Sweet potatoes, pure chocolate, pecans, whole eggs, and real butter are blended into the made-from-scratch baked goods at Uncle Willie’s Pies, lending them the authentic taste of home cooking. In the wholesale business since 1996, Uncle Willie’s Pies now serves walk-in customers at its Red Oak location, where colossal red velvet cakes topped with cream-cheese icing and glistening peach cobblers await rumbling stomachs. Deep-dish trays hoist rich servings of buttermilk, sweet-potato, and lemon chess pies as well as fruit-filled pies, including no-sugar-added options. Uncle Willie’s also fills custom orders and hosts full service catering, allowing guests to pick and choose their favorite combination of ingredients to eat or throw at any poorly behaved clowns.
At Watch Ya Fingas, owner and cooking expert Sheila Turrentine cures feverish hungers with a mountainous menu of from-scratch barbecue meats, flaky catfish, and bountiful sides. Inside the family-friendly, casual diner illuminated by broad windows, Sheila and her grill masters barbecue whole chickens, sausage and beef by the pound, and ribs, searing savory flavors into each entree before it's joined by cornbread or wedged between thick slices of regular bread. The diner’s signature fried catfish joins collard greens and a slice of peach cobbler for a meal more southern than Antarctican cuisine.
Owner Henderson Poleon handcrafts more than 24 flavors of frozen-custard ice cream at K's Frozen Island, garnishing them with toppings and mix-ins such as pineapple, Butterfinger, and caramel fudge. Italian ice, shaved ice, and a smattering of shakes and floats round out the creamery's dairy dishes. Gourmet grilled hoagies come straight off the kitchen's iron waffle-cone maker to remedy clinical cases of brain freeze. Build-your-own sandwiches sandwich the shop's selection of breads, proteins, cheeses, and veggies.
The flavors found in El Chico’s enchiladas and fajitas are a tasty testament to what the Mexican eatery does best: cultivating a menu that bustles with authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Fajitas provide a savory meal for two, with flour tortillas embracing veggies and chicken, beef, or a combination of the two with the gusto of a bear giving a bear hug. Or opt to reward tongues with enchiladas, which accentuate a variety of proteins with slick coats of cheese and sauce. The spicy beef of Mama’s Favorite enchiladas plays nicely with the fiery nature of chili con carne, and the Top Shelf fajita enchiladas capture rare glimpses of grilled fajita steak and ranchera sauce frolicking on the plate. Avocado enchiladas are also on hand for sets of vegetarian cravings.
Even as the sun begins to glint on the horizon, Suzanne Maxwell is hard at work in The Lovin' Oven Bakery, the Historic Towne Square shop in which she has whipped up old-fashioned cakes and baked treats for more than 30 years. She specializes in wedding and groom's gourmet cakes, of which rum, banana nut, and italian cream are a few of the more than 15 flavors. She bakes cookies throughout the day to ensure they stay as gooey and soft as a Jell-O pillow, and she can customize cookie orders of any size, shape, and design. Suzanne also lovingly preps pastries including brownies, cream horns, and éclairs, and prepares pies in flavors such as key lime and mincemeat.
The Lovin' Oven Bakery also serves lunch, featuring chicken salad atop all-butter croissants and paired with chicken 'n' dumplings or beans and corn bread. Suzanne also crafts special-order cakes for all occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, and baby-hedgehog adoptions.
The owners of Classic Cup Cafe grew up surrounded by the evocative aromas and flavors of home cooking. At their quaint eatery, a menu of comfort fare, re-created using healthy alternatives, mirrors their childhood experience. In lieu of french fries, they pair sweet-potato wedges with a burger crafted from free-range chicken out of central Texas. Each bird is void of antibiotics, hormones, and glitzy feather extensions. The café's freshly baked breads boast a lower sodium count and higher omega-3 content than traditional loaves, and some ingredients hail from small local businesses. As servers dole out the nourishing eats and fill mugs with italian cappuccino or mexican hot chocolate, diners can snuggle up with a good book or page torn out of a menu, then challenge friends to a game of Scrabble.