Beloved Texas Comfort Food Chain Down to Just 1 Arlington Restaurant
According to Texas Monthly, the Black-eyed Pea, a once booming Dallas-based food chain from '75, is on the brink of becoming a culinary ghost.
Its story is tragic as the number of Black-eyed Pea Texas locations nosedived from 130 outlets at its peak to a lone ranger in Arlington.
Robert Sweet, a die-hard fan, treks 25 miles for those "dangerously good" pork chops.
Although even his loyalty wavers at times, swapping his cherished chops for a salmon dish.
The uninitiated may not grasp the tragedy of this dwindling former empire. But imagine walking in for a cozy chicken potpie only to find bankruptcy signs. How's that for a potpie plot twist?
Enter Cheri Coffin, the unwavering owner.
A server since her teens, she's the beating heart of this final outpost, fielding daily calls of disbelief. A defiant billboard screams "OMG Yes, We're Still Open," a tribute to her tenacity.
Every ring of the phone brings a caller stunned and thrilled that they can still get a slice of nostalgia.
Jennifer Peyton, the manager, reassures them: the old favorites are here, no knock-offs.
Come fill your coolers with pot roasts, pork chops, and shepherd’s pie, just like the golden days.
So here's the dish: the story of the last Black-eyed Pea in Texas doesn't end here, because apparently a mix of food nostalgia, unwavering loyalty, and grit to keep tradition alive is making this place run.
In Arlington, TX at least.
I find myself thinking about a 180-mile journey for a bite of those legendary buttery rolls.
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