Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Georgetown, Texas: Monument Cafe

For my money, the Monument Cafe is one of the great restaurants of Texas, with its high quality downhome cookin'. Off the square in this small Texas town not far from Austin, it's been newly built but has retained both its character and its food quality that made the old building on the way out of town a local favorite for over a decade. Unlike the decline of the rebuilt Frisco restaurant in Austin, if anything, the Monument has improved.

The Monument's visual theme is Twentieth-Century Streamline: lots of chrome and glass bricks with black and white tile and black leather booths in a room that seats around 100 and fills up fast at noon and six. The retro look is a nice contrast to the free wifi with electric outlets at each booth.

For lunch on a recent Saturday, Christine and Bill had burgers with french fried sweet potatoes and sides of chili, Carol had blackened salmon, and I had truck stop enchiladas. At the Monument, all entrees come with a choice of three sides, selected from a blackboard bulging with favorites.

For desert, Christine and I split a slice of dark chocolate pie with a pecan crust, Carol had a coconut cream pie slice, and Bill had a fried pie, cherry, with a side of Amy's ice cream. All of the deserts are homemade. The food was simple, fres, and good. Our server was friendly and attentative. The bill was far from breaking the bank.

Monument Cafe website

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