Plus Four Dining in Georgetown, Texas

bread salad

Plus Four Dining

I’m not sure if the number 4 means how many courses you get with the main meal, or how many tables will be filled on a Tuesday night, but it was eerily empty when my wife and I visited for the first time.  The waitress that served us did an average job and didn’t seem to talk about the menu too much, not what you would typically expect from a “fancy” restaurant.  At our experience at Hudson’s on the Bend (I’m still procrastinating on that review), the waiter would tell us the menu and describe almost any dish in painstaking detail if you needed him to.  We were a little reluctant to try this place because it’s been the third restaurant in that same location in probably the past 4-5 years.  If we liked it, would it still be around a year from now?

The Review

The first two dishes we got were a bread starter with 3 types of compound butter and a nice mixed salad.  The bread and butter was good, although I was really hoping for more butter.  As you can see from the pictures above, we really had to spread the butter thin to make it last and I almost licked the plate just so I wouldn’t have to stick a piece of unbuttered bread in my mouth, but reminded myself that I was in public.

I ordered the Pork Tenderloin with Cider Sauce, Bacon-Wrapped Apple, Acorn Squash Risotto and Brussels Sprouts.  Autumn got the NY Strip with Mashed Potato, Spinach and Messy Grilled Corn.

pork-and-cabbage steak

As you can tell by all of the pictures, the restaurant was very dark!  The pork dish (on the left) was good:   The Brussels sprouts had a nice smokey flavor and the Risotto was cooked nicely.  The steak was ordered medium-rare and was cooked perfectly.  Autumn liked my sides better, and we both preferred the steak over the pork.  If it weren’t for the large portions of these main courses, I think we both would have left very hungry.  The dessert was nothing too impressive and ofcourse the portions were pretty small too, but by then we were pretty full.

Conclusion:  This is a nice restaurant in Georgetown, Texas that is convenient to the square and not as pricey as Silver and Stone (Total bill was under $60).  It’s a novel idea to throw in a few courses with your main meal “for free” and prolong the enjoyment of a good meal.  If you’re in a rush to go somewhere, avoid dinner here and skip to the Monument Cafe instead.  If you want a nice meaningful conversation with somebody and nibble like a rabbit before you get stuffed with the main dish, then this is your place.  We would be open to visiting it again, maybe when the menu changes to try something new.  Check our the Plus Four Dining website and let me know what you think!

Williamson County – Healthiest in Texas


It’s pretty neat that Georgetown, Texas has been recognized as one of the best places to retire.  I often send my blog article to people who are considering this town for retirement.  However, I think I found the real reason right here:

County Health Rankings

According to this website, Williamson County ranked #1 out of all the Texas Counties for Health Outcomes.  This ranking is measured by statistics for premature deaths, poor physical health days, poor mental health days, low birthweight, and more!

So, maybe all of these retirees are on to something.

#1 out of 221 counties…not bad.

Riverfront property in Georgetown, Texas – 5/25/09 – REDUCED TO $139,500

In a word: rare

I’ve only sold one riverfront lot in Georgetown and that sold in less than 30 days!

Well, here’s a unique opportunity that probably only comes around once a year, and even less as these lots get built on. First, let’s look at the value. At 3.72 acres and $150,000 – this lot is priced at just over $40,000 an acre! That’s a great price considering the only other 1+ acre lots you can purchase today, and be able to walk to the river from your home, start at $114,000 an acre – almost 3 times the amount!

This lot is very special because there is not only privacy in the back (due to the river ofourse), but also the front. You’ll notice in the survey and the map below that the current owner took great care to coordinate a shared driveway between all three lots to maximize privacy from the road as well as reduce the amount of unsightly concrete that would be needed for access. He also brought utilities to the potential build site…another cost savings to the future owner.

Survey of lot

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If you click on the icons, you’ll see pictures that correspond to that location. Make sure you click on the icon near the river to catch the great view! There’s also an older river view picture to show how high the water could be in a year where it actually rains! 2008 was a pretty dry year.

Stay tuned to this blog for more information. There is a top-notch local builder, Bagwell Custom Homes, that actually has a preliminary elevation and floor plan drawn out specifically to take advantage of trees, view of river, etc. on this lot! Ofcourse you could bring your own builder, but this is also another great opportunity to potentially save some money during the build-out process and work with a local custom builder who already has familiarity with this lot.  The lot is located in Gabriel’s Overlook in the most private area of the community (towards the back).  Access to Parmer Lane is less than 5 minutes away to the West; and Hwy 29 is a fast straight shot to I35 if your commute takes you East.

Updated 2/11:

Elevation sketch of home for this lot.


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I don’t celebrate Halloween in Georgetown, TX, but…

…I will celebrate any discounts I can get!

