...after traveling for miles and miles through the plains of west Texas. The early morning fog was about the only unusual sight along the stretch from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Fort Stockton, Texas.
If you aren’t familiar with Duke’s, it is made by the C.F. Sauer Company in Richmond, VA, and is the best mayo ever. I learned about it two months into our RV adventure from a very nice woman from Mt. Airy, NC. “The formula for Duke's includes more egg yolks than other brands of mayonnaise. It also has no added sugar. (It's the only major brand of mayonnaise that can make that claim.) That combination gives the mayonnaise a tanginess Duke's fans have come to love” (dukesmayo.com). And I have never found it outside of the South except at the H•E•B stores in Texas. I left Louisiana last August with six jars and am now in need of replenishing the pantry.
So we quickly unhitch and head off to restaurant stop number one--Classics Burgers & “Moore.” (If you are wondering about the spelling of Moore, the owner’s former partner’s last name was Moore.) Classics--as the locals call it--opened in May 2002 and is owned by Mike and Cindy Piper and has since made its mark in Kerrville, receiving the Kerrville Daily Times Reader's Choice Award 10 years in a row for Best Burger.
Chuck, staying true to form, ordered the six-ounce basic cheeseburger with onion only.
While the grilled bun is a plus, I think that I have finally figured out why Classics’ burgers are so good. So good that they made my Top Five Burgers list. Look closely at my hamburger. Do you see the little irregular bits of meat around the edges?
With our burgers we shared both a small order of battered fries and onion rings.
The next day found us with a dilemma. We are going to Mike and Cindy’s other Kerrville restaurant--Hill Country Café (located on the site of the first H•E•B).
Nothing about the café has changed since we first walked through the doors in December 2008. The walls are still decorated with the same items and a solitary man still sits (Not the same man mind you, but still a man sitting alone.) at the corner table under the American flag.
Chuck ordered the platter and from his choice of a cup of soup, salad, or cole slaw, he chose the day’s soup--Northern Bean.
His platter came with his choice of veg (corn or fried okra), a good sized scoop of real mashed potatoes, and a roll.
While we were sorry to miss Mike, I am sure glad that we didn’t miss his 5.0 Addie chicken fried steak. Mike, ever think of adding a CFS and eggs plate to the breakfast menu? Then we wouldn’t be faced with these tough decisions.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.
On our way back to our truck, we passed the VK Garage Theater. It caught my eye because of the use made of a former garage. We later learned that Douglas and Susan Balentine had established the theater based on their experience and belief that the performing arts create a notable outlet in a young person’s life for expressing feelings and emotions gathered from negative experiences from the past.
A short stay and we were on the road again.