March 23rd, 2009

Space Cadet

Finally Some Good Italian Food

 While we were in Buda this past weekend, I got a recommendation for a local TexMex place from a clerk at Walmart. It was in downtown Buda which is on Main Street, a couple of miles west of the Interstate. When I got there I found out that pretty much everything they served had some form of meat in it, so I drove a couple of blocks back to Nonna Gina's Italian Restaurant which looked promising. Outside of pizza, there weren't many vegetarian choices on the menu, but there was a pasta dish that sounded like it might be good, so I ordered it along with some fried mozzarella balls. When I asked the waitress about the fried mozzarella, she told me that they imported the cheese from Italy and that the dish came with marinara sauce. It seemed likely that I would end up with round versions of the gummy fried string cheese that I don't like. But since G likes gummy fried string cheese, the risk was minimal. I got my food to go and the smell from the bag was so good that it drove us crazy all the way back to the trailer.

And the food was delicious. They forgot the marinara sauce for the mozzarella balls, but the balls were fantastic without it. The bread crumb coating on the outside was tasty, and the cheese inside was perfect. It wasn't cooked and gummy, it was so fresh that a tasty bit of water would squish out of each piece as I bit into it. And the sauce on my spaghetti was so good I could have eaten three helpings.

We may have to go to the trailer place on Saturday. If we do, I hope we'll have time to get lunch at Nonna Gina's.


Saturday Night Jazz

My landlady has a restaurant in Manor called The Good Luck Grill. It's a casual place that serves salads, sandwiches and fried food. I really like their fried green tomatoes and G likes their chicken nuggets.

This Saturday night, Slim Richey is playing there with his band The Jitterbug Vipers. My sister will be visiting from Brooklyn and if she's up for it we'll probably go there for dinner. If any of you folks would like to join us, let me know by posting here or sending me an e-mail.

Here's a Jitterbug Vipers video (if the embed works):