A year or so ago while on a trip, my family of six ate at a nice sit down restaurant. It was one of those “order off the menu” places. When the food came we all enjoyed a good tasting meal, but 3 of the 4 boys said, “We’re still hungry, is there anything else to eat?” We’d just dropped $50 on a meal that didn’t fill half the family up.

Since that day, when we do eat out, we hit the buffets and no one leaves hungry. Places like Furrs, Golden Corral and Ci Ci’s have become regular stops on out of town trips.

But living in a small town like Childress, your options are limited. We have only about a dozen places to eat. But our favorite has quickly become the Chinese Buffet 2. And since it’s the #2, we’ve nicknamed this little place “The Deuce.” Funny thing is that the name has kind of stuck around church and the community. We hear people all the time referring to the Chinese Buffet #2 as “The Deuce.”

The owners and operators are Lee and Yen. A sweet couple that moved here from New York. Since we eat in there a lot, Yen and I have become pretty good friends. Yen’s English is often hard to understand, but her smile communicates enough. Her husband, Lee, speaks very little English, so we haven’t got to know each other as well. Sometimes, when it’s been a while since we’ve eat there, we’ll come in and Yen will greet us with a, “Where you bean?” in her Chinese accent.

When someone in our family has a birthday, that person gets to pick where they want to eat their birthday supper. Five out of six of our family will want the Deuce (Lea’s a good sport about all of this). Last month on my birthday when we were eating there, Yen found out it was my birthday and brought me out a big plate of fresh crab legs. Um.

The nice thing about The Deuce? We like the food and when we leave there, every one’s full. :)

So, where is your favorite place to eat?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. tim Archer says:

    I had missed that you are in Childress. My mom is from McLean, so Childress is a big city!

    I love the buffets, but they are hard on my waistline. (Let’s see, where was that sermon on gluttony?)

    Grace and peace,

  2. Trey Morgan says:


    Didn’t Paul say, “I buffet my body daily?”


  3. Dane says:

    You knew as a “Fat Kid” I’d have to weigh in here.(pun intended) Mine has to be the Duece also. I love it on Thursdays when we all show up there with 15 or so high schoolers, half of which I don’t even know. The only tough thing about it is they are much quicker than I am about hitting the sesame chicken….

  4. Trey Morgan says:

    PS – I know right where McLean is. We did a couple of basketball games there last year.

  5. Lisa says:

    My favorite is Amelia’s!! (Just kidding … sorta)

    For some of us smaller eaters, buffets are not our favorites. It seems like we pay lots more money than we actually eat. I prefer a choose-from-the-menu place, where I will definitely be taking food home with me!! My favorites are Outback & Chili’s, though sometimes it’s a more sentimental pick than because of the food. I love Chinese, too, and our favorite local Chinese place is Charlie’s, where the co-owner, Rose, recognizes us every time we stop in, even though we only eat there every other month or so.

    Guess I had a chance to check your blog this morning anyway. :)

  6. Trey Morgan says:

    Amen Dane… Sesame chicken, fried rice, umm I’m getting hungery alread. Thursday’s at the Deuce are tradition. Does it get any better than that?

    Lisa, you and Lea would get along perfectly. Not sure if it’s similar personalities or a “woman” thing. She want’s atmosphere and menus and being served. She’d not a buffet person either.

    Funny thing happened the other day when we were eating at the Deuce. One of the boys mentioned that heaven will be great because we’ll get to eat Chinese food everyday (pretty good theology). Lea quickly said that if she’s eating Chinese food everyday in eternity, it’s probably not heaven where gone. :)

  7. Mommysmart says:

    Without a doubt…The Debbie Pierce Cafe. If you live in Childress you have probably experienced some of her “catering” at church functions or had one of her famous white chocolate cheese cakes. If yet to find a place to beat it. Did I mention that I never have to pay:)

  8. Trey Morgan says:


    Not sure it’s real fair. You get to eat at Debbie’s place on a regular basis.

    I have had some of that WONDERFUL cheese cake. It’s 100% undescribable. And just in case Mrs Pierce reads this … it’s been a while since I’ve had any :)

    Does that sound like begging?

