Friday, November 24, 2017

Granbury, Texas - #SaturdaySnapshots

Inspired by a Southwest Airlines fare sale and a kind invitation from my life-long friend (and co-author) Sandra Allen (plus a reunion with high school friends), I recently made a quick trip back to my home state of Texas. During my visit, one of our adventures took us to the town of Granbury. According to the National Register of Historic Places, Granbury's town square is one of the most complete 19th century courthouse squares in Texas.* 
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The centerpiece of the square is the Hood County Courthouse.





The beautifully renovated Granbury Opera House faces the courthouse entrance. We had a great time at the "Salute to Opry" concert.



There are certain foods I must have every time I go back to Texas: Tex-Mex (preferably tamales and enchiladas), chicken fried steak, and fried okra.  I had all those. But this time I had a bonus meal of delicious German food: pork schnitzel, red cabbage with apples, and hot German potato salad. Along with a warm dark-bread roll and a glass of pilsner, my meal at Ketzlers Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten was heaven. (FYI: Many German immigrants settled in Texas's Hill Country.)



I also had a fantastic reuben sandwich at The Fillin' station (also on Granbury's town square). A glass of local beer-- Revolver Brewing's "Blood and Honey" (American wheat ale) -- and freshly cooked potato chips made the meal complete. Forget dieting!



Back in Sherman, TX, we ate at MG's. Great burgers and car-themed decor.

Pegasus (AKA The Flying Red Horse) was a landmark in the Dallas skyline for many years and the symbol of Mobil Oil Company, atop its downtown headquarters.



How do you know you're in Texas? Longhorn cattle alongside the road!


Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!







Sources: 
Hood County Courthouse, TX
Ketzler's Schnitzel Haus, Granbury, TX


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12 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

There is nothing better than going home to favorite places and eating favorite foods. Love the historic buildings and the interior of that diner...not to mention the food.

And let's not forget the Longhorn cattle! Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

Colleen Reece said...

What a great post, Sandy! My mouth watered, and seeing the historic buildings was fun. You do such a great job with photography as well as writing.
Colleen

Vicki said...

Looks like you had a great time. I love the architecture of the buildings, and that food sure does look good!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Granbury is a charming town with lots to see and do. My buddy and I had a great time and ate a lot (too much!) of delicious food, in Granbury, Denison, and Pottsboro, Texas.
Thank you, Vicki, Colleen, and Laurel-Rain, for stopping by and leaving comments.

Kelly Marshall said...

The Nuthouse Hotel looks pretty interesting. What a fun time for you. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. It was a fun trip.

judy said...

Photos made me nostalgic and hungry, and I'm not from Texas! The Flying Pegasus, the Nutt House (hehe), the German food. Fun post.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that is some beautiful houses. Loved to see it :)

Charlie Anderson said...

So glad you could make a trip back! I love historical towns - mine has lost a lot of its appeal and most storefronts are defunct and empty. There is no place like the Hill Country!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I know what you mean, Charlie. So many small towns have been replaced by WalMarts and Home Depots. Luckily, Granbury's town square is alive and thriving with restaurants, shops, and theaters.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Judy & NatureFootstep: Thanks for commenting on my blog post. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Klara S said...

Granbury Opera looks great and food looks so yummy!