Yeeeeeeeeeehah, The Kids Are In Jail!!!
May 13, 2007 10:43pm CST
I want to tell you about this yeehah Texmex Restaurant we have, in Horsham, West Sussex. I love to go there, as there's so much atmosphere and the food is just great!The restaurant is The Smith and Western and is a single storey building, with picnic-type tables out in the front garden, and a ranch-type fenced porch where there are also a couple of tables, with checkered tablecloths. Then, you walk through the security doors and american, saloon-type doors into the bar area. You will have pre-booked your table because this is one, busy restaurant. The light fixtures are reminiscent of an American saloon too, and there's a small bar to your right, which is kind of sectioned off by three large, wooden barrels, in the top of which, you will find monkeynuts, which are free to the customers. Monkeynuts, if you don't know, are peanuts in their shells. A fine pre-meal snack, if you don't overdo it! lol. You approach the reception desk and a member of staff is called to seat you at table. The staff are all dressed in jeans and checkered shirts, and wear cowboy hats... so authentic is this restaurant. As you walk towards your table, you espy, in the far right hand corner a Sheriff's Jail House. This is a sectioned off corner for kids' parties, and the kids adore it! They think it's great fun, like a real cowboy town. You're now seated at your table; there is a food serving area, similar to self-service but this restaurant is not self-service, you're waited at table. At this serving bar, you can purchase cowboy hats and toy guns and really join in the authenticity of the establishment. Then, the food is brought... so much food!!!! I love fajitas, and I buy mixed chicken and beef here. They're the best fajitas I ever tasted, served with a salad... yummy! They also serve burgers, spare ribs and steaks, 10 oz or 16oz steaks... WOW, the larger covers the plate, almost! Afterwards, there are some great ice creams to choose from, even up to a family of six size, to share. If there's a birthday, these ice creams will be brought with sparklers fizzing in them, by a line of four or five cowboys and girls whooping and shouting in celebration of your birthday. The kids love all that as well... it's a great place to take them, having so much more atmosphere than Macdonalds, or Pizza Hut and the food is so much healthier. I even saw a couple come in one evening dressed as American Natives... she had her hair in plaits and he had longish hair, both with a band around their heads. Fantastic! Have you ever visited a restaurant like this?
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14 May 07
Darkwing honey I have been to some really good Mexican and tex mex restaurants but never any that are as good as the Smith and Western sounds! I love chicken fajitas and cajun chicken and getting to throw the kids in jail - gee that sounds like heaven! lol I would love to go somewhere like this - I think I might have to take a trip to West Sussex the first chance I get! lol And now I am hungry - I would kill for fajitas! xxx
14 May 07
Wow! I have never been to a restaurant that has spent so much thought and effort to get a theme such as this! Most restaurants in my country focus only one one thing. Serve meals and as quickly as possible. The emphasis seems to be more on the speed of serving than the joy of eating, I guess. The people too seem to be most concerned about eating and departing in a hurry! I hail from a city that is known for being a hub for information and technology based companies, where time is of paramount importance. Even eating is considered a task to be completed. It might surprise you or even shock you to know that many of the restaurants and snack bars here don't even have chairs!! yes, you got that right! They don't have chairs!! They have huge and tall tables upon which people set down their snacks and many a time, their meals and proceed to eat it, standing up!!!!! In many of these joints, the food is prepaid. You have to pay for the food upfront. They give you a coupon, which you can exchange for your meal at the food counter. You then proceed to plonk the food down on one of those huge monstrosities called tables and commence eating, standing up. You finish up, wash up and disappear. Sigh. Whatever happened to enjoying your food!
14 May 07
When I was in Oregon, I went to a Casino for a meal, and some relaxation, and I had to queue up to pay there; I gained a coupon with a number on it and when my table number was called, I could go into the restaurant and take my place. Still had to pay tips though!!! lol. Thank you for your response, Vanilla... ever intersting again. I like to relax when I eat, and enjoy it. Brightest Blessings. x
14 May 07
We have two in West Sussex. The other is in Chichester but that's way too far to go. However, if I'm ever down that way, I'm going to look it up! It is a very entertaining place, popular with kids and adults alike, but it's just a bit more novel than anywhere else for the kids. Thank you for your response and Brightest Blessings.
15 May 07
They're in jail to enjoy their party, Gabs! lol. Besides, if you're so worried about them being in jail, you can always join them, and magick them out of there Tinks! I'm sure they'd love your mischievous ways as well! :-) Love and hugs, to you. x
19 May 07
I wish we did have something like this in Manchester! And I thought cowboys only ate beans and grittles. I do love to dress up for a good night out, and the Native American idea sounds great - at least, it would make a change from wearing my Agnetha (ABBA) outfit! Oops, I'm not supposed to mention that. Personally, I like chicken fajitas, especially with a hot barbecuey sauce, and mayonnaise. I'm a bit strange!LOL If I ever get to visit the South Coast, I'm going to search this place out. All the best, petal!
20 May 07
When I went to Manchester, a few years back now... going out of town towards the college, if I remember, you went under a railway bridge, and when you came out of the other side of the railway bridge, there was a Mexican Restaurant on your right. I had a couple of Chili Con Carnes in there! he he he. Right, back to Fajitas... I like both, with Mayonnaise, Guacamola Sauce and Salsa (that barbecuey stuff, ha ha). I like both chicken and steak ones, and some places will let you have mixed, so that's what I go for. Mmmmm yummmmmy, with a bit of salad! You're making my mouth water Adren... STOPpit!
22 May 07
That's the one! It must be a good restaurant to still be going after all these years. Wow! You're right about the atmosphere. Smith and Western has those saloon-type lampshades too, and the light is kept fairly dim, which all adds to it. Have a great day, flower! lol.