Let’s say that you are in beautiful downtown Hutto, TX and are looking for lunch. Well, you don’t have to look far. Within the space of half a block, you will find three choices—Mario’s Mexican Restaurant (Who knew that Mario was a Hispanic name?), the Texan Café (The building with the large plaster steer’s head seen in yesterday’s blog.), and our destination—The Downtown Hall of Fame. (As Lucas C. said at foursquare.com: “Everybody is someone famous at the Downtown Hall of Fame!)
But the Smiths have made a concerted effort to let people know that the HOF is not an “over 21 only” music club and bar. “’We did a lot of chalkboard signs outside that said ‘family friendly,’ and…we have started to notice we get a lot more lunch and dinners with families…’” (Emilie Boenig Lutostanski and Nick Mace at impactnews.com).
Kids eat free on Monday but they just might break the budget indulging in the $4 Kamikaze shots.
Sandwich offerings include: the Texas Reuben (a local favorite and lunch special on the day of our visit) with fresh sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and house-made Russian dressing on marble rye Texas toast; a pulled pork sandwich with h.o.f. sauce, pickle, and onion; and The Henrietta with sliced brisket, h.o.f. sauce, pickle, and onion on Texas toast.
I had a hard time deciding and finally ordered—knowing in advance that this would be more food than I could eat—two appetizers. The first to arrive were the Brisket Stuffed Jalapenos made with pulled brisket, cheddar jack cheese, h.o.f. sauce, and scallions. Chuck took one look at this plate and announced his intention to have one.
My second appetizer was the Asian Pulled Pork Nachos with homemade tortilla chips, pulled pork, spicy honey garlic sauce, jalapeno, cilantro, onion, parmesan jack cheese, and scallions.
Chuck also had a difficult time deciding but finally settled on another of the day’s lunch specials—the Jalapeno Cream Chicken.
He had his choice of two sides—kettle cooked potato chips, house-made potato salad, house-made borracho beans, mashed potatoes, house-made black beans, loaded mashed potatoes, mac n' cheese, and veggies. And, of course, he chose two potatoes—the mashed and salad. The potato salad contained red skin-on potatoes, celery seed, pickle, and—perhaps—some mustard. The mashed contained a good amount of garlic and pepper and a bit too much salt.
Just before we left, Sean Smith came to work and we had the chance to compliment him on our meals—4.5 Addie meals—before we patted the mascot hippo on the head and headed off for one more stop.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.