Day 6: Sightseeing in Fort Worth
Roadfood: Massey’s Chicken Fried Steaks
We had wanted to go to Angelo’s in Fort Worth for barbecue, but they were not open on Sunday afternoon. Instead we found Massey’s to be open and arrived just as the after-church crowd was leaving.
Massey’s has changed hands in the last few years. However, the place was almost full when we walked in at 1:30 PM so they still maintain a large following. We found the atmosphere and prices to be very comfortable. We both had full Sunday dinners and shared a piece of pie and the total bill was less than $20.
As you can see from the picture, the chicken fried steak is there somewhere under all that gravy. I found the steak to be tender, but slightly lacking in flavor. To my taste, the gravy was flavorful with a bit of a kick from white pepper. Sharon said that if they made the gravy from the pan drippings it would be better. Not being a chicken fried steak expert, I will have to do some more research on this subject. Either way, it was a good chicken fried steak and was worth the visit.
We were bowled over by the baked squash side dish. I am not much of one for baked squash, but this was somehow very light and fluffy. The spices enhanced the squash and it tasted like no other squash I have ever had. This dish alone is worth a visit.
Left: Baked squash ___ Right: stewed peaches and pears
The onion rings were home made as were the mashed potatoes. The green beans tasted the way good country green beans should – cooked with a ham bone until very tender. It is a pleasure to find a cafe where they still make the effort to make sure these staple dishes are prepared properly.
Still being a roadfood apprentice, I neglected to order a piece of chocolate pie when we ordered the food. I hope I will learn this roadfood maxim soon. Of course, they were out of the chocolate pie when we ordered desert. However, we had a very good pecan pie. This pie had a lot of pecans and was not overly sweet. But I still want some chocolate pie.
All in all I would recommend Massey’s. If you go to Forth Worth, don’t eat down in the tourist area. Go to Massey’s for some down home cooking.
Here are a few shots for sightseeing around Fort Worth:
Yes – another train.
The famous Fort Worth Roundup:
Next – my drive to San Antonio with a side trip to Lockhart.