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CONTENTS 6 CONTRIBUTORS 8 ANDY’S WORLD 10 CHIP’S CORNER 13 DRESS CODE

Caring for facial hair is just as important as caring for hair on your scalp, says Beto Acevedo, owner of Ugly Press Hairdressing.

FEATURES 18 TOP 10 HISTORIC PANHANDLE COURTHOUSES Hit the road and explore the Panhandle’s history

28 RALLY ROUND THE FLAG

Amarillo’s Front-Line Appreciation Group comes to the rescue.

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30 SEWING SOLIDARITY SKETCH BY BETŌ ACEVEDO

A women’s sewing group at St. Mary’s Cathedral provides face masks for local health care workers.

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34 WHAT’S COOKING?

The past few months gave us more time in our kitchens than ever before. Local restaurateurs share basic cooking skills everyone should master.

41 LET’S EAT! 78 PANHANDLE PERSPECTIVE

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Editor’s Letter

Regional Director of Specialty Products/Editor Michele McAffrey 806.345.3256 mmcaffrey@amarillo.com Regional Designer Kayla Morris Contributing Writers Jonathan Baker Jason Boyett Chip Chandler Andy Chase Cundiff Wes Reeves

Contributing Photographers Angelina Marie Shannon Richardson

General Manager/Advertising Director Belinda Mills Account Representatives Arien Canales Sharon Denny Jaime Pipkin To advertise in Amarillo Magazine or on amarillomagonline.com, please contact Belinda Mills at 345.3373.

Regional Executive Editor Jill Nevels-Haun Regional Distribution Director David Morel Regional Accounting Manager Sheryl Rycerz

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We planned our “Panhandle Courthouses” cover story last year, long before we’d heard of the coronavirus. And we’re thankful that we did since we’re still isolated and working from home. We’re grateful for the collaboration with the generous people at Texas Plains Trail and the Texas Historical Commission for the use of their extensive library of photos. And for the expertise of two self-proclaimed “architecture junkies,” Jonathan Baker and Wes Reeves, who wrote our Top 10 list together. The state has begun opening up, with salons, restaurants and bars currently at 25% capacity. As everyone prepares to re-enter society, one of the biggest things we’ve all missed is being able to get a haircut! At my salon, one of the assistants said the most stunning before-and-after looks that she’d seen were the men, who looked like completely different people after they’d gotten cleaned up. I couldn’t help but chuckle. Oh, the things we take for granted. Which led us to the idea for the feature, “About Face,” (see page 13) with Betō Acevedo, owner of Ugly Press Hairdressing and also a talented artist. Betō is a good friend and the person that I trust with my own hair. I love his sketches of beard shapes to accentuate a man’s face shape, a wonderful alternative to photographs during a time of social distancing. We also used illustrations for our basic cooking skills feature, which focuses on tips from local restaurateurs (see page 34). Years ago, we pursued a similar type of article geared toward newlyweds and to date it remains the most-pinned item on our Pinterest page. As we’ve all been at home and in the kitchen more than ever, we thought hearing from these cooking experts and sharing their secrets would also be a great option in lieu of photos. I can’t wait to try Chef Smajo’s (Crush Wine Bar & Restaurant) homemade bread recipe! We’ve tried to fill our pages with encouraging features that fit these strange and trying times. I am always amazed at the network of talented contributors that we’ve built over the years. A simple text or a phone call is all it takes, and these gracious locals are always ready and willing to help us with a feature, photos or information. I can’t offer enough thanks in this short letter to each person who has graced our pages over the years. Their expertise makes this publication a wonderful resource that celebrates the heart and soul of Amarillo. With gratitude,



Contributors

JONATHAN BAKER

JASON BOYETT

CHIP CHANDLER

ANGELINA MARIE

Jonathan’s copywriting has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Popular Mechanics. In his spare time, he writes crime novels.

Jason has written more than a dozen books and is the host and creator of “Hey Amarillo,” a local interview podcast. Visit heyamarillo.com and jasonboyett.com.

Chip is a senior communications specialist at WTAMU. A Canadian High School graduate and awardwinning journalist, he has covered arts and entertainment in Amarillo since 1998. He is a member of the national GALECA critics group, has seen every Best Picture Oscar winner and watches way too much television.

Angelina Marie has been a commercial, editorial and portrait photographer based in Amarillo for the past 10 years. She is the founder of the Amarillo Women’s Collaborative which promotes local, women-owned businesses in the Panhandle area. See her work at shorteareddog.com or on Instagram.

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Wes Reeves is a native of Wellington, and has lived in Amarillo 28 years. He is the media relations representative for Xcel Energy.

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Andy’s World

What Would You Do with $10 Million? “Would it spoil some vast eternal plan, if I were a wealthy man?” – Tevye the Dairyman, “Fiddler on the Roof”

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t’s a fairly daunting question, but one we like to think about, and ask each other, and ourselves, frequently: What would I do if I won $10 Million? Hypothetically? I don’t have any wealthy relatives, at least not the “giving away $10 Million” kind of wealthy, so that’s out. Definitely not connected to any crime outfit that would accidentally stash a suitcase of Benjamins in my back yard, so that, too, is unlikely. The lotto is not exactly within reality, either. To win the lotto, you must play the lotto. I don’t play the lotto. My great friend Kirk Richards tells me his father often quoted whichever economist said that the lotto is a “tax on the stupid,” or in the words of Ambrose Bierce, at least a tax on “people who are bad at math.” The point is well taken anyway; everybody knows that your chances of winning the lottery are about the same as suffocating on a flying Gila monster during a hailstorm in Antarctica. Low percentage. So for our discussion here, we must suspend reality. We must pretend that by some means, legally, ethically and fairly, $10 Million were suddenly ours. Yours. Or mine. Preferably mine. Forget about the taxes, too. We will assume that this is post-taxes. I looked up every bit of information I could to try to level the playing field by figuring estate or inheritance tax (a whopping 40%!) and there suddenly were more questions than answers – probably a very realistic feeling you would actually get dealing with that kind of dough. I administered a very informal survey of friends, asking this question on social media, with well over 200 responses, and a lot of the answers were downright heartwarming. Most said that they would tithe or donate to their church. Good idea, since, speaking for myself only, if I wound up with $10 Million it would be a certifiable miracle, and I would have no choice but to give God the credit. (I have no business skills; I still do my own accounting with a flat stone and a charred stick.) The Church is also a good bet because it has a very deep and long tradition of helping people, and this surely comes with the mechanism to do just that. If your aims are altruistic, then your (and my) money is well invested in the Church. A lot of people said that they would set up their kids and grandkids for life, making sure that they had a home, a college education, a car, a trust fund income stream, and everything they want or ever could.

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This is a loving, nurturing, generous thought. Unless you think about Caligula, the classic story of the silver-spooned Roman boy who became emperor. There were a few that spoke about buying tiny houses for the homeless and/or veterans who need help, or setting up food distribution services for the hungry. These are all certainly worthwhile, helping a lot of people. A majority of friends said they would pay off all their debt. Cool, but – we’re talking about 10 MILLION simoleons here. Exactly how much debt are you actually in, anyway? I am good at getting into debt, but you could buy a small country and get THEM out of debt with that kind of cabbage. Then we get to the ones that are frankly and unabashedly spending the money on their own dreams – many said they would pay off their house. I would be in that group. Quite a few who said they would add on or renovate their place or purchase an additional property. That is another of my own dreams, to double the size of my studio, put in running water, and a skylight. It would never end, though. Sooner or later I’d want a fishing pond in the studio with 75-pound groupers in it, a giraffe, and all kinds of other stuff ... it would be a little overwhelming for my cat, I’m afraid. And a lot said they would buy their dream car or truck. I would do BOTH of those, too. A box-body, removable top K5 Blazer, fully restored, and a convertible BMW for my roadie (wife). That wouldn’t even get into one tenth of one million. And it would eventually get out of hand as well. We would wind up with a car for every day of the week. Once, I actually owned four cars and two motorcycles. All I ever did was maintain those things. If it wasn’t gas, oil or mechanical upkeep, it was paperwork for insurance or the DMV. I think I have answered my own question, at least for me. If I won 10 million bucks, I would just want more. And it doesn’t take $10 million to buy a Popsicle for my niece Brittani, who gave me the idea for this article. ANDY CHASE CUNDIFF Andy is a local artist, singer and songwriter, and has called Amarillo home for more than 20 years. He plays at a variety of live music venues throughout the Panhandle. Contact Andy at 376-7918.


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Chip’s Corner

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s summer arrives, we’re supposed to be deep into blockbuster season at movie theaters. But we’re still living in the Age of Corona, and the studios have moved all of their major releases to later premiere dates, stretching into 2021 and beyond. As of this writing, we still can’t hit the theaters, and people are continuing to turn to streaming options. A recent study showed that people are watching an average of eight hours of streaming content per day. That includes enjoying early rentals of recent and scuttled theatrical releases, but that new content is a limited quantity. And you’ve probably already rewatched your favorites at least once. So this month, I’ll try to help you find something new.

IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING STRANGER-THAN-TRUE?

You’ve watched “Tiger King,” so what next? Neither of these are as jaw-droppingly bizarre as the story of Joe Exotic, but they both offer huge surprises (so don’t go Googling to find out more). “Three Identical Strangers” (available on Hulu) recounts what happens when triplet boys are adopted separately as infants and reunited as young adults who knew nothing of each other’s existence. In “Shirkers” (available on Netflix), filmmaker Sandi Tan looks back on a road-trip movie she made as a 19-year-old tyro in Singapore and why it was never released; the surprises never stop coming.

IN THE MOOD FOR PURE ESCAPISM?

In my book, nothing helps you push your troubles aside like a musical from the Golden Age of Hollywood. While you could never go wrong with “Singin’ in the Rain,” let me instead recommend “The Band Wagon” (available to rent or buy on many platforms), a Vincente Minnelli-directed charmer about an aging movie star (Fred Astaire) attempting a comeback on Broadway. Astaire’s a delight, as always; plus, he’s romantically paired with Amarillo native Cyd Charisse in one of her very best roles.

IN THE MOOD FOR SUPER-HEROICS?

By now, you’ve had time to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe backwards and forwards, so let’s leave the Avengers behind and go soaring instead with “Shazam!” (available on HBO and to buy on many platforms). The lightest of DC’s offerings, this didn’t make much of an impact in 2019, but it’s a real charmer, especially with Zachary Levi’s buoyant lead performance as the suddenly grown-up hero who’s still a boy inside.

IN THE MOOD FOR SOME FEEL-GOOD DRAMA?

Tom Hanks scored his first Oscar nomination in nearly 20 years by playing everyone’s favorite teacher, Fred Rogers, in the heartfelt but never cloying “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (available to rent or buy on many platforms). Despite Hanks’ well-deserved nod, the film kind of fell off the radar last year, perhaps because the film isn’t a straight biopic. Instead, it focuses on a troubled magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) and how Rogers’ friendship helped him become a better man.

IN THE MOOD TO LAUGH?

