Every day, Carpenter Hamburgers stocks fresh beef from local vendors in its refrigerator. They form this beef into hamburger patties, from a quarter-pound round to a hefty full-pound burger. Though the crew will tailor a burger with customers' desired toppings—from grilled onions to fried eggs—they also prepare signature Texas Fire Cracker burgers. The latter burst with pepperjack cheese and fried jalapeno strips, giving tongues a bigger kick than Paul Bunyan booting a soccer ball to his ox. The kitchen also crafts other casual food favorites from ingredients culled from local vendors—frito pies, hot dogs, fried pickles, and steak fingers.
Gazing over Cedar Creek Reservoir’s glassy waters, a large tiki hut bustles with visitors donning sun hats. Inside, the shop’s staff helps guest rent boats and water toys, or fill up on snacks for the day’s lake outing. A gas dock fuels voyages and the open-air Tiki Hut restaurant refuels those returning from their journeys with tropical drinks, lunch, dinner, and views of the water’s water color paintings. :m]]
Designed by Dallas native and 10-time PGA Tour tournament winner Don January, Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club’s 18-hole course winds through the shadows of old oak trees and on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake. Narrow fairways tunnel through dense tree lines, penalizing golfers who lack control off of the tee and familiarity with horticultural vernacular. Cool breezes foretell the presence of multiple water hazards, which further challenge shot-making decisions on 10 holes. After rounds, the Clubhouse restaurant—which is open to members and golfers only—awaits from its perch overlooking the lake to vanquish appetites roused after sampling flavorful fringe on the 18th green.
Course at a Glance:
Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.
Oma's Jiffy Burger has hosted more than 40 years of peckish families and couples who relish the classic burgers, bottled Coke products, and nostalgic, '50s-style diner setting. Start the day with a made-to-order breakfast burrito, a flour tortilla stuffed with egg, cheese, and choice of sausage, bacon, potato, or ham ($2.29). Dinner diners can feast on a large double cheeseburger ($2.59) for twice the meat, cheese, and belly satisfaction. Individual burgers ($2.09) sate smaller appetites, while bags of chips and bottled Coke products accent the meal. Oma's Jiffy Burger specializes in swift service, ensuring that diners always eat warm food and never sprout full-length beards before dessert.