My piece in Sunday’s paper marks the Texas Tavern’s birthday, something I’ve paid homage to annually since assuming this columnist gig in March 2009. The big day is Wednesday and it’s the TT’s 83rd.
This year’s tall tale is about the many and varied geopolitical pressures that swirled around the tiny diner on Church Avenue in 2012.
Here are the previous three columns:
Happy 80th, Texas Tavern (2010): In which I extolled the wonderful virtues of the TT’s ambiance, but neglected to say anything nice about the food.
Texas Tavern, let’s have some chile and make up (2011): In which I declared the TT’s trademark chile the best “chile” in the Western Hemisphere (not to be confused with that other stuff that ends in an ‘i’). This officially ended the heated Texas Tavern-Dan Casey feud.
82 years of food fit for the king (2012): The strange and wonderful tale of why Elvis ordered his last meal from the Texas Tavern.
This year’s column includes a broad cast of characters, including owner Matt Bullington, his dad (and former owner) Jim, President Obama, Mitt Romney, and many other other people and local, national and international institutions.
Hope you enjoy!