The Z and I had been meaning to get out to Mac & Ernie's Roadside Eatery in Tarpley for over a year, ever since accompanying our PRCR compadres at a Central Market cooking class last spring. Actually it was more of a drink wine/watch chef Naylene Dillingham-Stolzer fry quail and grill lamb chops and spin yarns about cooking excellent food in a wall-less kitchen atop a concrete slab w/ nothing but propane burners and some prep tables.
Mac & Ernie's is famous for its lunch only cabrito burgers. This goat, in fact, is the restaurant's raison d'etre; Naylene raised them, but here in the land where beef is king she had a hard time finding a market. Thus, in 1999, the Roadside Eatery was born.
Alas, we were there for dinner, so the cabrito burgers were not to be. But we sated ourselves handily with the mahi mahi (w/ lemon aioli and greek yogurt sauce), grilled ribeye, fried catfish (it takes some skill to make catfish not taste like bottom-feeder, and M&E performs the task w/ precision), fried scallops (they look like hushpuppies and taste like fried butter), and homemade chocolate cream pie.
Clean living indeed. And we'll be back for lunch.
MAC & ERNIE'S ROADSIDE EATERY
11804 FM 470
Tarpley, TX 78883