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In Communication, networking, relationships on October 23, 2018 at 11:19 pm

“The only weird thing about eating there is you share a table with total strangers.” This is the advice I received regarding eating at a little family style fried chicken joint in Sweetwater, TX. I travel a great deal for work. One of the highlights of my travel schedule is the great locally owned small restaurants. Especially in small towns. Sweetwater doesn’t have many locally owned restaurants to choose from. It’s located on the busy I-20 corridor between Midland and Abilene. The usual suspects are present: Whataburger, Popeyes, etc.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of fried chicken at restaurants. With this in mind, I wasn’t sure what to think about the prospect of trying this out. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the chicken some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever put in my mouth, they serve nine to ten sides that you pass around the table and spoon onto your plate.

To me though, the highlight was eating at a table full of strangers. My co-worker and I sat next to two salesmen from Abilene. One had eaten there many times before and the other it was his first time too. We conversed for the majority of the meal. Once they finished eating, they hurried off to meet with more prospects. We then struck up a conversation with an older couple at the end of our table. The man had been coming to eat at The restaurant since 1959. The crazy thing, they don’t even live close to Sweetwater. They are from east Texas. They were driving home from Midland and made sure they left in time to make it to Sweetwater before the lunch rush just to eat the chicken.

I love chance meetings with total strangers. Just a brief moment to get a glimpse into the life of another person that you will never meet again.

If you ever get the chance, be sure to stop and eat at Allen’s if you are passing through Sweetwater, TX. Take your time. Talk with those around you.

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