The next time you find yourself in downtown Humble, make sure you leave time to eat at the Humble City Café. You’ll have a great meal. It’s as local as local can get. The building dates back to 1914 and once housed a pharmacy, post office, bus stop, and grocery store. The Humble City Café opened in 1995.
I’ve been to the Humble City Café several times but I’ve always ordered their hamburgers which are fantastic. Since I’m not looking for the Best Hamburger in Texas, I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak. On their menu it says “the best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas.” Well it isn’t.
Here’s the recipe. You get a choice of “The whole thing” which is 8 ounces of a tenderized round steak at a cost of $13.39 or “only half” which is 4 ounces at a cost of $11.39. I got smart and ordered the “only half” (it’s a shame the cost wasn’t “only half”). The meat was thin, juicy and very tender and only had a little grease on the bottom. The white gravy needed help. It was thick, but lacked pepper. Once I added the pepper it was better. The breading was crispy and covered the entire steak and didn’t fall apart when I dug in. The breading could have been more seasoned. You get 2 sides (from a choice of 19 sides) and I chose mashed potatoes which were not worth the calories. I even put butter, salt and pepper on the mashed and it still didn’t help.
I had the green beans which were the best I’ve had to date. They were crunchy and smoky with pieces of bacon and had a little kick to it. They start you off with a choice of rolls or a cast iron skillet of homemade corn bread. Get the cornbread. It comes with regular butter and a cinnamon butter. The cinnamon butter is very heavy on the cinnamon.
They have specials everyday for lunch and a buffet Sunday morning.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.