The Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe
How this Cafe got it's name
Tired of the same old fast food establishments that dot the Interstate Highways across Texas?; Want to rub elbows with real people that eat real Texas food.; If the answer is yes, here's what you need to do.;;
Exit to the downtown area of any Texas County seat and right across the street from the Courthouse there will be a place to eat.; There are 254 county seats in Texas and 99% of them have a good eating establishment within walking distance of the Courthouse.;;
Livingston, Texas in Polk County is no exception.; Right across the street from the Polk Count Courthouse in is a very typical example, The Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe.;;
The menu is pretty typical fare with a slight variation in that it featured some Italian dishes.; All I had to do is decide which dish to "test".; Should I try the Italian? Naw, I'm Texas Bob.; What about a cheese burger with jalapeņo's, naw, I'm hungrier than that.; So I went with the Texas staple, Chicken Fried Steak with cream gravy,; you won't find this on the Adkins diet.;;
The service was fast and courteous.; In an matter of minutes, just as I finished my salad, with "Ranch" dressing, my Chicken Fried Steak had arrived.;;
Now here comes the hard part.; I almost always forget to take the picture before I eat.; I'm too hungry to remember and also people look at you a little funny when you whip out your digital camera and start taking pictures of your food.; You get, "Is that guy from the health department?" looks, but when they see me eat they know that it's ok.; The other thing is Chicken Fried Steak in not very photogenic.; I think its the cream gravy, the way it reflects the light back.; However to the trained eye this Chicken Fried Steak looks good and it was good.;;
Besides the food there are a few other things that you need to know about The Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe.
- Attached and adjacent to the Cafe is an Antique Shop.; Go ahead and go through it while your there.; Your wife will like it and they do have nice "Texas" stuff too.
- They do feature Italian Food too.; I didn't try it but if they can get their cream gravy just right for a Chicken Fried Steak, I'm sure they can do Italian.
- There is plenty of parking behind the Cafe.;
- Every Friday night is "Karaoke" night.; (I think that is a Indian word that means, "I can't sing but I can try.")