Established in 1980, Blueberry Havens has been a sprawling blueberry farm and summertime social hub for nearly 35 years. Spread across 220 acres, which hold more than 20,000 plants, the farm opens its gates to the public for picking seasons that typically run from mid-June to August. Visitors flock to the lush farm, borrowing gallon buckets or 10-gallon hats and filling them to the brim with succulent blueberries. They're all grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides?owner Rod Havens makes sure of it.
With blazing ovens, scratch-made glazes, and a flotilla of fillings, the donut architects at D Square Donuts defy and embrace convention daily by offering a menu of square sweets and traditional round cakes. Satisfy quadratic cravings with boxy baked treats packed with sweet key-lime filling or sprinkled with coconut shavings from formerly bearded palm trees ($0.85 each, $8.50 a dozen). Delectable dozens unite pastry prisms and hoops in the same package, allowing taste buds to enjoy four-cornered glazed and cocoa-coated, death-by-chocolate treats. Orders of donut holes recycle recently extracted cores to create spherical confections ideal for bite-sized snacking or teaching one's tongue to juggle ($1.85).
When Schlotzsky's first opened in Austin back 1971, the owner offered just one sandwich. Known as The Original, the stack offered lean smoked ham, genoa and cotto salamis, three kinds of cheese, and a layer of marinated black olives, all atop a hot sourdough bun. That?s all it took to get Schlotzsky?s off the ground and send it on its way to become a global franchise, today featuring locations in 35 states and four countries. Of course, today?s menu holds many, many more flavor combinations?Angus roast beef and cheese, chicken and pesto, and a smoked-turkey reuben, to name a few?along with salads and pizzas. The latter aren't as much of a divergence from Schlotzky's lunch-friendly template as it might sound: at eight inches across, they're still easy to grab on the go, and the crust is made with sourdough just like the signature sandwich bread and the walls of the head baker's home.
To craft the Momma's Love sandwich, the chefs at Momma Goldberg's Deli begin with a freshly steamed hoagie bun. They layer on slices of roast beef, ham, hickory-smoked turkey, and muenster cheese before topping the tower off with spicy brown mustard and Momma's sauce. In addition to offering a variety of other hearty hot and cold sandwiches, which can be served beside soup or salad, the chefs extend their culinary expertise toward the deli's specialty nachos?crispy Doritos showered in creamy pepper jack cheese.
Chef Jim Sikes culls seasonal ingredients into masterpieces of classic Big Easy cuisine so fresh the menus are rewritten each week. Dinner diners can munch on fresh crab claws ($13.95) and cakes ($9.95) dipped in homemade rémoulade before tasting Jimmy’s bud-kicking jambalaya with fried green tomatoes ($16.95) or fillet of pecan-crusted trout with apple chutney and potatoes ($19.95). For lunch, Jimmy’s serves up soft-shell crab BLTs ($9.95) and a selection of po' boys stuffed with beasts of the land and sea ($6.95–$8.95) alongside a bowl of The Real Thing gumbo ($4.95). Entrees always arrive with a side or two in tow, yet still delight in pairing off with a glass of wine ($5.95–$8.50) from Jimmy’s 200+ bottle wine list, recipient of a Wine Spectator 2010 Award of Excellence (bottles start at $22).
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).