Unk’s Shrimp Shack

Unk's Shrimp ShackIt’s not unusual for us to make a last minute trip down the road to Unk’s Shrimp Shack when nobody feels like cooking.

Unk’s Shrimp Shack is, obviously, a seafood restaurant.  Family owned and operated, the restaurant has been serving area residents and guests at The Villages resort for years.  Though the grilled shrimp and steamed broccoli is good, nobody should ever go to Unk’s and not order the Seafood Platter which, even in the Seafood Platter for One size, is enough fried food to feed a family of six.  Piled high with french fries, fried clam strips, fried catfish filet, fried oysters, stuffed crab, hush puppies, and boiled shrimp, the Seafood Platter is unbeatable when you’ve got a craving for anything fried.  I also love the condiment station stocked with homemade green tomato relish, cocktail, remoulade, and tarter sauces, and there’s even a tub of pure, nose burning horseradish which I love to eat on saltine crackers with a bit of the tomato relish.

The one downside of Unk’s, is the price.   Me and my husband always get the Seafood Platter for One and an order of grilled shrimp, and it really adds up quick.  However, the food is delicious, and you couldn’t ask for nicer people than the folks over at Unk’s to buy dinner from.  Also, they do serve beer at Unk’s, which is a plus in my book,  but also usually ends up being another wallet drainer if we are dining in.

Unk’s Shrimp Shack is located on the corner of Big Eddy Road and 2661 in Noonday, just outside of the Villages Resort on Lake Palestine.  They have seasonal hours and are not open every day, so I strongly suggest calling first before heading out that way to ensure they’re going to be open.  Also, another word of advice… the guys in the kitchen might throw some extras on your Seafood Platter if you buy them a beer, so be sure to keep that in mind!

Unk’s Shrimp Shack
16760 County Road 1261
Flint, TX 75762-9182
(903) 939-2323

The Purple Pig Cafe

Purple Pig CafeWhen I first started going to the Purple Pig about four years ago it was nothing more than a good old BBQ joint. It’s still a good old BBQ joint, but now they’ve extended their menu, expanded their patio, and have managed to please their ever growing crowds with friendly service and live music.

I’ve always been a fan of their barbecue. Before their menu expanded to offer some Mexican dishes including fajitas and tamales I’d always get the turkey plate with cowboy beans and southwestern corn salad. Their barbecue plates come with the best buttered toast I’ve ever had, and I’m also a big fan of their barbecue sauce. The pulled pork is fantastic, the ribs are outstanding, and the chicken is delicious as well.

Another thing I like so much about the Purple Pig is the fact that every single time we visit the owner is there chatting with the customers. I became especially fond of him one evening when he told us about the soft spot he has for the litters of homeless kittens around the area and how he buys bulk cat food to feed them… A man after my own heart right there.

Last weekend my husband and I decided to head out to the Pig for a casual dinner. I couldn’t decide what to get so I made a last minute decision to go with the shrimp fajitas. This turned out to be an excellent choice. Lucky for us Patrick James was also performing that night on the patio. He played a little of everything from Wizard of Oz tunes to the Eagles and we ended up staying longer (and drinking more) than we had intended.

This place is a must for everyone who likes to eat good food and have a good time. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more info, visit www.purplepigcafe.com.

The Purple Pig Cafe
19785 State Highway 155 S
Flint, TX 75762-4617
(903) 825-6800

Cajun Bayou Seafood Market

Cajun Bayou Seafood MarketA new Cajun restaurant recently opened on 155 in Flint.  Like Randy’s, it is a casual place with no air conditioning and it’s BYOB.

As far as ambiance, it is basically a huge wooden patio shaded by large trees.  You walk to the counter to order, then your food is delivered once ready.  I was having trouble decided what to get, so I asked the guy behind the counter what he’d consider the specialties to be.  He said everything on the menu is great which is nice but didn’t really help narrow it down.  I finally decided to go with a shrimp poboy, and my sis got the soft shell crab poboy.  We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  Our jaws dropped when the sandwiches were delivered…  These things were huge!  They tasted good, but I could only eat about a third of mine before throwing in the towel.

Cajun Bayou Seafood MarketI ended up going back with my husband several days later, since he hadn’t gotten to try it yet.  This time we got the crab cakes, fried pickles, vanilla sweet potato fries and fried boudin.  I am in love with fried pickles, and these were good.  The crab cakes were good, but they were covered in a thick sauce which overpowered the flavor of the crab.  Next time I’d definitely see about getting the sauce on the side.  The vanilla sweet potato fries were also good, but I think the vanilla may have been a bit too strong for my taste.  The fried boudin was good, and I think anyone who likes boudin would like it.

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I’d say this place is a must for anyone who likes Cajun food. It is really cool and will be a great summer hang out.

Cajun Bayou Seafood Market
18950 Hwy 155 South
Flint, TX, 75762
(903) 825-1158

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Centaur Arabian Farms

Centaur Arabian FarmsIf a picture is worth a thousand words, then seven pics is worth seven thousands of words, and I will keep this brief.  I was so touched by Eva Sealey’s invitation to attend the grand opening celebration of her South Tyler wedding venue and bed and breakfast.  I drive by nearly everyday and have often admired the beauty of her property from my car, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to come inside the gate and see all that Centaur Arabian Farms has to offer.

Centaur Arabian FarmsBeing the five year old that I am, I was of course immediately drawn to the Clydesdale horse that was giving carriage rides near the entrance.  I tried to line jump all the other people (children) in line, but my husband wouldn’t let me and instead we made our way to the barn to mingle with the grown-ups.  The word barn doesn’t really do this place justice, but that is what it is.  It was a horsebarn that has now been converted to a reception hall, complete with a food serving area.  The food, provided by Chez Bazan, was presented beautifully and tasted great.  Tables were set in a way fitting of a wedding reception, and beautiful floral arrangements were on each table.  Every inch was tastefully decorated and made me wish I could have another wedding.  The Sugared Rim bartending service was there serving wine and cocktails to attendants.

Centaur Arabian FarmsBrides have lots of options at Centaur Arabian Farms.  Everyway you look there is another picturesque setting for a ceremony or reception, both indoors or out.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and the bed and breakfast is cozy and homey.  Though I wish Bill and Eva Sealey a world of luck with their project, somehow I doubt they will need it.  This is a fabulous place backed by even more fabulous people, and I can’t wait to come back soon.

Centaur Arabian FarmsCentaur Arabian Farms
10271 Farm-to-Market 2813
Flint, TX 75762
(903) 561-6926

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Centaur Arabian Farms