Shining on a hilltop is the Victorian Coryell County Courthouse, a hallmark of Texas design. (Ron Mazzia photo)
The Feed Mill restaurant in Gatesville, Texas, isn’t “just around the alley from the Alamo,” but it does stake out a spot of Texas just around the corner from the princely Coryell County Courthouse. That dustup at the Alamo had long settled down when the most recent Gatesville shootout erupted in 1908, leaving bullet holes in a courtroom that remained visible into the mid-20th century.
Not only blessed with an outstandingly varied country-western menu, the Feed Mill displays some lively artifacts of its own, to wit:
The door from the smokehouse in the final movie set of “Lonesome Dove.”
Another true antique is a gen-u-wine rotary dial telephone and some original covers from the Saturday Evening Post.
But the height of the dining experience here is the menu. If “chicken-fried chicken” doesn’t catch your eye you’re out of place in central Texas. And the steak tips. When the menu adds “while they last,” they’re not kidding.
The shrimp po-boy emigrated across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.
Sides? How about corn on the cob? Or fried okra? Or green beans richly seasoned to compete with mac & cheese, pinto beans or grilled asparagus? In all, 18 selections from the side-lines.
You can judge the Feed Mill by the number of pickup trucks parked in the front pasture. Or by this sincere farewell:
“Thank y’all … Y’all have a good time … Y’all be careful.