The resident smokehouse sages at Opa's Smoked Meats channel generations-old family recipes when concocting authentic German smoked-meat creations. Traditional smokehouse snacks such as beef and turkey jerky ($18.99) and dried sausage ($7.95/lb.) allow diners to sample tender cuts of meat without the hassle of finding a steak that cries at the end of Sleepless in Seattle. Spice up humdrum charcoal grills with jalapeño-cheese smoked sausage, which swaddles spicy peppers and aged cheddar cheese in a smoky overcoat ($4.69/lb.). Opa's whole smoked turkeys nicely complement a festive holiday feast ($2.89/lb.), and Oktoberfest celebrations are augmented with smoked boneless peppered hams ($4.79/lb.) stuffed into oversized beer steins.
Rolling In Thyme & Dough dishes out a savory menu of flavorful bistro fare concocted from a sunny spread of fresh ingredients. For breakfast, rouse porcine sleepers by ordering up a pig in a blanket ($3.50), or down the smoky chipotle baguette, with a fiery combination of egg, cheese, turkey bacon, and peppers that allows you to roar cartoon flames in the sun's cackling face ($5.35).
Beverly Crock and her daughters, Lauren and Shannon, are the family behind For Goodness Sake Natural Food Store. They stock familiar items such as bacon, as well as lesser-known products such as bioflavonoids—plant compounds believed to improve the skin's appearance. But if visitors aren't familiar with such items, it's not a problem. “We educate people,” Shannon explained to The NB Scene. “That comes naturally to me because I grew up this way and it is my lifestyle as well.”
Although the store's representatives happily guide patrons through their inventory, many of the store's products need no introduction. Rainbow-hued carrots and crisp sugar-snap peas beckon from their perches, and organic eggs come from Vital Farms, where chickens roam in pastures and take European vacations whenever they want. Additionally, at the juice bar patrons sip on nectars squeezed from the store’s organic produce.
For more than 23 years, Mrs. Annie has been dishing out homemade sweet treats and natural snacks blended fresh, one pot at a time, every day. Sugar-lusting customers can peruse the plethora of premium brittles and artisan eats, and bury bicuspids into brittle classics such as peanut brittle (16 oz., $7.95) and pecan brittle (16 oz., $8.95), or spiced up jalapeno peanut brittle (16 oz., $8.95). Flavored peanuts—Spanish-roasted, spicy hot, or sugar-coated (7 oz., $2 each)—shake the foundation of legume traditionalists, while Mrs. Annie’s all-natural peanut butter ($3.75 for a pint) makes for the perfect PB&J sandwich or a delicious solution to roof repair.
The annual Kyle Fair and Music Festival unites the community with the smoky flavors of competitive barbecue, the colorful fun of a kid-friendly parade and carnival, and the twangy strains of an eclectic lineup of live music. On Friday evening, Thunderhill Raceway will roar with the sounds of Cheyenne, a country cover band able to replicate Garth Brooks's twang, Kenny Chesney's cowboy-hat silhouette, and Glenn Frey’s egg-laying abilities. Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne then shows off its unique fusion of rock, pop, and country melodies set to narrative lyrics of love won, love lost, and love absentmindedly forgotten on the counter. On Saturday, Grammy-winning Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma delivers songs fresh off its new album, El Existential, and Blue Clear Sky celebrates country monarch George Strait. VIP ticket holders snag the best seating in the venue and enjoy a short stroll back to their vehicle's cushy preferred spot.