The Dove's Nest Restaurant: Charming little restaurant
The Dove's Nest Restaurant is a tranquil place with a warm ochre wash on walls punctuated by garden scenes of idealized topiary trees, crowned with an old-fashioned tin ceiling and classic black and white squares on the floor.
Almost every table was filled when we were led to our seats. Massive hutches held multicolored ceramics, while a rustic looking terra cotta piece surrounded by dried flowers and vines made a nice showing at the front windows.
Our waitress suggested ordering the Texas Salad Medley, which included two choices of salad, fresh fruit and muffin for $7.95. Ummm, it was very good!
Other luncheon entrees were smoked turkey and red grape salad ($7.95), Texas Caesar salad with chicken ($7.95), chicken apricot salad ($7.50) and Southwest turkey sandwich ($7.00) just to name a few. We shared the chocolate bourbon pecan pie with vanilla ice cream--believe me, this was spectacular!
If you are taking a road trip and find yourself near Waxahachie, be sure to stop at the Dove's Nest restaurant and do some additional looking around at the gift/antique shop next door.
Favorite Dish: The bourbon pecan pie with vanilla ice cream--delectable!
- Women's Travel
1879 Chisholm Grill: Hearty Home Cooking
The 1879 Chisholm Grill was recommended to us by a cashier at one of the shops fronting the courthouse square. She said, "For a homecooked meal, go there!" So we did.
We hadn't eaten lunch, so we stopped by for an early dinner. It was an ideal choice, because by the time we left the restaurant a line had formed outside. Inside, we found a warm and cozy atmosphere (picture #3)with intimate size seating and picture covered walls.
Jim thought the fried onions would be a great start to our meal, especially since the menu claimed they were the best anywhere...which they were! A huge plate was set before us and we tucked into them. They were fried in a batter that was tantalizingly flavorful (picture #2).
A homemade loaf of warm bread was placed before us...ummm. My husband and I both ordered a Grilled Chicken Salad, which was lightly drizzled with an oil and vinegar dressing.
Other items on the menu were: Fried Catfish with two side dishes ($7.99)
Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp ($10.99)
Chicken Fried Steak ($10.99)
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad ($7.49) plus many other entrees
Desserts featured were Coconut Meringue Pie ($2.99) and Peach Cobber ($3.49) just to name a couple. Judging from its popularity, I think many people would recommend eating at Chishom Grill.
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The Chisholm Grill, The BBQ Pit and others: Restaurants near town square...
Although we did not eat at these restaurants, the first two* were recommended on the Waxahachie website:www.waxahachiedowntown.com. They might come in handy if you're toolin' through town on business or pleasure.
*If you want a big, juicy steak, stacked potatoes or angel hair pasta The Chisholm Grill might be what you're looking for! It is located in a historic building that originally housed a restaurant in the 1880's. (972-937-7261)
*The Barbeque Pit serves up generous portions of BBQ and sides; crispy cole slaw and mustard potato salad. It's located just a block from the courthouse and near the old jail. (972-937-3677--106 Water Street)
The Courtside Grill is across the street from the courthouse and serves as a sports bar in the town. Smoking is allowed--we stopped by but decided to look elsewhere...whew, it was smokey! (972-923-3738--200 S. Rogers St.)
Tavern on the Square is located at the Rogers Hotel and across the street from the courthouse. When we visited it was not opened. (817-551-5544--107. S. College St.)
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Fivetwelve College Tea House: Tea and Candlelit Dinners
As we drove up and down the streets of Waxahachie's residential area, we came to this pretty pink house called the Fivetwelve College Tea House.
We had picked up flyers advertising afternoon tea every Saturday from 3:30-5:30p.m., but knew we didn't have the time to dine here this visit. Still, the information is good to have and I want to pass it on.
The tea house offers three courses, which includes finger sandwiches, scones and desserts, as well as, a nice selection of teas for $12.00 per person. ** Please note that this is "not a function for small children".
The candlelight dinner menu listed three entrees: baked bass or tilapia with salsa ($10); baked stuffed pork chops ($10); King Ranch casserole ($8); and ham, spinach and mushroom crepes ($7.50). All are served with rice pilaf, long green beans and carrot curls.
