Come mid-July we decided that it was time to get out of East Texas and spend a few weeks in the cool San Juan Mountains. We first spent a few days in Amarillo to visit family and friends and on the way stopped at the 8th Street Coffee House for lunch.

Located in Downtown Wichita Falls, this coffee house and restaurant is located in an older building. The inside is very eclectic and comfortable. There are various types of tables, both tall and short – ideal for eating lunch or just lounging with a coffee or tea.

I had the Cristo Monte and an Iced Chai Tea Latte. The Cristo Monte is like a Monte Cristo, only sort of the opposite. Instead of a breaded and deep fried sandwich, you had all of the deliciousness of the Monte Cristo ham and cheese with raspberry sauce but in a sort of grilled cheese style and sprinkled with powdered sugar. This way you got all of the great flavor without the heaviness of the breading and grease. The Iced Chai Tea Latte was delicious with a nice hint of cinnamon and refreshingly cold.

Our son had the Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich. It was a chicken and bacon sandwich with Ranch style seasoning on toasted bread with lettuce and tomato.

Troy had the Gobbler sandwich. It was the special that day and it included turkey, cheese, bacon, avocado and served on a pretzel bun. It was great as something different. The bun was very good. As the special, it also came with a cup of soup and he also had the baked potato. The soup was above average. He also had an iced Caramel Macchiato. It was perfect for a hot day and a nice, sweet pick me up, as we’d been driving since all day and were on the last stretch of the 8-hour drive to Amarillo.

The service was good. You order at a window and they give you a number. You then seat yourself and wait for your food to be delivered.