Day 10: Amarillo Lunch & Albuquerque (for 1 hour)

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
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Trip End Sep 05, 2008


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We did 3 minutes of research about Amarillo, TX to sniff out some good BBQ for lunch, clearly not enough time to make a well informed decision, I'll explain in a second. We realized that after we leave Texas this afternoon, we will be officially out of BBQ country...... this was our last chance....and we blew it, big time. The name sounded good... CATTLE CALL...... but the location should have been the first red flag. 1071 I-40 W, Westgate Mall. WESTGATE MALL... this place was in a mall, in Amarillo...... yet we still held out for greatness. First impression was awful. The area stank of cattle feces; hot, humid, and poo .....we are having a great time. The restaurant was like the local senior citizen watering hole, whereas we were there for lunch at 1PM, the rest of the clientele was there for the early bird dinner special. We sat down, and yet still kept optimistic because the menu looked decent. Truth: words and flair mean nothing. We started with "Texas Popcorn," fried jalepenos with ranch salsa. They were deep fried canned peppers with Hidden Valley Ranch, no salsa to be seen. For lunch, Evan order the meat combo, ribs, pork, and sausage, complete with slaw and beans. I ordered the chicken fried steak, smothered in creamy gravy, served open face on texas toast. Everything was sub-par, even the BBQ sauce had been watered down.... we should have induced regurgitation and attempted to eat somewhere else.....anywhere else......so sad.....at least we have the memories....

Our ultimate destination today is the mysterious unheard of town of Farmington, New Mexico... another convenient sleep stop on our way to sight seeing in Utah. We have 480 miles to drive through New Mexico, with a stop in Albuquerque.

We left Amarillo, and Texas, shortly after our curtain call BBQ lunch in the doo-doo crusted Westgate Mall. We decided to detour into Albuquerque for sanity's sake, because seriously if you think Texas is empty, New Mexico is the King of open space. Don't get me wrong, it was very scenic, with lots of pretty rock formations and sand piles, etc....but there was nothing, no people, no towns, no Sonic.....nothing. Albuquerque was supposed to be something, but it too was pretty much your run-of-the-mill town, couple buildings, parks, and a square block called "old-town," with some adobe looking structures, a Mexican restaurant, and souvenir shops....at least I was able to get a keychain. We stayed 20 minutes, then back on Interstate 40, the old route 66, on our way to Farmington, NM.
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