I wonder if anyone else remembers the Nighthawk Restaurants in Austin. There were two or three, plus the Frisco shop "diner" version, but my favorite was the original -- that huge old red-roofed building on I-35. It had two enormous rooms, one with a fireplace the size of a Buick, and one with a long glass case where the owner's wife displayed the orchids she grew. That room also had some high clerestory windows with big chunky stained glass panels in them. And all the waitresses were middle-aged ladies who called everybody Honey
What a great place! Now there's nothing left but the line of Nighthawk frozen dinners. ~ sigh ~
As a vegetarian, I only got salad and baked potato, but what made it so special was their big soft white rolls, served hot, with the most amazing cheese spread! It was very sharp cheddar spread, loose and slushy, and it had a wonderful sweet/sour tang that I just couldn't resist.
After years of experimentation in my secret underground laboratory, I finally came up with something that's a pretty close approximation of that amazing Nighthawk cheese spread. All I do is take an extra-sharp cheddar spread from the grocery store (Kaukauna works fine) and stir white zinfandel into it until I get the right consistency! So simple, and sooooooo good.
Anybody else ever been to the good ol' Nighthawk?