February 2012

Tater World’s Catfish & Twisters

A Friday night out in Midland, Texas

 

Tater World. Friday after work me and the little lady, headed over to Tater World to start our weekend adventure. Tater World is one of my favorite places to eat in Midland. With just one quick look at the menu, you can tell that this place is unique. Menu items with names like the “Super Bowl”, “Houston Delight” or the “Danny Dogg” invoke a creative nature. The owner a long time musician even has a picture of himself with the late great Ray Charles eating in his establishment. We chose the Catfish & Twisters for our Friday evening meal, served up with lemon wedges, and large squeeze bottles of tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and ketchup, it was delightful. The twisters are basically homemade potato chips, and ohh so good. You can probably count on your left hand the catfish places in Midland, and this is definitely one of the best. After leaving Tater World, we headed over to the Midland Community Theater for a wonderful production of “Guys and Dolls”. My spin instructor played the part of Miss Adelaide down to the T, bravo bravo! After finding our seats, we were surprised to know that four of my co-workers had tickets right next to us. Midland has a real small town feel to it, and I like that. All of the actors at the MCT are local people just like me and you. They all work and live right here in the community. Most of the actors rehearse six nights a week for a month and a half to prepare for these shows. A Friday night in Midland, good food, good entertainment, good friends what more could you ask for? Tater World 802 South Garfield Street Monday –Thursday 7am-7pm Friday 7am-8pm Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Call (432) 682-9111 for take out orders.

 

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The Great Burrito Run

of 2012

Saturday morning, I rounded up a few friends in Midland for the Great Burrito Run of 2012.

The plan was simple:

 Taste test several Midland breakfast burritos

Breakdown each burrito by taste, presentation, and cost

Gauge each restaurant for its service, cleanliness, and crowd size

The Mission was Clear: 

Order one burrito from each place.

Burrito must be bacon, egg, and cheese.

Each order must come with salsa.

The morning went off without a hitch, it was perfect burrito weather a little chilly, light fog, not a lot of traffic. The team set out with assignments, retrieved its respective burritos, and convened at 0900 hours back at the hideout. Each burrito was then put under a microscope, so to speak, and things  got serious real fast.  Pictures were taken, notes were scribbled, arguments insured and once the smoke cleared, only the  winners remained. Be forewarned Midlanders, you might not agree 100% with our findings. To each his own I say, after all, some people can be pretty passionate about their favorite burrito. By all means, continue to support the burrito place of your choice.

Just read these few words…take it as food for thought.


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Speedy Pak Grocery – 1201 Garden City Highway

Best Burrito for the Buck

Spiciest Salsa

Best Flavor

Best Tortilla

Speedy Pak blew away the competition; they were the cheapest, best, and one of the biggest burritos of the day. 3 bucks cash only, that sold us all. After I ordered my burrito, I watched the lady cook it up for us on the flat grill, and I could just tell by the weight of the bag that I had got my money’s worth. They used a white Mexican cheese in place of the standard cheddar cheese.  Speedy Pak had a wonderful green salsa, but to be honest, it really didn’t need it. This burrito was the clear award winner for the day.

It felt a little bit like Adele at the Grammys…

Speedy Pak Grocery
1201 Garden City Hwy
(432) 683-2600

Payment Accepted: Cash only
Open for Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Parking? Yes plenty of parking spaces
Take out? Yes

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El Burrito -1106 North Big Spring Street

Best All Around Burrito

Best Salsa

This burrito was the biggest one we tasted all day. It had huge strips of crispy bacon, lots of egg, plenty of cheddar cheese all perfectly cooked on a homemade tortilla. The salsa was a perfect complement to a burrito that was already really good on its own.