If you like to try out new restaurants (and who doesn’t?), then is having a promo. Typically you have to spend $10 to get a coupon worth $25 at a local restaurant. The only “catch” is that you have to spend $35 on your total bill or get 2 entrees or something like that. However, if you enter the promo code: PUMPKIN you’ll get an 80% discount! That means you spend $2 for a $25 gift certificate! Not bad eh? Coupons are good for 1 year, so I bought 4 coupons for: Wink, Zoot, Louie’s 106 and Aquarelle

Those are all new restaurants for me with the exception of Wink, and it was good enough to want to go again! Look for these restaurant reviews in the next 12 months on my blog! Have you been to any of these restaurants? I would love to hear your experience and recommendations. Feel free to comment and share with other readers!

By the way, do you want an even better discount? Sign up for an account with and register your credit cards. If you purchase these gift certificates through the link on your account and you purchase your meal with the credit cards that you have registered you’re also saving money towards your child’s education! Man, what a deal! So far, I’ve amassed a total of $83! Wowzers!

3/17/2008 – Louie’s 106 Review

9/2009 – Zoot Restaurant – We went here for lunch, nothing too impressive and enjoyed the sister restaurant “Wink” much better.

10/23/2009 – Wink Restaurant Review

10/26/2009 – Ahhh, I didn’t have enough time to use this coupon before it expired!  If you were a fan on my Facebook page you could have gotten this coupon for free as a giveaway!  What are you waiting for?  Sign up now!

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Don’t forget about Temple, Killeen and Ft. Hood Texas!

You hear a lot about how Georgetown, Texas is such a great place to live for people who work in Austin. But what about 30 minutes in the other direction North? Well, that would land you right in Temple and the entire Killeen/Ft. Hood area. Don’t be scared off by the picture on the left…that would be more like your commute to Austin, then Temple. You see, if you’re heading north, there rarely is any traffic! Heading south into Austin, well, that’s another story.

I have recently had an influx of clients who are working in Temple/Ft. Hood/Killeen and one thing that is important to all of them is the drive time. So here’s a little research I put together thanks to the power of Google maps.

These calculations were done to the entrance of the neighborhood to the Hwy 195 exit 268. You’ll want to add another minute or two to get to the actual home.

These are all close to 10 minutes or less:

Shady Oaks = 4.1 Miles                          (6 Minutes)
Berry Creek/Logan Plateau = 4.5 Miles   (8 Minutes)
Falls of San Gabriel = 5.8 Miles              (9 Minutes)
Georgetown Village = 5.4 Miles              (9 Minutes)
Historic Georgetown Square = 5.4 Miles (9 Minutes)
River Chase = 6.7 Miles                           (9 Minutes)
Wood Ranch = 7.5 Miles                          (11 Minutes)

These are all 15-20 minutes:

Fountainwood Estates = 8.4 Miles              (14 Minutes)
Cimarron Hills = 11.9 Miles                        (15 Minutes)
Woodland Park = 9.1 Miles                          (15 Minutes)
Teravista = 12.2 Miles                                 (15 Minutes)
Mayfield Ranch = 13.7 Miles                       (15 Minutes)
Gabriels Overlook = 12.6 Miles                   (16 Minutes)
Behrens Ranch/Walsh Ranch 14.1 Miles      (16 Minutes)
Escalera Ranch = 12 Miles                           (17 Minutes)

From the Hwy 195 exit 268 to Temple exit 301 is 33.8 miles or 30 minutes. So you can get to Temple from any of these neighborhoods in 36 – 47 minutes one way. If you drive faster you can probably deduct another minute or two. Driving like a Grandma? Well, add another 5 minutes. Anyways, you get the point.

I’d be interested in some actual results! Do you live in one of these neighborhoods and work in Temple? How accurate are these times? Post your results!

Where to get gas in Georgetown Texas at 4am

These days you mention anything with the word “gas” and you can get all sorts of attention…so I’m cheating with this blog post to get some additional readership

If you searched for GAS PRICES, GAS STATIONS, GAS IS GOING UP, GAS IS GOING DOWN and/or GEORGETOWN, TEXAS I hope this blog comes up. Don’t worry, I will actually write something relevant:

My parents and my older sister, Jennie and her whole family, came down from Maryland to visit us a few weeks ago. It was nice, we stayed in a time share at San Antonio and then spent a few days in Georgetown, Texas. Well, since all things must come to an end, it was soon time for me to drive them back to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (just 40-50 minutes from Georgetown). I left at about 4-5 AM since it was an early flight and I needed to get gas. So I went down Williams Drive and thought I would hit the most convenient gas station I saw:

Wow, this looks like a very nice place. Lots of bright lights and existing vehicles tell me that this place is open! However, when I got here, for some reason the first pump would not accept my credit card. As a matter of fact, neither would the second pump I drove to. I tried a debit and a credit card and no luck. What was worse was that the pump started asking me all sorts of silly questions that took me forever to scroll through. WORD OF ADVICE: If you’re in a hurry, and you’re in a hot Texas summer, avoid gas stations that advertise the “TOUCHLESS CAR WASH” Why? It’s just another silly option that they offer and it can delay the whole gas filling process. What happened to the good ‘ole days when the only options you had was the type of gas you wanted. Now, they start trying to sell anything from soda, to oil additives to car washes at the pump!

