GO FOR THE ROLLS – Farmhouse Family Restaurant in Van Offers Southern Hospitality and Taste
When your “Other half” recommends you swing by a certain restaurant on the way home to pick up a “bag full of rolls” to serve with dinner at home, you know you’ve found a good alternative to cooking your own hot meal when in a bind. In this case, homemade rolls with butter and fresh pies are specialties that have made The Farmhouse Family Restaurant in Van, Texas somewhat famous, at least among locals and others traveling America’s 10th longest interstate highway. The restaurant is located beside Love’s Travel Stop on the northeast corner of I-20 at 1125 S. Oak St. Of course, rolls and pies aren’t all that grace this rustic restaurant’s menu.
Our family went last weekend right after visiting the Edom Art Festival, and the big red barn-like eating establishment was packed, and tables had to be cleaned before we were seated, due to the Van Oil Festival that took place on the same day. When you walk into the restaurant, expect to be greeted by a large tractor in the front foyer. There are actually two dining rooms, one to the right and one to the left of “center stage.” We sat in the one to the left, which reminded me of the inside of an old barn or cabin, complete with red gingham-check valances over the windows.
Our waitress was Texas friendly, attentive, and very complimentary. They want you to feel at home in this place. It didn’t take me long to find something unusual on the menu: Southwestern Shrimp. This tasty entrée came with a couple of hush puppies and seven breaded butterfly shrimp, with cheese and jalapenos inside the breading, which provided just a little kick. There were many sides from which to choose, so I ordered some cold salads that I haven’t eaten in quite a while: black eyed pea salad and carrot and raisin salad. Everything was excellent! I made the right choice, ordering those salads, to help absorb and “recalibrate” my taste buds after eating the mildly spicy shrimp.
My other half ordered the chopped steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, and a dinner salad, which disappeared shortly after I took a picture of it. I was impressed with the salad, which had an assortment of greens, but mostly iceberg lettuce, carrots, red cabbage, tomato, red onion, boiled egg, and real shredded cheddar cheese. Our daughter ordered fried green beans, served with Ranch
dressing and a bowl of thick (not brothy) Southwestern Chicken Soup, which had a mild kick to it, as well. Little ones may not appreciate the heat, but adults will probably enjoy the mild spiciness. The fried green beans tasted very good, and as an appetizer, would probably serve four people. The rolls came first, and disappeared long before our meal arrived. We were too full for dessert.
Prices were “fair to Midland,” and you couldn’t beat the service. The menu offered everything Southern. Aside from steak and seafood, there were hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, several appetizers, dessert choices, and so much more.
The Farmhouse Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We will be back; and I’ll probably try something like the grilled red fish with Cajun seasoning…just because they do have so many choices, and it’s nice not to have to order the same thing that most restaurants serve.