Hot!Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhandle

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wanderingjew
Sirloin
2013/07/11 21:19:28
Early last year I knew I would be returning to New Mexico, The land of Enchantment sometime this summer. At the time I thought I would combine it with a tour through Oklahoma. I even thought of the perfect title for what would be my future trip report..."Sooner or Mañana" Well, this trip did not go forward as I initially planned, at least not the way I thought it would....This would be more than "just another trip"....and if you're wondering why, I guess you'll have to read on...Unfortunately due to financial and time constraints that were somewhat unexpected, I couldn't make it to Oklahoma....but, in it's place,  West Texas will have to suffice...
 
Once again, these photos are raw- I simply do not have the time to photo shop- this will also be the last trip report of the year for me (other than the year end best of report)It's a week long and it will probably take me forever to finish it anyway.- I have a couple of other short trips planned, but they will be  with my girlfriend...
 
Tuesday July 2
 
Southwest has a wonderful way with their connections. I would be changing planes in Chicago Midway, thinking I would have at least a half hour before I board, arriving 15 minutes late, made a mad dash to the opposite side of the terminal for a char dog at Gold Coast which I gulped down as a lined up at the gate waiting to board the plane..
 
Arriving in Albuquerque  a few minutes early, I grabbed my rental and made it to 
 

 
Route 66 Diner
 
At around 10:20 PM- Luckily they're open till 11...Located on it's namesake, Historic Route 66. 
As I arrive, I'm greeted by Buffetbuster ! What was he doing here?  I was hoping Mariton would be there too, but she was back at the Hotel getting some much needed shut eye after their big trip (something that I'll be looking forward to very shortly too)
 
As I entered the diner I had the the pleasure of being greeted by 
 

 
 Betty Boop- Unfortunately she wasn't our waitress....We had to settle for "some guy"
 

 
The Route 66 Diner, offers the classic 50's style diner setting....And it's been around awhile too...
The last time I visited was with my mother back in 1990 when she lived in Albuquerque..
 
Well I came here for a reason and I'm going to do exactly as the clock told me to do
 

 
I got the same item that I ordered 23 years ago
 

 
The  Pile Up
This delicious mess include home fried potatoes, eggs any style (In my case- over medium) bacon, cheese, chopped green chilies and red or green chili - I chose green just as I did over two decades ago - well I was able to finish half of it (I know at that point in time someone in Chicagoland probably had just fallen out of bed!)  Buffetbuster had a slice of Apple Pie which he didn't think was anything special...
 
After my late night meal, we parted ways (at least for now) I had a big 4 hour road trip the next morning. 
Thankfully my hotel was only 1/2 a mile a way...
 
Much more to come.... 
 
 
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/11 22:00:05
Can't wait , as always Dale!!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 00:35:10
One of my favorite areas.  Couldn't wait until the end to post.
 
I love the chili sauces of New Mexico and hope to see more of it served in many different ways.
 
Great start!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 01:46:12
Dale,
It never fails to amaze me about the quality of your trips and the quality of your reports. Looking forward to joining you on part of one sometime!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 07:20:53
My heart can't take this "finish half of it" stuff!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 09:51:39
In WJ's defense, that pile of food was massive.  He did well to finish half of it.  As for the apple pie, it was deflating for me to find nuts in it.  There were several other interesting pie options and I order the one with nuts in it.  So, I just pushed it aside.
 
Mariton and I landed around 6:00pm, making a beeline for Papa Felipe's, followed by paletas at Paleteria Michoacana de Paquime.  My choice was an excellent grape,

but hers with a combination of kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, cherry and probably some other fruits was truly outstanding.  By the time I met Dale, there was room for nothing else but a slice of pie.  With all the glowing neon, the Route 66 Diner is beautiful to look at.  But frankly, the food just isn't very good.
 
