The Homeplace in Tuscola

If you’ve skimmed through some of my previous postings, you probably already know that I have an appreciation for all things delicious. I thoroughly enjoy discovering new foods and interesting atmospheres in which to enjoy them. This passion tends to lead me to find the best restaurants and tastes in and around the Abilene area. We are fortunate to have such a great (in my opinion) food scene. Not only do we have numerous chains, we have plenty of terrific mom-and-pop stops as well, that specialize in what I call “West Texas” fare. You know, your down-home, comfort food.

So, if you’re in search of ol’ fashioned home cooking, you should consider venturing out to The Homeplace. It’s located at 2034 CR 131 in Tuscola, approximately 20 minutes outside of town. I visited on a Sunday, when they have their full buffet. Including: chicken fried steak, fried chicken, macaroni-and-cheese, green beans, potato salad, house salad, mashed potatoes and yeast rolls. Everything is piping hot, fresh and made from scratch. Let’s just say, Grandma would definitely approve. The staff is also very attentive and gracious, bringing that added element of southern hospitality. They keep a watchful eye for empty drinks or those needing extra napkins! After your meal, you can choose from several dessert options from the menu. Those are not on the buffet. I opted for one of my favorites – hot bread pudding – while my mom (and travel buddy for the day) got the traditional chocolate cake. Not ready for dessert just yet? Just go back for seconds on the buffet. It’s totally allowed. The price is also very reasonable. For under $25, we got our buffets, 2 desserts and 2 drinks.

Delicious "West Texas" fare at The Homeplace

After your meal, browse the Country Store (their gift shop). It is filled with fun treasures for any budget – canned sauces and preserves from the restaurant, cookbooks, jewelry, gardening tools and a wide variety of fresh lavender products from their own patch. Meanwhile, outside, you can take in the ambiance of the farm area that surrounds the restaurant. It is beautifully landscaped and taken care of. They have several different gardens of vegetables, herbs, flowers and even have some antiques placed amongst walking paths. We had a blast trying to figure out what some of those antiques were used for “back in the day.” Not in the mood to do the walking tour? That’s okay, they have plenty of benches that invite you to sit and enjoy the serene surroundings – or if you want a little more action (great for the little ones) they have a basket of different balls on the porch – perfect for play on the lush lawn. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Homeplace is open at 5 p.m. and seats until 8 p.m. On Sunday, they open at 11 a.m. and seat until 1:45 p.m. Their buffet items change day-to-day, so for more information, check out their website.

Look for next week’s blog as I share Part 1 of great outdoor dining options in Abilene!