My hope is one day to stop in Hearne and eat at the following places - Toodies, http://www.toodiesbarbq.com/
The other place I want to try is this:
If anyone has been to either of these places, please let me know at tengel@star-telegram or on Twitter at @MacEngelProf
Both places have sporadic hours and were not open when I was in town. But they have the exterior of hole-in-the-wall, belt-busting heaven.
So while in Hearne I had to try some local cuisine, and I managed to find and score big with Johnny Rebs Dixie Cafe. Now, according to the waitress, this is the original Dixie Land Diner that was featured in Texas Monthly. It was listed by the magazine in its "40 Best Diners" issue.
Hard to believe I could not find free Wi-Fi in this place, but I did manage to find a fantastic Chicken Fried Steak. After eating that, and amazingly all of my vegetables, I should not have to eat the rest of the week.
The breading on the chicken fried steak was not overdone, and the meat was tender and moist. It didn't even require the ample gravy that was poured over it, not that I shoved it off my plate.
A solid choice when in Hearne.
- Mac Engel
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