I know I'll be wishing for rain in July and August, when everything around here turns crunchy and brown with the heat, but right now its getting a little old. Seems like every weekend is a soggy mess. My tomato plants are drowning, the Valkyrie still sits all dusty and neglected, and our road trips have been a little squishy...
Still, tomorrow promises to be sunny, dry, and cool. A road trip plan is in the works.
Today, however, we had to entertain ourselves indoors and local. First stop was a favorite diner, and a place that I highly recommend if you ever visit Dallas. I've written before about Babes Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which has several locations around Dallas. Today we went to the spot that started the Babes phenomenon:
Bubba's sprang to life in the early 1980's, when the owners refurbished an old 1927 era Art Deco gas station and started cranking out some wonderful southern/soul food, including some of the consistently best fried chicken we've every had anywhere. The owners later went on the start the Babes mini-chain, but they've kept the very successful Bubba's operating through it all. The place is located just northwest of the SMU campus, on Hillcrest. They offer dine in, take out, or drive thru service. If you arrive during peak hours, expect to either wait a while or take it home. The delicious food is not a well kept secret and they get BUSY!
We got there just after the breakfast service ended, and just as the lunch crowd was starting to show up. When we sat down, we immediately were engaged in conversation by a couple of elderly regulars - both of whom complimented me on my choice of hat - instantly securing a place in my estimation as good eggs.
Soon, the breakfast shift wait staff came over and sat with us to eat their lunch - joking back and forth with the regulars by name, talking about the cabbage and sweet 'taters, and basically enjoining the comfortable patter that I love about home style places that really are home style.
We both had the two piece fried chicken. I chose the green beans (slow cooked for a long time with pork) and mashed potatoes. The Mrs. picked cabbage and sweet potatoes. Both dinners came with a delicious yeast roll and honey or sorghum.
The rest of the day was mostly errands, with an enjoyable wandering through Forestwood Antique Mall.... I honestly don't see how most Antique Malls stay in business. My house is full of cool old stuff. If I could get half of what they are asking for the same items found just in my study alone, I could retire right now.
To me, though, wandering the aisles of an Antique Mall isn't usually about finding something there to buy. To me its like when other people go to an art gallery, or museum. Except this is actually a museum featuring stuff that I want to see.
Plus it gives me ideas for stuff to look for at more affordable venues ;)