Signs in Johnson City
There are a couple of signs that I love, in Johnson City. The first one reminds us, when we are nearing LBJ's hometown. The second, is the sign reminds us that we are in the Texas Hill Country. The sign also brags about the World's Best Chicken Fried Steak... Nearly 3 Dozen Sold!
The chicken fried steak sign caught our attention about 10 years ago when we were traveling with the kids. They were amused by the humor, of 3 dozen sold. They were also hungry. So we had lunch and as I recall, the chicken fried steak was decent. In April, Don and I stopped again. I noticed the sign had been painted and the words about chicken fried steak were missing. But we were hungry for something lighter.
Lunch in April
We arrived on a cool and gloomy weekday. The dining felt pretty cozy, although the area looked larger than I remembered. There were enough booths and tables to seat all of Johnson City. Well maybe not quite.
There was a bar in the other room and I didn't remember that. Our server told us it was open a couple times a week.
We took a seat in the booth near the window. That way we got to keep an eye on all the regulars who were congregating. Don and I were beginning to feel pretty young, amongst the retirees.
Each table had a curious pole and block system that I never figured out. I think when the place is busy, the blocks can signal the server in some way. But I only saw the block being used as a paper weight, for the check. I had meant to ask before we left and now I'll never know.
Menu on a Bag
Our lingering after lunch, was really what made our visit memorable. We finished eating and began looking around at some of the intriguing decor. There was a cupboard, that might have inspired the restaurant's name. There were antiques and knickknacks and a case of baked goodies. It was when I stopped to study the trio of LBJ plates, that the owner struck up a conversation.
I believe Sandra, was the name of the owner. She was gracious and friendly as she filled us in on the restaurant's history. I wish I had taken notes, when she told a story about the day Lady Bird Johnson came to dine. A secret service agent had arrived early and asked about renting out the whole space. A bit later, Mrs. Johnson and family arrived, to enjoy a meal. Sandra said the whole group had been very relaxed and kind. Mrs. Johnson even autographed a menu.
More Chatting at The Cupboard
Sandra talked about her reaction to Johnson City, when she moved there, years ago. It was hard for me to imagine anyone thinking of Johnson City as a city. J.C. has fewer than 2,000 residents, now. Sandra's hometown of Bryce had a population of 15, the last I checked. So it's easy to see how she could have found it hard to adjust to a busier community.
By the time we pulled off, the lot was fairly empty. We were feeling good about our nice little dining adventure. It ended up having a lot more to do with people, than food.
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.