Anyway, since I struck out at Valero with their non-credit card working pumps I hopped on down to the only other gas station that was open at this hour on Williams Drive:

Another nice looking gas station and gas here was actually a whole penny cheaper! Wow! So I saved about a quarter filling up here. Options were kept to a minimum (no brushless car wash system here) and the pumps actually worked!

So, the next time you come rolling into my part of town, go for the big name in gas: TEXACO. You’ll sweat less (by having less options to scroll through), pay less and be finished quicker!

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Happy 4th of July! – Where to See Fireworks in Austin, Texas

The good folks at Independence Title in Georgetown, Texas put together a list of 4th of July Firework Celebrations around the Texas Hill Country. You can make a fun day trip to Lakeway, Dripping Springs, or just hang out with me at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas! Here are the “hotspots” this year:

The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Friday, July 4, 2008 – 8:30 pm
Auditorium Shores at The Long Center
The Austin Symphony will be under the apt baton of ASO Music Director Peter Bay. The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks will feature patriotic music and the ever-popular 1812 Overture–the latter punctuated by 75-millimeter Howitzer cannons, courtesy of Texas National Guard Salute Battery, and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake

Cedar Park Fourth of July Celebration Friday, July 4, 2008 – 4:00 pm
Milburn Park, Cedar Park, TX
Come celebrate with us and enjoy live music, food concessions, air castles, prizes, video games & lazer tag adventures, a washer tournament, games for all ages, and enjoy free watermelon sponsored by H-E-B. The fabulous day of celebreation will end with a magnificent fireworks display sponsored by H-E-B.

Fire in the Sky
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 6:00 pm
The Sports Park an RR12 South, Dripping Springs, TX
Includes spectacular fireworks display, food booths and live music. DS Sports and Recreation Park.

Sertoma 4th of July in the Park
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 11:00 am
San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, TX
With more than 80 booths, a petting zoo, parade, live entertainment, train rides, fireworks and more (all located on the beautiful San Gabriel River) there’s only one place you should be this 4th of July.

Lago Vista Celebrates the 4th
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 6:30 am
Bar K Park, Lago Vista, TX
It is a time to remember those who have served to protect us all, to celebrate our freedom, and to enjoy each other’s company. It starts off with the Firecracker 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run. This is an opportunity to give your children the same type of memories you had of parades, barbecues, music, and paddling around in the local swimming hole.

Lakeway 4th of July Celebration Friday, July 4, 2008 – 8:30 am
City Park, Lakeway, TX
Fourth of July all day event starting with a fanciful sponsored parade/floats that make their way down Lakeway Drive. Locals then head to the park for a picnic, games for kids, music and the announcement of the float award winners. The rest of the afternoon is usually filled with games, food, drinks and many more surprises. The day is rounded out with fireworks set to music at night.

Leander LibertyFest
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 5:00 pm
Crystal Falls Golf Course, 3400 Crystal Falls Pkwy
Join the residents of Leander celebrate our nation’s birthday at Leander LibertyFest.

July 4th Frontier Days Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 10:00 am
Old Settler’s Park, Round Rock, TX
A freedom walk, parade, jalapeno pepper contest, children’s games, Ballet Folklorico dancers, Sam Bass Shootout and fireworks are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July 4 Frontier Days Celebration 2008.

27th annual San Marcos Summerfest Friday, July 4, 2008 – 11:00 am
San Marcos Plaza Park, 202 N. CM Allen Pkwy
The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration at a new location this year. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, a patriotic program and a fireworks exhibition.

New Braunfels Annual 4th of July Parade and Patriotic Celebration Friday, July 4, 2008
Landa Park, New Braunfels
A wonderful family tradition for many years in New Braunfels. Bring a picnic and enjoy the park, along with a special free concert and a spectacular fireworks display!

Taylor Jaycee’s 4th of July Firework Display and Fajita Cook Off
Friday, July 4, 2008 – 10:00 am
Murphy Park on Lake Drive, Taylor, TX
Festival includes Carnival, Fajita Cook Off, Bicycle Parade, tennis tournament, and fireworks at dark.

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