 

El Burrito
1106 North Big Spring Street
(432) 683-9701

Payment Accepted: cash or checks only, atm located inside restaurant
Open for Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
Parking? Yes but very few parking spaces
Take out? Yes

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El Super Burrito- 703 West Wall Street

Best Late Night Burrito

Best Decor / Friendliest Staff

El Super Burrito is a really good place to eat, convenient for both downtown workers and high school students. The owner also owns a burrito place in Odessa. The place has a retro chic feel to it and can only be outshined by the friendliness of the worker who greeted us at the front counter.   She also mentioned that they will be open on Saturdays till 3 a.m. from now on. Now in Midland that’s a big deal. For a town that rolls up its sidewalks at dark, any place willing to stay open late is alright in my book!

El Super Burrito
703 West Wall Street
(432) 218-6818

Payment Accepted: cash, checks, credit cards
Monday – Friday 7am-2pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm
Saturday 10:30pm -3am
Meals served: Breakfast and lunch, and dinner on Saturday night
Parking? Yes several parking spaces, plus downtown parking available
Take out? Yes

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 In conclusion, we all walked away very impressed with the burritos we tasted.  All in all it was a pretty good Saturday morning.  Midland has some really good places to eat, sometimes you just have to get out there and try something new!


 
 
 
 
 
 

Dos Margaritas – Beef Nachos

Traditional Jalisco Style Cooking

Dos Margaritas located

at 1501 North Big Spring Street, serves up some fine Mexican food. After work I wandered in to order some supper. Sweet Spanish music serenaded me upon my entrance, a large television screen played a slide show of menu items.  I ordered beef nachos to go from the hostess up front, and five minutes later I was on my way.

Here’s my nacho nacho breakdown;

Chips and Salsa

 Chips tasted homemade, crispy but not too hard. Salsa, spicy, slightly sweet with a good kick but not overpowering.  Perfect for a gringo such as myself. Salsa came in a 6 oz styrofoam cup very handy for stashing in the fridge afterwards.

Nachos

Small strips of very tender beef, a generous portion of guacamole, sour cream with a sliced tomato thrown in for good measure. A simple cheese sauce worked well with all the ingredients. All in all a pretty good plate of nachos.

Do yourself a favor and go visit Dos Margaritas, good Mexican food, a friendly staff, reasonably priced, now ask yourself what more do you want?




 

 

 

How do you spell resturant?

240 people every month, in Midland, Texas misspell the word restaurant.
2880 people every year, in Midland Texas misspell the word restaurant
Resturant is the most common misspelling.
I rely way too much on spellcheck. I think we all do.

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Strawberry Fields Menu

You are what you eat.

 

If you’re interested in a healthy lifestyle, then you have to eat healthy. In Midland, the healthiest choice is probably Strawberry Fields. Located on Wadley, the restaurant doubles as a health store. You can find anything from vitamins and healthy living books, to organic cat food made by Paul Newman himself. The restaurant is set up like a cafeteria. Grab a tray and help yourself to soup and salad. Then you find yourself face to face with a man serving entrees. I chose the tortilla soup and asked the nice man to serve me some King Ranch casserole with a slice of organic corn bread. My friend skipped the entrees and went for a turkey sandwich.
Strawberry Fields is BUSY at lunch time. So much so that there was no   place to sit. We had to hunker down on a couch in the library where they keep the healthy living books and magazines. My friend was impressed by the turkey sandwich. The turkey was obviously not processed. It was fresh and hot off the grill. The King Ranch casserole was less impressive. While the ingredients were no doubt fresh, the flavor was lacking. There was no use of seasoning at all. The tortilla soup however was great! And the cornbread? I prefer a little brown sugar in the recipe. I guess that’s not something you would get from a health food restaurant. The price was no more than I would have spent anywhere else, so you can’t tell me it costs too much to eat healthy. Overall, I can’t say that I’m a fanatic of the food or the service. But they do have an impressive business model. Affordable, quick, and the ingredients are purchased from local farms. I only hope they expand their seating area to keep up with the demand.

