The Pink Place
There are quite a few diners scattered in the desolate area outside Big Bend. Sadly The Pink Place wasn't an option for us. My husband and I stayed in a castia for a week, just a 5 minute walk from The Pink Place. But it was never open.
The Rio Grande for Mexican Food!
This little adobe spot was right next door, so we dined here a few times.
Cozy and Quick
There are 5 tables to chose from, all covered with sunflower decorated vinyl cloths. I was worrid to take the last table since I'd heard 1 table was always reserved for the family. But a sweet lady with a black hairnet gestured for us to take a seat. She later served me the most delicious and authentic looking chili rellenos I've ever eaten!
Every local in the area was giddy about sharing the news of India's Cafe. Being from Houston, I expected Indian cuisine, but no! India and her husband William serve down home American food from 6 am to 2, only a few days a week. Luckily we made it in time for lunch on our last day in the area.
India's is a popular little trailer cafe (when open) with more seating out than in. Maybe that's because of the mountain view across the highway!
Like Eating at Mom's
We were lucky to grab one of the 3 inside tables. It was cozy in the trailer, with the kitchen stove covered in steamy pans and a few crockpots on tables. India was a delight as she bustled around. She didn't have to go far, but there were lots of obstacles in this crowded space. The counter was covered with her homemade brownies and pies and there were plenty of shelves and tables of knick knacks to duck and weave around.
Not Healthy Dining
We had been warned that you don't go to India's if you're dieting. So I went all out and ordered Tommy's Bad Boy Chili Dog! This was a cheddar stuffed smoked sausage, wrapped in thick bacon and deep fried, then smothered with chili...which was full of grilled sweet onions, bell peppers, green chili and garlic. William worked hard on a nearby stove preparing my feast. When India eventually placed my empty plate in the sink I heard her tell William, "She did a really good job on that!"
Best People Encounter!!
I don't have a picture of Mac, but I have a photo of his coffee mug hanging on a beam. He arrived half way through our meal to pick up his carryouts. (He brought his own Tupperware) He was hard to miss as he struggled to turn sideways squeezing his large body through the screened door. His voice was already booming greetings to India before he made it through. While he waited for India to fill his containers he supported his heavy body against a table and chatted with us. "Cold front's coming!" He announced. "I can feel it in every broken bone in my body!" He proceeded to tell us many stories about the war and his work with the sheriff that lead to his broken bones. Even if Mac had been in a crowded Wal-mart, my eyes would have been drawn to him. It wasn't just his size, but his white handle bar moustache, pin covered ball cap and faded overalls. And here he was in this tiny 3-table cafe with his storytelling voice carrying on about how he was born in Lajitas on the porch of the general store, because Mama couldn't make it to the hospital 80 miles away. Mac told a few jokes while India finished packing up his containers. Then he nodded good-bye and we watched him maneuever his way back out the screened door.
We ate in a quite a few odd places during our week in the Study Butte/Terlingua area of West Texas. All were memorable and odd. But India's takes the prize for warmest and most comfortable. My unhealthy chili dog may have been my favorite meal, as well! We will be back!
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.