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RESERVATIONS

Casual Fine Dining in Historic Uptown Brownwood

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Welcome to the Turtle

Your destination for food prepared from locally available seasonal ingredients. Slow Food is also simply about taking the time to slow down and to enjoy life with family and friends.

We at The Turtle try to provide a place to relax and enjoy the conversation of your family and friends while celebrating the diversity of the earth’s bounty.

We feel that the enjoyment of good food and conversation is essential for happiness. We are dedicated to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community. We advocate the return to conversation centered leisurely meals. We think a firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.

Our menu changes with the seasons in order to provide you with the freshest possible produce and a variety of taste experiences. We are making every effort to support local growers and encourage our customers to direct us to new sources.

RESTAURANT


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LUNCH

at the Turtle features soups salads and a variety of sandwiches on savory house made breads. We buy Heart Brand beef. These Texas Akaushi cattle are 100 percent pure and are direct descendants of the Mount Aso region's revered Akaushi herds that are a National Treasure and protected breed by the government of Japan. HeartBrand Beef Incorporated has respected the deep Japanese traditions and embraced the healthy results of source-verified herd management in a natural environment. HeartBrand Beef has developed and implemented a comprehensive vertically integrated quality control and natural production system from conception to consumption that excludes the use of growth hormones. Our yard eggs come from various local egg ladies. We only serve Smart Chicken, air chilled, never brined, feed only grains all to maximize flavor and minimmize environmental damage. Due to the extended drought it has been difficult to obtain local vegetables. We have our own herb garden have started experimenting with sprouts.

DINNER

can be casual or formally coursed. Our dinner menu always features pasta, beef, pork or lamb, chicken or duck, and occasionally a sea creature. Chef Bubba brings ideas from many cultures to the table and there are seasonal if not daily changes made to the menu. We make everything from scratch and fresh as possible - that's our one guiding principle.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Our candle lit private dining room is perfect for weddings, luncheons, anniversaries, birthdays and special events of any kind, seating up to 44. Entire restaurant seats 88 or 100 for standing hors d'oevres. Patio and garden also available for parties and special events up to 60. You may reserve the Chef's table in the wine room for intimate dinners or tastings seating up to 10. We frequently sponsor special events.

RESTAURANT HOURS

Weekend Brunch: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch (Tue-Fri): 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Dinner(Tue-Sun): 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

ENOTECA (WINEBAR) HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday 5:00PM-CLOSE

325-646-8200

GELATERIA


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GELATERIA HOURS

Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 AM - CLOSE

325-646-8200

THE TURTLE GELATERIA is a Gelato World Tour finalist 2014.

We make 16 fresh flavors of Italian ice cream and sorbetto each week You will be surprised and delighted by regional flavors such as Peanut Butter Straciatella, or Dulce de Leche and our award winning Bourbon Caramel Pecan, in addition to traditional Italian flavors such as Hazelnut and Lemon.

WHY GELATO IS BETTER THAN ICE CREAM

Gelato is lower in butterfat, has less air and much more flavor than American style ice cream. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates ice cream in the United States. That means any product labeled “ice cream” must contain a certain amount of milk fat—10% or more. Most premium ice creams have a milk-fat content between 14% and 17%. A stick of butter is 18% fat. Ice cream is half air so a small cup of gelato actually contains more product than the same size cup of ice cream. Our small contains as much product as their medium. Gelato tastes rich and creamy (even our sorbettos have a creamy mouth feel) because our Italian made gelato machine makes the ice crystals so microscopic that you can't feel them. Since gelato is only 3% to 10% percent milk fat your taste buds are not coated in fat which lets you taste more flavor.

ENOTECA


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THE TURTLE ENOTECA IS Award Winning!

Serving 20 wines by the taste, glass, or bottle. Specializing in Italian, Spanish and Texas wines. Wine Enthusiast Magazine called The Turtle Enoteca "one of the nation's most wine friendly restaurants for 2009! Award of Distinction" The Turtle Restaurant received a partnership award from Rioja DOCa for promoting Rioja wines in 2014.

For our beer drinking friends we have many kinds of micro-brewed beers by the bottle from Texas, Colorado, and California.

Mary Stanley is the beverage director and captains our bar and wine room. Her craft cocktails are inspired by mentors in Austin and New Orleans. On special occasions you will find The Tipsey Texan and other rare cocktailians guest bartending. She is a member of the United States Bar Tender's Guild, and won a spot out of 450 bartenders nationwide to attend Wild Turkey's first "Behind The Barrel" program at their distillery.

Our Enoteca menu features small plates including our fabulous Roman-style pizza baked in our Italian hearth ovens.

