The Turtle Restaurant Named One of 10 Small-Town Restaurants That Put The BIg Cities To Shame

The Turtle Restaurant in Brownwood, Texas was named by Texas Monthly as one of ten small-town restaurants that put the big cities to shame in the December, 2014 issue. Located in the middle of the state, three hours or less from Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, The Turtle has over the past ten years crept it's way to being a destination for casual fine dining. It is located in downtown Brownwood, across the street from City Hall in a restored commercial building Owned by Mary Stanley, pasta maker, pastry chef and award winning gelato artisan, and architect, David Stanley, the couple has steadily provided central Texas with slow fresh food and a quiet calming atmosphere where the only dress code is wear some.

The Turtle Gelateria is of of the top gelaterias in North America which gave it a place at the North American Stage of the Gelato World Tour in May 2014. Mary was then invited to assist the third place winner, Matthew Lee of Teos Espresso and Gelato of Austin, Texas on the International Stage of Gelato World Tour in Rimini, Italy in September. The dynamic duo and only United States citizens placed 6th over all against 20 gelaterias from all over the world with Balcones Single Malt Whiskey laced caramel and Texas native pecan gelato.

Mary Stanley is also the pastry chef and pasta maker for the restaurant which is guided at the back of the house by Chef Stephan "Bubba" Frank. Chef Bubba, a Chicago native, came to Texas with an ex-girl friend after earning a Business Administraion degree four years ago, but stayed to captain the kitchen, his first love. Chef Bubba is self trained having grown up in a restaurant family, however both he and the Stanleys have made annual pilgrimages to Italy to take classes from Bolognese Chef Mario Scalera at his home in old Bologna, the famous master pasta maker, Walter Zanoni, and baker, Fabio Bertroni with Manuelina Culinary in Brescia at Castalimenti. While the restaurant has a strong Italian influence, it is driven by events and the seasons. You might find kimchee (made according to Chef Bubba' father secret Koren recipe) on your Texas Akaushi hamburger or a paella on the menu. A representative from Urbani Truffles recently made an appearance at a five course truffle dinner. The grand finale, what else? - A mascarpone tartufo with a honey black truffle center.

In addition to the restaurant, there ate two more front doors that lead to a gelateria and a wine bar with 20 wines on tap. There are over 100 wines in the library with an emphasis on Italy, Spain and Texas. The Turtle won an award from the Rioja DOGa in January 2014 for it's partnership in promoting their wines. Hayley Fowler is the Beverage director and craft cocktalian.

The Turtle is so named because it is a slow but persistent animal with longevity and so goes the restaurant.