My all-time favorite comedy is “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (available to rent or buy on many platforms), a nearly three-hour, zany film that never fails to make me giggle. A group of strangers witnesses a high-speed police chase that ends in the death of a legendary thief. Before he kicks the bucket, he tells them where his loot is buried, sending them off on a madcap race against each other. The cast is a who’s who of mid-century comedians, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters and more, with Spencer Tracy as the exhausted straight man on their tail.

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IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE?

The “Mamma Mia” films are OK enough, but my favorite cinematic celebration of ABBA’s music is “Muriel’s Wedding” (available on HBO or to rent or buy on many platforms). Toni Collette stars as an outcast in tiny Porpoise Spit, Australia, who moves to Sydney to restart her life, find her dream husband and keep singing “Dancing Queen” to her heart’s content. Romance, of course, plays a part here, but the real draw is the joy of female friendship.

IN THE MOOD FOR AN ADRENALINE RUSH?

My favorite action film of the past decade is “Baby Driver” (available to rent or buy on many platforms), starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver determined to break out of the racket. Director Edgar Wright stages the film as a contemporary musical; no one breaks out into song, but the perfectly curated soundtrack is a character of its own.

IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY OFF-THE-WALL?

I can still remember seeing “Darkman” (available on Starz and to rent or buy on many platforms) in my hometown movie theater – brow furrowed, eyes increasingly widening and finally giving into the sheer goofiness and laughing along. Liam Neeson stars as a scientist who, after he’s horribly maimed in a fire set by gangsters, seeks justice and revenge by using synthetic skin to assume new identities. Even 30 years later, no other superhero movie comes close to Sam Raimi’s sheer inventiveness here.

IN THE MOOD FOR A GREAT PERFORMANCE?

The phenomenal Alfre Woodard gave one of the best performances of her storied career in “Clemency” (available to rent or buy on many platforms), an intense 2019 drama about a prison warden feeling the toll of overseeing countless death row executions. This one’s definitely not escapist, but there’s always joy to be found in a terrific performance.

IN THE MOOD TO TRAVEL?

Missing your chance for a summer vacation? Jet off to Europe with the breathtakingly romantic “Before Sunrise” (available to rent or buy on many platforms). Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star as a pair of young travelers who find themselves hopelessly drawn to one another as they spend his last day in Vienna together. Their chemistry was so strong that it fueled two equally successful sequels, “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.”

IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY?

Director Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” (available on Netflix) scored 11 Oscar nominations only nine years ago, but it still feels like an also-ran in his legendary career. It’s well worth checking out, though, not only for its impeccable storytelling and exciting story, but also for its heartfelt devotion to the art of cinema itself. And there’s never a bad time to introduce the young ones to a true film master.


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Dress Code

ABOUT FACE By Jason Boyett

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acial hair has always been an essential part of a man’s appearance, from mustaches to sideburns to the omnipresent stubble on celebrity jaws. But it’s only been over the past few years that big, grizzly beards have returned to male faces. There are no lumberjacks in the Texas Panhandle. But there are plenty of men sporting proper lumberjack beards. Caring for facial hair is just as important as caring for hair on your scalp, says Beto Acevedo, owner of Ugly Press Hairdressing. “I would treat [a beard] the same as the hair on your head,” he says. “Keep it clean. If you shampoo daily, you might as well shampoo your beard as well.” The good news is that the popularity of beards has led to an explosion of beard products for men. “There are beard washes, beard rinses, and beard conditioners to help a coarse beard feel softer,” he says. Because the skin on a man’s face is more sensitive than the scalp, specialty beard shampoos tend to be milder than hair shampoo. “We have a lot of pores on our face,” Acevedo explains. Don’t let the presence of a beard prevent you from keeping them clean and open. Soon after washing, Acevedo suggests applying leave-in beard

oil, which keeps the beard soft and well-hydrated. “It’s important to replenish the moisture you lose when you are taking care of your beard,” he says. Oil can also add shine and give a little more control over the beard hair. But too much can result in a greasy look, so add a little at a time. Be careful with scented products as well. “It’s right up against your nose and mouth. I’d lean toward a non-scented product, especially if you’re sensitive to smells,” he says. The intensity of beard maintenance largely depends on the look a guy is pursuing. “What kind of texture do you want? Some have a really wiry, coarse beard, and those will get really full and thick. Others can’t grow a dense beard and have a texture that’s more relaxed,” Acevedo says. “If you want a softer feel, definitely wash and condition [regularly].” Use plenty of oil. But if you’re going for a beard he describes as “big and burly and bad,” you’ll want to keep your beard clean while using less product, resulting in an all-natural look. And maintenance doesn’t just apply to luxurious and long beards. Even short beards need to be washed on a regular basis. A Swiss study last year found that men’s beards had a higher bacterial load than dogs’ fur. “Guys need to be very conscious about hygiene,” Acevedo says. JUNE 2020 • AMARILLOMAGONLINE.COM

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BEST BEARDS FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE All men may be created equal, but they don’t all share the same face shape. Nor do they share the same ability to grow a beard. “Everyone’s beard will be different. You have to do what your facial hair allows you to do,” says Acevedo, who admits he doesn’t grow facial hair very well. “Not all beards are the same.” Despite this, there are certain beard styles that work better for facial shapes. “A full beard is going to cover about 40% of your face,” he says. “It can make a man with a fuller face look slimmer. It can make a softer jaw look more aggressive or more masculine. It can add maturity to your look as well, especially if you have a baby face.” OVAL: Men who have an average, oval-shaped face will find just about any beard style flattering to their bone structure. Regardless, Acevedo recommends keeping the beard clean and paying attention to its edges. “You want to keep a good, clean jawline and cheekbone area,” he says, recommending that men clean up those lines every couple of days. ROUND: Rounder faces will want to elongate their overall appearance, and a beard is an excellent way to do that. “Grow it out full, but keep it clean and close on the sides,” says Acevedo. “This will elongate your face even more.” Beards can also camouflage heavyset or full necks. SQUARE: Much like a man with a round face, someone with an excessively square jawline can balance it out with a longer, more angular beard. As the beard grows, don’t be afraid to shape it. A goatee-and-mustache combination is also appropriate for square faces. NARROW: Men with slender faces may want to experiment with a beard that has fuller sides, which will add width and volume to the lower part of the face. CAN’T GROW A FULL BEARD? That’s OK. “It all comes down to what your beard will let you get away with,” Acevedo says. “Some guys grow hair more patchy on the sides. They’re more likely to end up with a goatee or mustache. A goatee is still a good way of elongating your facial structure.” And while mustaches are less popular now than they once were – if they’re worn at all, it’s often ironically – they can be an effective way to balance the wide jaws of a diamondor triangle-shaped face. “The cool thing about beards is that there are just as many beard styles as hair styles,” he says. “I’ve seen guys doing patterns [in their beards] or old-western mustaches. It’s up to the artistic mind to interpret your vision for it now. We have hundreds of different options.” Keep experimenting, and you may find the perfect style for your face.

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Cover Story

TOP 10 HISTORIC PANHANDLE COURTHOUSES Hit the road and explore the Panhandle’s history By Jonathan Baker and Wes Reeves

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t the heart of every county in the Texas Panhandle lies a singular, magnificent building. Some of these jewels have been weathered by time, some have fallen into disrepair – and some have been restored to their former glory. Architecture and Panhandlehistory lovers Jonathan Baker (of Amarillo Magazine) and Wes Reeves (of Xcel Energy) put their heads together and chose their 10 favorite county courthouses, worth loading up the family this summer to explore some of the Panhandle’s best architecture..

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RANDALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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Canyon Built: 1908 Architect: Robert G. Kirsch Style: Classical Revival WHY WE CHOSE IT:

Wes Reeves: The exterior was restored through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. That’s been something they have seen in every county they’ve worked with, that it’s improved business. There’s always a practical argument with preservation, and that’s one of them, because it draws people in, it creates a sense of place. And they reconstructed the clock tower. They used all original tile, materials. It totally redefined not only the space, but you could actually see it from several blocks around. They did a good job with it. Jonathan Baker: In 1968 they built a Brutalist add-on on the courthouse. One of the most important things the city did in restoring it was tear down that ugly addition so that this courthouse could stand proudly on its own. Today, you see kids, when they get out of school, they all go and hang out at the soda shop, and they kick their soccer balls around on the grass. However, they have not restored the inside of the courthouse. Down in McKinney, they’ve turned their courthouse into an arts center for the community. They turned the courtroom into a place where they perform plays. I think something like that, especially in a college town like Canyon, could be successful.

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9. HALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Memphis Built: 1923 Architects: Charles Henry Page and Louis Charles Page Style: Classical Revival with Beaux Arts influences WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: This has also been involved with the Historical Commission. They have not restored it, but they did a master plan, and they received money last year to update their master plan. So someone in Hall County is still thinking [about it]. The things that stand out are the Corinthian columns at each portico on all four sides. It’s all in good shape on the exterior. The brick is there and all the classical elements. And the form of it is Modernist, in terms of it’s very functional, it’s very boxy, and the windows are very regular. They were just beginning to make buildings like that. One little historical footnote about it: Dorothea Lange came through Hall County in the ’30s as part of the Federal Arts Project. She stood on the courthouse steps and took some fantastic images around the square of the courthouse. JB: It has Greco-Roman revival influences. It’s got Corinthian columns, dentils, a cornice that surrounds the building. It’s got the big pediment, the entire entablature along the top with some classical ornamentation. So this is in that period between the height of the Beaux-Arts style and before the arrival of Art Deco. You can see some hints of the oncoming of Art Deco with those columns, in the way they reach toward the sky.

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CURRENT POTTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE Amarillo Built: 1986 Architects: Hucker & Pargé, WardBrown Associates Style: Modernist/Brutalist

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WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: [Architect] Earl Pargé just died a few years ago. He was the designer of the Amarillo City Hall. Hardly anybody uses the front entrance on the building because it’s not accessible. The curves on this building were unusual for the time as well, because they were building a lot of angular glass-type things [in the mid80s]. Now the plans are to raze it. I think what they’re looking at is a plaza of some sort, which would open up the space. JB: This is a strange building with Brutalist elements. The height of Brutalism was in the late ’60s and early ’70s, when the Vietnam War protests were happening and Nixon, the Pentagon Papers, all of that was going on. Seats of government were feeling nervous about the public, so they built these fortresses with banks of skinny windows, almost like arrow slits in medieval times. When you compare it to the older Art Deco Potter County Courthouse (No. 2), you can see the way perceptions of government have changed. The Deco courthouse invites ideas of nobility and justice, and it makes you feel welcome. Then you look at the new Potter County Courthouse, and, as interesting architecturally as it is, it certainly isn’t inviting. It is a building designed to instill fear. With that said, I do think it’s a cool dystopian building.

HARTLEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE Channing Built: 1906 Architect: O.G. Roquemore Style: Classical Revival

WHY WE CHOSE IT: JB: I remember the first time I saw the Hartley County Courthouse in person. I couldn’t believe that was the courthouse, because I grew up in Canyon. It almost looks like it’s not big enough to hold a courtroom. It was built in 1906, but there was an addition that was built during the Great Depression in the 1930s and without that addition, it originally would’ve been super tiny. But the thing I love about it is it feels like a mausoleum, in a good way. It has three columns on each side of it, and then a Roman arch that is just perfect. All the proportions feel just a little bit off, in such a way that it feels somehow right. It’s a little building with big ideas. WR: This one is interesting because it’s not a very large courthouse. Just a box. But it’s like they used big architecture on it. It’s stately. I think it’s the arch – I was reading some about it, and someone described it as a triumphal arch. It’s got good trees around it, too. It’s a little oasis; you come upon it, and you know something is different.

