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Midday Mafia strikes area eatery: Review of Brown Bag Saloon

Jan. 16, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.


Editor's note: The Midday Mafia is made up of five locals who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. Names have been changed to protect the guilty and are as follows: The Don, Two Taps, Walnuts, Jack the Knife and Jimmy Three Cheese. The Midday Mafia will run every other Thursday in Get Out. Until then, forget about it.

There is an implied decadence walking into a bar for lunch. Even Matt Dillon didn't take his meals at The Long Branch; he met Miss Kitty at The Dodgehouse. Not so for the Midday Mafia. We embrace Brown Bag Saloon at noon and find it liberating. As you will learn, it is so much more than a bar.

Nestled among the regulars sipping their midday brews, we feast on specialties of New York-style pizza and a burger with few rivals in Victoria County. (Look for more locales for great burgers as we go forward. Jack the Knife is a burger aficionado.)

The boys order a pie with light sauce, extra cheese, pepperoni, hamburger and Italian sausage, and it doesn't disappoint. You can't get this jewel at a chain pizzeria, and it speaks to the real flavor of Victoria.

Owner Rick Caputo may have been one of the original "10 Friends" he's been around here so long. Caputo comes equipped with atmosphere appropriate jokes and stories that make you feel you are miles away from the nearest enchilada bar or Chinese buffet ... a great change of pace.

Brown Bag Saloon has a strict dress code with entries like "no wife beater T-shirts" and "all caps must be worn facing forward," which adds to the ambience of the spot.

This is not the Brown Bag we snuck into years ago, way out by Northcrest. This is an escape hidden in plain sight right next to Academy. Thirty years sure changes our perception of distance.

Enjoy the fare, talk as loudly as you like, play some Golden Tee and remember to tip generously. The service is excellent and eager to please.

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