightfully proud of his cooking.

bar-b-que ribs and boudin sausage in stryofoam carryout container

Recommendation: If you are in the area, it is definitely worth driving a little out of the way to enjoy this food.

Service: Friendly and welcoming.

Return Rating: Definitely!

 

 

Cruising by Crescent City, IL? Grab BBQ Ribs!

If you are cruising through Crescent City, IL be sure to get some ribs at Springcreek BBQ located at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.

 

Springcreek BBQ TrailerExcellent ribs and mediocre brisket. We pulled up to this corner stand to see the proprietor and his son with their feet up watching a barbecuer. Sort of like watching water boil.

Picture of Springcreek BBQ father and son

When we walked up we were warmly greeted. I asked if the ribs were done. He advised he needed to put barbeque sauce on them and continue to cook them. I asked if he would sell us a slab as is knowing they weren’t “finished.” We got a slab of ribs with only a rub on it and some brisket. The brisket was nothing special but we compare it to what we get in Navasota, TX at Mallett Brothers Barbeque. The ribs were excellent. While not “finished,” the meat was done, tender, and tasty. If these half done ribs are an example of what he makes, I would like to try the completed ribs.

barbeque ribs on tin foil with knife and fork

We highly recommend stopping in. Skip the brisket, eat the ribs. This Barbeque Trailer is located in Crescent City, IL at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.

 

BBQ trailer

Written by Pete Avery for BackroadTracks.com Blog.

Fabulous All You Can Eat Fish Fry

The Bucket offers “wet” or “dry” All You Can Eat Fish on a Friday night. This hometown Bar and Grill is definitely worth a stop!

Ma Bucket’s PlaceFried fish dinner with , tartar sauce and bread.

104 Coldwater Street

Union City, Michigan

Venue: The exterior façade of “The Bucket” does not reflect the phenomenal food and service you encounter on the inside.  Very casual Bar and Grill with hometown atmosphere.

Atmosphere: Homemade lumber tables, banquet chairs, Keno, bar, and dancing floor.  Staff are welcoming.

Food Fare: Phenomenal food and service!  Fish and pizza are fabulous.  Fried mushrooms are nice and crispy (pictured below).

Plate of fried mushrooms

Recommendation: Be sure to try the All You Can Eat Fish (“A.U.C.E. Fish”) on a Friday night.  They offer “wet” and “dry” fish.  Wet is beer batter fish and dry is a thinner coating on the fried fish.  We prefer the dry (pictured above), but both are tasty.  With the meal you get your choice of two:  french fries, coleslaw, or cottage cheese.  The A.U.C.E. fish meal includes a homemade dessert too!

Service: Is very good, but can be a bit slow on a busy Friday night.  Be prepared to relax and enjoy your evening as you fill up on fish.

Return Rating: Definitely—every chance we get!

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