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HUTCHINSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE Stinnett Built: 1927 Architect: William C. Townes Style: Renaissance Revival

CHILDRESS COUNTY COURTHOUSE Childress Built: 1939 Architect: Townes & Funk Style: Moderne

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WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: The Childress County Courthouse was a Public Works Administration deal. PWA, not WPA. The New Deal had so many programs, and they often competed against each other. But the PWA did big projects, like dams and large public buildings in big cities, whereas the WPA did more stuff like high school football stadiums and things like that. This was described as a PWA project. They call this style Moderne, Moderne being later Deco – more of a streamlined Deco, in many ways. What stands out on this courthouse are the columns. They’re fluted, I believe they’re aluminum or something, and there aren’t any capitals. And this courthouse catches light. They used, it looks like, a kind of limestone finish. I love these buildings because they change color depending on the time of day. JB: This is pure Modernism. The columns remind me of grain silos, and Le Corbusier, the great Modernist architect, said that American grain silos were the pinnacle of Modern architecture because they were the ultimate marriage of form and function. A grain silo was beautiful in that it performs its function and there’s no extra ornamentation needed. There’s very little ornamentation on this building. The building itself is beautiful so it doesn’t need any. It’s an interesting marriage of being bulky and also feeling light because the windows are thin and they rise up – and then there’s the setbacks, kind of like the Empire State Building, and they cause the eye to move toward the sky. It’s also sturdy in the way that a place that dispenses justice should be. But at the same time, it doesn’t feel threatening. It’s a wonderful building.

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WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: The population center of Hutchinson County is more toward Borger, but Stinnett predated Borger as a town. This courthouse was built around the same time Borger exploded [as an oil boomtown]. So Stinnett retained its status as the county seat. The thing that stands out is that it’s got nothing around it. It’s huge, and it’s on a hill, above the road. So, you park your car, and you walk


upstairs to get to the lawn. Then the main level of the courthouse itself is another flight of steps up. So it’s very monumental in how it’s arranged. The rest of the building is mainly the center that’s highly ornamented, and the rest of it is somewhat plain. JB: The rest of the building is like a Spanish Revival style. It looks more like a building you’d see in Lubbock. It feels like South Plains architecture. So that’s an interesting quality about it, because there aren’t a lot of Spanish Revival buildings in the Texas Panhandle. The panels over the front entrance show a windmill, and some oil derricks and then a sodbuster’s house. It’s got a beautiful, elegant vaulted Roman arch as you enter and lovely terra cotta Classical Revival paneling. Terra cotta paneling is a major element of Art Deco – and this is right in the earliest Deco years. This is not a Deco building, but the paneling and Roman archway feel Deco.

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COLLINGSWORTH COUNTY COURTHOUSE Wellington Built: 1931 Architects: Berry & Hatch Style: Art Deco

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WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: I grew up a few blocks from the Collingsworth County Courthouse.. It has a near-twin in Dumas, in the Moore County Courthouse. The architectural firm was Berry & Hatch out of Amarillo; they designed both of them. This region was settled in the 1880s and ’90s. By the ’30s, you had people beginning to think, “Oh, we’ve got history.” So they began to self-identify in certain ways, and the Collingsworth Courthouse has bas-relief sculptures of frontiersmen fighting, and there are Native Americans in some of them. The main entrances are Greek god-like figures. So you’re bringing in the idea of justice and order, but then you’re bringing in these local things that people would recognize. The interiors are a little more elaborate than some of the other courthouses. The main corridors inside of the courthouse have Deco stenciling near the ceiling. The cool thing is the terrazzo floor. In the center of it, there’s a bizarre design, it looks like an airplane flying over a town. It’s very interesting. JB: This is a great building. The fasces over the entrances are so beautiful. The reason we put this one high on the list is because of what’s happened on the inside. The courtroom itself is breathtaking. It is a perfect example of Art Deco. The inside design is as good an example of West Texas Deco design as you’ll find anywhere outside of the Santa Fe building.

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GRAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Pampa Built: 1928 Architect: William R. Kaufman Style: Classical Revival with Beaux Arts influences WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: This courthouse has been nicely restored through the Texas Courthouse Program, probably in the early phases of that project, more than 15 years ago. It’s different than a lot of other “Beaux-Arts” buildings – it’s classically inspired, but it has interesting windows. The windows are kind of Modernistic. [Its location] was referred to as Million-Dollar Row, because there were four nice buildings all close to each other. Down by the railroad tracks is the Schneider Hotel, which is still there, a 1920s hotel that’s now a retirement home. Then the City Hall, and then the Central Fire Station and the Gray County Courthouse. So four beautiful buildings all built probably within just a few years of one another. JB: The windows are huge, which is the best thing about this building. W.R. Kaufman and his father were both architects, and had a firm together – that’s very common among architects. But this one is subtle and elegant and less masculine than, say, the new Potter County Courthouse. I think that before around the 1940s, with the dawn of the International Style, big windows were less common because buildings were meant to be seen from the outside. With the advent of the International Style and Modernism, suddenly buildings were about the people on the inside. So they wanted people to be able to look out and see better, and this building was doing that ahead of its time.

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POTTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Amarillo Built: 1932 Architect: Townes, Lightfoot & Funke Style: Art Deco WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: I found a description from the Texas Historical Commission, and they said, “The 1932 Potter County courthouse is one of the best preserved and exceptional examples of Art Deco buildings in Texas.” It’s renowned for its form, but also how it’s decorated. There’s a term, Pueblo Deco, and this building can be described as Pueblo Deco. It’s got the prickly pear panels, which I love. You walk in both main entrances, and it has these inscriptions on it: “To the early settlers of this county, this building is respectfully dedicated. Their efforts were tireless. Their courage was undaunted.” One other piece of ornamentation is the longhorn above the doors. That says, “OK, you know you’re in West Texas. You know you’re in Amarillo.” That is beautifully done. JB: I would put this building up against any historical building in Dallas. It is a fantastically beautiful Art Deco masterpiece; it feels like Western Art Deco, like the same kind of Deco you see in downtown Los Angeles. We talk about architecture needing to be of the place that it’s in, and this feels like it’s of Amarillo, like it represents Amarillo in good ways – and a lot of that has to do with the figures, the bas-relief paneling of the wolves howling at the moon. Then there’s a settler, and a Native American. And the awesome cactus panels. So subtle and beautiful.

An Architectural Historian Talks about Amarillo’s “Battling Courthouses” “The Potter County Courts building is sited on the western half of the block directly facing the 1932 Art Moderne style Potter County Courthouse. The tension-filled meeting of the two illustrates their disparate construction and cultural zeitgeist. The earlier classically composed building engages the street with regularly spaced windows and its inset barrel-vaulted entry portico and group of clear glass entry doors welcomes visitors. Across the street, the post war Brutalist-cum-1980s style building exudes its Cold War anxiety reflected in its marble clad façade with only sliver windows and the wall at the sidewalk that obscures a small plaza where the public is discouraged to go. This later building is a grand-scale sculptural composition of rectangular masses of different heights with dramatic curved ends. The entry, dark glass doors recessed into a flat arched portico, is difficult to find and is testament to the abandonment of the street front to the celebration of the car entry in the back of the building adjacent to the surface parking lot.” Anna Mod, Director, MacRostie Historic Advisors

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DONLEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Clarendon Built: 1890 Architects: Charles H. Bulger & Isaac Hamilton Rapp Style: Romanesque Revival WHY WE CHOSE IT: WR: This is the oldest of all of these. And Clarendon is among the three oldest settled towns in the Panhandle. No one had seen a brick building in Amarillo, probably, in 1890. This courthouse is very serious, and it’s heavy. They used a lot of columns that were grouped together, a lot of arches, and magnificent entryways, and what I love about it, too, is it’s so asymmetrical. There’s no one side that’s alike. It’s fanciful, almost. I don’t know if that’s how the people in those days viewed it or not. I would call this one the crown jewel of the Panhandle because, if I have a little extra time when I’m driving through Clarendon, I always 26

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pull around and stop in front of it. If you’re about half-asleep, it’s a good place to pull over and rest a little bit. It’s shady, with a lot of mature trees. And I always have to throw in, the last public hanging in 1910 in the Panhandle took place outside this courthouse, and my father’s uncles went to see it. So it’s been the scene of some drama before, too. JB: This is a wonderful example of what’s called Richardsonian Romanesque, named after HH Richardson, who was from Louisiana but settled in New England and ended up building the mansions for a lot of the old robber barons, both in Chicago and New England. We talk about Brutalism and how it was meant to show this kind of solidity. Richardsonian Romanesque did that with more elegance and grace. The turrets and weird roof elements look like a wizard’s castle. During the Great Depression, water leaked into the third floor to the point that they couldn’t save it, so they put a terrible roof on it, and it did not match. It killed the entire building. Thank God, the good people of Donley County managed to restore their courthouse to its former glory. As a result, we think this is the finest courthouse in the Texas Panhandle.


Wes Reeves’s Honorable Mentions Dallam County: This classical beauty in Dalhart was completed in 1923, about the same time as the Hall County Courthouse in Memphis. Though designed by a different firm (Smith & Townes of Amarillo), the Dallam structure, like the classical building in Memphis, is designed to enlighten and inspire all who look upon it. Lipscomb County: The 1916 Lipscomb County Courthouse is a compact and beautifully restored temple of justice in the town of Lipscomb, the smallest county seat in the Panhandle. Wild turkey and deer are known to visit the lawn around this imposing neoclassical structure, providing a utopian feel to the courthouse environs. Roberts County: The Roberts County Courthouse commands a hilltop in the small city of Miami, a green and hilly oasis along Red Deer Creek. Built in 1913, the classical style building features hints of the Beaux-Arts, a late 19th century classicism originating in France. The Roberts County Courthouse was fully restored in 2012. Castro County: The moderne Castro County Courthouse in Dimmitt is a full sibling to the Childress County Courthouse. Both were built in 1939 and designed by prolific courthouse designers Townes & Funk of Amarillo. Like the structure in Childress, a prominent feature of the Dimmitt courthouse is fluted columns at the entrance that have no capitals. Ochiltree County: The design of the Ochiltree County Courthouse in Perryton is described as Texas Renaissance, but the building’s stripped-down classicism and sleek ornamentation made it thoroughly modern when it was completed in 1928. Two stylized bovine busts loom over the main entrance, celebrating the county’s ranching heritage.

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Rally Round the FLAG Amarillo’s Front-Line Appreciation Group comes to the rescue

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s the COVID-19 pandemic reached Amarillo, many Amarilloans – like citizens across the country – found themselves isolated in their homes, looking out their windows, feeling helpless. But one Amarillo woman decided to do something. When Sammi Murdoch heard about FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group), she knew it was exactly what the health care workers in Amarillo needed. The group helps to feed our front-line workers during the pandemic – while also keeping our local restaurants in business. I spoke with Murdoch as she was in the midst of juggling her (suddenly very complicated) work for a national womenswear direct sales company, helping keep local restaurants in business, feeding the city’s doctors, nurses and direct care staff – and somehow still maintaining her grace and patience.

