There’s a big difference between the muffins you pluck from the grocery shelf and those you choose from the counter at Social Bakehouse Cafe. That’s because the in-house bakers wake up early every morning in order to have fluffy cupcakes, flaky scones, and gooey cinnamon rolls freshly made just as customers begin flocking to the shop’s counters.
The pastry chefs liberally wield frosting guns over sweets, applying sugary flowers to the borders of custom cakes and creating seasonal designs on cookies and pumpkins trying to expand their resumés. Once the bakery rush subsides, chefs turn their attention to lunch dishes, such as mandarin chicken wraps and spinach salads drizzled with house-made dressing.
Dick's draws in diners with a menu heavily concentrated in authentic, Texas-style barbecue. As with the healing of wounds and the forgetting of birthdays, time is the key ingredient of Dick's marvelous meats, which are hickory-smoked on location for as long as 12 hours to help each bite reach its palate-rocking potential. Use your jaw-mounted mouth knives to slice into barbecued chicken leg quarters ($8.99 for a four-piece plate), the rib sampler ($13.99), or a pulled pork and chopped chicken plate ($12.79)—all served with the sauce on the side, to let the flavor of the meat take center stage. Alternatively, take a flavor-fueled tour of protein paradise with Dick's Traditional Texas Feast ($17.99), which partners three ribs, half a pound of sliced brisket, and smoked sausage. A selection of sandwiches, including options such as pulled pork ($4.59), Texas hot links ($4.59), and sliced turkey ($4.99), pairs the same great meat with the latest in bread-based food grippers.
If there were a saloon at the border of the fourth dimension where every empty could disappeared to, it would probably look a lot like Ron's Corner Tavern. Behind the shotgun-style bar, cans of all stripes line the walls, hailing from Austria, England, Belgium, and the sprawling beer forests of Germany. The tavern keeps more than 30 craft brews on draught, such as Real Ale Devil's Backbone and Left Hand Milk Stout, and another 50+ in cans and bottles. Though Ron's styles itself as a craft-beer bar, their curated selection of more than 100 kinds of scotch, bourbon, and whiskey would impresses even the most grizzled prospector. Many of those oaken-hued ryes—along with a supporting cast of acai liquer and jalapeño tequila—make appearances in managing partner Mark Kelcher's original specialty cocktails, including the Texas daiquiri and the Blackberry mojito.
For a break in the bacchanalia, the tavern salutes the Lone Star State with a smattering of relaxed New American snacks and entrees. Appetizers, such as panko-breaded fried avocado slices preface entrees including the Texas burger—buried under a mountain of cheddar, bacon, and barbecue sauce.
A spacious and casual gathering spot, Big Shots Sports Caf? is where visitors can stretch out, watch the game, and have a burger and beer. The staff will also agree that it?s the kind of place supposed founder Millard P. Foonswaggle would have enjoyed, kicking back after wrestling pythons and generally living on the edge. Inside, patrons sidle up to the bar for a frozen margarita or relax in a booth with an appetizer platter piled with onion strings, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, pickle chips, fries, and fried jalape?os. Stop in on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday nights for games of Texas hold?em or Friday evenings for live music.
New York-style pizza and Italian-style Italian food fill the menu at Caf? Sicilia, a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming feel. Served by the pie or slice, sizzling pizzas are topped with canadian bacon, mushrooms, capers, artichokes, and other standard or specialty toppings and give off the aromas of toasted crust and melty cheese. Deep dish, sicilian-style pies pack an extra hearty punch, while stromboli and calzones transform the slice into a more compact culinary vehicle.
Outside the pizza realm, Caf? Sicilia's chefs plate fettucini alfredo, baked ziti, tortellini, and lasagna. Kids can tuck into spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana, while parents feast on zuppa de pesce, an assortment of seafood layered in zesty marinara. Culinary expeditions conclude with tiramisu, cannoli, and plain or chocolate cheesecake.