LOCAL FOCUS: Moore’s Restaurant

The crew at Moore's Restaurant are always ready with good food and a smile. Shown are Johnny "Buster" Townsend, from left, Suzee Jones, Deborah Gaston, Ruth Townsend, Joyce Atkinson, Faye Anderson, Elaine Pate and Julie Hollingsworth. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

The crew at Moore’s Restaurant are always ready with good food and a smile. Shown are Johnny “Buster” Townsend, from left, Suzee Jones, Deborah Gaston, Ruth Townsend, Joyce Atkinson, Faye Anderson, Elaine Pate and Julie Hollingsworth.
(Photo by Floyd Ingram)

HOUSTON – They will tell you everything at Moore’s Restaurant, except what is in Moore’s Marinade.

A hometown eatery since 1951, Moore’s Restaurant is known for cooking family food for . . . well, family and friends.

“We know just about everyone who comes in the door,” said Julie Hollingsworth, restaurant manager. “I’m serious when I say we love our customers. We’ve known some of these people for a long, long time. We know what they are going to order and we know how they like it served.”

Hollingsworth smiled when she talked about the morning “Coffee Club,” her noon-time crowd and those faithful customers who come in like clockwork on the weekend for their night out on the town.

“We are known for the quality of steak we buy and our Moore’s Marinade that makes them so tasty,” said Hollingsworth. “It is a secret family recipe that we are very proud of. We will be glad to sell you a jar or even a gallon, but we won’t tell you what’s in there.”

She pointed to the morning coffee crowd and said they have the answers to all the world’s problem – but the world won’t listen.

“Seriously, we serve the best breakfast in town and your coffee never gets cold,” said Hollingsworth. “We cook up a great omelet and can start your day with a hearty breakfast.”

The restaurant soon fills up with the noon-day crowd.

“We are not a fast-food restaurant, but we do try to get working folks in and out,” said Hollingsworth. “The buffet is perfect for those wanting to eat and run. We also serve up big cheeseburgers, steak sandwiches and fries.”

Hollingsworth said a hometown favorite is Miss Minnie’s dressing.

“When she cooks dressing for the buffet, it goes fast,” said Hollingsworth. “Her chicken-and-dumplings and meatloaf are favorites, too.”

Evening diners are treated to steaks and potatoes with all the trimmings as well as fried catfish, salads and a wide range of deserts.

“The best food in this restaurant comes off this grill every night, hot and cooked just the way you like it,” said Hollingsworth. “The rib-eyes are a favorite but we also serve a lot of grilled chicken and pork chops.”

Moore’s does not cater but they do offer carry-out for any size group.

“Pap’s brother Bill opened this restaurant and we are proud to say our family has been serving your family ever since,” said Hollingsworth. “This business really is a lot of hard work, but we always try to make our customers smile before they head out the door. That’s the part of this business that is fun and that’s the part we do best.”

 

Local Focus is a regular business feature of the Chickasaw Journal. Locally owned businesses wanting to be included in Local Focus should call the Chickasaw Journal at 456-3771.

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