Iâ€™m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Stratford, Texas.
Greetings from Stratford, Texas
N 36Â° 19.9063â€™ W 102Â° 4.3877â€™ Elev. 3,691 feet
You can enter Stratford, Texas from any direction â€” itâ€™s at the intersection of US Highways 54 and 287 â€” and you will see the sign: â€œStratford, Pheasant Capital of Texas.â€ You wonâ€™t see any birds however, pheasant or otherwise. At least, I never have. Cows? Sure. Pygmy ponies? Yes, indeedy. But a bird? No sir. Not one, not once. Never.
I take that back. There are birds in Stratford. Chickens, at Allsupâ€™s. But theyâ€™ve been parted out and fried.
Allsupâ€™s is a ubiquitous chain of convenience stores in Texas and New Mexico, each with one of those little hot-case delis inside. I donâ€™t usually stop at them due to a lack of parking. But there is a mostly avian-free Allsupâ€™s with yacht parking here in Stratford.
I was glad I stopped at this one because, although Iâ€™ve been to a few before, I made an important discovery: Hot Links for $1.09. For another dime you can get a slice of â€œdeliciousâ€ â€” I saw it described as â€œdeliciousâ€ on a sticker somewhere â€” white or caramel-colored white bread. Add some mustard and youâ€™ve got yourself a really great snack.
These are high-quality hot links, some of the best Iâ€™ve ever had, in fact. The sausage has a great â€œcrunchâ€ and inside are a lot of red pepper flakes. This may be considered low-end dining by some, but these things are flavorful and highly satisfying. And they are hot.
Allsupâ€™s also sells beef tamales that are pretty good. Although theyâ€™re on the small side theyâ€™re reasonably priced at 3 for $2.09, or you can get a dozen for $4.99. They come in hot or mild varieties.
Places that sell hot links (or tamales) are few and far between, especially quality ones at such a reasonable price. They are hard to find even in the South. Some of the truck stops carry a breathtakingly awful faux version of them, but they are remarkably terrible, inedible really, and have nothing in common with a true hot link. Theyâ€™re more like hot dogs that have been infused with red food coloring and chemically enhanced with unidentifiable artificial flavoring. Allsupâ€™s, however, has the real deal!
And so we roll.
Allsupâ€™s, 10 S. Maple, Stratford, Texas
with locations throughout Texas and New Mexico … and one location in Frederick, Oklahoma!
Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.