Restaurants also serve ‘Southwestern hospitality’

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons

Those of us who are proud to call Tucumcari home are pleased many people have little trouble finding good places in which to eat and even food prepared for various eating habits or problems we have developed.

As I sat in one of our restaurants Saturday morning, I noticed the surrounding crowd and the lines of people standing at the door. A number of the customers were from our area, but many were travelers. Among the latter, I listened to many complimentary remarks about the food they were eating. The major complaints I heard were the usual ones about the servings being too generous.

At noon, I went to another restaurant for lunch and was delighted to see the place seething with people.

Obviously, they were finding something to eat in our town and were enjoying themselves while greeting friends or even asking questions about our town. I heard several say they were on their way home from having spent the winter in Arizona and had been looking forward to having lunch in their usual place in Tucumcari.

Many travelers are heard making similar remarks throughout the year and mention that they have told their friends about their favorite restaurant in Tucumcari.

As I listen to some of the servers, I hear them say they remember some of the travelers. They greet them as if they have been daily customers even though they may come through once or twice a year.

As time permits, the servers and the cashiers visit with the customers, thus making them feel comfortable and giving them the necessary boost to return on their next trip.

Obviously, both local and traveling customers enjoy going into the various eateries in town. We appreciate the friendly service and the good food.

Of course, we may tease the employees on occasion, but most know that we do that because we like them, considering most of them to be our friends.

We even enjoy hearing songs about our town unless they may include less than polite language. Naturally, those of us who are over-the-hill are aware of such language, but we prefer it be used in its usually improper places rather than in public.

We still take pride in our knowledge of manners and in their use by most people in our town.

Even though some people think of us as rather backward and have even been known to call us “small potatoes,” we would like to invite them to learn a little of our history and to begin to see what we mean by “Southwestern hospitality.”