Desserts such as baked apples with cream, baked custard with strawberry glaze, bread pudding with brandy butter sauce or banana with dulce de leche can be ordered at $5 each. It might be helpful to know that it has a "byob" set up.
Favorite Dish: We did not have the time to dine here, but teas are always something I enjoy!
- Women's Travel
There are several places to...
There are several places to eat at the Faire and this is one of them. Items such as: Steak on a Stake, Fish and Chips, Turkey legs and fried Ice Cream.
Note: I didn't mind paying for the food, but it costs a fortune to drink. A regular bottle of soda goes for US$3.50! and your not allowed to bring in outside food or drink... but I won't tell anyone.
Heavenly Coffee: For Tasty Desserts
Surprisingly, Heavenly Coffee shares a small portion of the building with another business, Elements of Style, a home accessory, clothing and kitchen design store.
A generous sized coffee bar held dessert choices such as carrot cake, homemade muffins, a selection of cookies and pecan pie. We opted to share the carrot cake and were served a large piece easily enough for two people. It was amazing!
As we sat at small tables near the front window, people came and went. We enjoyed watching them as we savored each small bite of our dessert. Soon it darkened outside and it was time to begin the Holiday House Tour, but now we were fueled and ready to go.
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Too Many Choices: Scarborough Faire
When visiting the Faire, go hungry otherwise you will miss out on all the wonderful choices that are available all around the festival. They report that over 20 tons of the festivals famous giant turkey legs are consumed annual during the run of the festival. There are over 60 different menu items can is way more than you can ever hope to partake in.
Village Kitchen: Fish & Chips
This caught my eye since what I know as fish and chips is not usually available in the U.S. or at least in places I have visited. Here they sell fish and chips and spicy catfish and chips. The chips (or fries if you are an American) are large and while the fish was good, it was breaded and deep fried a little too much. It was good but had some after effects from the oil. The cost I think was about $3.50.
Royal Cafe: Fried Ice Cream
One of my favourites was the wonderful 'fryed ice cream' which was coated with the 'special ingredients', then fried and served with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. While going light on the cream, this was fantastic!!!.. About $3.00.
All The Other Choices
Favorite Dish: Other choices at the faire are pork cooked on a spit, turkey legs, beef ribs, beef sandwiches and wraps, roasted sausage on a skewer, grilled chicken fillet sandwich, seafood salad, spinach pie, fried cheese, baked potatoes, Bavarian cuisine, Steak on a stake, quiche, Greek gyro's, Scotch eggs, shrimp ettoufee, tempura and so much more.. So you can see every taste is catered for and you really have to pace yourself. That's before you get the desert choices as well.!!!
New World Fajita
Of course in Texas – whether in the Renaissance period or not, you have to have a little Mexican. Try the beef or chicken strips marinated in lime juice with the special royal seasonings then grilled. This is then combined with slices of tomatoes and sweet onions, sour cream then wrapped in a flour tortilla.
The Creola Cafe service some good old Louisiana tucker with specialties such as shrimp remoulade, oyster and catfish poboys, seafood gumbo, etouffee and terrific bread pudding.
Open: Tue - Sat 11-2 Fri - Sat 6-9
This is just a tiny little cafe that the locals obviously feel very comfortable in. No fancy decorations, just your basic style and food selection and the staff are very friendly. They serve breakfast with the usual bacon, sausage, hash browns and eggs and a special lunch menu of soup, fried okra, macaroni cheese, mashed potato, or you can just order a burger, fries, sandwich or a sample of their fried pies. I think they did side salads as well.
The Dove's Nest Restaurant
This was a busy little restaurant on a Saturday. The frontage is actually on South College street but the sign asks you to enter from the Dove Antique Store on the corner where there is a entrance into the restaurant. Its all a family effort. The mother owns the antique store and the daughter and husband run the restaurant. The set up began in 1992 in the back of the gift shop. Its now a very popular spot for local shoppers and tourists to Waxahachie. You can browse the store while waiting for your name to be called for a vacant table in the restaurant . They even have their own cookbook featuring some of their favourite recipes.
Open for Lunch Monday through Saturday 11:00 - 2:00
If your fancy is Italian, then you can get pizza bread covered with spicy tomato sauce, topped with zesty cheeses and covered with pepperoni. Not to mention the Italian Ice to cool you down on 100F days.