Midday Mafia: Hanging Tree offers diners a daytrip with food, atmosphere
Editor's note: The Midday Mafia is made up of five locals who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. Names have been changed to protect the guilty and are as follows: The Don, Two Taps, Walnuts, Jack the Knife and Jimmy Three Cheese. The Midday Mafia will run every other Thursday in Get Out.
Just south of Highway 59, on the north side of the Courthouse Square in Goliad, sits an eatery named after a tree used to carry out sentencing from 1846 to 1870. Think about that. Since before the Civil War, this mighty oak has been there and has seen men hanged. No wonder that appealed to the Midday Mafia; we like that kind of stuff - history, that is.
We also like great food, good prices and fun atmospheres. The Hanging Tree does not disappoint. The place is spacious, and we had room to carry on and cut up as we are prone to do. Nobody said a word.
The menu is varied with a homestyle theme. We shared a plate of "country club" nachos - just beans, cheese and a jalapeno slice on top. It's the perfect start to the ideal meal.
Looking around the table, I saw a California club sandwich with homemade potato chips, a chicken-fried ribeye that was amazing, a chicken-fried steak, tomato basil soup and a salad. The burger looked juicy and was large. Everybody got really quiet, and that says a lot in our bunch.
My chicken-fried steak came with a potato choice, sliced carrots and a soup or salad. I opted for the chicken and dumplings and was surprised that a huge bowl appeared from the kitchen, in addition to a steak that hung over the sides of the plate. After the nachos, I took half of each home and ate the soup for lunch later in the week. It was awesome the first time but even better the second time around.
Locally owned and operated since 2007, this place has a feel of permanence that says it is here to stay. Goliad has several places to dine that are worth the short drive, such as La Bahia and Agave Jalisco. But we have lots of Mexican food in Victoria. For a nice, easy day trip, give Hanging Tree a try. Until you do, fuhget about it.
Know of an area eatery worthy of the Midday Mafia? Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and like them on Facebook, facebook.com/pages/Midday-Mafia, they want to be "liked," too.