There are a lot of very good places to eat in the Crosby, Huffman, Atascosita area, and if you add in Highway 59 (I-69) between New Caney and Humble, the number increases exponentially. It hasn't always been that way - it wasn't that long ago that the fare was limited to a few hamburger joints and some questionable Mexican food, with one or two barbecue places thrown in.
With our good neighbors, the Graffs, we have been taking advantage of that variety with a monthly dinner date.
This time, we chose something a little different.
Alesha had been telling us that Pete's in Porter had the best burgers around, so we decided to give it a try. They picked us up in Ernest's new truck, a 3/4 ton Chevy with a Duramax engine and Allison transmission, and we rode to the restaurant surrounded by that wonderful new car smell.
Once there, we were seated in unmatched wooden chairs at a table that was shaped and painted to look like a colorful tropical fish. I thought that was interesting because Pete's has no fish on the menu.
We got there around 7:00, and closed the place down. We were still outside, still locked in conversation, when the waitress came around collecting ashtrays from the patio tables.
The burgers were fine, but the camaraderie was even better. It underscored the fact that the success of a meal has much less to do with what you're eating, and much more to do with who you're eating it with.