I couldn’t wait to taste what people have been talking about in this tiny town and our trip out West didn’t disappoint.
The remodeled downtown building has an eclectic mix of modern and industrial decor with a hint of an old-fashioned feel. The openness of the Rancho Pizzeria restaurant along with the mix of locals and road trippers make the atmosphere and inviting one.
Our feast included a Caesar salad that was divine. Whole romaine lettuce leaves, a sprinkle of capers and a fresh mix of dressing filled the plate. The wood-fired the pizza came out to the table hot and cooked to perfection – crispy and light. The high-quality, and fresh ingredients reminded me of meals I would find in Fort Worth or Dallas, not in a town of a little under 5,000 people. The bottle of craft root beer topped my meal off, and the kind and attentive staff closed out our lunch. While the prices aren’t like a Dairy Queen meal, they are justified by the quality, atmosphere, and excellent service.
The day-to-day fare of pizza and panini’s are served during lunch, but when the weekend rolls around Rancho Pizzeria, at times, offers 3-course fare including burgers, steaks, meatloaf and other specials of the day.
Rancho Pizza isn’t the first destination the Williamsons’ are know for in these parts. Rancho Loma, their five-room B&B, and restaurant, in nearby Talpa, has been featured in Vogue, TexasHighways.com, and many other magazines. Additionally, they have other projects in the works in Coleman, including a coffee shop, farmer’s’ market, art gallery, winery and more along the main drag. The coffee shop should be opening on October 24th, just in time for the Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival – another labor of love from the Williamsons’. The festival will showcase local chefs pairing cactus inspired cuisines, Texas wineries, a brewery along with live music and arts and crafts.
If you’re in Coleman check out Bonneville, a mid-century furniture store. A Wing and a Prayer and Uncommon Goods, have a variety of goods that are worth the stop. Don’t miss Owl Drug where you can plop down on a bar stool, get an old-fashioned root beer soda, a hamburger or slice of pie served by some of the nicest folks around. The Owl Drug has been around since 1923, and it’s one of the last remaining original Drug Store Soda Fountains with a Grill serving old fashioned breakfast or a lunch straight from the 50’s. Also, make sure to sign the wall and take a look at all the travelers who have signed from around the world.