Who doesn’t want a little bourbon in the backyard? This weekend we stop in San Marcos to visit Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard where we sample its unique selection of bourbon, including one that is crafted on site. Then, we drive on down the coast to Kemah for some of the most authentic Greek Gyros at Bakkhus Taverna. Lastly, we visit a bumping sports bar in Plano, Scruffy Duffies, for one of the most unique bar snacks I’ve ever seen — the Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls. 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. Home Away from Home
Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard feels a lot like home because it’s actually built inside a house from the 1920s. Kristin and Monte Sheffield found out the home was for sale back in 2010 and knew it was the perfect spot to help make Monte’s dream of owning a restaurant a reality. Now the two work like a well-oiled machine with Kristin keeping up with bookkeeping, and payroll and managing the old gatehouse turned charming guest cottage. Monte runs the kitchen, the front of the house and thinks up menu items based on their favorite food from their travels.
2. It’s All Greek to Them
It all began three decades ago when a merchant marine from Greece met a Southern belle from Mississippi. Nick and Beth Kouloumoundras moved to the small fishing town of Kemah, Texas, and started a family and had four sons. One of them, Demetri, began at the very bottom of the restaurant industry as a busboy, but he knew he wanted to bring his family’s very simple, clean and traditional kind of cooking to town. Motivated by destiny and doubt, in 2008 he opened the family’s Greek restaurant, Bakkhus Taverna.
3. Rocking and Rolling
Before his career of owning six of the best social spots in Dallas, Brian Harder had aspirations of becoming a rockstar. He started playing guitar when he was 15 years old and loved being in a band and writing music. He even moved to Los Angeles to chase his dream of making it big. Now, the bar business keeps him busy, but Brian still “rocks it” every chance he gets. He’s in an 80s band called “Awesome Sauce” where they play the old classics at some of his bars. He’s played for more than 20 years with some successes, the highlight being when he opened for Styx in front of 26,000 people.
Tune in this weekend for delicious food and MORE during an ALL NEW episode of Goodtaste with Tanji.