Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas (I-10 Exit 72)

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I love Mexican food. I love it so much that when I can’t find an authentic Mexican restaurant I’ll even eat Tex-Mex. Heck – who am I kidding … I even like Taco Bell. So it’s safe to say that due to this affinity for Mexican food, I’ve eaten in hundreds of different Mexican restaurants in my lifetime. And for me, the number one most defining element of whether a Mexican restaurant is worth its salt is their salsa. And I’m here to tell you that I ate at Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas, and they have the absolute best salsa I’ve ever eaten in my life. (And that’s including salsa I’ve made myself.)

Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas doesn’t look like much from the outside, but they served the best salsa I’ve ever eaten in my life. Image credit; Cherri Megasko

Where to Find Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

Greg and I were on a cross country trip, heading east on I-10 from Arizona. It was originally our plan to stop in Las Cruces, NM, but traffic and construction were deterrents to us exiting the interstate pulling our little R-Pod trailer. It was coming up on 2:00 in the afternoon and we had skipped breakfast. Needless to say, we were quite hungry when we spotted at a wide spot in the road at Exit 72.

The sign at the exit ramp said Ft Hancock, but unless the “fort” was further down the road, it had seen better days. Anyway, there was a restaurant – Angie’s Restaurant, to be specific – and that was all we needed.

The Salsa at Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

When I walked in, the smell from the kitchen caught my attention and I suspected I might be in for a treat. But when our waitress, Thelma (Angie’s daughter), brought our chips and salsa, I saw that the chips weren’t homemade. Boo! I hate it when I’m wrong!

But then I tasted the salsa. My eyes actually went wide and while still chewing I told Greg, “This salsa is incredible!” And it was. It was freaking awesome. It was, truly, the best salsa I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

As I was leaving Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas I noticed this sign by the cash register. Evidently I am not the only one who was impressed by the salsa. Image credit: Cherri Megasko

The Food at Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

I ordered the combination platter which came with two tacos, two enchiladas, one flauta, plus rice and beans. (The cost was $9 plus some change.) The taco shells were also extraordinary – I think they may have actually been flour tortillas fried just enough to puff them up and brown them a bit. They were crispy and flexible at the same time and the taste was awesome.

Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

The combination platter at Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas was exceptional. The taco shells were particularly tasty. Image credit: Cherri Megsko

The Décor at Angies Restaurant in Fort Hancock Texas

Now, I’ll admit that the furnishings could have been nicer … for instance, my booth seat looked like it had an entire roll of duct tape holding it together. The paint job was definitely a DIY project and most of the décor was vintage, to put it nicely. But honestly – isn’t it things like this that give restaurants more character and make them more memorable?

I would sit in the dirt and eat if it meant getting to enjoy that salsa again. Did I mention it was best salsa I’ve ever eaten in my life?

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