Very much looking forward to the rest of the report WJ
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 11:52:30
Anything that starts off with  Betty Boop, green chiles and buffetbuster, and is being posted by WJ just plain has to be good. I can't wait for more. Keep it coming.
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 12:36:44
LOl.......thinks we might have the first ever(??) "Dueling Trip Reports" starting......could be fun.  Looking forward to both of you, since you both do stellar reviews
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 12:50:44
FCF-
Thanks for the kind words, but this will definitely be the WJ show.  I will chip in here and there with some of the meals we shared.  We did get a preview while in NM and Dale has some great stuff coming up!
ayersian
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 14:41:19
Gentlemen, may I offer a third opinion?  After being TTM'ed at the Little Red Hamburger Hut, my friend Matt & I hit the Route 66 Diner for GCCs.  We sat at the counter and sipped Barq's red cream soda (kissing cousin to Big Red) then feasted on these:

 
Cooked to order, the 66 Burger added bacon, and it was very tasty -- not the best, certainly (!), but very tasty.  I liked the Owl Cafe's version better because the chiles were spicier.  Can't wait to read the rest of this, Dale!  And now back to your regularly scheduled forum thread...  Chris
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 16:17:06
I really like 66 Diner's Green Chile Burgers.  Their ratio between meat, chile and bread is just right.  As much as I liked Bobcat Bite's, the meat overwhelmed the chile and the bun.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 17:14:49
oooh a triple header a first in roadfood history.
 
WJ - Looking forward to the rest of your trip, that pile does look wonderful (even if you could only eat half of it) 
 
 
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 18:05:38
More wanted now.Hard waiting
 
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/12 18:16:45
WJ - I thought you were joking at first when you said you met up with cliff and the picture you posted was of Betty Boop, I was going to comment about how he has changed since I last saw him.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/13 08:55:47
Mar,
 
You'll be happy to know, I only went to one baseball game during the entire trip (I potentially could have gone to 3)
 
Chi Town Diner
 
I just want to know if you fell out of bed just before midnight, Chicago time on July 2?
 
FCF
 
Buffetbuster and everyone else who was a part of this trip are more than welcome to add their photos, and commentary. We all got together and shared some meals but we all went about doing our own thing as well.
 
ayersian- were you in New Mexico too? 
(all of you will have to wait for later on in the trip report to find out what that's all about! 
 
ck
 
Did buffetbuster mention he underwent a significant lifestyle change? 
 
Mr Chips
 
Sunday evening, I promise
 
 
Everyone else- thanks for your comments!
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/13 09:06:05
WJ, you have my admiration for being able to face that plate of food at that time of night. That "Pile Up" is not for the faint of heart.
 
Waiting for your next installment!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/13 09:39:13
CajunKing

oooh a triple header a first in roadfood history.

Not so fast my friend.  This is one of my favorites!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/13 18:52:21
BB - I forgot about that one, but still a triple header is always good to read and view.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/13 21:48:35
WJ...  You Bobblehead! I don't mind your baseball games.  I think it's an interesting quest you strive to attain.  But I'm here for the food!
 
Where is it?  I'm waiting anxiously!  (Hoping you also ate some red)
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/14 19:55:08
mar52

WJ...  You Bobblehead! I don't mind your baseball games.  I think it's an interesting quest you strive to attain.  But I'm here for the food!
 
 

 
 
Hey, who are you calling a Bobblehead??!!
 
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/14 20:44:44
Wednesday July 3
 
Prior to leaving Albuquerque I had a decent cuppa coffee at R.B Winnings Coffee, near UNM. A very "locals" type of joint that seemed to fit in right with the neighborhood. My only gripe is they only have 12 and 16 oz "to go" cups and a 10 oz mug for "in house" with 2 free refills.  
 
After four hours of driving (and losing an hour since I'm now back in central time zone) I arrived in Amarillo TX
and at
 

 
Tyler's BBQ
 
at the height of lunch hour. Service is cafeteria style,however this bbq joint is the real deal- most recently listed as one of the top 50 bbq joints in Texas. There was a decent line when I arrived and I was concerned about seating.  I was thankful I arrived when I did because there the sign when you walked in noted they would be closed July 4 (which I already knew) and July 5 and the entire weekend for that matter in celebration of 4th of July weekend. It seems that Texans really take the 4th of July celebrations seriously. Here in Rhode Island, some places close and some don't and if they do close its just on the 4th.
 
The interior was nicely done in "Texas BBQ" motif
 




 

 
I ordered the Brisket and Hot Links plate along with slaw and pinto beans... I asked for a a rib or two but was told they were out  - but they would have more available in an hour  or so..
 

