By Austin B. & Norma L.
Located about one mile from the up and coming downtown Monroe on DeSiard Street, Lindz’s Café is a home cooking lovers’ kind of place. Owned by Tex Mahon, an ex-military chef, the restaurant is the perfect place for him to provide savory, simple, country dishes that any native of the south will find comforting and fulfilling.
Lindz’s Café, pronounced (Lind-sy) started out as Faser’s Pharmacy in the 1920s. The original tiled Faser’s logo is in-set in the floor of the restaurant, surviving the change from the pharmacy to Snow White Cleaners in the 50s, to a laundry mat in the 80s and 90s. The almost one hundred year old building is well suited for a restaurant whose emotional core is that of stepping back through time. When you enter the restaurant, you immediately find a wave of nostalgia for days gone by intoxicating. Many eclectic and interesting antiques decorate the walls, and are used to bring a warmth and homey feel to the cafe. The miss matched chairs and tables may seem out of place in another space, but here it feels comforting. It reminds one of the acquired furniture over long periods that fill the home of maw maw and paw paws’ house.
Lindz’s Café is open for breakfast (6:30-10:00) and for lunch (11:00-2:00). The breakfast is made fresh every morning. You can drop in for the “Early Bird Special” and have coffee, eggs, bacon, grits, and toast, or give Lindz’s Café a call and they will deliver your order to you. Lunch is set up buffet style with specials each day to choose from. On Mondays, for example, choose from inside-out bell peppers, chicken smothered pork steak, or tips. The buffet is always loaded with fresh vegetables cooked southern style: sweet corn, black-eyed peas, yams, and mashed potatoes covered in a cream or brown gravy .
If buffet is not your style, then Lindz’s Café is happy to let you pick an item off their menu. Sandwiches, homemade daily beef burgers, fish tacos, po-boys and their hand battered crispy onion rings are brought out quick, fresh, and hot by a smiling server with a great personality.
Lindz’s Café’s burgers are one of their specialties with claims by the regulars that it is the best burger in town. The burger patties are handmade every morning, grilled and come served with a butter toasted bun and trimmings. You can get their famous onion rings as a side. The huge onions are dipped in a homemade batter, and fried into thick onion rings that are crispy and crunchy.
Another great item to choose off the menu is the classic chicken fried steak. This large cut steak is battered and flash fried to perfection. The chicken fried steak is covered in a tasty, well-seasoned, flaky crust. The steak itself is fork cut tender and melts in your mouth. It is a tricky thing to get a chicken fried steak not to be dry and chewy. Chef Tex has the chicken fried steak down perfectly and is proud to promote that he adds no extra salt to any of his dishes saying jovially “That’s what that salt and pepper shaker on the table is for…”. The chicken fried steak is covered with white country gravy that is a perfect complement to the steak. Get the steak with a side of the sweet yams that are thanksgiving worthy and fluffy creamy mashed potatoes.
It is a great mid-day meal with prices ranging from around $3.00 to $8.00. Lindz’s Café is open every weekday and, due to popular demand, some Saturdays. Go in, grab a great lunch, and if you ask nicely, owner and chef, Mr. Tex Mahon may play you a song on his newly acquired piano.