Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Good Eats: Owl Drug Fountain and Grill, Coleman, Texas

One of the things Donna and I like to do during our travels is discover those local eateries, especially in small towns, that really serve some good grub. We found such a place during our recent stay at Hord's Creek Lake.

We had noticed a billboard while driving through Coleman advertising the grill and fountain at the Owl Drug Store in downtown Coleman. So when we went in to town on Saturday to do laundry, we stopped off at the drug store for lunch. We were glad we did.

The fountain and grill is located at the back right of the store. It's not hard to find -- just follow the steady stream of people that fill the booths and counter surrounding the fountain and grill. It was about 12:30 when we arrived, and we felt lucky to find an empty booth. The place stayed busy our entire stay.

The grill closes about 1:00 or 1:30, and cooking starts early for breakfast. The popular item at the grill, though, seems to be an old fashioned hamburger. Donna and I ordered the lunch special, which was a cheeseburger, chips, and drink for $7.50. After our first bite, we looked at each other, nodded, and smiled. Yep, these were hamburgers like we used to get years ago. It's hard to find a burger like this anymore. There's nothing fancy about it, no piling on of extra ingredients. This is just a solid, well-made old fashioned burger.

From the vantage point of our booth near the grill, we were able to watch the orders being prepared. When we saw the onion rings, we both wished we had ordered some. They looked like the real deal. Fries and tater tots were also being dished up. And since the place is a soda fountain, there are also malts and other ice cream treats available.

I know that on our next trip to Hord's Creek Lake, we'll be returning to downtown Coleman to have another good meal at the Owl Drug Store.

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