Billie Dean's Cafe in Matador, TX
One of Two Dinner Options
This was the restaurant Don and I chose when we recently spent a night in Matador, Texas. We spotted the cafe when we stopped for gas. I walked a few steps from the gas pumps to inspect the oddly painted building. I didn't realize until after we checked into our hotel, that this would be our only option for dinner.
A Restaurant and Motel
I failed to get a photo of Billie Dean's Motel, that stood a few yards away. That's probably because I was a little intimidated by the dusty characters who had just pulled up to the motel, on 3 motorcycles.
Monday Night in Matador
Don and I returned in the evening and chose a booth beside the Matador mural.
We chuckled at the image of the Saturday night bather, enjoying a good scrubbing at sunset. After a while a few of the other tables were occupied by locals. We sipped our waters and absorbed a little of the Matador culture around us.
Taco Salad Served with a Smile
The young girl seemed totally at ease as she cheerily invited them to find a seat. I was delighted to see how these gruff looking men in leather jackets and chains, spoke to her with such gracious manners. Good for her and good for them. The bikers and the young girl had fooled me by behaving differently than I expected.
Chicken Fried Chicken and More Observations
Then a large family took over a couple tables. The mom, dad and grandmother all seemed pleasantly involved with the 6 or so children. The group of kids was delightfully diverse, like Brad and Angelina's kids. If we hadn't been in such a small Texas town, I wouldn't have noticed how unique this family seemed. There was no praying at this table, but they seemed as courteous as the bikers and as respectful as the praying man.
The owner was going through receipts when we checked out. He paused to chat and told us that Billie Dean's had been open for 54 years. We stepped outside and looked across the highway. The sunset wasn't exactly like the mural, but it was nice.
Dining in Matador
I'm glad we weren't put off by the peeling exterior paint or we would have missed out on a pleasant piece of Matador. We didn't have to spend much to get a decent meal, while we relearned the old lesson. "Don't judge a book by its cover." That goes for buildings as well as people.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.