Category Archives: Restaurants

a good steak . . .

A good steak now and then . . .

ending with

crème brûlée

lunch in Luling, Texas

Ada Lou’s Restaurant in the historic Francis-Ainsworth Bed and Breakfast in Luling is certainly worth the trip to Luling.  Excellent food.  Excellent service.  The house is beautiful.

House History

Doctor Sidney Joseph Francis settled in Luling in 1889. He purchased this site, which included four town lots in October 1895. One month later he married Annie Davis Gregg, granddaughter of Bishop Alexander Gregg, the first Episcopal Bishop in Texas. A modest frame house was constructed and then enlarged in 1916 into a two-story home featuring a full-length two-story porch, a porte cochere, and a central projecting bay with an offset entry. This vernacular house was typical of those in railroad towns.

Dr. Francis was a World War I veteran, a prominent local businessman and a banker. Prior to his death in 1935, his youngest daughter, Annie Gregg Francis, and her husband, H. Miller Ainsworth moved into the house. H. Miller Ainsworth served in World Wars I and II, rising to the rank of General in the National Guard. He was active in the oil, gas and banking industries in Luling. After his death in 1969, his widow and son lived in the house until her death in 1986.

The house remained in the Ainsworth family until 1989 when it was deeded to the city of Luling. They in turn leased it to the Cornelius Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic in 1993. In 1996 the house became a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. In 2003 we purchased the house from the City of Luling and began the yearlong renovations to restore it to its early grandeur.

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Chewing gum good for your health??

Chew on this!

This article brought back the memory of a delightful lunch in Gruene, Texas – with a cute bubble blowing waitress!

DubbleBubbleGumIt also brought back memories of our Caldwell Ladies Retreat in Red River, New Mexico – when we had a bubble gum-blowing contest!  Although I don’t remember who was the winner (or IF there was a winner), there are a great many good memories from that retreat.


Open Mic Night at ChiroJava

Open Mic Night - ChiroJava

reunion_stikChiroJava promotes so many community events and is very Seguin friendly.  I go there generally every morning when I’m working/volunteering – for a cup of Chai Tea.

Friendly atmosphere.

Good food.

Great service.

And you always see someone you know to give a wave or a “howdy”  –

we are fortunate to have ChiroJava in Seguin!

Italiano . . .





good Italian food

always thinking about food

McAdoo’s Seafood Restaurant in New Braunfels is First Class all the way – food, ambiance, service, location.

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I love ChiroJava!


stopping in at ChiroJava for my early morning Chai Tea - looking around

On the mornings when I go to work (volunteer work) early, I always stop in at ChiroJava for a take-out cup of Chai Tea.  I know.  I could make my own and the cost would be minimal.  But ChiroJava is one of my favorite places and I love to go there.  The owners and the help are not only customer-friendly, this business is Community Friendly and I always enjoy looking at the latest exhibit or checking out the public bulletin board to see what is going on and what entertainer/band/group will be performing next.  Last year, one of the officers in the Seguin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (phew! – SCPAAA is much easier!) would have to leave the Monday night meetings a little early to get to her Belly Dancing Class at ChiroJava.

I love it!


Yesterday morning I saw all of the kids’ art on the walls around the room.  Great!  Such a cheery way to start the morning!  Interesting and talented art – a peek at what is going on in Seguin – a look at the books available for sale – the pies and fudge in the display case just waiting for me to purchase! – and the delightful art of the children.

I love ChiroJava!

The food is VERY good!

The Shrimp Barn on Heidecke Street

The Shrimp Barn - 1513 Heideke Street

the catfish gumbo looked delicious (hubby pronounced the rolls very good!)

the catfish gumbo looked delicious (hubby pronounced the rolls very good!)

The place was packed (some customers came in and had to leave - no tables).

The place was packed (some customers came in and had to leave - no tables).

I had the fried catfish (scrumptious!).

I had the fried catfish (scrumptious!).

Read the Dailey Poet’s mention of The Shrimp Barn – and then visit this great cafe!

ChiroJava promotes art by the kids

ChiroJava supports the community in many ways and it is always fun to come in and see what is exhibited on the walls and what is happening there.  A great place for Seguin!