Even if you live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, there’s at least a minor chance you’ve heard of Decatur, Georgia. The city’s been name-dropped in countless rap songs and downtown Decatur has garnered nationwide attention thanks to its assortment of crafty restaurants. Needless to say, I really haven’t encountered too many places in downtown Decatur that I flat out don’t like, but I can say that there are times where a little more camaraderie would be welcomed. I’m not saying every place should feel like the bar from “Cheers,” but sometimes I wanna go “where everybody knows your name” or will at least want to talk about how the Atlanta Falcons better kill it this season.
If you’ve found yourself hoping for such a place then you may want to venture away from the popular Decatur Square and onto a small side street off of Ponce de Leon Avenue where you’ll find Big Tex Decatur, a Texas-inspired eatery where you can find what they claim are the best wings in town and a nice selection of signature cocktails.
I had the opportunity to sample a handful of those signature cocktails last week thanks to the folks at Big Tex and yes, I’ve got a favorite. Favorite’s actually. My eyes always widen whenever I come across a cocktail that includes St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, so I was of course all over “The Surfer Rosa.” A tart and potent cocktail, “The Surfer Rosa” combines my beloved St. German with Anejo tequila, grapefruit juice, ginger beer, lemon juice, and grapefruit bitters.
Another favorite of mine was the “Watermelon Margarita,” a seasonal cocktail that’s ideal for these warm, summer months. The “Watermelon Margarita” is made using fresh watermelon juice so it lacks the icky, syrupiness of your normal flavored-margaritas. It’s thankfully more reminiscent of an actual slice of watermelon than it is a watermelon Jolly Rancher. And while it wasn’t a personal favorite, I can picture the “Orange Crush” being a favorite among those in the market for a refreshingly fruity cocktail that won’t knock them on their feet. And with a combination of Stoli Ohranj, fresh orange juice, Triple Sec, and 7 Up, the “Orange Crush” is ideal for just that.
Since the folks at Big Tex are pretty big on their grub, you can’t leave without sampling something from the menu. I highly suggest the “Shrimp Bites.” From the name you might guess that the “Shrimp Bites” are a highly breaded appetizer that comes complete with some bizarre dipping sauce, but I assure you that is NOT the case. These bad boys are friggin’ delicious. Served on a tortilla chip, the “Shrimp Bites” combine fresh shrimp with guacamole and a chipotle cream. I demolished six of them and was even considering ordering another six to go.
If you find yourself wanting to nibble on Big Tex’s fabled wings or wouldn’t mind sipping on a “Watermelon Margarita” in the near future, you can find Big Tex at 308 West Ponce de Leon Avenue.
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