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Kassi’s: Home Cookin’ in Dimmitt, TX

6 August 2009

Running back and forth among Amarillo, Tulia, and Clovis, I happened into Dimmitt at lunchtime today and was disappointed to find El Sombrero shuttered, locked, and overgrown with pigweed and Russian thistle.  Kassi’s to the rescue, N of downtown on the east side of US385.

A tiny place, with two tables in the main dining area and four in the auxiliary.  The lunch special today was [obviously homemade] lasagna with sweet corn, a crusty roll, and a small salad of greens and cherry tomatoes.  The ranch dressing was too tangy for my liking, but everything else was solid.  The cheesy lasagna had big, bold notes of basil and oregano; if it had been served piping hot, it would have been perfect.  (It was borderline, and I was in a hurry, so I let it go.)  The roll was sturdy, and I think it was lubed with real butter rather than margarine.  The corn was ordinary.  The plate was served within 2 minutes of my order, and I was outta there in 10.

Diabetes Alert:  I ordered half-and-half – 1/2 sweet tea, 1/2 unsweet – but it tasted like pure sweet tea to me.  So if you order the sweet tea straight, ya might wanna bring your insulin kit.

All in all, a solid lunch, if not mind-boggling.  Worth a return trip, certainly.

qb

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 August 2009 9:15 pm

    qb,

    Sounds good, but meaty lasagna for me later. Adopting a strict, though eminently palatible vegan diet for minimum of six weeks, keeps me away from the good chessy stuff. My culinarily creative wife Sarah is experimenting with a mozerella style soy cheese, a three-alarm marinara, orange bell peppers, with layers of spinach, black and green olives, mushrooms, capers, roughly ground wheat pasta (soy milk and soy egg substitute), basil, oregano, and mint. I’ll be introduced to it sometime this week with an endive caesar salad and toasted pumpernickel dipped in olive oil. I’ll let you know the results. Oh yes, a glass or two of good chianti.

    Sorry to say, there ain’t no vegan alternative to Luling barbeque!

    Blessings!

  2. 13 August 2009 6:21 am

    LOLOL…that lasagna actually sounds very nice, not to mention the chianti.

    qb never got as far as Luling to try the BBQ there, mainly because he always pulled off US183 into downtown Lockhart to grab a couple of links, some saltines, a fresh jalapeno or six, and an icy Shiner Bock at the old Kreuz’ Market. That part of the state has an embarrassment of riches.

    qb

  3. 13 August 2009 11:09 am

    qb,

    Lockhart is good, too.

    Have you ever been to the Shiner brewery in Shiner for a visit to the taproom? It’s been ages for me, but when I was last there I arrived at about 2:30 on a Friday. It was a marvelous experience–ethnically diverse: Anglos, Germans, Czechs, Poles, Latinos (and a few wise Latinas), Blacks–all enjoying free beer and each other’s company.

    Blessings!

  4. 14 August 2009 5:35 am

    Never have. But it sounds like a pretty good scene. And any Latina with a Shiner Bock in her hand IS, by all plausible definitions, wise. qb

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