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Holy moly, go to Green’s Sausage House right now.  It’s about 10 miles outside of Temple and it’s the kind Texas destination I love.  Part convenience store, part deer processing plant, part restaurant.  What more could you possibly ask for.  One foot in the door and I was done for.

You walk straight into the convenience store that has all the staples a local could want: potato, milk, Ms. Baird’s white bread.  And every Texas rub, jelly, salsa or relish that the curious traveler would delight in.  But at 9:00 on a Saturday morning the fresh kolache counter seems to be the main draw.  If you venture back past the 12 packs of Pearl Light you see the meat counter with every kind of homemade sausage, bacon and country ham imaginable.  I sink knowing that I am about to spend a pretty penny before I leave here. 

I head into the restaurant and meet the friendliest waitress that tells me that people drive for miles to come sample the wares.  And, after 10 minutes I know that she is right.  It is a constant stream of people heading in the door grabbin kolaches and heading out. 

I order the breakfast burger.  Bun, sausage, fried egg, cheese.  Delicious! 

Run, don’t walk, to Green’s Sausage House.

Monday – Friday 7 a.m – 7 p.m

Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

16483 State Highway 53

Temple, TX 7501

www.greenssausagehouse.com

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Given its ranking as one of TexasMonthly’s top barbeque restaurants in Texas, this has place has been pretty high on my list of places to go for the last couple of months.  The last time we drove through town I had hoped to stop only to have my hopes dashed on the rocks by the line wrapping out the doors and down the block.  However, today was my day! 

 

We headed through the front door and down a long empty corridor (again, timing is everything since I am sure this is jam packed at other times of the day.)  The first door you come to on the left has a sign that directs Vegetarians to enter here, and Normal People to keep straight.  Finally, you make it to a set of double doors with a large chalkboard menu overhead.  Entering the smoky room, you place your order by the pound at the register, where it’s cut up in front of you on the center butcher block, weighed and passed over in the dusty-rose paper. 

 

From there you pass into the main dining room to pick up your sides – beans, German potato salad and fixin’s as well as drinks.  There are two things that you won’t find: forks and barbeque sauce.  But trust me, you don’t need either!  We tried pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, smoked ham, and jalapeno cheese sausage.  It was all great but the standouts were the beef ribs and the brisket.  They were outstanding!

 

We spent a long time making a way through the meat festival in front of us, which gave me plenty of time to take in the dining room.  I had read that Kruez Market had moved locations in recent years (1999), and the huge restaurant while still rustic did have the feel of a new establishment.  However, the walls were plastered with frame after frame of accolades.  Kruez Market is legendary even if the new location is not. 

 

My personal favorite decoration was the 6.5 ft snake skin mounted on velvet on the wall that was captured by Jiggs Walker south of town with two baby kittens inside (no, they were not alive).

 

Like, I said – legendary.

 

Kreuz Market

619 N. Colorado St.

Lockhart, TX 78644

512-398-2361

http://www.kreuzmarket.com

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