A National Effort Made Local

The nationwide FLAG organization was started by a mom in New Jersey, Liz Bernich, who once worked for Carlisle Etcetera – the same women’s retailer that Murdoch works for. “I was talking to a colleague of mine,” recalls Murdoch, “and we were just trying to talk about the good things that were going on in the world – while everything was so uncertain and unsettling. And she sent me a video of what Liz was doing. [Liz Bernich] had started FLAG and was raising money.” According to Murdoch, Bernich’s venture had started as an “off the cuff idea, where she got on a community page and said, ‘Hey, would you all like to band together and raise some money and provide meals for the front-line workers, while putting some money back into the local restaurants?’” That initial effort in New Jersey was wildly successful; indeed, Bernich and her cohorts managed to raise more than $100,000 in the first two weeks of the group’s existence. And now, across the country, people like Sammi Murdoch began taking notice. “When I saw what she was doing,” says Murdoch, “I was so intrigued! I just loved the idea that it was a win-win all the way around.” But in those early days, Amarillo’s [coronavirus] numbers weren’t too concerning

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– and the hospitals seemed to be doing fine, for the most part. So Murdoch put the idea aside, deciding it wasn’t needed in the Amarillo area. And then, suddenly, Amarillo’s coronavirus numbers began to skyrocket, becoming one of the highest per-capita infection rates in the nation. “Our hospitals started filling up,” remembers Murdoch. “At that point, I started calling around to some of my friends that own local restaurants here, my local haunts, and asking if they would want to participate in this, or if there were any drawbacks – and everybody was on board. They were just like, ‘Oh my gosh, yes!’” With a few restaurants on board, Murdoch needed to approach the front-line workers themselves. “I started calling the hospitals on Friday,” she says, “and by Monday, both hospitals had signed off and were completely on board.” Suddenly, Murdoch had become the founder of Amarillo’s very own FLAG chapter.

Finding Footing

The next task seemed obvious: Murdoch and her helpers would simply start scheduling meals and delivering them, while raising money to support the operation. There was only one problem – which became immediately apparent as soon as they started the charity. Murdoch needed all of the donations to be above-board and tax deductible, obviously, but founding a legal nonprofit is a long and arduous process. “I did not like the look of the way it was set up,” explains Murdoch. “Even though I set up a PayPal under FLAG Amarillo, it still showed that they were paying me individually. And I don’t think that, when you’re asking for community-funded donations, it should be going to one person. I just don’t like the way that looks.” In fact, Murdoch says the problem kept her up at night. Enter Lizzie Williams, founder of Hands On Amarillo – a local organization that helps link nonprofit organizations with locals looking to volunteer. Williams had heard about Murdoch’s efforts, and she had an idea. Williams suggested that Murdoch put her


operation under the aegis of Hands On Amarillo’s 501(c)(3) – and let Williams handle the fundraising side of things. This way, everything would be above-board, and Murdoch would be able to benefit from Williams’s vast network and expertise. “We’re more of the financial arm of FLAG,” explains Williams. “We felt like this was an easy way for us to get involved because we’re a relatively small nonprofit. We were honestly looking for a way that we could help out with all the COVID stuff, and it was hard for us to do what we normally do – which is connecting volunteers. It’s hard to do that without contact. So we were happy to do it.” The idea was perfect. “I wanted to make certain I could partner with a trusted nonprofit,” adds Murdoch. “And Lizzie, of course, stepped up. Within 48 hours, we had it all going.” Soon enough, Amarillo FLAG had joined up with a number of local restaurants, including Metropolitan, Hummers, Palio’s, Lazy Gator, Chop Chop, Crush, and 575. “And I’ve got some calls out to some other [restaurants],” says Murdoch. “Now that we’ve got more money, I feel like I can spread it out a little bit more.” Over the ensuing weeks the process was streamlined. “We partner with the restaurant and ask them to do a smaller portion to keep it within our budget. We like about $7 per meal, where they still have good margins. And it’s working. We’re feeding the staff and they’re very thankful and appreciative.” When I spoke with Murdoch, she’d only been serving meals for a little more than a week – and her group had already delivered more than 320 meals to local health care workers. “We should probably double that number next week,” she adds.

A Major Success

Today the Front Line Appreciation Groups have become a nationwide movement, with more than 100 independent, community-

based organizations using the FLAG name in cities all over the country. FLAG chapters across the nation have raised almost $2 million to give back to local restaurants and to feed front-line workers. And the Amarillo organization has already raised well over $10,000. However, as of this writing, Amarillo is 1 of only 3 FLAG operations in the entire state of Texas (the others are in Houston and Frisco). The first local donation, for $2,500, was given by Hands On Amarillo. After that, a couple of other big contributions followed: another $2,500 from Budweiser Amarillo, then $5,000 from Amarillo National Bank. The rest of the money has come from local citizens eager to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication of Amarillo’s health care workers. So how long does Murdoch foresee there will be a need for her service? “I think it’s just very uncertain right now,” she says. “When we started this, we were kind of thinking two to three weeks, just to kind of get us past the hump, but I don’t know … Right now, we may be looking at another month to six weeks, best case scenario.” Meanwhile, FLAG has plans to move into other areas. “I’m working with somebody right now,” says Murdoch, “on expanding into some of the nursing homes or the assisted living centers that have higher numbers, to give them some meals and help them out.” “Regardless,” adds the tireless FLAG director, “We will continue to use all the money [we’re given], to feed the hospital workers even after the numbers lower. Because that’s just what we’re doing. That’s what we raise money for. I feel like we need to be all-in as a community, and help each other out, and really push forward and support each other as much as possible.” For those who want to give to the operation, the process is simple: go to handsonamarillo.org/flagamarillo and click the “Donate Here” button.

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VA MEDICAL CENTER EMPLOYEES LUPE, KAITLYN, MARY, PATRICK AND LORI

Sewing Solidarity

VA MEDICAL CENTER EMPLOYEES MARY, HALEY, CINDY, (IN BACK), HENRY AND LOYDA

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By Jason Boyett

t’s become a lot bigger deal than I ever thought it would,” says Peggy Morris, a member of a busy women’s sewing group at St. Mary’s Cathedral. She’s talking, of course, about the only thing any of us have been able to talk about since the middle of March. The pandemic. The outbreak. The shutdown. The novel coronavirus. Like so many residents of the Panhandle, Morris saw the impact the virus was having on her city and felt helpless. She wanted to do more than just talk about it. She wanted to do something. When she heard that health care workers – nationally and locally – were suffering from shortages in personal protective equipment, she couldn’t stop thinking about it. “I heard nurses were having to reuse their masks. That was something bizarre,” she says. A long-time St. Mary’s parishioner, Morris and a friend, Jan Lane, had attended church together for decades and spent years together as part of a church-based sewing group. Named after the mother of Mary, the St. Anne’s Sewing Circle included several women of retirement or near-retirement age. “We’re a pretty tight-knit group and do a lot of charity projects,” says Lane, a nursing veteran who had spent her 40-year career as a registered nurse (RN) in local hospitals. “The minute there was a shortage of masks, I knew what they would be doing [in health care settings] is issue a mask for the day. That’s not good. You’ve got to keep that mask clean.” Lane knew that surgical and protective masks had evolved significantly in recent years, but started as simple cloth masks. Fabric

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may not have the advanced filtering power of N95 respirator masks, but a well-made, well-designed cloth mask could be useful. It was definitely better than no mask at all. She and Morris hatched a plan. Could they find a mask pattern that nurses and health care workers could use? And if so, could the women in the sewing group help make them? If you’ve taken a look at social media at all over the past two months, you already know the answer to this. Dozens of local sewing enthusiasts with machines, scraps of fabric, and extra time on their hands have turned themselves into modern-day production lines, churning out cloth masks for local health care workers, medical offices, individuals and beyond. At least locally, many of them are using a design that Lane and Morris developed and shared. Lane began researching fabrics, layers, paper interfacing and patterns. “I told Peggy we needed to make a pocket mask,” says Lane, indicating a style of contoured cloth mask with a pocket that could contain a reusable filter. The pattern they settled on even included soft copper wiring, contained within a top stitch, which allowed the mask to be tightened over the nose. “Without it, it fogs your glasses up,” Lane explains. “It had to cover well, it had to be well-designed, it had to be comfortable and it had to be fast. When you’re putting one on, it shouldn’t take a lot of time.” Once the pattern was ready, Morris had her daughter-in-law, Kayla, who designs Amarillo Magazine, post it on a dedicated website and made it downloadable for anyone who wanted to use it. That’s when the 13 members of the sewing group sprang into action. Working from the safety of their homes, the women each turned


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their sewing rooms into miniature production lines. At first, they used fabric scraps, ribbons, disassembled T-shirts and more. “I’m a fabric hoarder,” says Pam Landis, who lives near Morris. Though not officially a member of the group, she contacted her neighbor in March. “I was thinking about making masks before I knew Peggy’s group was making them, because it seemed like a reasonable, helpful thing to do. I called her because I knew she sewed so much. I wondered if she had already found a good pattern, which she had. Now I’m just making them like they tell me to.” A violinist in the Amarillo Symphony, Landis describes her sewing abilities as “remedial” but has been sewing as a hobby since childhood. Since getting the pattern, she has spent a few hours every day making masks. “I’ve used my machine more in the last two months than I probably have in 10 years,” she says. Landis estimates she has completed around 45 masks, enlisting her husband in an efficient assembly line. “That makes it go faster instead of just making one at a time,” she says, laughing that it took her a couple of weeks to figure out what Henry Ford learned a century ago. As of early May, Morris calculated she had personally made around 100 masks, working 6 to 8 hours a day. She believes the full group has finished at least a thousand masks. “We’ve done them for families, hospital chaplains, the prison, the Downtown Women’s Center, auto shops, nursing homes, a trucking company,” she lists. “There’s really a demand for them. Every time we turn around, someone asks if we can help out.” The largest numbers of the group’s masks are being used by the medical staff at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center. The group had a contact there – a nurse named Henry Wilhelm – and the VA became the first major local medical center to begin accepting homemade cloth masks. Throughout late March and all of April, the sewing group would place completed masks on their front porches or in the mailbox. Representatives of the VA would pick them up and distribute them to their employees. “We have to wear a mask full time now, when we are within 6 feet of another person,” Wilhelm says. “Every employee in the VA has to wear a mask.” The hospital was in short supply of N95 masks, which

were being saved for treatment scenarios with patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 or were under investigation for it. Paper surgical masks were being used for other scenarios, including patients not suspected to have the virus. Those can saturate quickly and have to be replaced often. That made homemade cloth masks a reliable, washable choice. “Making those masks for us just adds to the safety of our coworkers and patients. They are helping us protect our patients and each other,” Wilhelm says. While the St. Anne’s group has been accepting monetary and fabric donations, every mask they have produced has been given out for free – including the hundreds being used by the VA. As hard as they’ve been working, everyone in the group can’t help but gush about how personally meaningful it is simply to be contributing. “It’s gratifying to be able to do something to help,” Morris says. “You just feel so helpless in some situations, but here is a need and a God-given talent I could use. We felt real good about being able to help in some way, never knowing we were still going to be doing it six weeks later, cranking them out as fast as we could.” Drawing from a long career in nursing, Lane echoes that perspective. “For my part, I just wanted the mask to be right,” she says. “I can’t imagine being where you need a mask but you don’t have one. I can’t imagine having a demanding, stressful job where a mask is life or death.” Likewise, Landis may miss performing in the symphony, but has found solace in sewing. “It’s a small thing. It’s nothing like what the health care people are doing,” she says. “But it does feel very good to make something that helps them. It’s good to feel useful and productive.” How long will she keep making masks? “I’ll keep doing it until Peggy says they don’t need them anymore.” With the general public now being advised to wear masks when away from their homes, Morris doesn’t see the demand subsiding anytime soon. “We were really hoping this would all blow over. But so far, not yet,” she says. “It’s filling a void. And I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this.” JUNE 2020 • AMARILLOMAGONLINE.COM

