What a great off the beaten path place the Welfare Cafe is. I strongly suggest a GPS to find it, or a good navigator. The trick is not to miss the split in the road right at another restaurant (PoPo's). It doesn't look like much from the front (see the photos) but this is one book you definitely don't want to judge by the cover. We were given the choice of dinning inside or outside. It had been a really hot day so where tempted to sit inside but decided to have a peak at "the arbor". One look at the leaves of the wisteria covering the trellises blowing in a nice breeze and we made up our mind, outside it was. We started with a spinach salad that had some local goat cheese and a dressing made with Jalapenos and berries. Then some very good New England blue crab cakes. For our mains i had an excellent dish of chicken breast lightly covered in a glaze made from peaches and jalapenos (hey, it is in Texas ya know) My friend had a cut of pacific grouper baked between 2 slices of pineapple then covered with a yellow curry coconut sauce. The service was that magical balance between keeping our glasses filled but not constantly walking by our table and looking us over. All and all it was a fantastic meal in an almost cliche picturesque setting. The only, and i hesitate to use the word, disappointment, was the dessert menu. And actually I'm not being completely fair on that topic. It's just that we didn't have any dessert because the menu was pretty standard run of the mill stuff. Creme Brulee, chocolate cake, bread pudding in a brandy sauce, etc etc. I'm sure it's all very good, but after seeing all the interesting and creative flavor combinations on the rest of the menu the desserts where just so ordinary sounding. Plus we were quite stuffed.
But i will certainly be making the side trip off of I-10 to dine here when ever i have the chance.