 
There is a pepper bar where you also load up on onions, pickles, sliced jalapeno and whole pickled jalapeno..
The meal at Tyler's bbq  was very reminiscent of the meal I enjoyed at Southside Market in Elgin last year... The brisket was tender and smokey and the sausage had a nice snap and  crunch as well as a decent kick...The pinto beans (these were not bbq beans) were classic with bits of smokey meat
 

 
and the slaw was the least memorable part of the meal.. but that is inconsequential..
 

 
Tyler himself came by my table and asked how my meal was. I told him it was great but was disappointed that I didn't get try any of his ribs. He suggested I check into my hotel first, then come back and they should be ready...
 
I didn't realize my hotel was less than a mile away... I did return shortly after checking in and those ribs were available fresh out of the smoker...
 

 
 
Like the rest of the meal earlier, these ribs had a subtle smokey and porcine quality, tender but not  fall of the bone tender...
Tyler's was truly a hit- the first highlight of the trip..
 
Heading back to the hotel...I realized that due to the July 4th holiday, I may need to re-think my intinerary for Amarillo... My initial plan was to go to Outlaw's Supper Club for dinner. It's my understanding they serve the the best steak in Amarillo....I knew I was going to be disappointed when someone answered the phone with just a "hello" and I was told that they are closed that day (but its only July 3?) and wouldn't reopen till Friday..looks like I'll have some shuffling to do..
 
I had the rest of the afternoon for myself, I decided to walk historic Route 66...
 

 
About a mile of really cool restaurants and antique shops..
there was even a Fillipino Cafe! 
Luckily most of the antique shops were still open and stayed open till 5 or 6, so I had a fun time browsing around...
 
I also just happen to find this place that really caught my attention...
 

 

 
Cowboy Gelato
A very funky, "hipsterish" kinda place that I can easily picture in Austin....but Amarillo???
 

 
Since it was a nice, warm day, I was in the mood for gelato...There were several flavor options available. I had it down to to..I tried a sample of the Mexican Vanilla, it was had a rich eggy/creamy flavor, then I tried the Strawberry Habanero...no contest...that won!

 
 
The flavor will fool you- it starts out as a fruity/tangy strawberry and then the habanero sting kicks in in the back of the throat. A gelato that truly gets the endorphins going...Not sure if anyone has heard of this place but if you're evern in Amarillo....Cowboy Gelato is highly recommended.
 
I continued to explore route 66 walking from shop to shop...I even found a classic Texas Honky Tonk called the broken spoke. I walked in hoping to get a Shiner.....to my dismay they did not have Shiner on tap, just the usual Bud, Coors...etc...
 
One thing I didnt' realize when  was that my dinner stop would be right here in the neighborhood...
 

 
The Golden Light Cafe
 
As I indicated previously, Outlaws Supper Club was my initial intended dinner stop. My original plans were to stop at the Golden Light Cafe on the 4th. When I called the prior week I was told they would be open, well guess what when I called again today back at the hotel, I was told they would be closed on the 4th- well as a result...here I am...
 
When I arrived I did notice they had shiner on tap, but I wasn't in the mood for a beer right now.
Famous for their burgers....that's not what I came here for.... I came for Flagstaff Pie- their term for the more familiar Frito Pie...
 

 
 
Not only was this a generous sized portion, but I wouldn't hesitate to say that this was probably the best frito pie I've ever had...
 
After dinner, I was tired from my long flight the day before, my not getting a full night's sleep and the long drive to Amarillo...After talking to my girlfriend over the phone, I called it a night... I would have another big and busy day tomorrow...
 
Much more to come
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/14 21:01:52
Cowboy Gelato - whoda thunk it
that strawberry habenero sounds wonderful
keep it coming Dale
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 02:03:35
wanderingjew

mar52

WJ...  You Bobblehead! I don't mind your baseball games.  I think it's an interesting quest you strive to attain.  But I'm here for the food!
 




Hey, who are you calling a Bobblehead??!!



 
Well....
 

mar52
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 02:07:34
Strawberry Habanero!  I'd at least have to ask for a taste.
 
I guess that qualifies as red but it's not what I'm hoping for.
 
 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 07:13:28
The Frito Pie looks great!  Was it traditional or were there any other ingredients added?  It looked like a large portion which got me wondering about what else they might put into the dish.
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 12:07:30
Not to worry, Mar.  I shared a few meals with Dale on this trip and there was plenty of red consumed by just about everyone!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 13:32:18
Dale - We have similar BBQ tastes as I would have gotten the same plate as you - brisket & hot link!  Nice!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 15:46:13
billyboy

Not to worry, Mar.  I shared a few meals with Dale on this trip and there was plenty of red consumed by just about everyone!

