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Dyer’s BBQ

Back in Amarillo after a long day of driving! We originally intended to have dinner at The Big Texan but the wait was obscene. Instead we lucked out and had a great dinner at Dyer’s BBQ just down the road from our hotel. The Dyer family has been serving their family BBQ recipes in the Texas panhandle for over 50 years! I enjoyed a great combination plate that included brisket, jalapeño sausage, incredibly smooth tater salad, etc.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Quite possibly the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever put in my mouth!

P-Town Pizza

This is the place I was most looking forward to visiting in Pawhuska. P-Town Wood fired Pizza. Everything here was just outstanding! Starting with a delicious draft beer in a big Mason jar, “Not Knots” and Ladd’s Chopped Wedge. My choice of pizza was called “Lots of Meat”. It’s topped with every kind of meat they have in the kitchen. Pepperoni, Italian sausage, pork sausage, ham, salami and crispy bacon. The pie was terrific! Super thin crust so you can really enjoy the toppings (and eat more slices).

The Boarding House

While in Pawhuska we stayed at The Boarding House. This is an eight-room “cowboy luxury” hotel just a few doors down from the Merc. The suites are absolutely stunning, each having their own identity and personality. This beautiful cheeseboard thing was part of their evening reception (hospitality hour) for guests. Plus complimentary wine, etc. Everything about this place is top shelf! From the service, the coffee & pastry delivery every morning, to the exquisitely appointed rooms.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

We finally made it to America’s heartland! Dinner in Pawhuska, OK at the Mercantile. Being there during the peak of tornado season last May made it even more exciting. Outstanding order of Chicken Parmesan! The Merc’s version of this chicken parm is a down-home American take on the Italian comfort classic. Topped with red sauce and melted mozzarella, served over a bed of al dente spaghetti. Plus some of the best tasting sweet tea. I was able to get through about 3/4 of this before tapping out.

Embassy Suites

Just after crossing into Texas on I-40 the interstate came to a complete halt! It was literally a parking lot for hours. It did not help that we were in a bad cell area either. Fortunately we brought old fashioned paper maps with us! Remember those? Anyway, we were able to chart an alternate course that got us to Amarillo, albeit much later than expected. It was really nice driving those farm roads through the beautiful Texas countryside and farm land. I have never seen 2-lane highways that were so straight, flat and long! 

We finally made it to the Embassy Suites in Amarillo. It was pretty late so we just had dinner at the hotel. I have to say, all the Embassy Suites in-house restaurants I’ve been to across the country have always been top shelf! Here in Amarillo it was no different. Their hotel restaurant is called “1887 Social House”. I ordered an outstanding Pressed Cuban Sandwich! Smoked pulled pork, hickory ham, butter pickles, Swiss cheese and mustard aioli pressed all panini style. I’ve had many Cuban sammiches in my day and I don’t think I’ve ever had one so stacked and delicious!


As I mentioned the other day, it’s all about the chiles when in New Mexico! Even Mack Donald’s gets in on the action! I had seen these advertised since entering the state and just had to try one before leaving. Here we are in eastern New Mexico in a small town called Tucumcari, just before entering Texas on the 40. The McDouble with green chile was surprisingly tasty! Glad I got one, but it’s time to keep boogerin’ eastbound.


Outstanding hotcakes at IHOP in Albuquerque, NM! Unfortunately the butter was stone cold and rock hard! One of my biggest culinary pet peeves. I’ll tell you, Denny’s has it going on with their soft, spreadable butter.

Garcia’s Kitchen

Visiting with family in Albuquerque, NM! When in New Mexico it’s all about the chili and I of course was happy to partake. We had dinner at Garcia’s Kitchen on Juan Tabo Blvd in Albuquerque. I ordered a dish called “Dan’s Special” (How could I not!). 8 oz NY strip steak with two cheese enchiladas smothered in your choice of chili. I had it “Christmas style”, which is both red and green chili (go figure). This was an outstanding, well rounded dish. The chips and salsa were definitely legit. A nice change from the SoCal Mexican food I’m used to. 

Some additional fun pics: Stopped for tasty chicken snacks at a Popeye’s attached to a travel center in the middle of nowhere (aka Holbrook, AZ) off the I-40. View from the dumpy Hampton Inn in Albuquerque was less than stunning.  

Hampton Inn

Before starting a very long day of driving I usually forego a relaxed sit-down breakfast and opt for the quick, complimentary offering at the hotel. Hampton Inn of Prescott, AZ was decent, but it’s no Embassy Suites, even if they are in the same family tree. Tasty hot biscuits & gravy and scrambled eggs, despite the paper plate. I was impressed by their thoughtful addition of ham and cheese bits. 

Some additional fun pics: heading northeast out of Prescott we stopped in the trippy little town of Jerome, AZ. We stretched our legs at the Jerome Grand Hotel. This place dates back to the 1920’s when it first opened as a hospital. It closed down in 1950 but only after about 9,000 deaths. It is supposedly haunted today. Also passed through Sedona and visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Stunning views, that I can tell you! 

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