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Chomp! Texas Traditions serves up Texas flare

By by jessica rodrigojrodrigo@vicad.com
June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.

The barbecue pork ribs special was served with a choice of one side and a biscuit. It was cooked well and tender, and the biscuit was flaky with bits of cheddar.

Jessica's Rating

FOOD: 2

SERVICE: 3

ATMOSPHERE: 2

I hope you enjoy the adjustment of my ratings.

4 stars = Best of the best

3 stars = I recommend it without hesitation

2 stars = Good place to visit for something new

1 star = It has a few pluses and few minuses

Don't miss/sure bets:

Texas Traditions has a display case full of desserts for your sweet teeth, including homemade ding dongs and Jack Daniel's pecan pie.

Details:

Address: 234 E. Main St., Port LavacaPhone: 361-553-5555Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Just like Victoria's downtown is transforming into a destination for visitors and residents, Port Lavaca's Texas Traditions has been luring visitors down Main Street for the last two years.

If you were to walk into the restaurant blindfolded, once you took it off, there would be no doubt in your mind that you would be in Texas.

Texas stars are embossed, forged, hung and carved into every thing, right down to to the doorknobs on the restroom doors.

Pick up the menu, and you'll see it has the same feel with traditional Texas fare like chicken and dumplings, chicken-fried steak and King Ranch chicken.

Being from New Mexico, I haven't had a lot of experience with said casserole, so my interest was piqued. However, when I heard the special - barbecue pork ribs - I thought it was worth a try. I could return to Port Lavaca on another occasion and have the King Ranch chicken, since it was on the regular menu.

What I like about dinner or lunch specials is that they offer restaurants an opportunity to give their patrons a taste of something that isn't in their usual bag of tricks.

In no time at all, our plates came out and and our server was asking if we needed any thing extra for our meal.

The barbecue pork ribs were cooked well and tender enough to eat with my hands and still avoid looking like a cavewoman gnawing on a chewy piece of meat. The ribs were also minimally drizzled with barbecue sauce and the rest ladled into a ramekin for dipping or pouring over the ribs to my liking. As for the sauce itself, it was sweeter than I usually like, but at least it was served warm so it wasn't a sharp contrast from the hot ribs.

Of course, Luke ordered his usual - burger with jalapenos. It comes served on a jalapeno cheese bun that is lightly toasted and a pile of fries on the side.

When we were done, we ordered a piece of whoopie pie to satisfy our sweet teeth. The whipped topping was very airy and smooth and the chocolate was creamy and full of chocolate flavor. The crust was thin and crisp, but I couldn't bring myself to finish eating it - my waistline wouldn't have approved.

Next time we visit Texas Traditions, though, we'll have to give the homemade ding dongs a try, or even the Jack Daniel's pecan pie. Famed Advocate reporter Dianna Wray wholly endorses. She might even give me hell for not trying it.

Jessica Rodrigo really wanted to order the homemade ding dong, but whoopie pie came out instead. Who offers your favorite homemade dessert? Email her at jrodrigo@vicad.com or send her a tweet, @eatseatseats.

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