Tag Archives: Marble Falls

Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas: A Pictorial Review

Ginger and Spice on Foodio54

Ginger & Spice on Urbanspoon

We took so many pictures during our lunch at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas, that I decided to include a pictorial review post, too.

Ginger & Spice is oh-so nice, and well-deserving of all the publicity the restaurant can get. Get ready for our Christmas party order, because I’m already drooling over what we will eat!

Enjoy the pictorial. It’s one of my favorite types of posts.

The front entrance of Ginger & Spice Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar.

Ginger and Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Ice cold water with a lemon slice, fresh lemonade, and  strong Thai tea.

Ice water, lemonade, Thai tea at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

The salad bar.

Salad bar at Ginger and Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Salad bar sushi rolls at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas.

Salad bar tempura at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Salad bar condiments at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Salad bar sushi rolls at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas.

Salad bar toppings at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas.

Salad bar soups at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Appetizer plate from the salad bar.

Salad bar sampling at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas.

Tom jerd with tofu soup

Tom jerd with tofu soup at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Saigon noodles

Saigon noodles at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Spicy tuna roll

Spicy tuna roll at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Chef’s choice 7-piece sushi platter

Chef's choice sushi at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Takeaway

Ginger & Spice is located at 909 Second Street in Marble Falls, Texas, 78645. The phone number is 830/693-7171. The hours of operation for lunch are Monday thru Friday, 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The hours of operation for dinner are Monday thru Thursday, 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.; Friday thru Saturday, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Eating Nice at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas

Ginger and Spice in Marble Falls, TexasGinger and Spice on Foodio54

Ginger & Spice on Urbanspoon

It’s a goofy headline, but it’s true. You will eat nice at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas. If you dig Thai and sushi, Ginger & Spice fits the bill. As you know, Thai and sushi are two of my favorite cuisines.

The first time we scouted Ginger & Spice for a potential foodie review, we did take out. The food was fantastic. I told Afriel that we had to go back when we could eat in. (Of course, my motivation was to try the sushi.) Afriel agreed, and recently we were able to eat lunch at Ginger & Spice.

Gotta say, like many places in Marble Falls, the parking sucks. It’s a shame, because the little dining establishments are trying to make a living and yet customers face terrible parking situations. We asked what people do during busy times. We were told that folks can park across the street. There is a small lot situated across the street from Ginger & Spice, but it fills quickly. We had to park down the street in front of an insurance office. I must say that Ginger & Spice’s staff were extremely apologetic about the parking situation. I only asked because it’s of interest to me. I like seeing how businesses overcome weaknesses, and how businesses respond to situations that are challenges. Ginger & Spice gets a gold star for rising to the occasion and acknowledging the problem and apologizing. Doesn’t make the problem go away, and who knows how parking will be handled as Marble Falls grows, but at least the folks running the business are aware that parking is an issue.

Once we were seated, we told our waitress that we were bloggers who would write about our experiences. She was extremely gracious, and remained that way throughout our meal. We don’t always mention that we’re writers when we eat out, and in most cases, when we do, it’s as we are paying the bill. In this case, I have to say Ginger & Spice was phenomenal. All the staff were as courteous and congenial as when we ordered take out during our prior visit. I am a big appreciator of consistency in customer service.

The salad bar was open, and that intrigued me. For an additional but nominal cost, I could frequent the salad bar for salad, sushi rolls, soup, fruit, and various appetizers. It was amusing to see that the menu specified “In order to keep our costs down, we ask that customers do not eat only the appetizer bar with the intention of taking you [sic] entree home!!! (only small box can be given)”. Course, I was raised in a very strict world of manners and culture: You don’t take more than you can eat, you don’t feed others your food, etc. I have to wonder what happens, in Marble Falls, when people have access to the salad bar at Ginger & Spice. Do people not mind their manners? It’s pretty darn sad when Ginger & Spice has to spell out how the salad bar works.

