your idea that I have gone over the edge when it comes to TV food programming.
I was lolling on the sofa one Saturday afternoon and watching the Travel Channel when the logo for the TTT Truck Stop appeared on a program entitled "Truck Stop Paradise".
“I know just where that place is!” I exclaimed. “It’s just south of the RV park we stay at when in Tucson.” So a visit to Tucson wouldn’t be complete unless we had one meal at Omar’s Hi-Way Chef at the TTT Truck Stop.
“If you were making a movie about a diner and wanted to shoot on location, you couldn't find a more ideal spot… This long-time Tucson icon is the epitome of truck stop cuisine. Everything you'd need for your epic is there: the horseshoe-shaped counters,
“A full cast of characters is also there for the watching (though it's up to you to find the big name star who'd play the waitress with a heart of gold). Cooks are slinging plates all day. The servers are of a certain age and keep the coffee and the patter coming. Customers range from awkward teens to slow-moving retirees, business people to beefy-armed truck drivers. You'll find regulars and strangers passing through” (Rita Connelly at tucsonweekly.com).
“…the Triple T was founded by Ira T. and Sallie Sue Morris in 1954. In 1966 the truck stop moved from East Benson Hwy to Interstate 10 at the Craycroft exit… In 1996, Omar Ramirez came on board to run the Hi-Way Chef Restaurant. Ramirez is a Tucson native and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and was named Chef of the Year by the Southern Arizona Chefs' Association in 1998” (omarshiwaychef.com).
In order to enter Omar’s, you must walk past Sallie Sue's Gift Shoppe where you can purchase a copy of The New York Times best seller Walter the Farting Dog.
And just past Sallie Sue’s is this framed newspaper article with a photo of long time waitress, Anne Hicks,
Seated in the back dining room was an assemblage of local gendarmes who, when they were seated, prompted one waitress (At a diner like this they are waitresses and not servers. Political correctness be damned.) to say “I’ll wait on these guys. They’re armed.”
I faired much better with my choice of the chorizo burger which was not, as the name might suggest, a burger made entirely of spicy chorizo—which may have been way too much of a good thing.
I am not sure that I consider Omar’s at TTT to be Truck Stop Paradise. We have had much better truck stop meals over the years and, by comparison, Omar’s only earns 2.5 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.