Twelve years ago a friend whose family had run a boarding house in Marlin suggested I make a point of going out of my way to try Miz Allen's (now known as Allen's Fine Foods) in Sweetwater as it was so reminiscent of his boarding house experience growing up. Since then I've tried to arrange every trip to and from North Texas to include Sweetwater at lunch time and was able to do it again today.
The price has gone up from $4 to $6 to $8 but it's still the same, comfortable family style tables and service with two or three meats (always fried chicken and roast beef or meatloaf depending on whether its a weekday or weekend), macaroni and cheese on Saturday, three salads, vegetables (potatoes, yams, squash, greens, okra and jalapenos were on the table today), cobler, rolls and tea. The table company always seems to include someone from Midland or Comanche (today one of each) who has carefully calculated to arrive in Sweetwater in plenty of time to allow sufficient "table time", a group of strapping utility workers who suggest anything that's "all you can eat" isn't much of a challenge for them and several tables of retired folks who seem to smile a lot and enjoy the show from start to finish.
If you've never been, it's worth a trip.