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Van Horn, TX: Papa's Pantry - Must stop ... homemade bread, baked goods, biscuits and gravy

rworange | Mar 31, 201004:49 AM     1

I ordered the chili omelet but said to skip the toast and hash browns. I wanted to order a buttermilk pancake and an order of biscuits and gravy.

Big mistake on passing on the bread. It is homemade and from web reports, fabulous. If it was as fabulous as the two large, light hosemade buiscuits with peppery white gravy ... it must be something.

The single pancake covered a large dinner plate and was equally great. It was so light and tasty.

The thin omelet wrapped around roasted green chilis, tomatos and cheese ... what can I say ... very good.

My friend had the huevos rancheros which he liked. The tortilla look wonderful and homemade.

The menu is a mix of American coffee shop classics and Mexican. Complimentary chips and salsa come with the Mexican dishes and reading on the web ... those are great as well.

This is an unassuming restaurant with a view of the Pilot gas station on one side and open space on the other. A large, unpaved dusty lot accomodates truckers.

The sign is faded and shares the same space as the long-faded sign of the previous cafe. Inside it was filled with tables of ranchers having breakfast,

The interiior is worn like the sign outside. The tables are gray formica. However, there are touchs such white lace curtains, some flowered plates on the wall, a dividing counter holding plants and campfire coffee pots and a few advertising signs such as "Use Portales Best Flour"

Some items on the menu included steaks (rib-eye, t-bone, country-fried, chicken fried), hamburgers, brisket sandwiches such as BLT, fried egg, club.

The Big Will burger is two patties, long green chilis, crisp bacon, double cheese and mustard.

There are seafood dishes -- halibut, salmon, rainbow trout and tilapia.

It is a comfortable, welcoming place. The type that would be cinemetographly prefec for the small Texas town diner. Thank goodness places like this still exist.

On the bottom of the menu

"May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rain fall slowly on your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in his palm."

Papa's Pantry
515 Van Horn Dr, Van Horn, TX 79855

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