|House on the prairie|
As with many small towns in Texas, Aledo (once named Parker Station) began as a railroad
|Bryant grain elevator|
|Roadrunner in Prickly Pears|
While you’ll see several historical markers in Aledo, my favorite sights are along the road sides outside of town. On this gorgeous winter day, with its high of 71oF (22oC) and slight winds, we got to see one of the famous denizens of the Texas plains: the Roadrunner. This bird was zipping across the highway and into the prickly pears when we caught a glimpse of him; Wiley Coyote was nowhere to be seen. There were also open pastures hosting cattle still covered in their long winter coats munching contentedly on bright green grass, or relaxing on this lovely carpet in the bright sunshine. Among the cattle on these ranches was one of the biggest cows I had ever seen; she stood
What we ate…
You never know what sort of food you’ll find when you go into a small town. Since I’ve begun the blog we’ve had good luck ~ and our luck seems to be holding! For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.
Maria Bonita Mexican Cocina (100 S Front St, Aledo, TX, 817-441-1652) is literally on ‘the
other side of the tracks’ in downtown Aledo. Lots of locals
eat here and I can understand why. The chips are homemade with lots of crunch
and little grease. The salsa, also homemade, is spicy but won’t take your head
off. Vince and I had crunchy tacos that boasted spicy beef with very fresh lettuce,
tomato and cheese. I was quite pleased with the heat level, but Vince asked for
tobacco to pep up his rice, beans and tacos. Dave had flautas that in his
words, ‘wouldn’t offend folks with delicate mouths’. We all agreed that the big
hit was the refried beans. These were excellent with a surprising smoky flavor and
grated cheese on top. Everything was made onsite rather than coming in
pre-packaged. We would make the drive back to Aledo just to eat here, again.
Service was good, and when I commented on the freshness of the food and ask
what was homemade, I got a huge smile from our waiter; he was very proud of the
food that was being served.
|Clockwise from top left: Restaurant, Crispy tacos, |
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