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Texas-size memories of great food

By From page B10 | June 28, 2014

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My nephew said, “You’ll have to try the Mexican fried potatoes. They are really good.”

We were having breakfast at Kitchen’s Hardware and Delicatessen (established in 1898), in Mineola, Texas. The Mexican fried potatoes are cottage fries with jalapeno peppers.

“OK,” I said to myself, “I’ll give them a try.”

I’m glad I did, they were great. Spicy but not too hot. I had ordered the full breakfast with the Mexican potatoes instead of hash browns or grits.

For a little extra, I ordered the peppered bacon and I wasn’t disappointed. Breakfast at Kitchen’s Hardware and Delicatessen was a satisfying experience.

While having breakfast, I glanced at the menu. The Kitchen’s hamburger was a half-pound. There were a list of toppings you could add for a little more. A variety that could satisfy any taste. I had never seen a menu give so many choices.

I thought, “Why not?”

The menu item that really caught my attention was something I had never seen on a menu before: Fried bologna. I can imagine it.

Bologna is one of my favorite lunchmeats. But fried? After all, bologna is really just a great big hot dog. I did have a little fun with it. I could imagine the waitress asking, “How would you like your bologna, sir? Rare, medium or well done.” I think I’ll take mine medium well.

As it turns out, fried bologna isn’t as unusual as you might think. When I mentioned it at the Sunset coffee gathering, several people told me that they like fried bologna, and have it from time to time.

If it seems like I’m making fun of the foods Mineola residents eat at Kitchen’s, I’m not. Every restaurant I have ever been in tries to find something different and special to attract customers. The rest of the menu could be menu items in Fairfield or Suisun City.

The breakfast was good. Portions were generous. The service was good and the people were warm and friendly. If you are ever in Mineola, Texas, go to Kitchen’s Hardware and Delicatessen. Take an appetite. I recommend it highly.

While staying with my son in Montgomery, Texas, I got special treatment – stuff I wouldn’t buy at home (except for the takeout): Big steaks and jumbo shrimp, more than I could eat. The takeout was good, too: Pizza with everything, fried mushrooms, cheese sticks. All sorts of Chinese.

In Montgomery, when you order takeout, you get enough for several meals. No wonder I gained about five pounds while I was there. It’s especially true when you have family who want to be absolutely sure that you have everything you want. I couldn’t resist the temptation of a bowl of ice cream every evening.

Does anyone else have a similar problem or experience when visiting close friends or relatives? Always something more to eat?

I guess that is the one sure way that people have to say, “I love you.”

I am not complaining. I enjoy that kind of hospitality. But if my visits were very long, I would have a real problem with being able to fit into my clothes. A fat traveler.

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]

Murray Bass


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  • Jason KnowlesJune 28, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Other than New Orleans, Austin, TX is my culinary Holy Land. Franklin's BBQ, The Salt Lick, Juan In A Million for breakfast tacos, the list goes on!

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  • Murray BassJune 29, 2014 - 6:29 am

    I sometimes visit friends outside of RoundRock. I;ve been to Salt Lick and Dos (something__don't get too old to remember) I;ll tell my friends about Franklin's and Juan in a Million. Thanks,

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