Last February, Don and I had a late lunch at Mama's Sack Lunches !
We kept fingers crossed as we pulled up. Some Mom & Pop places close down before two.
We figured we'd just get lunch to go... in a sack. That would be perfect.
But when we stepped into the tiny place, we spotted someone working behind the counter. I spotted a man staring at us, but he was in a painted image.
Debbie turned around and greeted us, from behind the counter. She was so welcoming, we decided to dine in.
How to Order?
Debbie asked if we'd come before. Then she gave us the scoop about ordering in or our lunch, sacked.
I thought the red velvet cake on the stand, looked pretty heavenly. Debbie recommended the banana pudding.
Keith and Mr. D
I chatted with Keith, in his pink Mama's shirt. I told him "Happy Mardi Gras!" when I saw his beads. "Back atcha!" He answered with a grin.
I asked Keith about the man, in the large, framed image. He said it was Mr. D, the previous owner. Debbie bought the biz a few years ago.
Don and I tried to decide on lunch quickly. They'd been open since 6:30 and it was about time to close. But no one acted like they were in a rush. My kind of place!
We were a little too late for some of the favorites. The Gumbo was out and many of the 12 or so "sides" had been gobbled up. But there was plenty to choose from.
We were dining in, but wanted to experience The Sack.
Don ordered his meal in a sack lunch, then found us a nice little table near the window. We were a day late for God's Happy Hour. Evidently gospel music plays at lunch every Monday. No live music for us, but a speaker was turned up with some church-y tunes. Don and I are always game to experience the local flavor... this place had some.
Lunch with a Kiss!
No one preached at us, but Don did get a kiss with his meal.
His sack lunch came with a jam-packed tuna sandwich, chips, apple, pickle, cookie and a Candy Kiss! All for about $5.!
My meal wasn't considered "sacked". So I had a choice of two sides.
My Mama's Favorite Club, was a hit! Grilled with turkey, ham, cheddar, Swiss, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo! Plus, an amazing pasta salad and banana pudding. And a Kiss! My photo did not capture the flavor, at all.
Deidre, Debbie & Keith
I'm glad we missed the busy lunch hour, because we were able to have some fun chatting with these three!
I asked, "Who's Mama?" Keith pointed to Debbie and laughed. Debbie agreed, but then admitted she bought the business with that name.
It was fun hearing a little history of Keith and Deidre, who happen to be cousins. Keith remembered coming to this restaurant, when he was a kid. The cousins have a lot in common. Both went into the service and ended up going to culinary school. Now I know why our food tasted so good.
What a happy bunch and what a happy place!
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.