Posts Tagged ‘Prairies and Lakes’

It’s only been a few hours since my last meal, too few, frankly.  But, when you pass a Mexican food restaurant in a small town that looks like every F150 around is parked in front you make an exception.  Especially when you find that the additional parking in back is packed as well. 

Tres Hermanos is the exact opposite of the elegant Café Vera Cruz where I ate earlier today.  The walls are wallpapered in a pattern meant to convey wood paneling with images ducks landing on lake scenes and whitetails deep in the woods.  It’s actually replicating all the scenes I just saw at Whitney State Park which is just around the corner. 

I order the RIOVERDE which one of the lighter meals I might be able to find.  A beef taco, bean chalupa, and a guacamole tostada.  The guacamole, taco, and salsa were great.   But, the best part of Tres Hermanos was the people watching.  My waiter was extremely good looking in a I’m stuck in this small town brooding youth sort of way.  But, even he wasn’t a draw (thank goodness since I am old enough to be his mother – what a terrible realization) it was the people from this community.  Families.  And, not just parents and kids, but multigenerational dining.  And, lots of it.  It’s just not something that you see in the Dallas restaurant scene. 

Maybe that’s why I like traveling in Texas so much is that you come to places like Tres Hermanos and remember what’s important and why life is worth living. 

Tres Hermanos

800 South Colorado Street
Whitney, TX 76692
(254) 694-8434


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It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon. I am not at work. I woke up this morning exhausted at the mere idea of the amount of to dos that I have over the course of the next 5 weeks and dragged myself into the office. Around noon I knew that I was done and that I had a 6 hour drive to San Antonio ahead of me. Knowing that I would have to trade these four free hours on Friday afternoon for even more on Sunday night to catch up, I willingly made the trade.

I have been to Veracruz Cafe before. It has been one of my favorite places to recommend for a new and different dining experience in Dallas. It’s not your typical TexMex and it was a cleverly decorated very cozy dining experience in a great neighborhood. Quite some time ago, I heard that they expended the Oak Cliff location and opened a much larger restaurant in Cedar Hill. I have wanted to check out both for years now.


Veracruz CafeSo as I headed down the road on the next Texas adventure I saw the Duncanville location out of the corner of my eye. A quick U-Turn and I had arrived. It is much larger and yet still very cozy. The dark wood ceiling, exposed beams, oversized ornate chandeliers and gold and pumpkin shaded walls immediately welcome you. In the center is a large U-shaped tile and wood bar. Everywhere you look is a new detail to be examined and enjoyed.
I ordered the Carne Texolo lunch special with one minute to spare on the end of the lunch specials. Steak asada topped with grilled onions and fried plantains, a blue corn chicken enchilada, and black beans. The chicken enchilada packed the slightest bit of heat which was cut perfectly by the pureed black beans. And the asada combination was a taste sensation. A great start to the adventure.

I noticed in the time that I had been chowing down the food and typing up the blog, that a number of other folks had also chosen start their Friday adventures. The bar had started to fill with happy people ready for happy hour. Tall, cold margaritas.

I love U-turns.

Veracruz Cafe

Mesoamerican, Mayan, Huasteco & Aztec Cuisine

Monday – Saturday 11 am – 10 pm

Sunday – 11 am – 9 pm

The Ranch at Cedar Hill

1427 S. Highway 67

Cedar Hill, TX 75104



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Experience what it was like to walk among the dinosaurs.  The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has 12 life-size animatronic dinosaurs featured, including Tyrannosaurus Rex.


$8 adults; $5 children 3-12 and seniors; members are free


Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Santuary

1 Nature Place

McKinney, TX 75069



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