By Jeff Fatheree
Hello again fellow foodies. This week we went to Town Bluff (at one time the temporary county seat, but we’re not here for a history lesson) where you can find Harris Country Market.
This was the first time all three of the titular guys in this series were able to sit down together to enjoy a bite.
Linda Harris, the proprietor, created a brand-new offering of a specialty burger, which, after some names were thrown around, was ultimately dubbed “The Harris Heat Burger,” and all three guys were fired up to try it.
Chris and Jeff both have a great love of all things spicy, and Caleb, well he tolerates some heat.
The three guys walked into this store and found a full-service establishment; a real, old-fashioned country store. You can get gas, groceries, tackle, live bait and the deli has food cooked fresh and hot.
There’s a great many folks who come to the area for prime fishing on the nearby lake, and at Harris’s Country Market, there’s some great vittles to start off one’s fishing trip (or for grabbing supper on the way back.)
If you have never been here, you have missed a jewel in Tyler County. Mrs. Harris is a wonderful host and typically you will have to go to the picnic tables across the road to dine.
She, being the gracious host, made room for us to dine inside and get the atmosphere of the store.
Although the guys aren’t around to judge the ambiance of the establishments they stumble into for this undertaking, Harris’s would be tops in that department, if they did. Nothing but friendly folks and good conversations.
The guys started the visit with the homestyle burger. As they brought it out, the guys could see that it was made the same way mamma cooked them back in the day, with lots of love.
The smell and look made mouths water as the guys began their journey for this installment.
As you know, the three guys really enjoy the time spent together as well as the food. The burger weighed in at 13 ounces and was a good-looking burger. The price of just the burger is $4.99 and a good deal. The first bite is good, the taste and blend of the condiments and vegetables just took you back to your childhood.
All the guys agreed the first bite, both from the visual and taste standpoint, merited a five-burger rating. Overall impression it is a good burger. We all agree that you need to come try this just for the homestyle.
Then the guys came to the Harris Heat, and prepared for a historic occasion. As the new specialty burgers approached the table you could smell bacon and burgers blended with pepper jack cheese. It was quite a large construction, well, actually that’s a bit of an understatement.
The behemoth appeared and the guys prepared to be the initial tasters of this great-looking specialty burger. This cannot be stated enough: this was a first for Harris Country Market. History was made with the rolling out of this specialty burger.
Weighing in at 20 ounces the Harris Heat is a big meal with double meat bacon pepper jack and jalapenos.
The meat was juicy, the vegetables holding the meat and jalapenos. Caleb gave it a 3-burger rating on first bite impression, while Chris and Jeff dubbed it 4. The cost of the burger is $8.99, and it is enough food for two people (or one hungry youngster.)
The heat is not that strong as Chris and Jeff thought it should be with the name; that it should have brought a little more fire. It is a 5 from Caleb overall, and he watched the preparation of the burger.
The bottom bun began sliding off and having to reassemble the burger. So, Chris and Jeff gave it a 4 in the overall category. The average was 3.93 burgers for the homestyle and 4.26 burgers for the Harris Heat. We would strongly recommend a trip to the east side and try out the Harris Country Store and get your grub on. Thank you again to A-1 Wrecker for sponsoring this week’s event.
The three guys look forward to seeing you again next week as we travel just barely south of the county line and try out the GiGi Deluxe down at GiGi’s Kountry Kitchen in Village Mills. They’re taking a break this week due to the unwanted guest that is Hurricane Laura.
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Stay safe (and hungry) friends!
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