The Runaway Train

I’ve posted about this little diner before but it’s probably my favorite place in Brownwood to eat for several reasons.  First, the folks who work there, including the owner are the nicest people ever!  Kim, the owner, is always smiling, always cheerful, as are her helpers.  Every time we leave there, Vince says “I want what she takes!”  The food is always good.  It’s mostly soup, sandwiches and burgers.  A lot of the sandwiches are on jalapeno bread and it’s absolutely delicious!  They use a lot of jalapeno bacon in the soups and on the sandwiches and while it isn’t HOT, it gives just enough kick to make their sandwiches and soups a cut above the average meal served around here.  And lastly, it’s close to home.  It’s probably 5 miles from our house and kinda between home and Vince’s work so it’s real convenient for us.

I would go back there even if the food wasn’t great just because it’s such a happy place!

Today, on Christmas Day, they were serving free beans, cornbread, Blue Bell ice cream and drinks – hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, milk shakes, coffee, tea, soda . . whatever you wanted . . all at no charge.  Kim said it was “Customer Appreciation Day”.  She served pinto beans and jalapeno cornbread or crackers.  She does love jalapeno peppers but hey . . this is Texas!  Everyone in the place was asking for her pinto bean recipe and she was gladly telling us exactly how she did it.

She uses Fiesta Pinto Bean Seasoning and made them right by the instructions on the package.

She was also serving Blue Bell ice cream and she had Homemade Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet Cake, Gingerbread and a couple of other flavors.

Wasn’t it just so nice of them to open on Christmas Day and not take money or donations or anything for the food they offered?  It was Kim, her husband and probably one of their dads their waiting on customers.

I wrapped up a pair of socks and took to her and she couldn’t believe someone brought her a gift!  Really, Kim?  :)  She got all teary and almost made me cry too.

On the way home from there, Vince looked at me and said “Is this the BEST place to live?”  Yesterday our neighbor smoked our turkey.  That same neighbor helped clean the deer.  Then a restaurant is open on Christmas Day serving free food just to thank their customers?

Yes, Vince, this is a great place to live!  I think I’ll stay right here forever, if it’s ok with you!