True to its sunny name, Summerland Public House has become a local favorite, combining small-town friendliness and eclectic, well-prepared food in a casual space in the little West Central Texas town of Menard (pop: around 1300). Our appetizer of crispy fried wonton chips came with a zesty yogurt and cucumber tzatziki dip that was positively addictive. The bacon-wrapped sweet pepper poppers offered a pleasant (and mild) alternative to the more common jalapeño poppers. And the margherita flatbread did not disappoint, its garlic and ripe-tomato base topped with mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, and a novel balsamic drizzle. For our main course, we went for the menu favorite smashburger, the patty all but merging with abundant caramelized onions and cheddar (and so savory and juicy that it demanded multiple napkins). Other menu choices include salads, subs, and homemade bagels. Paper plates and metal trays keep dishwashing to a minimum. Live music weekends.
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Summerland Public House
An eclectic pub-inspired menu is the draw in this bar-turned-ranch-town eatery