  9. Neva says:

    I live in Spearman, pop. 3000, so there are favorite Spearman places and favorite city places.
    Spearman–fellowship dinner at the Church of Christ, (we have a couple of women that make homemade yeast rolls, taking them out of the oven just in time for potluck)
    City—Chilis–when I was newly married to Ned, my son (age 17) and I had a date once a week at Chilis so it is more an emotional favorite.
    BTW, you are invited to Spearman for potluck anytime,

  10. Lisa says:

    Neva, that’s why Chili’s is one of my favorites … because when we were students at Harding, Dan & I drove into Little Rock practically every weekend for our dates and we almost always ate at the Chili’s there.

    Trey, based on what I hear about Lea, especially the anti-buffet part, I think we would get along well. :) And the more I learn about you, the more I think you’d get along well with … okay, everyone, but with my Dad too — you guys seem very similar to me.

  11. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I have a food safty background and a lot of buffets scare me. If they are hot enough, they are probably loaded with grease and preservatives so most of them gross me out and give me a tummy ache. However, we have found that buffets work better with our family because we don’t have the money for people to go hungry or not like what they were served. CiCi’s is a family favorite that we all love and it has become a family gathering place when we are in Lubbock. The new Furr’s in Amarillo is a great place to practice gluttony. Our family time favorite is Carino’s (Italian Food). It was a date place for James and I and now that the kids have discovered italian cream soda, they love it too.

  12. Trey Morgan says:

    Neva … There’s nothing much better than a church potluck. I love going last and “cleaning up” what’s left. Yum

    Lisa … I think it’s a woman thing. My wife says “atmosphere” is important at an eating place. I think “atmosphere” in the greek means “expensive.”

    Kathy … Carino’s is good. I like it much better than the Olive Garden. If I’m going to spend $10 for a plate of food, I want some red-meat.

  13. Ancient Wanderer says:

    I have become a lover of W.O.W. and their chicken wings.

    My wife- Chili’s (we don’t even ask we just go there every other time we eat out). Now Carino’s is #1 with her but the nearest one is 150 miles away.

    My son- Sicily’s Pizza (but he always eats the chicken?)


  14. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Now out here in the sticks we don’t have a chinese buffet….we have to go about 30 miles to find that. And, everytime I go I redefine gluttony! But, we do have a chinese carry out place here and you know what I have found out? The chinese can fry chicken better than the Colonel!

  15. Brian Nicklaus says:

    Chong’s restaurant in Paducah, KY is probably my favorite all time place. I even eat there the week of thanksgiving if that’s the only time I am in town. Sometimes, twice the week of thanksgiving, like the day before and the day after. if I could convince my family, I would just have Thanksgiving dinner there, except they dont’ have TVs for football.

    Still haven’t found egg rolls I like as much as theirs. Buffet is only 5, maybe went up to 6 dollars. It’s perfect, not a huge one with seafood and all that, just the basics but wonderful.

    when I am really in the mood I get the pressed duck (not on buffet) which has the sweetest, creamiest sauce. Yum.

  16. Bruce says:

    I have actually had the honor of eating potluck in Spearman and it was well worth my effort to get there – as well as worshipping with the church.

    I live in Juneanu, AK. I like the Twisted Fish. There we eat fresh Halibut, Alaskan King Crab and Cajun Halibut Tacos. WOW, I could go right now! Its a good thing it is a tourist seasonal restaraunt or I would go broke there!

  17. john dobbs says:

    Cohoon’s comment shocked me. I thought that at any given moment we were within 2 miles of a chinese buffet in America. Ours was bought out by a new family and the food just isn’t good any more. Sad. A nearby one is PRETTY GOOD, but not great.

    In our town my favorite places to eat are Cracker Barrel and Ruby Tuesdays and La Fiesta Brava. Depends on what I’m hungry for. However on my South Beach diet, I mostly eat at Arbys and Subway (salads and whole wheat bread offerings).

  18. Monalea says:

    Wow, I really do live way out in the desert. Jal NM (population 1800) has 2 Alsups, 1 Town & Country, 1 small cafe and 1 nasty mexican restraunt. BLAAAA! Just reading about all the wonderful places you have to eat made me want to move to the big city of 3000.

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