After leaving Santa Fe, we arrived later that day in Amarillo, TX. I might say that Amarillo was my favorite stop on our roadtrip. The people were incredibly friendly, the food was delicious, and the shopping was great! Having come here with no expectations, I was pretty blown away by this little town.
Sleep. Directly off the i-40 E is a Motel 6. It was a weekend, so the price was $55 + tax, which is a bit higher than their usual rate. Room was clean and sufficient. No mini-fridge though. I posted additional photos on yelp.
Shop. Alley Katz Antique Mall is 2 stories, so not really a “mall,” but large by antique store standards. I don’t know why nobody has reviewed it on yelp? This place is great! I gave myself about an hour to browse. Each product is labeled with a price and a seller number, so the items are being sold by locals, and the store collects a commission on each sale. Kind of like ebay – so you’re really buying from individual vendors. Prices range from $0.99 to $100. I bought two great items for a total of $16.
Alley Katz Antique Mall
2807 SW 6th Ave
Amarillo, TX 79106
Eat. Coyote Bluff Cafe was featured on Man vs. Food. Oh god, so much to say about this place. One of the best meals of our trip, for sure! Amarillo is known for their beef, but this burger was fantastic. Just as a preliminary matter, service is not tops. There is no host and the wait staff is stretched a little thin, so you need to be patient. Our wait was only 10 minutes though.
The Hell Burger is $7.25 but HUGE. It consists of a 1/2 pound patty, jalapeno slices sauteed in what they call “Hell Sauce,” a mound of grilled onions, tabasco, a grip of melted shredded gooey cheese (no half-melted slices of American here), lettuce and fat slice of tomato on a wheat white or onion bun. It’s actually not that spicy, but I LOVE my spicy foods, so my tolerance might be above average. The meat was seriously so tender! The juice was like dripping down my arms. Sides are extra; we added fresh cut fries for $1.29 (don’t they look delish??). There’s a BATHTUB in the middle of the restaurant that’s filled with different bottled beers on ice– you can help yourself, only $2.50-3.00 each! For 2 beers, 2 burgers, and an order of fries, the total was just under $20. DEAL!
Coyote Bluff Cafe
Yelp / Menu with prices
2417 S. Grand Street
Amarillo, TX 79103
The Stockyard Cafe is located a tad out of the way, but it’s a pretty unique experience and definitely worth the short drive for a memorable lunch. It’s located in a livestock auction building (!?) – you can actually see the auction if you happen to be in town on a Tuesday morning (10am). In any case, this place serves up a totally delicious version of Country Fried Steak. They pan fry it in CLARIFIED BUTTER, ok?! What else do you need to know? It’s so buttery and crisp and fabulous… oh god. The VALUE is good too! Only $7.50 for bread (meh), salad (ok), Country Fried Steak (!!!), and your choice of mashed potatoes, baked potato, or french fries. We both picked mash and it was a great accompaniment to the meal.
The decor was very Texas and the SERVICE was great – Tim, the owner (who was featured on Man v. Food) came by to check up on each table. He obviously takes pride in what he does! Clientele is incredibly friendly too. The couple who sat next to us noticed our (California) accents and asked us where we were from. They chatted with us briefly and actually WELCOMED us on behalf of Amarillo. ❤
The Stockyard Cafe
100 S Manhattan St
Amarillo, TX 79104
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