Our granddaughter graduated from high school and we wanted to take her and the rest of the family out to eat.
That's a tough order at about 10 p.m. on weeknight. Especially because all the rejoicers will fill the usual spots tighter than a cap on a bottle of beer. Denny's and IHOP were at least an hour wait for a party of 10 people.
Well, here's advice to all who run into a similar situation: set your party up in a nice place that's far away from any high school that is graduating that evening. After you get this plan in place, you can really enjoy the evening.
Triple T is a truckstop on the highway out of town and is much, much more than it looks like. We're going to concentrate on Omar's Sky Chef Restaurant at Triple T.
First of all, the restaurant IS Omar Ramirez. Omar's a graduate chef from the time before "graduate chefing" was popular. Yeah, a real honest to goodness chef at a truck stop!
Omar's not there all the time (obviously) but his methods can be seen throughout the place: good ingredients, imagination, competent cooking, and very friendly waitresses.
So when I suggested TTT over the Denny's, the only objection was only the weakly offered "But it's a bit of a drive" that is obligatory about TTT.
We got there, and lo and behold there were 3 other small grad parties going on. And there was beaucoups room for us! (It's not designed for parties, but they'll make it work.)
The menu is eclectic. (Chef's touch.) I had their chorizo 1/3 pounder cheeseburger. It was beyond good.
I'm not highly critical of late night food, because there usually isn't the same kind of supervision at 11:00 p.m. as at noon. (At most restaurants, expect mediocre on late nights... and eat your fill ungrudgingly.) This was an exception, though: the food was GOOD, not mediocre.
If you are driving through the Southwest and for some odd reason feel a hankering for Mexican food, Omar's is the place.
How 'bout Chicken Fried Steak? Or maybe Cincinatti Chili Mac or Grilled Tilapia?
All prepared with care. We had these dishes and more, and not one failed.
You can't get that at a mainstream restaurant: a SUPER wide selection at a good price, done right. (And breakfast and lunch can be even better!)
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