Those who know me well understand that I am passionate about sharing a good meal with family and friends. Whether its crafted with my own hands or I’m a guest at a favorite restaurant, good food is key to a gathering. Whizzerville Hall is one of those places I trust that never disappoints.
As I write this review, it is worth mentioning that we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected almost every aspect of our lives. Schools, jobs, and businesses have closed. Regulations have limited restaurants to carryout, which as of mid-April, Whizzerville Hall continues to offer. So as the world adjusts to the grim reports of illness, I choose to dwell on the pleasant and the familiar. I seek to return to a sense of normalcy, if only for a little while.
That being the case, I reminisce of a date and time not so long ago, when I introduced and shared this local eatery with close, life-long friends and my family. My family and I eat there often. But for my friends, it was their first experience. I recall, as we entered the restaurant, the nostalgia of distressed hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and the early 1900’s construction paired perfectly with the aroma of comfort food and the warmth of friendly faces. This gem located within McMahan, Texas was once a post office, later a saloon, and is now a pizza joint. It had an abundance of small-town ambiance but it was the food that made a lasting impression. After placing our drink and family-style pizza order, we started with appetizers consisting of wings and cheese sticks that were prepared perfectly with a crisp exterior and a savory melted interior. They were brought to our table within the perfect time frame, before our entrees arrived. Our main course consisted of several specialty pizzas and was large enough to encourage sampling by all. The Longhorn included traditional marinara sauce plus all the meats: Canadian bacon, beef, pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella cheese. The Chick-A-dee included a ranch and wing sauce topped with spicy chicken, bacon, onions and mozzarella cheese. The La Fiesta included spicy salsa ranch topped with beef, onions, jalapenos, tortilla chips, fresh lettuce, tomato, cheddar & mozzarella cheese. And to finish things off, we had a Cheese pizza with a gluten-free crust for my daughter. Our friends raved about this place and look forward to returning when they are in town.
I ultimately judge a place based on two metrics; Would I go back? And how much is it worth? I've been to Whizzerville more than once within the same week and typically eat there at least once a month. As for the cost, its prices are right where I believe they should be. I must say that I look forward to the end of our social distancing because this is a place I can’t wait to get back to.
For their Menu, Location and Hours
A few weeks ago, I took my family on a trip to the beach. It wasn’t a vacation but more of a business trip. Our travels took us to Sargent, Texas. With as much love as I have for the state of Texas, it’s history, geography, and climate, this was the first time I’ve ever been to Sargent. It’s a small town. As in, it doesn’t show up on the top 500 list of cities by population in Texas. Sargent, Texas pop. 2764. However, those folks have to eat. And we stopped at a local restaurant that came highly recommended by one of the local realtors. The name itself caused a little giggle from the wife and mother in law but once we got passed that, along with a google search to verify its authenticity as a family eatery and to judge the menu on its gluten-free options, we settled on Hookers Waterfront Bar and Grill. Due to Covid-19 dine in was only available for seating outside. This was fine by us as the weather was what you would expect to be within a stone throw to the coastline. The menu options were what you might expect from a Mom and Pap Burger joint coupled with a nice option for seafood. They have a place to dock your boat, and that gave me a chance to converse with a gentleman that pulled up in a vessel designed for Floundering. I learned a lot about Flounder. It’s an interesting way to fish, that’s for sure. In the end, we ordered the typical: Burger, roasted chicken, and fried shrimp. And in a rare event, the waitress even asked for details on Sam’s celiac disease to better understand the way she ordered. We haven’t experienced that anywhere else. So, the price was right, the atmosphere was unique, and the service was second to none. Would we go back? Absolutely.