 
Wait a Minute - A Quadruple Header - A NEW ROADFOOD FIRST?!?!?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 21:26:28
Chi Town Diner
 
The Frito Pie at the Golden Light qualified as the perfect frito pie based on the following criteria...
1- A good quality home made chile
2- When the meal came to the table the shredded cheese had already melted nicely
3- The  proper ratio of fritos- chili- cheese- onion...
 
Texas BBQ is almost always brisket and hot links (I know TTM always reaches for the ribs first) but  that's really a secondary option (however if you're lucky enough to  find beef ribs then thats an entirely different story!)- I did get the ribs at Tyler's to see if they stood up to the rest of the meal and they most certainly did.
 
CK
 
This could potentially be a quintuple or sextuple header 
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/15 22:41:11
That Flagstaff pie looks so good!! Thanks for sharing this!!
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 06:38:51
Frito Pie!  That looks fabulous.  Makes me want one NOW - even at 5:30am!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 07:10:37
WJ-
The food at Tyler's BBQ looks terrific.  Nice find!  Too bad you decided not to write reviews anymore, because that would be a good one.  Did you happen to ask why Golden Light Café calls their frito pie Flagstaff Pie?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 08:08:41
will_work_4_bbq
 
I took a look at the report first thing this morning and my stomach was growling too.
 
buffetbuster
 
I still have that one last review that I promised nearly a year and a half ago (Miss Myra's BBQ in Birmingham) 
I neglected to ask the waitress at the Golden Light, the origin of the term, Flagstaff Pie.  I know that Route 66 does go through Flagstaff AZ and The Golden Light is on Route 66 so perhaps that might have something to do with it?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 08:14:49
Glad to hear that Miss Myra's will still be getting a review.  It is worthy based on that banana pudding alone!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 17:18:01
buffetbuster

Glad to hear that Miss Myra's will still be getting a review.  It is worthy based on that banana pudding alone!

I promise. I'll do that review before the end of the summer.
 
Hope to complete part 3 of this trip report sometime tomorrow evening.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 17:32:23
When you do Miss Myra's be sure to include the part about how you arranged for the heaviest traffic in the universe on U.S. 280 to keep us from getting there to join you.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 17:49:55
Yay!  A report on Miss Myra's!  We were so close......but yet so far.  Never saw traffic like that in NY, Boston or Paris.  Unbelievable.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/16 18:52:02
lleechef

Yay!  A report on Miss Myra's!  We were so close......but yet so far.  Never saw traffic like that in NY, Boston or Paris.  Unbelievable.

 
That's Birmingham for you.  I HATED driving through that place to get to Dad's in FL.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/17 07:31:28
Michael Hoffman

When you do Miss Myra's be sure to include the part about how you arranged for the heaviest traffic in the universe on U.S. 280 to keep us from getting there to join you.

 
Yeah, thats it....Blame it on the "Yankee"

post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/07/17 07:34:11
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/17 10:54:15
Blame it on everyone wanting Banana Pudding! 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/17 11:07:16
wanderingjew

Michael Hoffman

When you do Miss Myra's be sure to include the part about how you arranged for the heaviest traffic in the universe on U.S. 280 to keep us from getting there to join you.


Yeah, thats it....Blame it on the "Yankee"

Well of course.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/17 20:13:15
Thursday July 4
 
Back to the topic at hand... It's July 4...Independence day and nothing is really open today.... I had an average coffee at Roasters, a small two store mini coffee house chain in Amarillo about a half mile walk from my hotel...with an even less exciting muffin..
 
I didn't do much in the morning other than relax....however that would change at lunch time...
 
I was glad that Dyer's BBQ was open today....and like Roaster's, only a half mile walk from my hotel...
 

 
Located in an office park cum strip mall, it seemed to me that Dyer's was the "go to" BBQ joint before Tyler's came to town... I could smell the smoke as I walked towards the parking lot...
 
Once again the walls are adorned with Texas Style Motifs...
 

 
 

 
 

 
Thin, sweet vinegary bbq sauce arrives at the table...This is Texas.....is it really necessary??
 

 
Like Tyler's the day before I wanted to try a little bit of everyting and ordered "The Cowboy Special"...
 

