Delightful Finds in Round Rock
A Few Delightful Finds Just Outside of Austin - Round Rock's Hidden Gems!
by Mary Lou F.
Note: This article was originally posted on the OTL Austin Seat Filler site at onthelistaustin.com.
The maps show it as 32 miles from the center of Austin, but it's less than 20 minutes away from Austin hot spots like The Domain.
Round Rock may not offer everything Austin does, but it has its own charm, not to mention restaurants, theaters, shopping, its own minor league baseball team, and other fun things to do.
Let’s start with a restaurant that I didn’t know existed until a short time ago. If you are a fan of Mexican cooking (and most of us are) you need to stop by Taco More.
Tucked in the back of Long John Silver’s and Dairy Queen on the 79 near I 35, this place has the flavors you crave. The menu is a bit hard to understand, but the long-suffering (and still smiling) wait staff are happy to explain what’s what.
On what seemed to be a slow Thursday evening which picked up quickly, the Chile Relleno dinner was easily the best I have ever had.
The ubiquitous salsa and chips hit the table almost before we sat down. The difference in this complimentary appetizer is that the salsa is actually hot. For milder salsa, there is a diverse salsa bar with various accoutrements. I love hot salsa and usually have to ask for it as the usual serving is pretty mild.
I can vouch for the Flautas, Quesadillas, Flan, and Pastor des Leches, dessert for $3.00, imagine, and something cold with delicious chopped shrimp. I have no idea what it is called, but it is good.
My daughter and I enjoyed cocktails before the food was served. Very reasonably priced and, like the food, very good. She had house-made Sangria chock full of fruit and I made short work of a margarita with Mango and Strawberry. The bartender had one half of the glass filled with the mango mixture and the other half with strawberry, a pretty combination that didn’t last very long.
The food is also very reasonable and on a return visit on a Friday, a Mariachi group was playing and singing at the tables.
There is a patio for dining as well as the dining room.
I highly recommend this hidden gem in Round Rock. Try Taco More and see for yourself.
Play for All Abilities Park
Got some little ones at your house. They’ll enjoy the Play for All Abilities Park at 151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd. The Play For All Foundation joined with the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department to expand the park. Work is being done at this time with the park scheduled to re-open in late fall.
The pods at the park are intended to develop specific skills for all children and include a Retreat Pot, Sensory Pod/Sand Box, Rock Bank Pod, All Abilities Swings, and much, much more. This truly is for all children to enjoy. A place for thera-play and just being a kid. Round Rock should be proud to offer the Play for All Abilities Park to local children and their families.
Everybody Loves Live Theater!
Some don’t know it until they experience their first play. There’s no better place for this wonderful experience than the Penfold Theatre.
This local gem is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a love for live theatre in northern Travis and Williamson counties, providing professional theatre performances and educational programs. Their stated mission is to empower artists to create work of the highest caliber and to engage diverse audiences through stories that inspire and impact our community.
Founded in 2007 by Ryan Crowder, Nathan Jerkins, and Sean Martin, Penfold went through a thorough planning and development period and emerged in spring 2008 with its "let us entertain you" attitude.
Penfold produced 29 plays and 11 special events in its first nine seasons. They have gathered quite a number of awards including Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical (2 years in a low), Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Actor. The Penfold has spent several years in the Austin Chronicle’s Top 10 lists.
This upcoming season features a variety of themes from Woman In Black, a hair-raising ghost story, just in time for All Hallows Eve to a winter holiday celebration with A Miracle on 34th Street. It will take a miracle for Kris Kringle to restore the true meaning of Christmas to bustling, busy, New York. On tap for the spring is an adaption of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Let the sparring begin.
Penfold is also offering some special events, including their 8th Annual Fundraising Gala.
For locations, check their website for the event you wish to attend. I will let you in on one location. The performances of A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast is being held in Old Settler’s Hall, and you may wish to attend this show by driving through the Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour first.
You have to wait until December, but Round Rock lights up with its holiday time!
When you combine light displays, carnival rides, and fun food and beverages, it can only mean one thing - it's Christmas Towne.
While the players are getting ready for spring training, the Dell Diamond parking lot is used for something entirely different than the summer-long baseball games. The kids will enjoy the carnival rides and you may be excited to take in some of the entertainment that highlights the event. Penfold Theater's annual holiday show takes place right next door.