Friday, May 02, 2008

The Boot Hill Saloon and Grill in Vega Texas

I recently had the best meal I have had in years. It was at the Boot Hill Saloon and Grill in Vega, Texas - right on Route 66. Vega is not a booming metropolis, but it can boast a fabulous restaurant.You may be wondering how these two things came to be.

Well, thereby hangs a tale.

You may have seen a woman named Rory Schepisi on some reality shows. One was a program where they put some big city folks into a small town to compete for money they would split with a local citizen. That town was Vega. Rory was the runner up. She didn't win anything.

But, proving that people may have chosen the wrong winner, she decided to sell her New Jersey restaurant and move to Vega. She built the Boot Hill Saloon and Grill right on Route 66. It has some wonderful touches, including tin ceiling tiles.

She was later the runner up on the show to choose the next Food Network Star. With her degree from the Culinary Institute of America, she seemed to have a good chance. But, she did not win. Having tasted her food, I can't imagine why not. When we were in Vega she was off filming something for the Discovery Channel. She seems to be a popular gal.

Well, I don't know much about TV shows. But, I know something about food. And I know this is good stuff.

One of the things I judge a restaurant by is its French Onion Soup. I'm not a huge fan of French Onion Soup, but if the broth comes out of a can it tells you something about the place. If it's really cooked stock it tells you something else.

I ordered the soup and a salad. When I tasted the soup I knew I was going to love the salad, and I was right. It was amazing.

Greg had wontons filled with a wonderful mix.

The restaurant itself is also worth a look around. And it's one of those places where you should go to the bathroom. The ladies room has nice decor. The men's room is paneled with old barn wood. Check out this beautiful chair in the ladies room.

This was the best meal I have had in a very long time. I cannot wait to go back. The Boot Hill Saloon and Grill makes Vega Texas a destination.

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