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Reframing Your COVID-19 Anxieties

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lobal pandemic. Coronavirus. Shelter-in-place. COVID-19. Selfisolation. Quarantine. Vaccinations. Antibodies. Test results. Positive cases. Recovered patients. Death toll. Those aren’t bizarre words from a sci-fi movie. It’s our current state of affairs. My family had a house fire in 2017, and my subsequent depression gave me a crash course on living through a crisis. The event itself was terrifying, but the 21 months that followed were even worse. They triggered something inside me, like a switch flipped overnight from happy to miserable. Please note: I’m fully aware that losing my home of 17 years is nothing compared to this worldwide devastation, but we all use our personal experiences to make sense of reality. Also, I’m also not a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, social worker or medical doctor of any kind. I’m just a gal whose life fell apart, so she went on a journey to Humpty-Dumpty herself back together again. What I learned was so transformative that I became a life coach to help others struggling, personally or professionally.* I hope this information shows you how to reframe your COVID anxieties from now until whenever we achieve a new normal. It’s not your imagination. Your shock. Sadness. Anger. Feeling overwhelmed. Inability to focus. Struggling with everyday tasks. Severe mood swings. Overeating. Overdrinking. Overspending. Too much TV. Possibly depression. They’re your body’s defense mechanisms used when combating a threat. The more danger it senses, the bigger your stress. It’s why an unexpected, expensive bill that says PAYMENT DUE IMMEDIATELY makes your blood pressure rise or that family member who keeps making poor life choices gives you sleepless nights. No matter what your political opinions are about the coronavirus, your subconscious mind sees this as a real threat. It’s invisible. You don’t know how long the panic will last. You’re cut off from family and friends. Every country in the world seemed unprepared to combat the disease, which feels even more frightening. Your brain + your body = your nervous system We all pretty much were taught that your brain and your body are two separate entities.

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Your brain thinks stuff. Your body does stuff. Cutting-edge research shows there’s so much more to the story than that. Your body has billions of neurons inside you that act as electrical wiring. Your nervous system’s No. 1 job is to keep you safe. All day long, silently and unconsciously, your nervous system sizes up everything around you as SAFE or UNSAFE. That unexpected bill I mentioned earlier? UNSAFE. That worrisome family member? UNSAFE. No prior experience with a global pandemic? UNSAFE. But, FaceTiming with a friend? SAFE. Talking a walk outside in the sunshine? SAFE. Reading a great book? SAFE. Everything about COVID-19 screams UNSAFE to those billions of neurons inside you. While these unprecedented times are stressful for many, for the vast majority it has destroyed their lives. They have no jobs. They cannot pay their bills. Alcoholism, addiction and abuse on all levels are skyrocketing behind closed doors. Even if you’re OK, this is a traumatic experience that will take all of us working together to build a better tomorrow. Thoughts alone won’t help. Back to your nervous system and electrical wiring: Words alone cannot help you calm down during self-isolation: I’m OK. I shouldn’t be panicked. It’s not that bad. So many people have it so much worse. I feel guilty saying this at all, but … Yes, so many people do have it worse. And, your feelings still matter because you’re with yourself 24/7. To improve your situation whether it’s self-isolation, keeping the weight off for good, feeling more connected to your grown kids, you need to pay A LOT more attention to your aches and pains. The tension in your neck and shoulders means something. The tightness in your chest means something. Your churning stomach means something. Your complete numbness or shutdown means something. Your pain (physical and emotional) all means something,

but you were never taught to speak nervous system. You haven’t understood the messages coming from your body. Connect the dots to your past. Those billions of neurons have recorded every experience in your life – good and bad. We all understand that war, poverty, emotional/physical/sexual abuse cause trauma to the body, but your nervous system can be impacted in much more subtle ways, too: Did your family move a lot growing up? Did your parents divorce? Was there an alcoholic or other addict somewhere along the way? Were the rules always changing at home? Did you have loving, but perfectionistic parents? Was fear or guilt used against you? Nobody had a perfect childhood. Which role did you play as a kid? The troublemaker? The court jester? The hero? The black sheep? The brainiac? The fixer? Your life history from long ago (fair and unfair) became coping strategies you’ve used for years now, long before COVID-19. That’s why you think nothing you do is ever good enough. It’s why you open another bottle of wine, why you struggle to charge clients what you’re worth. Take it a step further. How has guilt affected you? What’s your private shame? Is there a grief you need to feel on a deeper level? Knowledge of what happened isn’t enough (i.e. – When I was 5, my dog died). The missing link is those emotions stay stuck in your body until you show your nervous system it’s SAFE to change. Bottom line: There is nothing wrong with you. Your incredible nervous system has been doing its job – keeping you SAFE. It doesn’t happen overnight, but once you rewire your brain to change those old coping strategies, you can reframe all your anxieties and behaviors. Then, anything is possible. Including surviving a global pandemic. *Based on the work of Dr. Stephen Porges, “The Polyvagal Theory,” and Mastin Kipp, “Claim Your Power.”

MARCY MCKAY Marcy is an award-winning novelist, as well as a life coach who helps others identify the root causes behind their emotional blocks to become happier, healthier and more successful. Connect with her on Instagram (@marcymmckay) or Facebook (Marcy McKay- Life Coach/Author)


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What’s Cooking?

Culinary Competence M

aybe you spent part of your quarantine learning to bake a perfect loaf of bread. Maybe you tried your hand at your grandmother’s cake recipe. Maybe you just spent your extra time organizing and reorganizing your pantry while dreaming of queso from your favorite Tex-Mex place. Regardless, the past few months gave us more time in our kitchens than ever before – and likely revealed our inadequacies as home chefs. It’s time to fix that. For this issue, we spoke to some of our favorite local restaurant owners and chefs and asked them one question: What is one skill or recipe you think everyone should master? Their answers were as diverse as their restaurant menus, giving us plenty to work on since we’re still spending more time than usual cooking at home.

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Jessica Higgins | Girasol Cafe & Bakery “If you’re a novice cook wanting to impress someone, decadence and chocolates are usually a pretty good way to go,” says Jessica Higgins on a Monday afternoon at Girasol, not long after reopening her beloved cafe. “Ganache is one of the staples of baking and decorating.” The creamy, multifunctional mixture can be used as a frosting, filling or glaze. It’s great on a cake, but also can be used with eclairs or creme puffs. “People usually get impressed when you have ganache. It’s a good way to show off to your friends,” she says. Higgins says the quarantine period was challenging but feels grateful that her regular customers helped support the business. Girasol began offering a new “Take ’n’ Bake” menu with family-size casseroles, enchiladas and more. “We were able to keep everyone on staff, all things considered,” she says. Still, Higgins was thrilled when her first customers walked in the door for the first time after Governor Abbot allowed restaurants to reopen according to guidelines. “They were excited to come back,” she says. While there’s plenty of space at the outdoor patio, the dining room at 25% capacity included only two tables. “It looked bad,” Higgins says, laughing. “It was so quiet without the chatter and clang and busy-ness. It wasn’t the Girasol you know.” She’s looking forward to the gradual return of customers this summer.

Microwave Ganache 10 ounces heavy cream 10 ounces chocolate, broken into pieces Heat cream in microwave for 1 minute. Add chocolate pieces and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until smooth and shiny. Use this simple ganache to pour over a cake while warm, or whip it with a mixer to use as a frosting.

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Livia Woodburn | Pan-Handlers Café and Catering Among other things, Pan-Handlers is beloved for its fresh, nutritious soups. One of the basics owner Livia Woodburn suggests is bone broth – a common ingredient in soups and sauces. “It’s something that has really become more popular lately, with all its health benefits compared to regular stock,” she says. “People may not know how easy it can be.” She suggests keeping bone scraps from meat dishes, along with any vegetable scraps. You can prepare broth on the stovetop or in an Instapot. “There are lots of things to do with broth. You can freeze it and use it later for soups,” she says. Brown rice is another dish that’s increasing in popularity, even though it’s a little more difficult to cook than white rice. “More and more people are eating brown rice,” she says. “I think this is a pretty great recipe to have in your arsenal.” During the shutdown, Pan-Handlers benefited from its location in the basement of Amarillo National Bank’s Plaza One building. Many of the bank’s employees were deemed essential workers, and continued to rely on Pan-Handlers for takeout dining and curbside pickup. Outside orders gradually increased through April and May. “Everyone is wearing masks and gloves, and we put in an extra table to distance our checkout area and hostess from customers,” she says.

Fluffy, Fool-Proof Brown Rice 1 cup short, medium or long-grain brown rice Kosher salt, to taste Rinse rice in strainer under cold running water for 30 seconds. Bring 12 cups water to boil in large pot with tight-fitting lid over high heat. Add rice; stir it once, and boil, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Pour rice into strainer over the sink. Let rice drain for 10 seconds, then return it to pot, off the heat. Cover pot and set it aside to allow rice to steam for 10 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork, and season with salt. Makes 2 cups

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Bone Broth Collect bones from steaks, pork chops, whole chickens and more. Using grass fed bones to make bone broth can possibly give you even more health benefits, and the flavor difference is astounding. You can even take your meat quality a step further and buy organic grass fed meat on the bone for your meals. Save the ends of onions, carrots and garlic, or the peels and ends of other fresh vegetables in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Every time you prepare a meal, put trimmings in the bag until it’s full. Then you can make vegetable stock, or add in bones and make bone stock. Also save the fat, skin and bones from meat in the bag with the vegetable scraps. Once you get a big bag full, it’s time to make stock. If you boil or steam vegetables on the stove, you can put leftovers in the stock bag and even the liquid. The cooking liquid is full of nutrients from those vegetables. It will add flavor and nutrients to your homemade bone broth. You don’t have to use bones to make broth; you can simply use vegetable scraps. When you cook bone broth, combine everything in a big stock pot and fill it with water. Turn it on high and put the lid on. Using the lid helps steam the bones and extract more nutrients, but it also saves water and energy by making the liquid heat up faster. Keep an eye on it and once the water is boiling, turn the heat as low as it will go. Once the broth is simmering, continue cooking for at least 4 hours and up to 48. Don’t use any salt when you’re boiling the stock. You can add that at the end to taste if you wish. If you add it in the beginning, it will concentrate as it cooks and become too salty. Let the broth cool and strain out all the solids. Pack in containers to store in the freezer. For any container, leave an inch of space at the top so the liquid has room to expand. You can even make nourishing stock in an instant pot. Just combine the same ingredients and set it on high for 20 minutes. You can make bone broth in a crockpot easily as well. Just dump everything in, cover with water, and cook on low for about 24 hours. Once you have made a batch of bone broth, put the bones back into the pot, add more water and a teaspoon of vinegar and they will release even more broth.

