Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It’s the Best Thing About Saturday
The drive across west Texas on I-10 is marked by open spaces--wide open spaces. Between questions about "What do people do who live out here?" and "How far does one need to travel for groceries?" are the more immediate checks on the distance to the next gas station.
When I read that Orange, Texas, on the Texas–Louisiana border, is only 789 miles from the eastern terminus of Interstate 10 in Jacksonville, Florida, but is just under 879 miles across Texas to the town of Anthony at the border with New Mexico, I understood why the drive across the state seemed endless.
We are in Tucson where we had planned to just spend one night before heading over to Yuma. But after truck repairs, tire replacement, and four days of driving across Texas and New Mexico, we decided to make this a two-night stop-over and to skip Yuma. And that gave us time to eat at two of our favorite Tucson restaurants.
So we find ourselves early on a Saturday afternoon at Beyond Bread, a combination restaurant, bread store, and pastry shop. We placed our order at the counter and with our identifying placard set forth to find an empty table. Leaving Chuck to obtain beverages, napkins, and needed utensils, I ran to grab the only remaining table for two.
Chuck also duplicated his order from our last visit and again chose Max’s Muffalotta.
We both ordered small cups of soup to accompany our meals.
And no stop in Tucson is complete without a Sonoran hot dog from El Guero Canelo. Described by Elizabeth "Bjay" Woolley at tucsoncitizen.com: a Sonoran hot dog is “like a chili dog on steroids.
We both ordered two dogs and enjoy them we did. But by the end of our meal we remembered why we had vowed in the future to order the Sammy Dog—two dogs in one bun. This was a lot of bread!
Time didn’t permit stopping at our other two favorite 5.0 Addie restaurants – Rocco’s Little Chicago for Midwest cracker crust pizza and Cafe a la C'Art for anything on their menu. But we’ll be back next January.