Monday I had a doctor’s appointment in Abilene so Vince and I went over there and planned to eat at Panda Express. They open at 10:30 a.m. and if you don’t get there before 11:00, there’s usually a long line. We got there about 10:40, walked in and only about two bowls had food in them. The server said “We’re running late today!” Really! Vince and I stood there . . wondering how long it was going to be before food was ready, and if they were rushing through it to get food in the bowls. Vince said “We’ll just leave.” The man said “You can come back later.” I was kinda flabbergasted! He thought we would leave . . drive somewhere else for 10 or 15 minutes, come back and probably wait in line? No, thanks. There are lots of options in Abilene.
The funny thing was that I had really wanted to go to Jason’s Deli. Sunday night, I asked Vince “Do you want to eat at Panda Express or Jason’s Deli?” hoping he would say Jason’s but he said Panda.
As we walked out to the car to leave Panda, Vince said “Want to go to Jason’s Deli?” Hmmm . . YES! They open at 10 a.m. so they were open and just across the street from Panda.
I love their muffalettas! I got the salad/sandwich (muffaletta). Vince and I were sitting, eating and talking. He asked when was the first time I ate at a Jason’s Deli and I said “probably in the late 70’s, maybe very early 80’s”. He wanted to know where and I told him “Beaumont, TX”. I went on to tell him that we used to love to go to Beaumont, less than an hour from home, just to eat at Jason’s. I said “In fact, I think the first Jason’s Deli was in Beaumont and that’s the one we used to go to – in the Gateway shopping center.” I still remember going there and I still remember that first bite of muffaletta.
Then I said “Maybe I just think that’s where they started because that’s the first one I ever went to” so I looked it up and yes . . first one was in Beaumont, TX and now they’re in 29 states.
After we finished eating, Vince said “That was SO much better than what we were going to eat. I’m glad they didn’t have their food ready yet!” I wanted to say “Me too because I tried to hint last night that I wanted to go to Jason’s so it worked out great for me.”
I think Jason’s Deli is our new favorite place to eat. We have to go back to Abilene for another appointment before the end of the month . . I think we’ll go back to Jason’s Deli for lunch.