In: Eating20 Sep 2013
(map) This place is so 80s – as in 1880s, when it was built. This historic complex is the oldest commercial building on the square. It’s across the street from Blanco’s famous courthouse (where scenes from “True Grit” were filmed). While Uptown Blanco’s pristine condition is surprising, equally so is its farm-fresh menu. Above, the crispy fried catfish, with hush puppies, fresh sauteed spinach and crunchy fried okra. A small-town classic, impeccably done.
The building (actually several buildings) has been restored, even down to light fixtures and pressed-tin ceilings. Back in the day, this dining room was originally a shop.
The chefs take pride in their daily specials. This day’s special featured crepes stuffed with shrimp, crab and lobster, topped with creamy mornay sauce. The meaty chunks of shrimp and lobster were accented with mushrooms and crisp-tender asparagus. They make all of their own salad dressings and desserts here as well.
There are private dining rooms, a ballroom, as well as a courtyard with koi pond available for events – take a tour after lunch!