RE: Bittersweet Times at Snappy Lunch
How sad! I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with Mr. Dowell on my first visit to the Snappy Lunch in 2001.
My waitress noticed my Eat Your Way Across the USA sitting on my table. So, she asked if I wanted Mr. Dowell to sign it. Just to be polite, I said sure. After she brought it back signed, she said he was planning on coming over and saying hi as soon as he had the chance. Sure enough, as I was finishing, he came over and introduced himself.
Since the place was ready to close for the day, he asked if I would like to see how they make the pork chop sandwich. He took me in the back and showed me "the tenderizer", I think it was called, which he said was the secret to how good the PCSs were. Unfortunately, he said it was harder and harder to get parts to the ancient piece of equipment.
Mr. Dowell also gave me a tour of the rest of the building. And before I left, he gave me a free copy of Aunt B's recipe book, a menu and several postcards. I was really shocked by his generosity.
My visit and the time I spent with Mr. Dowell remains one of my favorite Roadfood memories. I can't imagine the place is the same without him in his usual role.