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<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VnbYeyQIszs/T2_oJZKZzhI/AAAAAAAAH5k/hO94M1csI8I/s1600/Garven%2BStore%2B01.JPG"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VnbYeyQIszs/T2_oJZKZzhI/AAAAAAAAH5k/hO94M1csI8I/s200/Garven%2BStore%2B01.JPG"></a><br><span><span>GARVEN: The Garven Store</span><br><span>27304 N Hwy 83</span><br><span>Mountain Home, TX 78058</span><br><span>830-640-3235</span><br><span>Open M-Sat 8-7, Sun 9:30-6</span><br><a href="http://www.garvenstore.com/">www.garvenstore.com</a></span><br><br>If you look at an aerial photo of the intersection of US Highway 83 and State Highway 41, you'll see just a few scattered houses and The Garven Store. Keith and Jackie Dowdy were running the tiny store when we arrived as the sun was setting. They are in a long line of operators, all in the Dowdy family, that had a hand in operating this place since 1932. The store is chocked full of what you'd expect from a convenience store along with a room full of leather biker wear and an extensive line of jerky. I tried a few varieties and they're all incredible. Don't skip anything labeled as spicy. They're no joke.<br><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JCQeRG3kuJQ/T2_oCuccF-I/AAAAAAAAH5Y/ZLA7Mq2vclM/s1600/Garven%2BStore%2B02.JPG"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JCQeRG3kuJQ/T2_oCuccF-I/AAAAAAAAH5Y/ZLA7Mq2vclM/s400/Garven%2BStore%2B02.JPG"></a><br><br>They also have brisket and homemade sausage on the menu. Thin slices of brisket were respectable with a bit of smoke and subtle seasoning, but the star here is the German sausage. A 50/50 beef and pork mixture was seasoned with salt, pepper, red pepper and something else that was hard to identify. When I went back inside and guessed ginger, I got a forlorn look as if they weren't too happy that I guessed it. Not only was the flavor top-notch, but the casing had a good snap and the link were just juicy enough without dripping with fat. Keith joked that they'd only been doing BBQ for eighteen years, so they're still trying to figure things out. I'd say they've got the jerky and the sausage figured out, but the brisket needs some perfecting.<br><br>Rating ***

I love this idea: Go out to eat on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and be a do-gooder without even breaking a sweat. A whole slew of Texas restaurants are part of the first-ever statewide dine-out day next week. If you visit them on Oct. 1, you’ll be promoting Texas foods and wines; on top of that, many restaurants are donating part of their daily profits to Texas food banks. The event is the first-ever Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up, sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Participating restaurants will have special Texas menu items, a fixed-price Texas meal, a Texas food and wine pairing, or a Texas wine list. So go forth and eat (out). Pictured is Rebecca Rather, chef-owner of Rebecca’s Table in Fredericksburg. Click here for a statewide list of participating restaurants.

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