I knew before leaving Dallas that I would not pass through Jacksboro without stopping at the Green Frog to grab a hamburger or a sandwich, the only things I had eaten on two previous visits. The waitress let me know, as only a vintage Texas diner waitress can, that I would be making a mistake if I skipped the $8 buffet (drink included). "You can relax with dessert, also included, and we have fish today!" That's what she said, but her look told me I would be a damned fool if I ordered from the menu in her hand.
So I grabbed the buffet: superb coleslaw and potato salad, pickled beets, fried catfish, barbecued sausages (just a taste), fresh green beans, corn, several pieces of fried okra, a spoon of bread pudding, and a dollap of butterscotch pudding. Although I've probably omitted something, other things I noticed included tossed salad fixings, fruits, mashed potatoes, chicken fried steak, cobblers, banana pudding, and a soft ice cream dispenser. A homemade yeast roll came from the kitchen to the table, as it should.
There was no sense of anything having been sitting too long on a steam table. Everything I had seemed fresh.
When the "vintage" waitress brought my check ($8 total!), I had two clean plates stacked in front of me. I said, "I didn't like anything," to which she snapped, "You ate everything but the plates!"
I left laughing.
My summary back in Dallas was that this food had been like a company meal in a southern home. Atmosphere? Authentic. Service? Delightful. Value? Incredible.
I'll be back to the Green Frog.