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Mack Simpson
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Writer, Brand Strategist, Restaurateur, Creative Problem Solver.

I grew up in a household where a quick wit was passed down genetically as a means of survival.

I had a raccoon as a pet. It would climb my leg and perch on my head Davy Crockett-style.

I made my first “B” in the fourth grade and I still hate that teacher to this day.

I plan on running with the bulls in Pamplona before my knees turn into arthritic dust.

I wrote a thriller titled “The Cats” when I was seven. It was hailed as an instant critical success and was immediately followed up by “The Dogs.” I deny this implies I am a formulaic writer.

There are only two professions I’ve ever wanted to pursue: professional baseball (age 11) and advertising.

My goal is to be the best creative. Ever.


Marketing, advertising, television production, radio production, print production, writing, copywriting, art, art direction, script writing, film direction, strategic planning, creative concepting, new product development, guerrilla marketing, market research, new market development, communications, thinking outside the box.

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Dallas, TX
Texarkana, TX - Austin, TX
Writer, Brand Strategist, Restaurateur, Creative Problem Solver.
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If you know food, when Texas Monthly calls a place “Texas’ version of the French Laundry” and then goes on to name it one of the state’s “10 Small-Town Restaurants That Put the Big Cities to Shame,” you stop and take notice. And if you’re one of those to take notice, draw a circle around Austin, San Antonio, Midland, Lubbock, Dallas, Wichita Falls and Waco and put Rancho Loma Restaurant + Rest at the center-shot bullseye that can be found three hours (or less) away. Do that— and do it now— because if you fall anywhere inside of it, you’ve absolutely no excuse not to avail yourself to some of the finest food and hospitality to be found in the Lone Star State. Located just a few minutes south of Coleman, TX, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t make the trip. Imagine the best food you’ve ever had— “simple" preparations of duck or quail or steak or venison, that belie the highest level of culinary technique— plated in high-artistic style, combining why-has-no-one-ever-thought-of-this flavor combinations, and you’ll only begin to approach what Rancho Loma has to offer. And what they offer is to be found in the details, details, details. From the moment you arrive, perhaps a little road-weary, you’re greeted by smiling hosts, a bevy of fowl and fauna and an expansive vista that will make you regret leaving your eyeglasses at home (so it’s a good thing they have binoculars to help you take in all 300 acres). Perched to one side, a five-room bed and breakfast (the beds being the “Rest” side of the equation) whose design and modern appointments reflect a Critical Regionalism architectural style that is firmly rooted in the modern tradition, but tied to the surrounding geography and placed properly in cultural context. In short, you’ll want to stay overnight. And you should, and then some. But bring enough wine or other cocktails for your stay, as Rancho Loma Restaurant + Rest is BYOB which isn’t a drawback in the least. It allows diners (and overnight guests) the luxury of pairing their meals and their stay to their own satisfaction. The menus are presented in advance of your visit (we stayed two nights and were wishing for more— we WILL return again) providing you with ample opportunity to find the wines that will pair “just so” with what’s in store for you at whatever price-point makes you happy. And what’s in store for you is something so far beyond good as to be spectacular. As the owners say, take your time— the table is yours for the evening. You’ll have all the time you need for great food, great wine (of your choosing) and great conversation. It’s the stuff from which magic is made. And for the youngsters (or the young at heart), there’s a modern, landscaped pool, an archery range, friendly and approachable livestock (and two wonderful guide dogs you’ll want to take home with you) and plenty of land, land, land to explore under starry skies above. Fair warning: if you believe Cracker Barrel is 4- or 5-star dining, this might not be the place for you, but for everyone else out there— and I know there’s a lot of you— you should make the effort. Rancho Loma is just close enough to warrant your trip and just far enough away to make you feel like you’re someplace new and different. It truly is destination dining, and both the destination and the dining have been done to utter perfection. I cannot recommend Rancho Loma Restaurant + Rest highly enough. Go. Just go.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Wonderfully comfortable, suite and kitchenette-style hotel that's more akin to a B&B (but without the breakfast). We drove in from Dallas and had no expectations; a terrific surprise.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
2 reviews