My newest I-35 road trip tradition (along with kolaches at Czech Stop and a run through Style Station) is having a late lunch at the Monument Cafe in Georgetown. Rusty Winkstern, a New York native, opened his restaurant in 1995 and it's been going strong ever since. It's the kind spot where everything comes from the earth (read: seasonal and no canned goods allowed) and they serve fare your grandmother would be proud of. I've now had the most mouthwatering chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes the last two times I've been while also stealing a few - quite a few - crunchy wisp thin onion rings from my kids' plates.
Every meal starts with a complimentary homemade biscuit and butter and this last time I washed mine down with a glass of white. I love how they serve it in a simple short water glass. The cafe is based on roadside cafes of the 20s & 30s and everything down to the ragtime music, chalkboard wall menus, and stainless steel kitchen and fixtures makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. To get there take exit 262 off 35 South or 261 off 35N.