Texas Inn: Lynchburg's Most Famous Restaurant
The Texas Inn can only be found in bit and pieces on the internet, and some have doubted if it is really in Lynchburg. This is a picture to prove that the Texas Inn actually exists.
Rarely is the Texas Inn, called the Texas Inn. Part of the reason are the many people go there when the bars close in Lynchburg, and in drunken stupors call it the "T Room," the "Tea Room." and the "Texas Tavern," It should also be said that Roanoke has a Texas Inn also.
Visitors, and college students rarely remember their visit the next day. While fighting off their hangovers, they only suffer a slight recollection that they were there at all.
The fare of the establishment are westerns, cheesy westerns, bowls, bowls all the way, and hots. Few notice that spaghetti is also served, which would be prompted opened from a can and served on your plate.
Despite what appears to be the small size of this restaurant, it brags at "seating a thousand, ten at a time." They don't mess with checks, or bumble bees which many seem to remember seeing posted somewhere on the wall.
Few of the locals that visit the Texas Inn, tell visitors or college students that a mandatory drink to avoid all the side of effects of this fare. Is a Large Buttermilk served in a frosted mug. Without knowing this some reviews have been of an unkind nature.
In one rare review on the internet, it ranks number 71, as one of America's best food buys, which is from the guide to fine dining put out by the prestigious Food and Wine.com site.
Some other reviews can be found scattered across the internet on various message boards, and on some almost imaginary sites. Here are some of the unedited reviews:
1. Go to the Texas Tavern and have a Cheesy Western. the only good thing to come out of Texas.
Thanks for the info.
One thing though... Isn't a cheesy western one with Roy Rogers or Gene Autry in it?
2. Apparently everyone in Lynchburg knows and takes pride in the Texas Inn and its Cheesy Westerns. I was warned not to ask what it was and have the opportunity to think about it, just order it and eat it. Which I did. A Cheesy Western is a hamburger with cheese and a fried egg, with a super secret mustard relish on top.
Guy goes out drinking with his buddies and pours down a double six-pack of Old Mil, a quart of Mad Dog 20/20 and six boilermakers, then drops by the TT for a late snack about 2 a.m. He orders two hots, a Cheesy Western and a bowl with, passes out in the bowl with and is carted away by his homies. He wakes up at the crack of noon the next day moaning, "Damn, I should never have had that chili."
I'd eat that god-awful mess (we always called the Cheesy Western a gut bomb; it is a tiny hamburger, smothered with a fried egg and slathered with a mustard-relish concoction), then go to bed about 2 a.m. I didn't even have to drink to awaken with a throbbing hangover.
3.Simple fact is that the TT has broken most of the rules of the restaurant business and not only survived for three quarters of a century, but thrived. Its food is terrible. The chili is so bad it isn't even spelled chili, but "chile" (perhaps in order to avoid a lawsuit by chili aficionados); the hot dogs are about the equal of those at the over-valued Roanoke Weiner Stand (where legend is far more valuable than quality), and the Cheesy Western is just completely weird. But when you get the urge, it all works, sitting there on a stool in a tiny restaurant, breathing second-hand smoke and passing pleasantries with a homeless drunk on one side of you and a bank president on the other.
4. For a greasy spoon, if it is still open, eat at the Texas Tea Room downtown. We used to eat there after partying at Randolf Macon with a cheesy western and a bowl all the way (hamberger with cheese and egg and chilli with onions and cheese).
5.Place called the T-Room in Lynchburg all they serve is burger/egg/cheese combos, hot dogs, pie, and TUMs
2 cheesies all the way(cheese burger with egg on top, practically dipped in grease), 2 hots all the way, and a slice of chocolate pie, and I guarantee they'll be using the pay phone in the corner to call ahead to the hospital down the street yeah there are only 11 seats in the entire, place, too