I asked Afriel to come to the salad bar so she could snap a few photos and check out what was offered. The salad bar was less than I expected, but probably more than some people would care for. It was nothing fancy, but the salad bar contained the staples you would expect. More so, there were a few items I definitely want to check out during our next visit to Ginger & Spice.

Salad bar sampling at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas.
Salad bar sampling. From left to right: spring roll, vegetable tempura, and sushi rolls. At the top, rice pudding with fruit.

The tom jerd with tofu soup was ah-mazing! It’s an Asian version of chicken soup, and one of those ultimate comfort foods the hedonist within me loves to indulge in. I told Afriel that I definitely would want tom jerd with tofu if I were sick with a chest cold. The broth was simple yet savory with a deep, nourishing touch. There’s nothing that stood out about the soup yet it was so damn comforting! Total yummy goodness.

Tom Jerd with Tofu soup at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas
Tom Jerd with Tofu soup

Big kudos to Ginger and Spice’s chef for the soup. It was excellent!

Afriel ordered from the lunch menu. She had the Saigon noodles, which she jealousy guarded from my wandering chopsticks. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a bite of this luscious bowl of noodles, but judging from Afriel’s expressions while she ate, the meal was absolutely delicious. In case you’ve never had an Asian dish like this, you pour the little bowl of sauce over the noodles. Utterly good, ya’ll.

Saigon noodles at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas
Saigon noodles

I read a review that the sushi at Ginger & Spice wasn’t as fresh as it could be. Well, coming from the experience of eating sushi fresh off the boat, why in the hell would you expect a Marble Falls eatery to have sushi as fresh as what you’d get in Seattle? Comparing the sushi I’ve eaten when I’ve traveled to Seattle to what I can eat in Marble Falls isn’t fair. Comparing the sushi I ate at Ginger & Spice to what I pick up at HEB is a fair comparison. It may even be fair to compare Ginger & Spice to my fav Austin sushi bar, Uchi.

I ordered the spicy tuna roll and the chef’s choice 7-piece sushi platter. My sushi platter actually came with an additional nigiri, which I was delighted to find. A girl can never have too much sushi! If you aren’t sure which sushi is what, this site has a great guide. And no, I didn’t eat the nigiri with my fingers (this visit), although sometimes I do!

Spicy tuna roll at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas
Spicy tuna roll

I can honestly say, the spicy tuna roll and chef’s choice sushi was wonderful. The roll was freshly made, everything smelled delish, and the texture and cut of the nigiri was spot on. I could see the food was prepared with care and love. Would I get it again? Heck yeah, and I plan on it for the Big Grey Horse Media Christmas Party. It’s an annual tradition, ya’ll!

Chef's choice sushi at Ginger & Spice in Marble Falls, Texas
Chef’s choice sushi with salad

I admit that I’m tough to please. Thai and sushi are my two favorite cuisines, and I am fortunate to have eaten both cuisines at some of the best eateries in America. I’m picky as hell and at this point, I inwardly cringe, just a little, when it’s time to try a new restaurant. I gotta relay the note I wrote in my iPhone after I’d finished my lunch at Ginger & Spice.

The note simply said, “This was one of the best lunches I’ve had in a long, long time.”

Kudos, Ginger & Spice. You hit the nail on the head with this one!

Click here for our pictorial review of Ginger & Spice.

 

Takeaway

Ginger & Spice is located at 909 Second Street in Marble Falls, Texas, 78645. The phone number is 830/693-7171. The hours of operation for lunch are Monday thru Friday, 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The hours of operation for dinner are Monday thru Thursday, 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.; Friday thru Saturday, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Lunch at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas

Jen Cayce of the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.
Jen Cayce of the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.

Noon Spoon Cafe on Foodio54

Noon Spoon Cafe on Urbanspoon

There’s a one in a million chance you’ll meet someone who’s bright, successful, adorably pretty, and full of energy. Jen Cayce possesses all of these qualities. We recently met her when we had lunch at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.

