This weekend on Goodtaste with Tanji, we wind through the Texas Hill Country to O’Brien’s Restaurant to kick back at its swinging band night and dig in to sweet and spicy Glazed Grilled Salmon. Then, we head to the heart of Houston for some of the best enchiladas in the state at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. Sylvia’s has 18 different enchiladas on the menu loaded with chicken, beef, cheese, pork, crab – you name it! Lastly, we visit The Buttermilk Cafe in New Braunfels for bites of comforting brunch dishes like the Breakfast Strata with crispy bacon and gooey cheesy. To tease your palate a little more, here are 3 must-not-miss moments in this week’s new episode of Goodtaste with Tanji Season 4.
1. Gutted Out Gas Station
Having worked at a classic cafeteria-style comfort food chain for 20 years, Tim O’Brien got the bug to open his own place out in the country. He heard that a vintage gas station, built in 1939 and used in Steven Spielberg’s first film, The Sugarland Express, was up for grabs, so he jumped at the chance to buy it. Tim convinced his newly retired wife, Becky, to join in, and they did all the renovations themselves. Much of the old wood in the restaurant was repurposed from Tim’s corral or from off an original cotton gin that was built back in the 1800s.
2. Every Day is a Gift
Six years ago, Sylvia Casares’s ex-boyfriend shot her and left her for dead. After her initial shock, her next thought was “this is a stupid way to die!” The following day, after waking up in the hospital, she immediately put the whole event behind her, so she could move on. From then on, she has been a powerhouse. She opened a second and third location of her restaurant and scored a cookbook deal with a New York publishing company. Her book, The Enchilada Queen Cookbook, has been praised by Publishers Weekly and Texas Monthly.
3. Straight A Student
Chef Carol Irwin calls herself a “late bloomer.” Growing up, she wasn’t really allowed to cook in her own home — she didn’t even know how to do a measurement. After raising her family first, she attended El Centro College in Dallas in her mid-forties as a culinary student. Upon graduating, she became an instructor at the school and a Certified Executive Chef. Since then, she has owned Buttermilk Cafe and River House Tea Room and was named San Antonio Chef of the Year and Texas Chef of the Year in 2002.
Tune in this weekend for delicious food and MORE during the ALL NEW episode of Goodtaste with Tanji.