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Brian Kelleher | 575 Pizzeria “I’m not really a trained chef,” says 575 Pizzeria owner Brian Kelleher. But he’s a successful local restaurateur who still remembers one of the earliest lessons of his degree in hotel and restaurant management. “There was a basic cooking class and the instructor was adamant that we understand mise en place as our first foray into cooking.” By making sure every ingredient and tool are organized before starting a recipe, a home chef can make sure he or she can be as efficient as possible in the kitchen. “It’s not necessarily a skill you can measure or test people on, but it makes all the difference in the world. It’s not just a skill. It’s almost a philosophy,” he says. “I try to get everything organized before I start.” That was one reason the shutdown and pandemic presented such difficulty for Kelleher and his crew. “Every day has been a new learning experience. It felt like I was opening a restaurant for the first time, using trial and error as my teacher,” he says. After restaurants were ordered closed, Kelleher converted his Hillside location to takeout only for April and May, using the closure to make much-needed renovations to the Civic Circle location. The Hillside restaurant wasn’t designed for takeout efficiency, so the change required hours of planning and innovation – along with a total overhaul of 575’s phone systems. “It was a new learning experience every single day, running with small skeleton crews and trying to take care of our employees. Our staff and their families have always come first and we put their concerns at the forefront of all our decisions,” says Kelleher.

Mise en place Mise en place is a French culinary term meaning “putting in place” or “everything in its place.” In short, it is doing everything necessary prior to cooking in order to make the process of cooking go smoothly. Here are just some of the many areas to consider: •

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In your kitchen, it is making sure you start with a completely clean workspace. Don’t start with crowded countertops. Don’t start with dirty dishes in the sink. Don’t start with tripping hazards or distractions lingering about, like dogs or kids. (Send those outside to play, unless you’re training them, too. It’s never too early to start training, but make sure they understand mise en place. I find they usually go outside on their own when I bring this up.) Preparing for the recipe, get EVERYTHING

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you need in the recipe OUT and PREPARED. EVERYTHING! Ingredients? Get ‘em out. Measuring cups? Get ‘em out. Spices? Get ‘em out. Spatulas, whisks, cutting boards, knives, frying pans, baking sheets? GET THEM OUT. Read through the recipe (if you’re using one), and gather everything you might need. (Most recipes don’t factor in the prep time of a novice chef ... so allow time for the prep.) If you’re not using a recipe, get out everything you might need. This is part of being organized during the cooking process. Make sure you have everything you need ... WHEN YOU NEED IT! Many people think this is “too much” or “it takes too long, I’m ready to cook now” or “I’m running late. I just have to get something on the stove.” These people drive me crazy when they cook (if I’m around them, that is). They appear stressed out,


frazzled, unorganized; oftentimes, they are. Rushing to grab the cheese for the burger after the burger is well done, or frantically looking for a spatula and the butter as their Kraft Macaroni & Cheese sticks to the bottom of a hot pot. Anyone been there? (Answer: We all have, and not just in the kitchen.) Setting the temps (and not just the oven). You want to enjoy cooking? Start with lower heat and make it hotter as you need or want it. Use butter or oil to test the heat of a frying pan, before dropping the food into the pan. But don’t stop there. Take some time to make sure the room is right, too. Are the kids doing homework where you are trying to concentrate on dinner? Are you the person that works better with a little music in the background? Is your phone within reach? Some distractions you can live with in the cooking process, but the less there are when you start cooking, the better.

For novice cooks, nothing frustrates them more than distractions when they’re already feeling the anxiety of cooking. Eliminate as many of these as possible in the precooking phase. Remove the clutter. Organize your supplies and your utensils. Put them within reach. I do this, one, because I was taught to do it, and two, because I have to do it. I get distracted and thrown off course if I don’t plan out my time in the kitchen. It may take a while to get used to the extra preparation, so try to start earlier than you normally would. Once you’ve done it a few times, you might notice that other areas of your life could use a little “mise en place.”

Smajo Beckanovic | Crush Wine Bar & Restaurant While Crush continued to offer takeout service from its Wolflin Village “Baby Crush” location during the shutdown, the restaurant’s flagship downtown location remained closed until mid-May. That gave Executive Chef Smajo Beckanovic plenty of time with his family. “I’ve been home spending time with my family, teaching my kids how to make crepes,” says Beckanovic, who grew up in former Yugoslavia and spent his teen years in a refugee camp in Croatia. “I want to teach them the basics so they will be prepared.” One of those basics is baking homemade bread. “Baking is always a very interesting thing to do. Bread is very important. It’s the most simple thing to make in the house. I do it with my kids all the time,” he says. Beckanovic grew up learning to bake Italian country bread with his family members, and still makes it once or twice a week to enjoy at home. “It just takes an hour or two. It’s fun to get together with the kids and make some bread.”

Homemade Bread 1 quart warm water 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast 6 cups all-purpose flour 2 ¼ teaspoons salt Combine water and yeast in bowl of stand mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed with a dough hook until all flour is incorporated. Increase to medium speed and continue kneading with dough hook until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in warm spot and cover loosely with kitchen towel. Let dough rise until doubled. Punch down, divide and shape as desired. Let rise again until doubled. Bake at 400 degrees with steam during first few minutes of baking, until crust is well developed and golden brown and bread is baked through, about 12 minutes. This is very similar to the bread my mom made when I was growing up. We now enjoy making this with our kids and have especially enjoyed it lately during our time together at home.

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Marcus Snead | Crush Wine Bar – Wolflin Village One of the founders of Canyon’s beloved-but-now-closed Barrel & Pie, Marcus Snead became executive chef at Baby Crush just days before the ordered closure of Amarillo restaurants in mid-March. The restaurant continued a brisk takeout service through the shutdown, which allowed Snead space to adjust to a new kitchen and environment. “I was fortunate they let me stay on. We offered great takeout meals and I worked through the menu,” he says. “It wasn’t just about the cooking. It was a nice way to start to build the relationship between chef and cooks.” While the whole situation was far from ideal, he admits the shutdown made for a more comfortable transition. Now that Baby Crush has reopened to in-house dining, Snead is fully immersed. Among the kitchen basics he believes our readers should learn are knife skills. A confident knife user can see enormous benefits in the kitchen, from the ability to dice vegetables to the economic savings of being able to break down a whole chicken. According to Snead, every home chef should have at least two well-made knives: a straight-edge chef’s knife (usually around 8 inches in length) and a serrated bread knife. “Once you really get comfortable with the knife and understand how to hold it and what you can do, your cooking really starts to get more adventurous,” he says.

Chef’s Knife

The chef’s knife is one of the most versatile knives to have in your kitchen. It has a broad/sharp blade, and it’s a multi-use knife for a variety of kitchen tasks. • Sizes are from 6 to 14 inches (6 to 8 inches is the most common) • This knife is ideal for cutting meat, dicing vegetables, slicing herbs, chopping nuts, etc.

Paring Knife

The paring knife is a small, short-bladed knife. It is used for intricate cutting, peeling, mincing and dicing. The blade is simple, sharp and precise. • Sizes range from 3 ½ to 4 inches • This knife is ideal for peeling/cutting small fruit and vegetables, deseeding fruit, and cutting vegetables and herbs, such as garlic. • This knife is NOT ideal for cutting/ carving pumpkins or squashes (I learned that the hard way)

Bread Knife

Many believe that the bread knife occupies a niche role in your kitchen knife arsenal. While you may not use a bread knife nearly as much as a chef’s knife, it is a necessary tool. • Lengths range from around 7 ½ to 12 inches. ( I use a 9 inch.) • Unlike chef’s knives, bread knives are difficult to re-sharpen. This limits their lifespan and requires you to replace them every 8 years or so. • These knives are ideal for cutting bread and tomatoes, peeling hard vegetables like squash or pineapples, cutting sandwiches, and carving meat in a pinch. Home cooks and chefs alike must work with the best available tools. Knowing about the right blade will allow you superior precision and skill. Ultimately, the type of kitchen knives you need depends on the level and field of cooking, as well as the skill and technique you need from a blade.

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Toppings runneth over at 575 Pizzeria, not to mention the specials that rotate every month. (Check the board when you walk in.) 575 is family-owned and family-friendly, so it’s a great Friday night dinner choice. 2803 Civic Circle/7320 Hillside Road, 322.5575, 575pizzeria.com $$

THE 806 COFFEE + LOUNGE

In addition to its vast organic, fair trade coffee and tea offerings, The 806 caters to local vegetarians and vegans with its “foodie” menu. The limited (but tasty) menu includes omelets, bagels, sandwiches, and nachos along with made-from-scratch desserts, a few which are also gluten-free. Don’t miss brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays. Regulars go for coffee that packs a punch and the healthy eats. 2812 SW Sixth Ave., 322.1806, the806.com $

ABUELO’S

The authentic atmosphere and generous portions make for an enjoyable lunch or fun evening out. If you’re stumped by all the choices, try the Enchiladas de Cozumel, three crepes filled with guacamole and topped with bountiful seafood, fresh spinach and roasted peppers. As a rule, always get the queso. 3501 W. 45th Ave., 354.8294, abuelos.com $$

ASPEN CREEK GRILL

One of only nine locations nationwide, Aspen Creek’s Amarillo restaurant offers its signature made-from-scratch food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Step into the mountain-lodge inspired decor and you can expect to be greeted warmly by the friendly staff, receive excellent service, and over-sized portions on everything from appetizers to entrees to dessert. The Happy Hour at Aspen – one of the most affordable in town – is a welcome break after a challenging work day. 4110 I-40 West, 398.2776, aspencreekgrill.com $$

BANGKOK RESTAURANT

When you’re looking for authentic Thai, Bangkok delivers. Start with the sticky rice, move on to the cucumber salad, and finish with the chicken larb. Your kids will love watching the big fish tanks while you wait for your table. Warning: Spicy means spicy. Bangkok means business. 5901 Amarillo Blvd. East, 381.1590 $

BENJAMIN’S DONUTS & BAKERY

Family-owned and -operated, Benjamin’s serves doughnuts, pastries, kolaches, breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Go early for the best assortment of filled, cake and glazed doughnuts – we love the green tea glazed and red velvet cake flavors. 7003 Bell St., 353.1100/1800 Western St., 803.1133 $

BLUE SKY TEXAS

Blue Sky’s burgers and homemade fries are the perfect companions to a Lone Star Beer or an Oreo shake. Be prepared to share the one-size-feeds-a-lot cheese fries. 4201 I-40 West, 355.8100/ 5060 S. Coulter St., 322.3888, blueskytexas.com $$

BOMB CITY KITCHEN

Specializing in meal-prep orders (Keto Diet also available), Bomb City also offers items from its storefront, along with desserts, whole or by the slice, and coffee drinks. Order meals to pick up or stop by for breakfast and lunch items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 3-7 p.m. 5120 S. Western St., 418.6749 $$

BURRITO STOP

Eye-popping big biscuits are the draw Tacos Garcia restaurateurs’ downtown grab-andgo eatery doesn’t just offer from-scratch burritos on homemade tortillas for breakfast or lunch. In addition to its hearty fare and vegan options such as soy chorizo and spinach tortillas, Burrito Stop boasts trained baristas that serve Roasters Coffee & Tea Co. beverages. 114 SE Ninth Ave., 418.2705, burritostop.com $

CAFE BLVD. & BAR

Serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine, Cafe Blvd. also offers a lounge area and full bar for a relaxing evening out. The limited menu features classics like chicken wings, pho, bun bowls, and banh xeo. You’ll enjoy fresh food, generous portions and affordable prices. 5316 Amarillo Blvd., 367.9780 $

CALICO COUNTY RESTAURANT

An Amarillo favorite for decades, the home-cooked taste keeps people going back for more. You can’t beat the petite cinnamon rolls dripping in butter, the squash casserole and the chicken-fried chicken. Be sure to try the excellent waffles, too. 2410 Paramount Blvd., 358.7664, calicocountyamarillo.com $$

CHOP CHOP RICE CO.