 
Well, for starters they certainly don't skimp on portions...

Brisket, German Jalapeno Sausage which had a decent kick and Ribs arrived, along with creamy slaw (which was better than Tylers)  potato salad, crispy onion rings and a sweet piquant apricot sauce...
 
and that's not all...
 

 
Pinto beans and texas toast complete the meal....
 
Ok I'll be completely honest...The meal was a notch or two below Tyler's, but this was still better than average Texas Q... And a godsend when it seemed everything else was closed...
 
Here's a closer look at the meat on my plate..
 

 
After lunch...it was time to work some of it off at  Palo Duro Canyon State Park, about 40 minutes South East of Amarillo... Only a $5 entrance fee to enter the park it consists of an 8 mile driving trail with pull offs to stop and either hike or bike various trails around the park... Here are some photos...
 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
As I exited the park, there was a nice display of Texas Long Horns..
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Returning to my hotel, dinnertime was fast approaching..
Since several roadfood restaurants were closed for the holiday (some unexpectedly) I had texted the Chris half of Ayersian the day before to let him know I was spending a couple of days in Amarillo before returning to NM. He asked if I was planning to visit Arnold's Burgers....Well at first no...but... I went to check their facebook page and it indicated "we are open on July 4" so now Yes.... I first thought about walking the mile and a half trip to Arnold's. Being a little fatigued from walking around in the hot sun around Palo Duro Canon, I decided to drive and when I arrived I'm sure glad I did- I was Travelin' Manned
What to do... With very few resources and knowing just about everyplace was closed...I begrudgingly went to the one place I knew would be open...
 

 
 

 
Yep...You guessed it
 
The Big Texan
 
The place was packed (probably because it was the only place open (besides Dyers) and there was a wait for a table..I didn't have time to wait because I had plans after dinner. However there were seats at the bar...

Don't get me wrong..The Big Texan is a fun place (and I would visit again) however I've heard that meals there are just ordinary" The characters hanging out at the bar kept me thoroughly entertained.... Now what to order?? You would think a steak...well after being TTM'd at Arnold's I had "burgers on the brain"....So that's what I got...
 

 
a 1/2 pound cheeseburger with grilled onions (which were served on the side) once again there's no doubt the serving sizes here are generous, but lets be honest, this was a very ordinary burger, which was requested medium but actually was more or less medium well..
 

 
The cowboy beans which were my requested side, were just flat out watery and bland- a disappointment...
 
The Big Texan even carries there own personal selections of microbrew, but I didn't get any in the hopes that I would find Shiner at my next stop.
 
Even though the burger was a no-go I would return to try their steak (but only if Outlaw's Supper Club was closed) however I would certainly return if not for just a beer at the bar- it is a fun place..
 
Heading back towards the Stockyards I headed to my one ballpark stop on the trip..
 

 
 
Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. Home of the Independent League Amarillo Sox. Again I'm not big on independent baseball, this being only my 4th independent ballpark that I've visited....Be that as it may, this 7500 seat stadium (the equivelent of double a ball) was packed...Only general admission seats remaining which were relegated to wooden benches (that at least had backs on them)...
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
The Sox were hosting the Newark Bears that evening..
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
The Sox even had a funny looking round headed mascot who was allowed to hold a baby...
 

 
 

 
 
Amarillo National Bank Stadium was an older tattered looking ballpark... The game itself  due to Newark's poor pitching was no contest....The Sox won...
 

 
Here is one sign assuring me that I was in Texas Panhandle cattle country..
 
After the game, (which was actually the second half of a double header) there was a nice fireworks display...After a delay of getting out of the ballpark (lots of cars, only one exit) I was back at my hotel and ready to sleep...
 
Much more to come..
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/07/17 20:34:14
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/17 21:19:32
What were the dessert choices at the Big Texan?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/18 06:42:43
ChiTownDiner

What were the dessert choices at the Big Texan?

 
A side of cow and a shot of bourbon?

I actually don't think they offered any desert on their menu. Besides with what I had to look forward to in about 24 hours, how could I?
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/18 07:33:44
Both Dyer's BBQ and the BIG TEXAN are very convenient for travelers heading either way on I-40. Dyers is only a couple of blocks from an exit, and the Big Texan sits on the frontage road between two exits, very easy access.
 