WELCOME TO THE ENOTECA

The Turtle Enoteca value-driven wine list features nearly 100 wines under $100. Our wines like our food are never static. Labels range from the best of local Texas winemakers to Spain and Italy with a sprinkling of grapes from the rest of the world. We choose wines from makers who put as much love and care into their wines as we do into our food and we encourage you to try grapes you don't know. Twenty wines are available from the nitrogen dispenser by the glass or taste so you do not have an excuse to try something unfamiliar just this one time. There is a delightful menu of small plates and thin crust gourmet Roman pizzas baked on our Italian cement hearths. You may also order from the restaurant dinner menu.

ENOTECA HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday 5:00PM-CLOSE

BAKERY


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Some of the fresh house made breads
you may find on our seasonal menu:

  • daily baguette
  • Cibatta
  • rosemary Olive bread
  • Kiefer Pear and Black Pepper Corona
  • Stone Ground Rye Onion Buns
  • Challah
  • Danishes

We also specialize in entremetes, European pastries , and
classic desserts

Desserts may include:

  • Intense Chocolate Entremet
  • Coconut Mousse Entremet
  • Carrot Cake Entremet
  • Citrus Cheesecake
  • Turtle Cheesecake
  • Creme Brulee
  • White Chocolate Apricot bread Pudding
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart
  • Cannoli

...and of course 16 flavors of gelato and sorbetto

ABOUT US


OUR CHEF de CUISINE: John D. Segura

Chef J.D. Segura, a South Texas native, was classically trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He began his training at the age of seventeen, shortly after graduating high school in 2004. Upon completion of his degree plan and an extensive externship, he received an Associate of Occupational Studies in Le Cordon Bleu - Culinary Arts.

After graduation, he returned to Texas, and began working within the industry while attending the University of Texas at San Antonio. Segura took in the local cuisine and culture while obtaining a Bachelor's and Master's of Art in English with an emphasis in creative writing and literary theory.

As a result, all of these external influences have played a role in developing his palate. As a chef, Segura finds the subtle crisp and light flavors of California cuisine and the robust characteristics of the greater San Antonio area's fine dining experience to be a wonderful contrast that impacts how he not only creates dishes, but presents them on the plate. Yet, as a writer and published poet, Segura is aware that one cannot be limited to a specific style and must learn to grow and cut new facets of the craft. Thus, he hopes to bring you creative and exciting dishes that can tantalize everyone's tastes here at the Turtle Restaurant; after all, as Virginia Woolf once said, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well".

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THE TURTLE HISTORY

When opening the restaurant almost thirteen years ago, owners Mary & David Stanley had long been frustrated in their attempts to procure locally produced beef, lamb and venison. It seemed illogical to them to see these animals in the fields each day and still be forced to purchase them from as far away as New Zealand.

It has taken a lot of dedication to grow connections with local producers. Mary and David, wishing to reduce the distance that food travels to reach the table, design their menus to feature items within their seasonal availability.

Mary Stanley is the Gelato Artisan and chocolatier for the Turtle Gelateria. She crafts well over sixty different flavors of gelato and sorbetto to fill the 16 pans of the gelateria’s mahogany and brass gelato case. She has studied chocolate making with master chocolatier Jean-Pierre Wybauw, and the art of entremets with Spanish master Ramon Morato. The Turtle Gelateria was a finalist in The North American Stage of Gelato World Tour 2014. Mary then assistanced the 6th place winner of the World Stage in Rimini, Italy 2014. She is T Certified in Tequila, has received a partnership award from Rioja DOCa 2014, and has received diplomas in Artisan Pasta and Breads from Manuelina Culinary, Brescia, Italy.

THERE ARE 3 DOORS TO THE RESTAURANT

The first is the restaurant proper.
The second leads to the Gelateria.
Door number three leads to the Enoteca.

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Popular flavors include peanut butter stracciatella, traditional Italian flavors, and award winning combinations such chocolate caramel pecan, locally grown honey or pecan caramel bourbon. But most of the time you will find classic favors like chocolate hazelnut or lemon and raspberry.

The Turtle regularly hosts many private functions and caters weddings, parties and many other occasions. An eclectic variety of music is often part of these events with professional performances and unbeatable ambiance on the patio.

Mary and David Stanley are founding members of Hill Country Culinary Weekend.

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Why is the restaurant named "The Turtle"?? The turtle is a slow, but an admirably persistent, creature with renowned longevity. The turtle is a symbol of wisdom. In various cultures it personifies water, the moon, time, immortality, creativity. It was also believed that the tortoise carried the weight of the whole world on it's back.

The Turtle has been featured in regional press such Texas Highways, Edible Austin, Edible Dallas Fort Worth, Texas Monthly and national publications Southern Living and Wine Enthusiast.

The Turtle is located in historic uptown Brownwood, Texas, fourteen miles from the geographic center of the state – the physical Heart of Texas and the northern gateway to the Texas Hill Country. Y'all come visit!

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