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Funny story… Marco and I just arrived in Decatur, Texas, for a weekend of racing for him and hanging out and meeting up with friends for me. We got into town right on time for dinner and followed Tripadvisor’s # 1 suggestion for restaurants in town and got in line at Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes. There were a couple of older locals in front of us and after the waitress told us it would be a wait of about 10-15 minutes, we must have seemed kind of hesitant, because the lady in front of us turned around and said it would be totally worth it. She and her husband live about 30 minutes away and come for dinner frequently. We sat outside on some benches waiting for our table and kept talking to the couple. And let me tell you, it doesn’t get more Texas and country than those two: super friendly, full of local advice, a Texas accent I wouldn’t even have understood when I first got here, cowboy hat with long gray hair sticking out, small cross pinned to the hat, holes in both shoes, … They told us about a food festival in another small town, Munster, that’s supposedly really good with great cheese and sausages… “but you know, dear, I don’t spend much time there. The town is full of them Germans… and… they really drink a lot of beer,” she told me while shaking her head. She was so nice, I didn’t tell her I was one of them 🙂

The food at Sweetie Pie’s was delicious! Definitely the best chicken fried steak I ever had – and as I actually have been to a chicken fried steak festival before. I almost consider myself a connoisseur now 🙂 The baked potato was covered in paper and had been fried in pine resin. Very different kind of taste. I liked it! Somewhat smokey. The baked potato was served with a HUGE chunk of soft butter. And when I say huge, I mean, big enough to where when it arrived at the table, Marco and I were wondering what it could be… Some kind of topping maybe? It was at least a third cup full I’d say. And when the two potatoes arrived the waitress looked at the butter and us… “there’s not enough butter on the table! Let me bring you some more.” We thought she was joking, but alas, no, apparently every baked potato is served with a one third cup of butter on the side. I don’t really eat a lot of butter usually, but it tasted amazing and we shared about half of that third cup. Yummy! I made fast friends with our waitress (supernice local woman who took great care of us), but I don’t think she was too taken with Marco. Maybe because he asked for lemon with his fried catfish. Silly! They didn’t come on the plate, so obviously it wasn’t standard… I don’t know why he didn’t just ask for some more butter instead. It was delicious 😉 And to top it all off, we shared a piece of fried apricot pie. So good! The frosting was worth it in and by itself.

Now, here’s some food porn for you. Enjoy! And drop in when you’re in the area (North of Dallas). Texas food, friendly locals, a fun experience for sure. Oh, and the waitresses sing at random points while walking through the restaurant 🙂

Sweetie Pie's in Decatur

Sweetie Pie's in Decatur

chicken fried steak, a baked potato, and lots of butter

Sweetie Pie's in Decatur

fried apricot pie

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17 Comments

  • Ana O says:

    Yum! I’ll be back next week, I’ll put this place on the must-visit places.
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    • Sabrina says:

      You should! The food is so good. And I have to say, the town looks much cuter than I expected too. The restaurant is right by a cute square. Safe travels back!

  • That is a massive looking chicken fried staek and potato. I am not sure I would be able to finish them both. Were you able to finish and then eat the (Yum) fried apricot pie? Looks so awesome. I am aware of the German food in Texas. I am part German also and we live bear New Braunfels and Wahlberg (Austin). You must sample Uma’s food and visit the 100 year old plus, beer garten in Wahlberg (if you haven’t already)!
    Mike

    • Sabrina says:

      The steak was big and the potato was massive 🙂 I have to admit… I shared some with Marco, so he could try and I had some help, but I did finish it all. And we shared the fried pie. We felt way too full after, so we probably shouldn’t have, but it was too good to resist. Delicious German food and a good old Biergarten? I am in! I tried to google the town, but could only find Walburg close to Austin. Is that it? And what is the restaurant’s name? I really wanna go next time I’m in the area!

  • That is very funny about the town full of beer-drinking Germans. Do you not have a German accent? I have never heard of frying food in pine resin. That chicken fried steak looks delicious, and now I’m really craving one, but I certainly won’t find it in Malaysia. I’ve been to the Walburg Restaurant, and it’s very tasty. You need to go to Wurstfest in New Braunfels (Nov 1-10, 2013) and tell me what a real German thinks of it.
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    • Sabrina says:

      I’m not sure. I think most people can tell for sure that I’m not from here and many can tell that I’m from Germany. I think my accent is not very pronounced, so to this (very, very, country) couple, we probably sounded different, but they couldn’t tell if it was city-speak or Lubbock-speak maybe 🙂 The Wurstfest is now on my calendar. Let’s see if I can make it this year. It sounds like a blast!

  • Pit says:

    Hi Sabrina,
    Thanks for the sharing the info. It certainly looks like a place to go to and eat, even if it’s quite a ways from here. But maybe I’ll pass through Decatur some time (again). The previous time has a special significance for me. Other than that it was just after I had met my wife here – well, then it was quite some time before she became my wife – for the first time, there’s one more incident in Decatur which I’m not going to divulge here. Happy memories!!!
    Re Munster: is that the Muenster near Gainesville, that town with the Germanfest? If so, I recommend it. It’s well worth visting, too.
    Best regards from southern Texas, and have a great weekend,
    Pit
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  • Suki F says:

    Sounds yummy! I’ll try to visit it next time I’m in the area.

  • Racey Burden says:

    This is kind of crazy, I just randomly stumbled upon your blog while looking at random expat posts- I’m from Decatur, and currently living in Arezzo, Italy. Sweetie Pie’s is good, but if you’re ever there again, Casa Torres is the most popular restaurant with the locals. Best chips and salsa ever. I miss it so much! Glad you enjoyed your time in my hometown!

    • Sabrina says:

      I’ll add it on my list. But guess where I am right now…. Italy!! Any tips on Arezzo?

      • Pit says:

        OT
        Hi Sabrina,
        Good to see you’re still around (here)! 🙂
        Take care,
        Pit

        • Sabrina says:

          Hey!!! Still around 🙂 We moved and I got so terribly busy that I forgot all about my blog 🙁 How are you instead??

          • Pit says:

            Hi there!!!
            I know how busy one can get when/after moving. Where did you move to? [Nosy me! 😉 ] Did you know that, a little more than 2 years ago, we moved to Fredericksburg/Texas? So we know about moving. We’re doing fine here. If you find some time for it, maybe you’d want to read up on my blog [https://pitsfritztownnews.wordpress.com/]. And there’s also my “Bilderbuchblog” [https://pitsbilderbuch.wordpress.com/]
            Wherever you are, take care, and maybe we’ll meet again in te blogosphere,
            Pit
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          • Sabrina says:

            Fredricksburg is such a cute city! I always loved passing by. We moved to… Italy! It’s been quite the ride with the preparation, the move, and the getting used to life here, but I’m really enjoying it. Maybe I’ll find the energy to revive Countryskipper one of these days. Part of me really misses blogging and catching up with blogging friends like yourself, but it all just got so time-consuming that became more and more daunting to write and prepare the pictures etc. I’m sure you know what I mean! I’ll check your new blogs for sure.

  • Pit says:

    Italy! My gosh! Now that IS a move, from Texas to Italy! I hope you’ll enjoy life there and that, maybe once in a while, you’ll find the time to keep this blog alive.
    Take care, and cari saluti, as an Italian blogger friend of mine usually says,
    Pit
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