Saturday April 19 cont.
After going back to the hotel to shower and get ready for the day, we drove to east of the city and the San Jacinto Monument. This is a 570 foot structure, with 220 ton star on the top.
This is to commemerate the battle that won Texas its independence from Mexico. They had a very well done movie about the history of the war and the battle and had a nice little museum. Still, the highlight was taking the elevator to the top for the view.
To the right, you can see the USS Texas and to the top left, you can barely see the Houston skyline in the distance. But what I will probably most remember from my trip out here is driving past the miles and miles of chemical plants and oil refineries in the area. I have never seen anything like it!
Time for lunch and we arrived at the Avalon Diner
at a few minutes before noon and snagged two precious seats at the counter. Shortly, there was a considerable wait for a seat, so we got here just in time.
There is nothing about the strip mall exterior that says good Roadfood,
but the inside definitely says small town lunch counter.
Both Johnny and I got lemonades and we watched our waitress fresh squeeze the lemons. This is excellent lemonade!
We both also ordered malts, with me getting the banana and Johnny getting the butterscotch, which was especially good.
Here is our waitress using the milkshake mixer right in front of us, which is always a good sign!
We were both in the mood for burgers. Johnny got the bacon cheeseburger
with a side of thin, lightly battered onion rings. Loved them!
For me, I got the mushroom swiss burger
along with the lunch counter classic grilled cheese.
All of the food we had here was well above average. The guy sitting next to Johnny was by himself and spent a good portion of the time eavesdropping in on our conversation. He finally inquired about our trip, so we told him about our plans. What was odd was he said he ate at Avalon Diner
every weekend. Yet, he asked us about the malts/shakes, onion rings and lemonade, because he had never tried them. Very strange!
After stopping at the University of Houston bookstore where I bought a t-shirt, we had one more place to visit before going back to the hotel.
Much more to come.....