Blanca Rodriguez smiles brightly, immediately explaining the menu when asked about the specialties.
San Juan Texas has a jewel sitting unassumingly in a strip mall across the street from the Alamo Walk Mart -- the Huddle House Restaurant, a franchise owned by Charles Justis and his partners. Since its opening in February, Justis and his partners had a vision to make the place a family dining experience open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with plans to stay open for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
When entering, one feels immediately welcomed by the staff. Blanca Rodriguez smiles brightly, immediately explaining the menu when asked about the specialties. While Justis highly recommends the warm crisp, made to order waffles, Rodriguez points to their well-priced dinner platters.
And looking though the menu, one can’t miss the Southern influences of the Huddle House founder John Sparks. Not just with their piping hot country fried gravy, but also the inclusion of creamy grits on their breakfast menu. And if you like breakfast, you don’t even have to be an early riser. Their full selection of omelets, waffles, hash browns and other breakfast favorites are available all day, every day.
Huddle House is truly a place for all to come and huddle, which was the wish of Sparks, a native of Decatur, Georgia. Sparks said that he noticed that football players huddled up in a game reminded him of how people looked when they sat around laughing and enjoying life.
This is the feeling you get in the Huddle House, the first casual dining spot in the area. They are a place where community comes to enjoy any meal at any time. Justis and his partners want the public to be aware of the commitment the restaurant has to the community. Just recently they rewarded local elementary school kids with a free meal coupon in recognition of an excellent report card. They also provide fundraising evenings for local charities.
Huddle House is located at 105 N. Cesar Chavez Rd. in San Juan.
By Mary Ann Escamilla