When we arrived at the Noon Spoon Cafe, the parking lot was full. We had an appointment with Jen at 1:15 p.m., a little past lunchtime. I was impressed that the cafe was still rockin’ after lunch.

Inside, the restaurant was about 80% full. Everyone seemed happy and the place was filled with lively conversations. I saw a representation of every age eating there, but the predominance was senior citizens. Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas

Jen wasn’t there when we arrived, so we had plenty of time to take in the Noon Spoon Cafe. The walls are decorated with beautiful colors – Jen definitely took her time choosing from different color palettes. The artwork is done by Austin artist, Terri McGee.

When Jen arrived, the entire room lit up. She’s a tiny, petite woman who is full of positive energy. She had big smiles and thanks for the interview. We sat at a large, wooden table in a corner and began chatting.

Jen started cooking when she was a little girl. She was inspired by both her mother and grandmother (her “Mimi”). Jen was obsessed with cooking. At least that’s what her family told her! She carefully watched the women in the kitchen and learned as much as she could. This obsession led Jen down a golden path.

Jen opened the Noon Spoon as a food delivery business after she graduated from college. She ran the business with four employees, for several years, before taking a commercial property management job in Austin. Seven years later, Jen was back in Marble Falls with the reincarnated Noon Spoon Cafe.

What began as a vision beautifully merged into a restaurant that grew from 28 to 68 seats and nine employees over a span of five years. The Noon Spoon Cafe has a big following in the Highland Lakes area. Jen’s customers eat at the Noon Spoon Cafe one to four times weekly.

The favorite menu items are the chicken avocado quesadillas, the daily specials (they always sell out by 1:30), the soups, and the strawberry spinach salad. (I hope you’re taking notes so you know what to choose when you visit!)

How has the Noon Spoon Cafe achieved this success in a so-called rotten economy where everyone’s afraid to spend money? Word-of-mouth marketing is the most powerful advertising tool Jen has.

And the food? It’s fresh! Jen believes in organic, fresh food. Her suppliers make multiple deliveries weekly. As you’ve already guessed, Jen’s a hands-on owner. She oversees all aspects of the kitchen and calls herself a “yes” girl. If a customer asks for it, you can bet they are gonna get it.

After all this talk, we were hungry. Jen invited us back to the kitchen after whipping up two treats.

Stuffed Tomato & Avocado at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas

Simply delicious, good food. The stuffed tomato and avocado.

Complete with crispy-fresh greens and organic sunflower sprouts.

And this.

Triple Chocolate Cake at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.

I think you need to see the Triple Chocolate Cake one. more. time.

Triple Chocolate Cake at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.

The sauce on the Triple Chocolate Cake is a carefully guarded secret. You’re not gonna pry this recipe away from Jen’s hands. I will let you in on a little secret: The flavor of the sauce changes depending on which food you’re eating – the ice cream, chocolate cake, or strawberries.

I’ll wrap up this most pleasurable blog post by saying: Anyone who can laugh at the small parking lot they’ve got in front of their restaurant is good people.

Noon Spoon Cafe t-shirt

Her parking lot does stink. I admit it. We had to park next door at the nursery. Course, if everyone in town wasn’t eating lunch at the Noon Spoon Cafe, there would be ample parking. Ha!

Keep your eyes on this dynamo cutie from Marble Falls, Texas. We’ve got some great gems in the Highland Lakes area, but few are human. Jen is a rare blend of beauty, brains, guts, and determination.

 

See Jen Cayce at Edible Austin’s Edible Escape 2013 event to be held September 29, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. You’ll get some tasty treats and have the opportunity to visit with Jen – all for $35 if you purchase your tickets early. Tickets are $45 at the door. This event includes wine and food tastings from local restaurants and vineyards, a chef demonstration, an artisan demonstration, and the Texas Winemakers Panel. Live music, too, ya’ll, provided by the Marshall Ford Swing Band.

