Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Good Eats: Isaack's Restaurant, Junction, Texas

We’ve been visiting Junction for more than 20 years. During that time, we’ve eaten at most of the restaurants located there: Lum’s (BBQ), Milky Way (burgers), La Familia (Mexican), and Cooper’s (Cooper's is a chain with locations around the Hill Country; I recently reviewed the Cooper's in Llano, but I've not reviewed the location in Junction.). Surprisingly, though, we had never eaten at Isaack’s Restaurant until our most recent trip there.

Isaack’s is probably the longest running of all the eateries currently operating in Junction. In December 2008, Texas Monthly listed it as one of the top 40 small town cafes in Texas. It is located on the main highway through town. It is an old-style restaurant, offering daily specials. I enjoyed the small-town service and friendliness of the wait staff.

The menu offers most of the standard items you would expect in a small town cafe. About half the menu is devoted to breakfast items, so I’m sure they do a lively breakfast business. The special on the day of our visit was a hamburger steak, which included fried squash, mashed potatoes, desert, and soup or salad, all for $6.95.

The salad bar was limited, and salad bowls were quite small. However, all items were fresh and good quality. The hamburger steak was a good size and covered with brown gravy. It had a good char-broiled taste. Donna enjoyed her fried squash; I’m not a big squash eater, so she ended up eating most of mine. The mashed potatoes were good. The desert for the day was a fudge square. It was rich with pecans and a hint of mint.

The food was decent, and the portions fit the price. Isaack's is a good option when in Junction.

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