We found that Apricot-based dipping sauce to be really great with the BBQ at Dyer's. We took home a bottle of it to use later.
 
I have not personally tried the "Free 72 oz Steak" challenge, but two of my sons did back in the late 80's when they rode cross country with me. Both completed the monster, then slept from Amarillo to OK City ,  We have enjoyed a couple of ribeyes, and a Brisket sandwich at the BT. It is our one stop when driving to CA (or back) on roadtrips.  Dyer's would be a close second choice.
 
Is "Beans and Things" another BBQ place downtown reviewed by the Sterns, and tried by us a decade ago, still there? It was pretty 'rag-tag' but had good Brisket also.
post edited by mayor al - 2013/07/18 07:38:16
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/18 09:03:34
There are few things more American than barbecue and baseball on the 4th of July!  But you didn't have a hot dog at the game, WJ?
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/18 09:20:41
Fun report WJ! I want to try and make a frito pie...!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/18 10:32:34
Al
 
I wasn't aware that the Stern's did a review of another bbq joint in Amarillo. I checked it appears Beans and Things is no longer in business.
 
Screaming Brad
 
How on earth could I wolf down hot dog after my meal at the Big Texan? I rarely ever eat at the ballpark (although I will have a hebrew national or two at McCoy stadium here in Pawtucket) I automatically assumed I could get a shiner at the ballpark- I had to settle for a Sam Adams.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/18 15:26:21
CTD - BBQ, Burger, Baseball, Beer and FIREWORKS now that is a proper fourth of July, and Sam Adams on the fourth another good choice.
 
WJ - Looks like a great park and the ball park looked fun too.  I was going to comment about the fact that you dont like Independent League baseball, but you covered that also.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/19 07:44:37
Really nice job with the scenery shots WJ, including the long horns.  Based on the bulls non-reaction, you apparently weren't wearing red that day!
 
We had a similar issue with many of the restaurants we tried to visit in Albuquerque being closed on July 4th.  Of course, we called ahead, so we didn't get TTMed.  That was the day we moved up to Santa Fe and there was no doubt that all of those restaurants would be open on the holiday.  There were too many tourists in town!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/19 08:15:07
Too many Roadfooder's in town...
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/19 08:26:35
Buffetbuster
 
Even calling in advance didn't help-
Arnold's facebook page clearly noted they would be open July 4th-I believe their hours reflected they would be open till 8 or 8:30pm. I arrived at around 5:30pm and they were already closed.
Golden Light told me they would be open July 4th when i called the week before. When I called again to confirm on the 3rd, they told me they would be closed
Outlaw's Supper Club decided just to flat out close and start the holiday early on the 3rd..
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We all know that the restaurants in Santa Fe decided to stay open because they knew Chi Town Diner was in town.
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on an aside...Part 4 is slated for Sunday evening
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/19 08:37:27
Calling twice to confirm they would be open?  I've never even done that, although it paid off for you.  Arnold's being closed when they said they would be open reminds of what happened to you at Allen & Son.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/19 08:47:17
buffetbuster
 
It's happened at least two times before that both on Memorial Day.
BT recommended a banh mi place in San Francisco- I called the week before and was told they would be open Memorial Day- I think I called again to check again on Memorial Day and there was no answern
 
About 10 years ago the same thing happened in Des Moines IA- there was a restaurant on Roadfood- I don't remember the name but I believe it was a cafeteria- that had Sour Cream Pie on the Menu- they too told me they would be open on Memorial Day when I called the week before- when I got there, I was once again TTM'd (and that's before the TTM phrase even existed)
 
**edit***
the roadfood restaurant was Baker's Cafeteria- it has since closed for good.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/07/19 08:53:11
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/19 08:51:04
Maybe it is better off I didn't know this history previously or the term might have ended up being WJ'ed!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/20 09:12:17
buffetbuster

Maybe it is better off I didn't know this history previously or the term might have ended up being WJ'ed!

 
I still think the definition of being WJ'd is going to a restaurant just because there are one or two menu items that are iconically regional and then when you get there you find out that they "just" removed them from the menu  or they don't serve it on the day you happen to arrive.
NYNM
Filet Mignon
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/21 15:09:07
We've got a cool T-shirt in NM that says "Seize Manana".
 