 

Takeaway:

The Noon Spoon Cafe is located at 610 Broadway Street in Marble Falls, Texas 78654. The phone number is 830-798-2347. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. You can dine in or take out. The Noon Spoon Cafe offers vegetarian dishes and you can request gluten-free options. Breakfast is served all day.

And seriously, folks, eat the Triple Chocolate Cake!

Brunch at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas

Blue Bonnet Cafe on Foodio54

Blue Bonnet Cafe on Urbanspoon
Revisiting an old friend rocks! Recently, we had brunch at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, after running errands in town. It was a simple meal: a Spanish omelette and coffee for me, and a grilled chicken sandwich and lemonade for my daughter.

I didn’t disclose who I was or that I would be blogging about our meal (I’ve written about the Cafe before). I wanted to take in the Blue Bonnet Cafe as a first-time customer since I haven’t visited in a few years.

Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
Spanish Omelette with Texas Toast and Hash Browns

One thing I really dig about hometown cafes are the omelettes. Blue Bonnet Cafe’s are exactly what you’d expect from a hometown eatery: fresh eggs, melted cheese, and the goodies of your choice tucked neatly inside. While the salsa is pretty typical for this kind of establishment (i.e., not authentic), it’s spicy hot and a great accompaniment. The hash browns are okay, but not my favorite. I use ketchup in abundance with a generous sprinkling of salt to add flavor.

Because of the portion size, this is one meal where you’ll forget about counting calories.

Blue Bonnet Cafe’s coffee is always hot as fire and black as night. I dig mine with half ‘n half and white sugar, both of which are found conveniently on your table. Need more? Ask!

Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
Check out the ham in this huge omelette!
Texas toast at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.
Texas toast slathered in butter.

Surrounded by a whole wheat bun, my daughter’s grilled chicken sandwich was tender and paired with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. This entree comes with a generous serving of french fries. Wash down this delicious lunch with lemonade and you have a winner!

Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
Grilled chicken sandwich with french fries.
Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
French fries sprinkled with pepper.

Come one, come all, come enjoy. Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, will always greet you with a smile and keep you happy throughout your meal!

Takeaway

The Blue Bonnet Cafe is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and Sunday (6 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.). The Cafe is located at 211 Highway 281, Marble Falls, Texas 78654, with parking behind the establishment. Checks and cash (no credit cards) are accepted with an ATM on site for customers’ convenience. As of this writing, the main entrance (Hwy 281) to the Cafe is closed due to construction. Turn on 3rd Street to access Blue Bonnet Cafe’s parking lot. For more information about the Cafe, visit www.bluebonnetcafe.net or call (830) 693-2344.

Homemade Ice Cream at Thai Niyom Restaurant

Thai Niyom Restaurant on Foodio54

Thai Niyom on Urbanspoon
Add a little bit of cool to your day. Order a bowl of ice cream at Thai Niyom Restaurant in Marble Falls. I promise you won’t regret it.

Coconut Ice Cream at Thai Niyom in Marble Falls, TexasThis isn’t your typical ice cream, so be prepared. Blue Bell doesn’t have anything on Mama’s (Oranthai, the chef) homemade ice cream. This luscious creation is hand-crafted vanilla ice cream blended with fresh, minced coconut. If that isn’t enough yummy goodness for you, ask for the ice cream to be served on top of sticky rice with sweet milk.

This photo doesn’t do the dish justice. You have to eat the ice cream to fully appreciate it. The danger? You will become addicted! At all hours when Thai Niyom is open, you will find yourself calling in an order of ice cream to go.

This item can be seasonal, so be sure to ask if the ice cream is available. For a summer treat, it beats the mango rice hands down.

With triple digits following Central Texas into September, ice cream is a must-have. Thai Niyom is known for preparing food with love. The ice cream dessert is no exception.

Enjoy!