A Flavor for Every Taste

A Flavor for Every Taste

This month’s neighbor is Ryan Stockard. He graduated from Texas Tech in 2002 with a major in food management after what is still a lifelong passion for food. He opened Copper Creek six years ago and his first Blue Taco on Buffalo Gap 3 years ago.We met at his brand new Blue Taco on Ambler in the old Java City building. It was having its “soft opening” to make sure everything ran right and the personnel were familiar with expectations. Like the Blue Taco on Buffalo Gap, this is a fast and casual restaurant where you can build your own Mexican food. He is thinking of adding a breakfast line to this location since it is just across the street from Hardin Simmons.{{more}} The entire feeling is different when you walk in than Java City. It seems more open and lively. It does still have free wireless internet for those that want to work and eat at the same time.We also talked about his Copper Creek restaurant. My perception was that it is elegant, serves really good food and is very expensive. Well, two out of three were right. I went over there about 4 PM to photograph the interiors and some of the workers. Since I was going – might as well take my wife out. Her first comment was “that’s expensive”. Like me, she was NOT correct. There were articles when the restaurant opened six years ago that Our Waiter Joe shows off desert. Photo by Joe Starkeyeating here would cost you $100.00 per person. Actually Ryan says that the average ticket per person is around $22.00. Loretta had Stuffed Shrimp Scampi and I had the 16 oz. Rib eye Steak and we shared a desert and our meal was a total of $61.00 before tip. Service was excellent and you could actually talk to the people at your table without raising your voice. Loretta was especially pleased as she grew up in New York and does not do jalapenos. They cheerfully substituted the jalapeño cheese grits for another dish. She will eat spinach but stated this was the first time she had ever enjoyed it.Ryan has 6 chefs and 6 lead cooks that work at Copper Creek. They hand cut all of the steaks and the seafood. All is very fresh. The seafood is delivered as many times a week as needed.You can spend over $100.00 person for a meal at Copper Creek. However to do so, you both need to order the most expensive appetizer, add a salad, have the most expensive seafood so you can average more than $100 each. The trouble will be that I doubt you can eat all of that, walk to your car and feel like eating again for several days. I had the 16 oz Rib eye, ate all I wanted and took it home where I’ve had two more meals from my leftovers.Elegance, great service in a wonderful atmosphere and reasonably priced for the quality is Copper Creek. Ryan adds both elegant and casual dining to Abilene. This neighbor will go out of his way to make sure you have a fabulous eating experience.Mr. Horatio Whitfield – “I start here and will move up.” Photo by Joe StarkeyYou can wait or eat in the bar. Photo by Joe StarkeyThe main dining room. Photo by Joe StarkeyPrivate dining in a public area. Photo by Joe Starkey