Valentine's Day in Austin, Top Restaurant and a Train Ride!

The Austin Steam Train Ride

Austin Steam Train Press Photo
Austin Steam Train Press Photo

St. Valentine's Day Fun!

St. Valentine was executed on Feb. 14, about 270 A.D., for secretly marrying couples in defiance of the emperor. He was a clergyman in Rome. Since he is the patron saint of love and marriage, that makes Valentine's day one of the top days of the year to marry!

My husband and I decided to make this our anniversary date and we were married on the lovely island of Maui on St. Valentine's day. This was the most normal thing we had going that day.

I am a born and bred Texan, Bob is a Massachusetts Yankee. We were married by a Mormon judge in a civil ceremony. The wedding was held in a Japanese garden and Christmas flowers were in bloom all over the place. (Poinsettias). That was 18 years ago and we have since moved to Austin, TX and every year we plan an anniversary date in our adopted locale.

More Train Ride Photos

Our train rounding the curve. Photo by L.A. Cargill
Our train rounding the curve. Photo by L.A. Cargill
The IXL Saloon at the lunch stop. Photo by L. A. Cargill
The IXL Saloon at the lunch stop. Photo by L. A. Cargill

Plans for Valentine's Day Brunch in 2010

This year, we plan to check out the famous Fonda San Miguel Restaurant here in Austin. They are well known for their Sunday brunch and this year, Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday so we expect that the buffet will be extra special in 2010!

Fonda San Miguel is located at 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. and we plan to arrive quite early and enjoy a long leisurely brunch. Most of the items served are authentic recipes from seven distinct areas of Mexico and are lovingly prepared by the great cooks at the restaurant.

They are well known for an appetizer called "Angels on Horseback". This is a delectable item made with jalapenos, shrimp, white cheese, and bacon. I make a similar dish called Diablos which is a jalapeno de-seeded, stuffed with cheddar cheese and shrimp, then wrapped with bacon and grilled and smoked.

The Sunday brunch menu includes: large clay ollas (vats) filled with meat dishes often cooked in moles and pipians (sauces made with ground nuts, spices, fruits and seed). Several tables are filled with bowls of salads with zesty seasonings and fresh local vegetables and fruit. The dessert table is not to be missed with the likes of arroz con leche (rice pudding), capirotada (bread pudding) and flan almendrado (almond flan) [From their menu listing at their web site]

I have been waiting for a special occasion to visit this well known Mexican restaurant in Austin. Mexican food is right up there with Bar-B-Que on a Texan's palate.

The Hill Country Flier in Cedar Park, Texas

A marker401 E. Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park, Texas -
401 East Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park, TX 78613, USA
[get directions]

The depot location and where to go to catch the train!

Hill Country Train Ride to offer two Valentine's Day Excursions

The Sweetheart Special Dinner Train on February 13th, 2010: "Celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner on board the Sweetheart Special and you'll have a date to remember! Lounge passengers enjoy a full service meal, while excursion passengers enjoy our fun buffet. Complimentary beer, wine, entertainment and a special gift for each passenger are all included in the ticket price."

The Sweetheart Special Lunch Train on February 14th, 2010: "Celebrate Valentine's Day with lunch on board the Sweetheart Special and you'll have a date to remember! Lounge passengers enjoy a full service meal, while excursion passengers enjoy our fun buffet. Complimentary drinks, entertainment and a special gift for each passenger are all included in the ticket price."

The train ride we took and the one these photos are from included a lunch stop in Burnet, TX. During the stop, the Burnet Gunfighters present their wild west gunfight at the train station before the trains leave at approximately 2:15 pm to return to Cedar Park, TX (gunfight events are weather permitting.) This is the weekly train ride that you can catch on non holidays!

The Hill Country Flier offers three classes of travel: coach, excursion, and lounge. I highly recommend the lounge even though it's more expensive. Somehow the lounge evokes a more train like feel.

Anniversary plans

How do you celebrate your anniversaries?

  • Quiet family time at home
  • A trip to somewhere
  • Dinner out
  • Road trip
  • Other, please comment
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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Runner up restaurants in Austin this year included: Houston's and Hudson's on the Bend. Anyone going there? Do you have some suggestions about other restaurants?


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Sounds like a great trip.


Jon Leishear 6 years ago

Any idea what the ballpark cost at the Fonda San Miguel is?

Thanks


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Their web site doesn't say, but I'll send them an email and let you know!

dining@FondaSanMiguel.com


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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

I have heard good things about Fonda San Miguel, and I am anxious to ride the train. Thanks for the suggestions.


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Jon, they never replied to my email. Maybe a phone call will work?

Betty, oh, do ride the train, it's fun!

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