Yeah, I thought so.
I have it on good authority that none other than the famous midwestern / southern diner that is Steak ‘n’ Shake is opening up on FM 1960 and Eldridge this summer. Which should be right about….now.
I know, I know. The last thing that we need in Houston is another chain restaurant, let alone one that serves devilishly unhealthy diner food. But I have a strange soft spot in my heart for good old Steak ‘n’ Shake.
I used to travel quite a bit for work, but never anywhere interesting or with remotely friendly people (ask me about my old job some time and why those people hated me so much…no, really). Instead I was sent places like New Iberia, Louisiana; Valdosta, Georgia; Meridian, Idaho; and Greenville, North Carolina. But it seemed like every random little Southern city I was sent to had a Steak ‘n’ Shake (along with the ubiquitous and despised Bob Evans). It became a source of comfort when I was out on the road, knowing that I could always dip into the little diner no matter what time of day or night and find solace in a patty melt and a banana shake.
So, while Steak ‘n’ Shake may be just another diner chain and while it will never beat my favorite diner meal in the world — which, frankly, probably no one can beat since it doesn’t exist anymore (a butterscotch malt and a Ring Of Fire from 59 Diner; the malt still exists but the Ring doesn’t) — I’m still a little bit excited to see them finally come back to Houston after a long absence.