Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Postcard from Texas

A couple of Saturdays ago, Live-In Handyman and I stopped for a burger.

Now a city the size of San Antonio has a lot of burger joints - almost as many places to get a burger as there are to get a taco. Almost.

But there aren't other burger spots like this one, just a mile or two past Rolling Oaks Mall going toward Garden Ridge:

The Bracken Store Cafe
Bracken, Texas
Outside, you're greeted by a friendly front porch that proudly proclaims the name of the place.

 


Inside, the Bracken Store Cafe is a tiny little place with booths around two walls, a few tables in the center, and a down-home funky decor. They have a sizable menu of lunch food, but I can only tell you about the burgers.

Best. Burgers. Ever.

 

And there's a Wurlitzer jukebox. While we were eating, I heard songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Jimmy Buffett.

And guess what?

Even the train stops for lunch.


If you're in the neighborhood, you can stop, too.

38 comments:

Linda G. said...

Oh, burgers! I'll have to look for The Bracken Store Cafe next time I'm in S.A.

Maria Zannini said...

We haven't been to San Antonio in a couple of years. Obviously, I'm overdue. :) I will remember this place.

Thanks!

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

It looks charming.

Talli Roland said...

I'm soooo jealous! Burgers just aren't the same over here. Sigh.

Liza said...

Funny, I was reminding my husband last night that a long time ago I had a business trip scheduled to San Antonio, until emergency surgery cancelled it. I'd always regretted not going. I'm always game for a great burger!

Linda Kage said...

yum! Now I want a burger.

JoLynne Lyon said...

I love quirky hole-in-the-wall places with good food. If I get down that way I'll have to check it out.

Kyra Lennon said...

We just don't have cool places like that in the UK! It looks awesome!

Joanne said...

Wow, a jukebox? And the train stops too? I'd be smiling all through lunch. I love fun places like this :)

Tracy Jo said...

Now that is my kind of place! The jukebox alone would make my heart sing. Talk about atmosphere. :-)

Southpaw said...

It looks so charming.

Hart Johnson said...

I love those little local flavor places. Looks like a great place! I love that the train stops there!

Arlee Bird said...

I want one. I'm continually on a quest for a good burger, but the fact is I'm kind of sick of them. I'll spring for a fast food burger now and then when I see an enticing ad and then it's like "Yuck! What'd I do that for?"

I want to find a truly good ultimate burger, but Bracken is a bit far.


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Angela said...

I`d love that jukebox! All my old heroes! And I think I would order a lemon meringue pie, do you think they have that? Burgers are always so messy to eat. And lemon meringue pies are just the best American food I can remember. And egg salad sandwiches.

Joyful said...

How I love a good burger and where you go looks like a place filled with great atmosphere also. Would you believe the burger places where I live are disappearing and nowadays even at a burger place one is hard pressed to find a burger that doesn't take like "air".

Carol Kilgore said...

Linda G - You'll like it.

Maria - Nacogdoches Road past 1604. First right after crossing Cibolo Creek and the railroad tracks.

Delores - And fun!

Talli - I can only imagine. Hope to find out for myself one day.

Liza - San Antonio is a great city.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Totally my kind of place! Thanks for the tip - San Antonio is our first stop on the RV road trip. We will HAVE to go here!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, it doesn't look that big from the outside!

Carol Kilgore said...

Linda K - They do make good ones!

JoLynne - I love quirky, fun places, too.

Kyra - But your corner pubs look cool to me :)

Joanne - If it were only on the beach...

Tracy Jo - Lotsa atmosphere :)

kimberlyloomis said...

Burgers? Did you say burgers? Oh, how wondrous a thing a good burger is. With any luck someday I'll get to visit this place and sink my teeth into one. They've gotta be good if a train stops for them!

Carol Kilgore said...

Southpaw - A little out of the ordinary :)

Hart - I love them, too. It is a great place.

Arlee - It's only far if you don't live nearby, LOL.

Angela - Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites, too.

Joyful - This burger tastes real.

Carol Kilgore said...

Melissa - Have fun in San Antonio! Lots to do and see.

Alex - It's pretty tiny.

Kimberly - I hope you get to taste one, too :)

Claudia Del Balso said...

What a charming cafe ;D
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Empty Nest Insider said...

What a cute place! Glad you enjoyed the burgers! Julie

Glynis Jolly said...

Sound terrific. Until very recently, the town I live in had a place similar to that one called The Bean Pot. It closed it's doors just weeks ago.

Ciara said...

What a blast from the past. Looks amazing. I'm adding to my 'places to go' :)

Mark. K. aka - EvilDM said...

All I can say is: 'Wow! I want to eat there!'

Hi, Carol - I saw you listed on Claudia's tagged list, so thought I'd pop over and see who my esteemed company are and what they are about.

I'm starting to think maybe my blog is too dark, after visiting several fellow tagees' blog sites? But then, I deal in the fantasy genre, and initially felt darker was better. Maybe time to rethink?

Well, lovely to 'meet' you - looking forward to reading more of your blog :)

Shirley Wells said...

What a wonderful place. I love that the train stops too. :)

I really want a burger now...

Carol Kilgore said...

Claudia - Thanks for the tag.

Julie - I wanted to share because it's a fun spot.

Glynis - Sorry to hear about your local cafe.

Ciara - It's like stepping back in time.

Mark - Thanks for the follow and for commenting. You're welcome here any time.

Shirley - Just a little local hangout :)

Leigh Covington said...

That place looks awesome! Those are always the places with the best burgers! I love it. And it's so cute too! Plus - the train makes it even better! How fun!

Emily R. King said...

This place looks right out of a storybook. I want a burger!

Lydia Kang said...

What a cool store. I love the cacti growing in the tin wash tub!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I'd love to stop by. Your photos are awesome. Maybe I can catch a ride on that train.

Carol Kilgore said...

Leigh - It is fun!

Emily - "Once upon a time, in a small Texas town...." LOL!

Lydia - Plenty of cactus around here. Ouch!

Cynthia - The railroad guys would love for you to hop aboard :)

Nezzy said...

We stop at San Antonio every now and again as we travel to Brownsville to see my mom and sis.

This looks like the best burger place ever!!!

God bless ya and have a terrific day sweetie!!! :o)

Carol Kilgore said...

Nezzy - Maybe you can stop in on one trip or another.

LR said...

Now I feel like having a burger! (and it's 11 a.m.)

Love the giant ketchup bottle hanging from the ceiling. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

LR - Burgers are good anytime :)