LightCatcher Winery & Bistro, owners Caris and Terry offer relaxed fine dining every Thursday through Saturday. They curate Tasting Menus and Prix Fix specials, which highlight the restaurant's finest wine and food pairings.
They welcome fledgling sippers to sample wines in the tasting room and happily answer wine-related questions, such as how to choose the perfect glass or how to properly perform a spit take when confronted with the indecency of a gentleman caller without a top hat.
Caris and Terry take wines seriously. They scour Texas vineyards in search of the most flavorful grapes and have won numerous awards for their winemaking efforts. As a winemaker and chef, Caris tailors LightCatcher Winery & Bistro’s menu to complement the libations with savory flourishes such as goat cheese creamed corn, gouda-truffle orzo, house made duck prosciutto, and smoked rabbit with fresh oysters.
A community institution since 1956, Vance Godbey’s all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet promotes festive feasting across four sprawling dining rooms in a historic converted ranch-style house. Spirited family gatherings and incorporeal families of spirits can refuel with as much high-quality homestyle cooking as each eater desires. Grab a juicy filet mignon or sidle up to some tender brisket meat and adorn it with a side of sweet potatoes, sautéed spinach, or buttered corn. The salad selection abounds with corn, pasta, and crabmeat, and sweets-loving patrons can munch on flaky peach cobbler or run their hands through an endless supply of banana pudding.
The best reason to peel your eyes away from the live entertainment and big-screen sports broadcasts at Eagle's Nest Sports Grill is to survey the feast in front of you. Hot off the grill come eats such as philly cheesesteaks and brisket sandwiches, both of which come with natural-cut fries or crispy onion strings. Wash down an order of cajun chicken wings or a loaded baked potato with one of the grill's dozen on-tap beers, including Rahr black lager and ZiegenBock.
Scott Marks remembers the aromas of his childhood in Bucktown, Louisiana: gumbo, crawfish pie, and jambalaya. Along with business partner Richard Sloan, he opened Boo Ray’s to spread the fragrant food he loved so much, trying to mimic his family’s cooking down to the spicy corn-flour-blend coating a plate of shrimp and the andouille sausage flecking the gravy pooled atop a chicken-fried steak. In addition to classic jambalaya and red beans and rice, the cooks also tackle staples of fine dining such as filet mignon, which they stuff with shrimp and crab and top with homemade crawfish hollandaise. Seafood takes a starring role in dishes ranging from cedar-plank salmon to shrimp en brochette, which are stuffed with jalapeños and cheese before being wrapped in bacon. Guests can kick back in a dining room large and relaxed enough for groups of all sizes and age ranges or share baskets of marinated, deep-fried alligator while shouting love poems at the athletes on one of the bar’s 10 flat-screen TVs.
Open six days a week, Campos Farmer’s Market gathers a selection of largely locally sourced produce under one open-air roof. Arranged in buckets and baskets, the colorful inventory of edibles ranges from grapes and pears to juicy pineapples and spicy jalapeños, lined up alongside locally made iron artwork.
The crew of chefs at Lorida's Deli slices roast beef, pastrami, and turkey and bustles amid loaves of bread and fresh veggies. Chatter drifts through the dining room, and drivers rush past with party platters to bolster festivities or prove to stuffy magistrates that the three stooges can behave at dinner.