Friday, June 3, 2016

Finding Egan

Field of cattle
Egan, Texas is on some maps and not on others. It’s at the corner of Farm roads 2280 and 917, 25 miles almost due south of Fort Worth. Settled by M. J., J. P., and W. E. Miller during the Civil War, the town site was surveyed in 1883, when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad built tracks through the area. The town was named by a surveyor, but records don’t show who that was. A post office began service there in 1883, and within two years there were 50 in the population; there was also a store, a school, and two churches. There was once a winery in Egan, but it closed during prohibition. By the mid-1920s the population had risen to 115. Egan's post office closed sometime after 1930, and the population fell to back to 50 by the late 1940s. By 1990 the population had drifted down to about 21 and has remained at that level.  The Near-Normal Travelers went back to this area to sample the burgers at the Best Burger Barn (previously reviewed in Looking around Lillian in April, 2016). Parked in front of the restaurant was a 1937 Ford business coupe, harkening back to just after Egan was in its heyday. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.

Four carrots
Best Burger Barn has a different address than previously reported: 5108 Conveyor Drive,
Top L to R: Santa Fe burger, Jalapeño burger
Bottom: Bleu Burger
Egan, TX. However, the Cleburne address is still shown on Google. We had tried the catfish and were well pleased. We were just as pleased with the burgers! Dave had a Santa Fe Burger with the largest onion rings I’d seen in a very long while. The burger was a third of a pound with lettuce, tomato, onion, Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, bacon and guacamole. Vince also had onion rings but with a Jalapeño Burger; this came with bacon Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and jalapeños. I had the Bleu Burger with fried okra. My burger had lettuce, tomato, and blue cheese; it was very good and enough to take half home. Both Vince and Dave said that the onion rings were wonderful, sweet/spicy and crispy. My okra was done just right – crispy and hot. Next time we go, I’m ordering the Fried Green Basket that is a mix of okra, green beans and green tomatoes, all fried.

1937 Ford Business Coupe

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