There is much to love and celebrate about Texas, and with my recent reintroduction to the Lone Star state I was a woman on a mission when deciding where to head first when my feet hit the ground. It was a no-brainer, really. After a day of resting up from the full day trip it took to get here, there was only one thing on my mind; breakfast at the Montgomery Cafe.
Although I’d never been graced to eat here before, walking into the the tiny corner cafe, located at the paradoxical junction of a sleepy side street and a busy main drag, was like coming home. I’d been hearing about this place for years. We arrived ten minutes before their 7 a.m. opening, to ensure we got ‘our’ table in front of the picture window that overlooked the cafe’s name sake street, with its view of the stock-show grounds and Fort Worth city skyline.
The sun was just creeping up over the horizon, as we sat ourselves down on the red-checkered clothed table. We were smiling at each other, pleased with being able to snag what we considered to be the best table, despite the rush of early risers from the annual stockyard show in search of a home-cooked meal to start their day. While the steady stream of cowboy hats and boots swaggered in, we were placing our order with the friendly waitress who seemed to refer to everyone as “Hon”. I’d have been hard pressed to identify the out-of-towners from the regulars, because everyone that walked through the door was greeted as if they ate there every morning.
Placing our order was easy. Two-eggs over easy, hash-browns, a pork chop and biscuits and gravy. Ordering anything less would have seemed not right. This is Texas after the land of hearty breakfasts for hearty souls and hard workers; starting the day with yogurt or half a melon would have seem sacrilegious.
While waiting the short time it took for our food to arrive, I soaked up the ambiance. And trust me, there was no shortage of things to look at. Dining at the cafe is akin to taking a step back in time. From the checkerboard floor and tables, the stools lining the counter and the memorabilia hung on the walls, everything takes you back to a simpler place and time, and and as some would successfully argue — a better place and time.
Do yourself a favor and make time to visit this cafe, especially if you’ve got a hankering for the way things used to be.
The Montgomery Cafe is open six days a week for breakfast and lunch. Mon – Fri 6 a.m. til 2 p.m. and Saturdays for breakfast only from 7 a.m. until noon. It is located on the corner of Montgomery Street and Dexter in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.