Chop Chop’s slogan is “Simple. Fresh. Fast.” And that’s exactly what you get when you order the hot teppan-style Japanese cuisine. There’s a casual dining room, quick drive-thru and delivery options so you can decide how you want to dine. 3300 S. Coulter St., Suite 1, 457.0700/ 2818 Wolflin Ave., 731.4499, chopchoprice.com $

CRAZY LARRY’S FINE TEXAS BBQ

A visit to Larry’s isn’t complete without an order of Frito pie – make it a “moose” with the works. The authentic Texas-style barbecue is finger-licking good, and everything on the menu is delivered with some of the friendliest service in town. The prices are reasonable, too. 4315 Teckla Blvd., 359.3176, crazylarrysbbq.com $$

DELVIN’S RESTAURANT & CATERING

Head to Delvin’s and fill up on some of the city’s finest comfort food. Long-time chef Delvin Wilson opened his small eatery in 2015, and it’s quickly become a favorite lunch and brunch stop. Sample a three-meat combination barbecue plate, or traditional American favorites like fried chicken, soul JUNE 2020 • AMARILLOMAGONLINE.COM

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food, and fresh fried catfish. Finish with the homemade buttermilk pie. 1300 N. Hughes St./701 S. Taylor St., 803.9111 $

DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT

Dickey’s serves its original slow-smoked meats alongside home-style sides like macaroni-and-cheese and jalapeño beans, fresh rolls, and plenty of ice tea. Founded in Dallas in 1941, the national franchise also gives back – its foundation, Barbecue, Boots & Badges, benefits law enforcement and firefighters in the local community. 6015 Hillside Road, Suite 100, 322.0127, dickeys.com $$

DYER’S BAR-B-QUE

If you’re a meat lover, Dyer’s is the place for you. The family-style, all-you-can-eat lunch special is hard to beat. On Fridays and Saturdays, eat your fill of premium smoked prime rib. 1619 S. Kentucky St., Suite E526, 358.7104, dyersbbq.com $$

EL BRACERO MEXICAN GRILL

Home-cooked flavor and excellent service make El Bracero Home-cooked flavor and excellent service make El Bracero a popular stop for authentic Mexican food. You’ll find a full menu of Mexican favorites like fajitas, carne asada, and enchiladas that keep local patrons satisfied. 2116 S. Grand St., 373.4788/2028 Paramount Blvd., 398.4440 $$

It’s worth the drive. 10610 American Drive, 335.2996 $

FIRE SLICE PIZZERIA

You know you’re in for a good time at Fire Slice when you see the menu. Choose from pizza specialties, such as “Tommy Boy” and “Hot Momma,” or build your own. Each pizza is made fresh in a custom-built pizza oven. Try savory Italian brunch items on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 11 a.m. 7306 SW 34th Ave., Space 10, 331.2232, fireslice.com $$

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES

Order a la carte from the simple menu at this fast-casual eatery, choosing from burgers made to order with your choice of toppings (try one “all the way”), sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, and milkshakes. 2313 Georgia St., Suite 37, 398.0582, fiveguys.com $

FRUTILANDIA

Find a colorful snack or light lunch just around the corner from bustling downtown Amarillo. Stop into FrutiLandia for fresh fruit cups, gazpacho, shrimp cocktail, ceviche, or flavorful elote en vaso (corn in a cup). The large portions and fresh ingredients are sure to keep you going back for more. 1010 SE 10th Ave. $

FURRBIE’S

The traditional Mexican food taste will keep you going back for more at El Giro. A taqueria-style eatery, El Giro offers authentic dishes like tacos, flautas and chile rellenos. Order a party taco box, filled with more than a dozen tacos, to feed a crowd. 1800 Bell St., 318.3859 $

You’ll find old-fashioned grilled onion burgers and an array of sandwiches, salads, seafood and ice cream treats at Furrbie’s. Hot dog enthusiasts will love the famous Nathan’s Hot Dogs, the originals from Coney Island, New York, made with 100-percent kosher American beef. Looking to cool off ? Choose from fruity-flavored ice treats or ice cream. 210 SW Sixth Ave., 220.0841 $

ELMO’S DRIVE-IN

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

EL GIRO

This classic drive-in offers old-fashioned burgers and fountain drinks to-go from its original location in the San Jacinto neighborhood. Fill up on fresh grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, fries, and soda fountain-style sundaes. 2618 SW Third Ave., 374.3566 $

ENGLISH FIELD HOUSE RESTAURANT

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Options are endless at Fuzzy’s with everything from a variety of Baja-style tacos to enchilada plates, over-sized salads, tamales, and breakfast all day, every day. Party on the patio in this casual eatery that originated in the Fort Worth area. 7408 SW 34th Ave., 352.8226, fuzzystacoshop.com $

GEORGIA STREET TAPHOUSE

Whether in the dining room or inside the spacious bar area, there are plenty of big screens to keep you entertained at Taphouse. Sample typical pub fare and enjoy daily drink specials inside or on the covered patio. 2001 S. Georgia St., 803.7000 $$

GIRASOL CAFE & BAKERY

If you’ve missed having an artisan bakery in Amarillo, you’re in luck. Head over to Girasol Cafe and enjoy fresh baked goods along with a rotating menu of salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees – many with a Latin influence. Check the bakery’s Facebook page for daily featured items. 3201 S. Coulter St., 322.0023 $

THE GOLDEN LIGHT CAFE

As the oldest operating restaurant in Amarillo, The Golden Light has been in business since 1946, all in the same location. For a great burger and fries, this is the place to go. 2908 SW Sixth Ave., 374.9237, goldenlightcafe.com $

GRANDMA’S COCINA

With simple American-style food, TexMex entrees and sides, a hearty breakfast menu, flavored tea, and fresh-squeezed cherry limeades, Grandma’s Cocina can be your new one-stop drive-thru for comfort food Panhandle style. 3609 SW 45th Ave., 398.9999, grandmascocinaamarillo.com $

GRILLS GON’ WILD

At Grills Gon’ Wild, you can expect a good time. You’ll find fresh food, made to order, with aged hand-cut steaks and daily specials like chicken alfredo, baby back ribs, or fish tacos. Open early for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner, there’s plenty of options to keep you going back for more. 5120 Canyon Drive, 418.6001, grillsgonwild.com $

THE HANDLE BAR & GRILL

Open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the breakfast crowd, The Handle Bar serves Texas-style comfort food – the handmade burgers are a customer favorite. Dine outside on historic Route 66 or cool off inside while savoring an ice-cold beer. 3514 SW Sixth Ave., 803.9538, thehandlebarandgrill.com $

HOFFBRAU STEAK & GRILL HOUSE

Family-owned Hoffbrau has been serving Texas-style steaks and beer for three decades. We recommend one of the Gr8 Steaks or something from the Hill Country Favorites list upon your first visit. Guaranteed, you’ll go back again. 7203 I-40 West, 358.6595, hoffbrausteakandgrill.com $$


HOUSE DIVIDED RESTAURANT & SPORTS GRILL

Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday, House Divided splits its interior into a dedicated bar area and separate dining room (hence the name). But you’ll see a “divided” theme in its menu as well, with popular Texas college rivalries set on opposing pages. The diverse menu is full of plenty of pub grub, steaks, Texas-style entrees, pizza, Italian and Mexican food, salads, sandwiches and burgers to make a return trip a necessity. 7609 Hillside Road, 350.4377 $$

INDIAN OVEN

The moment you enter Indian Oven, you’ll be enveloped by the fragrances of cardamom, ginger, anise, garlic and chili wafting from the kitchen. Start your meal with a generous portion of naan as you work your way through the extensive menu. Select a chef special such as chicken tandoori or chicken tikka masala or try a little of everything on the lunch buffet. Finish up with the to-die-for rice pudding. Don’t leave without sipping the mango lassi. 2406 Paramount Blvd., 335.3600, indianovenamarillo.com $$

IT’S A PUNJABI AFFAIR

If you were among the many Indian food fans that despaired when Amarillo Hut closed its doors, brood no more. Punjabi Affair serves Indian-style street food, available for dining in or to take out. Savor classics like flat bread, butter chicken and samosa, and a few you might not be accustomed to like lamb curry, or marinated and fried tilapia. You’ll also find options for vegans and vegetarians. The menu will change with the seasons in order to offer fresh local ingredients. 4201 Bushland Blvd., 414.2114 $

J’S BAR AND GRILL

Most of the entrees on J’s menu are priced at $10, and range from burgers and sandwiches to pasta and chicken. Enjoy fresh, handmade food at affordable prices. 3130 S. Soncy Road, Suite 100, 358.2222, jsbarandgrilamarillo.com $

JASON’S DELI

The options at Jason’s are endless – sandwiches, paninis, wraps, baked potatoes, soups, salads, po’boys … The menu might leave you a little overwhelmed, but take heart. Everything is good. And there’s even free ice cream at the end.