As to Chile Pie, it needs to be served in a small bag of Fritos if you want NM style! 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/21 20:56:41
Friday July 5
 
I found a better coffee house this morning. The 806 Coffee and Lounge- It was a mile and a half walk from my hotel. Little did I realize that walk took me right back to Historic Route 66 where I was 2 days earlier. Less corporate than Roasters a day before. then even had a "whole wheat everything bagel" which took me by surprise. Like, Cowboy Gelato, not the "typical" joint I would expect to find in Amarillo.
 
I had an early lunch since I will have a 4 1/2 hour drive ahead of me, the good thing is, I get to gain an hour again since I'll be back in Mountain Time..

My last stop in Amarillo was
 
The Stockyards Cafe...
 
 

 
 
Located smack in the middle of the Stockyards, this place is the real deal..
Cowboys
 

 
(and cowgirls) and all
 

 
I ordered what any self respecting Texan would order...
 

 
Chicken fried steak of course....Even better yet, served with fresh cut fries..
The peppery homemade gravy completes the meal. I would put this CFS in the same category as my favorites, Hoovers in Austin and Rooster's Cafe in Oklahoma City. 
My meal was completed with  a complimentary vanilla tasting banana pudding
 

 
 Yes, it tasted like vanilla pudding, they probably would have been better off not serving it at all, but once again, inconsequential considering how the rest of the meal was.
The Stockyard Cafe is a true, authentic slice of Americana...
I arrived back in Albuquerque and actually stayed in Rio Rancho, a suburb that has grown considerably from the sleepy town that I remember back in the late 1980's..... I had some time to kill before dinner which was still several hours away and was getting hungry.. Luckily the bar attached to my hotel not only had a very nice selection of local microbrews but they whipped up a  hearty green chile stew as well served with a warm tortilla..
 

 
This held me over till dinner very nicely...
 
As I'm ready to head to dinner, Ralph Melton and and his better half, Ice Cream Chick are checking in (what are they doing here?) Then Billyboy and his, lovely girlfriend, Dayna are outside in the parking lot too ! (what are they doing here?) Well since we're all here we might as well head up to Santa Fe for dinner, right???? (unfortunately Ice Cream Chick was a little under the weather and couldn't join us)
 
Just under an hour later we made it to..
 

 
Harry's Roadhouse
 
More "Southwestern Hip" than "down and dirty roadhouse" the place was jammin' when we arrived.... But there's even bigger shocker.....when I see not only Buffetbuster, but Mariton, Chi Town Diner and his much better half, Patti, and everyone's favorite cousin, Cousin Johnnie....Well....the gangs all here...
We finally get seated at our table and peruse the menu which although liens southwest, actually has a little bit of everything...
 
We started out with an appetizer of fresh, warm blueberry pie a'la mode...
 

 
Blueberry pie you say???  Well you know what kind of company I'm keeping..
We moved on to a nice wild mushroom pizza
 

 
(I know what you're all thinking, and no I didn't melt)
 
We also shared a fig and greens salad which unfortunately I didn't a  photo of..
 
Finally my main course arrived..
 
 

 
Ranchero steak which packed more flavor than heat. Oaxacan Cheese Enchiladas bathed in a creamy oniony sauce with green chiles and cowboy beans (which were much better than the ones I enjoyed the day before at The Big Texan) Based on the meal so far, I can truly say that Harry's was another highlight of the trip.. But that's not all...there's dessert, dessert, dessert, dessert and even more dessert...Shared by all of us at the table of course..
 
We had coconut cream pie
 

 
 
Jack Daniels Chocolate Ice Cream
 

 
 
My favorite Banana Peanut Butter Cake with chocolate Ice Cream..
 

 
 
And sour cream coffee cake which Chi Town Diner described as "the sleeper"
 

 
 

 
 
Here are all the desserts lined up including Patti's ice cream sandwich in the background...
 
Besides closing the place down (yes we were the only patrons left) we obviously did some serious damage...
 
We returned back the hotel for a good nights rest as tomorrow is the "Big day" .
much more to come...
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/07/21 20:57:45
catosaurus
Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/21 21:48:48
Wow.  I love living (and eating) vicariously through you on your road trips.  
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Magnificent Memories in the Land of Mañana and................... a Piece of the Panhan 2013/07/21 23:03:31
LAWD LUV A DUCK!..forget the rest of the food! Forget the fascinating company!  Just keep those desserts A'Rollin'!
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