Calico Amarillo Home-Style-O

CALICO COUNTY – AMARILLO, TX., JULY 2012

On our return trip to Austin from Colorado, we once again stopped in Amarillo for the night.  A special friend from college recommended we try Calico Country for dinner for some good homestyle cooking.  The menu is extensive and includes several home cookin’ favorites.

The meal started with a bread basket, which included two types of rolls.  Yes, you are looking at cinnamon rolls in this picture.  Not the usual pre-dinner carb, but too hard to resist!  Yum!!

Here are the entrees we ordered – many of them come with a “lite” (aka smaller portion) option.

Nick and Ben both ordered Chicken Fried options – Nick got the sandwich version pictured here:

Marc had the Hawaiian Ham Steak with green beans and carrots

I ordered the pot roast with potatoes and pinto beans (my all-time favorite “bean”).  No, I did not finish all the food on my plate.  Turns out they accidentally gave me a REGULAR portion instead of the “lite”.

Everyone at the table agreed that the food was good; nothing earth shattering, just good, old home-style cookin’.  Now we have not one, but TWO new spots to eat when we are traveling through Amarillo – yeah!!

PS – See our earlier post for our Mexican food excursion in the “Helium Capital of the World”.
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Grand BBQ in Grand Lake

D – after a refreshing morning hike and afternoon drive in Rocky Mountain National Park, we decided to make a trek to Grand Lake, on the opposite side of the park.  After a few stops to view some big horn sheep and Lake Irene, we headed to the Sagebrush BBQ and Grill.  We discovered this spot last summer and were excited for a return visit.

The boys both ordered the BBQ sampler

D- I decided on the “special” – slices of smoked pork loin served with a raspberry sauce and two sides. The pork was so flavorful, although I preferred it with the other BBQ sauce offerings versus the raspberry sauce (especially the mustard version that I am sure Marc will mention below). Loved the baked beans and baked sweet potato – served with a side of brown sugar:)

M- The Elk Sausage Hogie—Okay, we did take a few pictures of some beautiful Elk in RMNP, but this sausage was “to die for” (bah dum dum). Thank you, I’m here all week—try the Elk! But try it with this sauce from Heaven- a mustard, rosemary Carolina-style bbq- perfect paring. Speaking of perfect pairing- not wine here, but a pint of Fat Tire. WOW!

Snooze It!!

Snooze- Denver, CO – http://www.snoozeeatery.com/

D – We soooo need a SNOOZE in Austin, Texas!  On this, our 4th trip to Colorado, we could not resist a third visit to SNOOZE.  Although it was the longest wait for a table (almost two hours, yes, on a Saturday), the food did not disappoint!  The pancake flight is the way to go – then you get to sample three culinary adventures in one sitting.

Pancakes with names like Pineapple-Upside Down, Peanut Butter Cup, Red – Eye Velvet, Sweet Potato, Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Blossom all made it to our table.  You can go to the Snooze website to read the specifics on the flavor profiles for any pancake on the current menu.  ALL of them were delicious – completely devoured.  The winner, in my opinion, for this round is the Sweet Potato Pancake (a regular offering on the menu) – a fluffy sweet potato buttermilk pancake with homemade caramel, pecans and ginger butter (the secret weapon). A perfect balance of flavors and textures!


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“Amarillo by Evening”

D – Amarillo has been our overnight stop on our treks to Colorado these past three summers, so an evening meal in the “helium capitol of the world” is always a necessity.  Our previous two dining experiences were “underwhelming.”  We really enjoyed our dinner at Jorge’s this time around.

The service was good, and the menu extensive.  At our table we ordered the chorizo egg platter (devoured by my teenage son),

the traditional beef enchiladas,

and the “special” – mole chicken enchiladas.

Excellent quality, generous portions, and reasonably priced.  We had already sent payment for our bill when we saw an order of sopapillas walk by.  Marc and I decided to order just one and share.  Delicious with a drizzle of honey