Grand Opening – Quaker Steak and Lube – Plano TX

Quaker Steak and Lube, Plano TXGina and I attended a VIP Party and Ribbon Cutting for Quaker Steak and Lube last night. Located on the southeast corner of Parkwood and SH121, Quaker Steak and Lube is a unique sports bar.

They offer a LubeStation with over 20 different flavors of wings ranging from Ranch to Triple Atomic. I tried several different flavors and heat levels. Note to self…avoid the “insane” ones in the future!

Along with a full-service bar, they have a huge menu with salads, wings, sandwiches, hamburgers, appetizers, as well as steak and seafood.

If you’re looking for something new and different, stop in and give Quaker Steak and Lube a try.

Tom and Gina Signatures

Photo: Copyright 2013 – Tom Branch

Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar Plano TX

Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar

Gina and I were driving back from an appointment up north the other evening. We were tired and didn’t feel like cooking. Rather than the same old places, Gina suggested we try Whiskey Cake.

Located in Plano, Texas on the west side of the North Dallas Tollway, Whiskey Cake is named after their signature dessert. The have a full-service bar and a wonderful patio area complete with fireplaces and swings.

Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar

Their claim to local fame is that almost everything is made from scratch. They even grow their own herbs on-site!  Gina had the Mesquite Grill Redfish and I tried the Old Fashioned Hamburger. Wow! Great food.  We washed it down with a couple of Jack and Cokes (it is Tennessee whiskey afterall).

Whiskey Cake Herb Garden

We sampled the Whiskey Cake for dessert. Made from scratch and real whipped cream on top…yummy! 

Next time you’re looking for something a little different, drop by Whiskey Cake.

Kellys East Side Plano TX

For as often as we frequent Kellys East Side located on the corner of Avenue K and 15th Street in old Plano, we’ve never stopped to write about the place!

According to their website:

Established in 2003, Kelly’s Eastside blew the dust off the nearby antique shops and helped revitalize Plano’s historic Eastside. Adding live music to what has been called “hands down the best menu in Dallas,” and the good-times traffic flows north from the “big D!”

Tim and Carin Kelly, who previously brought you Plano’s wildly successful Taffy’s, invite you to see what the buzz is about on Avenue K, near 15th.

Yesterday we took the afternoon off and worked on our own home. There were lots of little maintenance items to do and the yard needed it’s spring cleaning. After 5 hours of laboring, we were both exhausted. Neither of us felt like cooking, so after a quick shower, it was off to Kellys East Side for a couple of cold beers and brisket fajitas.

Brisket Fajitas at Kellys East Side Plano TX

We’ve had all kinds of fajitas over the years but none of them compare to the brisket fajitas at Kellys. The brisket has been slow-cooked for hours and the setup plates have everything one needs to build a perfect fajita. Wash it all down with one of the 28 different draft beers they serve and you have one tasty Texas meal.

The next time you’re in Plano, stop by Kellys East Side!

Stumped at Olive Garden Frisco TX

My daughters and I stopped into the Olive Garden in Frisco last night. I don’t care what day of the week it is, there’s a wait to get a table. Olive Garden must be doing something right! 

Olive Garden Frisco TX

When the server delivered dinner, she asked us if we wanted some grated cheese on our meals. As she put it on, she asked us if we knew what kind of cheese was used. Parmesan was my guess…wrong! We tossed out a couple of quick follow-up guesses to no avail. My daughters even went online with their phones hoping Google would provide the answer. Nothing! 

We eventually gave in and told her that she won. What was the correct answer? Romano cheese is used. Apparently Parmesan cheese is a bit too spicy for most people so Romano is used unless otherwise requested.

We had a good meal and some fun as well. Next time we’ll be ready!

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Joe T. Garcia’s – A Fort Worth Landmark

The chorus to George Strait’s hit song titled, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” played on a local station today and got me thinking about Joe T. Garcia’s.

Gina and I had dropped by the restaurant, located just south of the Fort Worth Stockyards, after we listed a property in North Richland Hills and I had taken the photo below on my iPhone as we stood in line waiting for a table to open.

Joe T. Garcia's - A Fort Worth Landmark

Copyright 2010 - Tom Branch

Joe T. Garcia’s, known as “Joe T’s” among locals, was first opened on July 4th, 1935. The original restaurant seated 16 people and people would line up for hours to try out the famous enchiladas and hand-made tortillas.

Joe believed that the best form of advertising was word of mouth and did no traditional advertising. Joe and his family provided great meals and great service so despite no traditional advertising their family business flourished and grew.

Joe passed away in the early 1950’s leaving his wife and family to take over the reins. In the 1970’s a garden patio was added and every year after that saw an expansion of the gardens or the addition of a room. Over the years seating capacity has increased to almost 1000 and you still have to wait in line to get a seat!

The next time you’re in Fort Worth consider dropping by this landmark and give the food and hospitality a try! Don’t be surprised if you have to stand in line…

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Fuzzys Tacos in Plano Texas

Fuzzy Tacos - Plano TX - Butt Burning Sauce

©2010 - Tom Branch

You really have to love Texas. Stockton and Denise Helbing introduced us to Fuzzy’s Taco at his “surprise” birthday party this year. The only local location was on the far west side of Dallas and a bit too far to drive.

Somebody must have heard us complaining because Fuzzy’s has opened a location in Plano near US75 and Park. We dropped in the other day for lunch and I chuckled when I saw the bottle of Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce. I tried some and they’re not kidding!

The food is great and far different from other Mexican fast food places. Fuzzy’s has more than a dozen locations in Texas and one in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison? Who knows.

You can visit Fuzzy’s online at

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Hanks Texas Grill in McKinney, TX

Hank's Texas Grill - McKinney, TX

©2010 - Tom Branch

Tired of eating at national franchises where the menus are all the same? Want to experience something out of the ordinary?

Try Hank’s Texas Grill located on the corner of US75 and White Avenue in McKinney, Texas.  Hank’s Texas Grill is a one of a kind restaurant and offers live music as well. 

According to Hank’s website:

Real music by real people!  That is what Hank’s Texas Grill provides.  With a fully equipped sound stage, and the state’s top singer/songwriters, you simply will not find a better venue to enjoy a true Texas experience.

Hank’s is very proud to serve only fresh made from scratch platters.  Also, we offer a variety of steaks, and specialize in our smokehouse bbq, which is smoked daily in house!

Hank’s also provides full service catering.  We can provide you with all you need to have a successful lunch or dinner party.  Click on our catering link to learn more about our catering services.

We enjoyed a great meal with some friends and were able to listen to the band do their pre-show warm-up.  I only wish we had had tickets to the show!

Visit them online at

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR