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The Sun Garden on Siesta Key

30 Dec

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Eileen and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a “Love Lunch” at the Sun Garden on Siesta Key. This was our first time dining here, although the restaurant is within walking distance of our pad right here on beautiful Siesta.  

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The menu is kept fresh with daily specials.

Most everything is very healthy.

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I started my meal with a bowl of Tomato Bisque topped with basil and sunflower seeds. It was very fresh tasting — and not so creamy. This makes for a less fattening experience. Imagine a warm gazpacho and you’ll get the general idea.

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Eileen, after some deliberation, ordered the fried shrimp salad. She let me try a shrimp and I was impressed. It was meaty and fried to a nice, crispy texture.

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My Yucatan fish taco entree was really tasty. I would strongly urge you to try this if you’re a fish taco aficionado. The grilled mahi-mahi was spiced just right and topped with chopped cilantro and pico de gallo. The accompanying guacamole was super smooth and flavorful.  Squeeze on a little fresh lime juice and you are in business! 

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Make sure you sit in the patio, where The Sun Garden lives up to its name.

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Bud Royer’s Pies are the Best!

30 Dec

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Bud Royer is the man — and his pies are pretty darn special too!

Whether you’re a fan of buttermilk pie, chocolate chip pie, or traditional pecan pie, Royer’s Round Top Cafe has got you covered. Royer’s is a great place — located between Houston and Austin in one of the more quaint little towns in the Lone Star State. Round Top, TX boasts lots of history and some terrific eats — thanks to Bud Royer and his folks at Royer’s.  

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The above image is a shot of their wonderful pecan pie — which tastes even better with a heaping scoop of Amy’s Ice Cream (www.amysicecreams.com) on top. Unlike most pecan pies on the market, this baby is not a gummy, flavorless mess. The pecans are big and fresh and the filling is loaded with flavor.

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The buttermilk pies are also incredible. And listen, you don’t have to like drinking buttermilk to enjoy this legendary Royer’s creation. It is very reminiscent of my Granny Justice’s Chess Pie … maybe just a wee bit creamier. Man, is it good! Their kicked up Buttermilk Delight Pie (seen above) incorporates coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips. Serve it up warm and you will be blown away. I am also quite partial to their Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. I had a slab during our last visit and I was extremely impressed. Whole pies are priced at just $16.95 and they ship pretty much everywhere in the free world.

But please don’t just get dessert at Royer’s. Bud makes a great Grilled Shrimp BLT and the steaks at the Round Top Cafe are tender, juicy and delicious. Don’t be fooled, Royer’s may appear like a traditional Texas roadhouse, but the food here is gourmet quality and served up with a tremendous amount of TLC. These fine folks love what they do and it shines through in a big way.

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Check out “Bud The Pieman” today at  WWW.ROYERSROUNDTOPCAFE.COM 

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

Yield: 12 servings

1 canned sweet potatoes, 60 oz. can

1 ½ sticks butter, melted

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Empty sweet potatoes into a bowl.

Add remaining ingredients.

Beat until smooth.

Pour into a 9×13-inch casserole.

Topping

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons flour

Mix all topping ingredients together and spread over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 300 degrees until the topping is brown.