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All over the prairies of Texas the lupines buds are swelling about ready to bust forth in indigo blue. I love Texas in the spring when the Indian Paintbrush and Mexican Pinwheels and winecups give only small relief from those fields of blue. I am sure Heaven’s going to have a bit of this…

So … here’s the skinny.. all you new mothers and fathers and old aunts and granny’s and gigi’s and paw paws and whoever else.. you’re all going to be compelled to go out and take a pic..

See.. been there, done that..glad I did.. would do it again…happy I did…

So I’m here to tell you the three best  places to eat, if you find yourself around Hempstead in Waller County. I’m talking real good places to eat. Like out of the ordinary.

I promise.. no kidding.. these three restaurants will make your picture taking adventure and spring family outing… well, delightful, scrumptious, satisfying… and you get your pick! What I am offering here is an unbiased, tried and tasted, smorgasbord of delight for any palate.

1.  In the mood for BarBQ? Try Hill Country. This is some amazing barbq…it’s always good. The chopped beef is real, the ribs are fall of the bone, and if you want, you can have ’em pack it up for you! Kid friendly (they might even be serenaded by the owner), open Tuesday – Saturday! On Hwy 6 between Hempstead and Navasota.

2. Interested in the best fried, panko battered shrimp you have EVER had? Try T&C Seafood in the Field Store Community. (I LOVE french fries but here they got good fried rice.. fries… fried rice.. fries.. sometimes I just order both). Open every day, all day… at least I haven’t ever seen them closed.. well except that one time their propane went out. When you see the two blue water towers that say ‘Field Store’ on them, look for the little strip shopping center in the middle of nowhere.  On Hwy 1488

3. When is a tea room not a tea room? When it’s in the back of a nursery next to a Hometown Ace Hardware Store in Hempstead, Texas. The Garden Cafe at the Blue Bonnet Herb Farm. This fare is hearty, homemade, scrumtous come-to-supper food. Baked Spaghetti, homemade dressing on fresh salad greens, and homemade beer batter bread… your mouth watering? If Ms. Mary Helen is serving Apple Crisp… GET IT! Only one word of explanation. OMG. Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Kids would have fun on the patio.

Happy Bluebonnet hunting ya’ll.