Written by Mark Caples

 

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Sugar Mama’s – Mexican Brownie

The Best Little Bake Shop in Texas

 

There is nothing wrong with your computer monitor.  For the next few minutes, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your computer monitor. You are about to participate in a great adventure that is Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop. You are about to experience the awe and mystery of the Mexican Brownie which reaches from the top of your tounge to the bottom of your taste buds.

Ohh the weekend is finally here, and it is cold! Brrr where did this weather come from? Usually I just hibernate on Saturdays, Stubbs and I (Stubbs is my weenie dog) find a warm blanket,  a comfy recliner, and an action movie on Netflix. Well around noon my stomach said it was time to climb out of the hole, and go find something to eat. After enjoying a #3 combo at the Andrews Hwy Whataburger, I ventured into Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop located at 1028 Andrews Highway. It is in the north west part of the same shopping center as Albertsons and Ace Hardware, right next to the Karate shop.



They don’t have a visible sign from afar, but the owner said she would like to get someone to paint one for her, any takers? After surveying all the wonderful goodness in the display case, I decided on the “Mexican Brownie”. A rich chocolate treat, covered in a thick layer of delicious icing,  very sweet but with a hint of something different, mexican cinnamon perhaps?

It’s Saturday live a little, say goodbye to New Years resolutions, go treat yourself to a brownie!



 




You can never step in the same river twice, change is the only absolute truth in life.

Lately Midland is seeing it’s fair share of change. Out with the old in with the new. Just yesterday I heard that we are getting a Panda Express sometime in 2012. Its supposed to be near loop 250 and Midland Drive. I also noticed a new sign for a Orange Leaf yogurt shop across from the mall on Midkiff Road. 

Now if we could just get a Braum’s and a P.F. Chang’s, I would be one happy camper!

JoJo’s Eatery

A little taste of home. Jojo's Menu now available!

Jojo’s Eatery is located located at 214 West Texas Avenue, in the old Petroleum building. They are open Monday through Friday, and only accept cash or check. No credit cards.

Call 423-682-3134 for takeout orders

 

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KUO’S Chinese Restaurant

Best General Tso’s Chicken in Midland! Guaranteed!

 

I was craving Chinese on Saturday. Which is not uncommon for me? But the Chinese buffets are all the same and I was craving really good Chinese. I knew where to go. My wife suggested dinner and a movie so it became a carry-out night. I called my order in and was greeted on the phone with a smile.

Yes, you can hear a smile on the phone. Even if they’re smiling in a second language. I placed my order and left my apartment. Knowing they would need a little time to prepare my meal I stopped at the Red Box on the way. When I arrived at San Miguel Square, the home of Woofers and Tweeters and Torino’s Sports Bar, across from HEB, I was again greeted with a smile.



The restaurant itself was very elegant. Asians have a knack for interesting architecture. The tiles on the ceiling were gold and very detailed. There were unique sculptures and paintings to admire. There was even a very comfortable looking couch, in case they got too busy. I didn’t require use of the couch as my meal was ready, boxed up in the neat little cardboard boxes with Chinese buildings printed on them. For under $30 I was in and out and back at home enjoying previews with the still warm food. I had General Tso’s Chicken and my wife had Lemon Chicken. My wife’s meal was presented well. Tasty fried rice with dozens of chunks of breaded chicken presented with slices of lemon and a few red cherries. She also had the pleasure of enjoying two different dipping sauces. My General Tso’s Chicken was excellent! It was spicy, but had a hint of brown sugar to equalize the flavor. We had Eggrolls on the side as well as some of the creamiest Cream Cheese Wontons in Midland. Being a lover of soup I also had a bowl of Won Ton Soup. It was amazing! Definitely not some out of the can quick fix you find in buckets at the buffets. This soup had sliced beef and delicious dumplings in a very refreshing broth. It was overall a very satisfying experience and I recommend KUO’S to all who enjoy Asian food.

Review by Mark Caples

KUO’S Chinese Restaurant
3303 N Midkiff Suite 152
Midland, TX 79705
(432) 697-8888




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