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JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES

Jimmy John’s prides itself on fresh ingredients and friendly service. Feel like eating healthy, but can’t bear to pass up the homemade French bread? Then try the 8-inch vegetarian sub layered with provolone cheese and packed with alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and real avocado spread. 2330 Soncy Road, Suite 500, 354.9200/2807 S. Western St., 352.4540/ 790 S. Buchanan St., 803.9070, jimmyjohns.com $

JOE TACO

Great atmosphere and a variety of Southwest favorites make Joe Taco a great place to sit and relax, especially while enjoying a signature margarita. Soak in the sun on the patio when the weather is nice. 7312 Wallace Blvd., 331.8226, joetaco.net $$

KABUKI ROMANZA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

Who says you can’t enjoy fresh sushi aboard a boat in the heart of the Panhandle? Kabuki Romanza serves teppan-style cooking and fresh-sliced sushi in a dining area that resembles a boat, surrounded by special effects that add to the tropical feel. 8130 I-40 West, 358.7799, kabukiromanza.com $$

KATHY’S KITCHEN

This is the simple, Texas Panhandle home-style food locals crave. Grab the napkins and tackle the brisket burger, a hamburger patty topped with brisket and smothered in barbecue sauce, cheese, and two stuffed jalapeños. Generous portions, daily specials, and low prices will keep you going back for more. 4517 Highway 136, 383.2513 $

LA BELLA PIZZA

With an expanded dining area and bar, the Olsen Boulevard location of La Bella Pizza gives diners more options than takeout. Fill up on Sicilian-style pizza, subs, burgers, calzones, pasta, gyros – the list goes on and on – the hefty menu even includes seafood. 3801 Olsen Blvd., Suite 9, 352.5050, ilovelabellapizza.com $

LAS PARRILLADAS NORTEÑAS

With cuisine typical of northern Mexico, Las Parrilladas Norteñas features parrilladas, mixed grill items designed to feed more than one person. Grill plates come with chicken, beef and pork. Or feast on the parillada de mariscos, a plate brimming with shrimp, crab legs, oysters, lobster, tilapia, and ceviche, which feeds four people. Customers love the buffet with traditional Mexican entrees and sides. 1706 Amarillo Blvd. East, 803.9566 $$

LEAL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Leal’s serves dishes that blend the traditional flavors of Mexico with a few twists that will delight you. Try excellent, non-traditional items such as salmon or roasted tomatillo enchiladas along with delicious desserts. Let’s not forget about the fresh-squeezed lime margaritas, some of the best around. 1619 S. Kentucky St., 359.5959, myleals.com $$

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LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE

Visit Logan’s Roadhouse for everything from quick lunches, take-out options and party platters to mouth-watering, hand-cut steaks and a variety of entrees for healthconscious diners. Everything’s made with the freshest ingredients and served in a casual, upbeat atmosphere. 8310 I-40 West, 467.8015, logansroadhouse.com $$

THE LOST CAJUN

You’ll find southern-style comfort food at The Lost Cajun. Enjoy the open kitchen as you dine on New Orleans favorites like fried catfish, oysters, gumbo, po-boys and beignets. 2401 I-40 West, 576.0019, thelostcajun.com $$

MACARONI JOE’S

Macaroni Joe’s isn’t just a place to eat a great meal. The Tuscan-inspired rooms are the perfect place for creating memories. Whether for a first date, the start of a new life together, or celebrating important milestones, the restaurant offers excellent service and an exquisite food and wine menu. It’s at the top of our list. 1619 S. Kentucky St., Suite D1500, 358.8990, macaronijoes.com $$-$$$

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MCALISTER’S DELI

McAlister’s is not just another deli. Its made-to-order menu is chock full of fresh sandwich and salad options that make for a quick and tasty lunch. And let’s not forget the Famous Sweet Tea that is handcrafted in-house daily. 8605 SW 34th Ave. 355.7500/ 4104 I-40 West, 352.3354, mcalistersdeli.com $

MY THAI

It’s hard to find authentic Thai cuisine that compares to My Thai. We recommend the angel noodle with sauteed tomatoes and mushrooms for a tasty alternative to fried rice. 2029 Coulter St., 355.9541, mythaiamarillo.com $

NU-CASTLE DINER

Patrons gather at Nu-Castle for classic American cooking. The small, downtown breakfast and lunch spot stays crowded with regulars. You can’t go wrong with a chicken-fried steak breakfast or a Dusty Burger. 518 E. 10th Ave., 371.8540 $

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OHMS CAFE & BAR

Set in downtown Amarillo, OHMS serves a buffet-style lunch then switches to wait service in the evenings. The chef features specials each week that range from seafood and smoked duck to beef tenderloin. Start with daily Happy Hour and give the Bar Burger a try. (It’s not on the menu, but it might be the best burger in town.) Excellent cuisine and service make this a delightful place to linger. 619 S. Tyler St., 373.3233, ohmscafe.com $$-$$$

PACIFIC RIM

Pacific Rim offers a variety of Asian-Fusion cuisine in a unique setting. One of the best things about this place is the greeting you’ll get from Andy, the owner. But let’s talk food. The lettuce wraps are outstanding. In fact, everything is good. Pacific Rim even offers speedy delivery. 2061 Paramount Blvd., 353.9179, pacificrimam.com $

PANCHO VILLA RESTAURANT

This unassuming little eatery might not capture one’s attention, but it’s worth a visit to Pancho’s. The casual restaurant caters to Mexican and Tex-Mex enthusiasts with authentic offerings like caldo de res (beef soup). 4601 River Road, 381.0105 $

PHO 84

Serving traditional Vietnamese food, Pho 84 offers spring rolls, dumplings, and a variety of Asian fusion cuisine. Expect quality food and service when you visit the small, cozy eatery. 5713 SW 34th Ave., 437.1626 $

THE PLAZA RESTAURANT & BAR

A long-time Amarillo favorite, the many loyal customers of the Plaza attest to the great food and affordable prices. Eat your fill of fresh chips and hot sauce and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. Perfect for a family night out, the menu offers enough variety to suit the pickiest eaters. 2101 S. Soncy Road., 358.4897, theplazaamarillo.com $

PUBLIC HOUSE

You’ll want to take your time to enjoy the ambience and upscale Southern comfort food at Public House. Savor the house favorite, a generous portion of meatloaf comprised of ground duck, pork and beef with mashed potatoes, a house-made

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pimiento grilled cheese sandwich, or enticing nightly specials. 3333 S. Coulter St., 398.7777, publichouseamarillo.com $$

RAIN PREMIER SUSHI BAR & LOUNGE

Rain lights up Polk Street with its sleek, energetic ambience and exceptional menu of contemporary Asian cuisine. Grab the gang for an evening of flavor and fun. 817 S. Polk St., 331.1155, rainamarillo.com $$

RIBCRIB BBQ & GRILL

RibCrib has your hankering for smoky barbecue covered. Choose from chicken, pork and beef on the Crib’s extensive menu, with a variety of sauces as well. Visit early for Happy Hour and stay to enjoy the Pigman, a half-pound sandwich heaped with slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork and sausage, then covered in sauce, pickles and onions. Quench your thirst with a glass of refreshing lemonade. 5050 S. Coulter St., 803.9360, ribcrib.com $$

ROCKET BREWS

Think of Rocket Brews as snack central; you’ll find everything from cucumber micheladas to shredded beef jerky and custom snack trays. A bevy of colors and flavors make a return visit a must. 1506 Amarillo Blvd. East, 350.7830 $

S&J COFFEE HOUSE

New in downtown Amarillo, S&J Coffee House began as a mobile coffee service, serving its coffee and cold drinks around town at events. Now on Sixth Street in a cozy storefront, S&J offers its signature dark roast coffee along with breakfast items and a full lunch menu. 112 SW Sixth Ave., 513.0927/600 S. Tyler St., sandjcoffeehouse.com $

SHARKY’S BURRITO COMPANY

Think of Sharky’s as a burrito assembly line, a place where you call the shots and load a tortilla (flavored or not) with all your favorite toppings. Start with the meat and work your way through a plethora of options including beans, rice, veggies and cheese. The endless combinations will keep you going back for more. 1612 S. Georgia St., 359.7330 $

SPICY MIKE’S BAR-B-Q HAVEN

Diners won’t leave Mike’s hungry; they’ll leave licking their fingers. With chopped brisket sandwiches, tender pork ribs and more, Mike’s is a meat lover’s paradise. 6723 S. Western St., 358.8550, spicymikes.mymobisite.us $

STIX FOOD ON A STICK

Serving lunch and dinner, Stix serves steak, chicken, pork, sausage, and ground beef kabobs – even roasted corn on a stick. Stix also runs a food truck and now shares a dining area with J’s Bar & Grill. 3130 Soncy Road, 341.2451 $

TAQUERIA Y RESTAURANT EL SOL DE MEXICO

With about 80 menu offerings, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed on your first visit to El Sol de Mexico. But press on. Photos accompany each entree – which helps in the decision-making process – as does easy ordering with numbers for each item. Choose from traditional Mexican plates and sides or something from the grill (quail is a tasty option.) 3501 NE 24th Ave., 383.2038 $

TEXAS STEAK EXPRESS

When you can’t bear the heat of the grill, turn to Texas Steak Express for homecooked flavor delivered fast. Steak entrees come with a salad, loaded baked potato, and a roll. A variety of hearty sandwiches, salads, early bird specials, and tempting desserts round out the menu. 2600 S. Kentucky St., 358.8200, steakexpress.com $$

THAI THAI

A full menu of Thai delights awaits you at Thai Thai. From fried donuts, wontons, potstickers and soup to Lao barbecue, noodle dishes and an overwhelming amount of rice entrees, you’re sure to find something new to try at each visit to this always-busy eatery set up in a former Mexican restaurant. 2515 S. Grand St., 803.9090 $

TOOM’S RESTAURANT

You’ll find a variety of authentic Thai, Lao and Chinese food at Toom’s. Choices abound – from sticky and fried rice or noodles to classic larb, beef jerky and chicken wings. You’ll find fresh,


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TUMBLEWEED FARM BAKERY

This Keto-friendly bakery offers more than just sweet treats. With a full lunch and early dinner menu (the shop closes at 7 p.m.) enjoy gluten-free, low-carb entrees, sandwiches, and salads. 4137 SW 34th Ave., 223.6523, tumbleweedbakery.com $

TYLER’S BARBEQUE

Going back to the basics, Tyler’s Barbeque combines a straightforward menu with a relaxed atmosphere. We suggest the mouth-watering Man-Sized Double Meat Sandwich or the tasty Frito pie. 3301 Olsen Blvd., 331.2271, tylersbarbeque.com $$

VINCE’S ITALIAN PIZZA

Vince’s calzones are some of the best we’ve had. The pizzeria also offers huge Greek salads, gyro and an even larger family-sized pizza. Enjoy the quirky atmosphere or get your food to go at the convenient drive-up. 2413 S. Western St., 352.2656 $

WONDER WOMENZ BAKERY

If you have a sweet tooth, this small driveup bakery could turn into a serious habit. The rotating dessert menu offers a dazzling variety of cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes (whole or by the slice), sweet crepes, pies, turnovers and fudge. And the treats don’t stop there. Savory entrees, soup, quiche, brunch, and handheld breakfast items fill the menu, along with coffee and tea. Check the Wonder Womenz Facebook page for daily specials and flash sales. 909 S. Madison St., 477.0199 $

YE OLDE PANCAKE STATION

With breakfast this good, you’ll be glad to know the Pancake Station serves it all day long. The restaurant also offers great dinerstyle entrees for lunch. We recommend the over-sized omelets, fresh pancakes, and southern fried chicken. 2800 Virginia Circle, 355.0211, pancakestation.com $

YOUNGBLOOD’S CAFE

Experience the Western heritage of Amarillo at Youngblood’s Cafe. The Cafe

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serves up excellent chicken-fried steaks to satisfy your craving for beef. Plus, Youngblood’s also offers a hearty breakfast every day starting at 6 a.m. 620 SW 16th Ave., 342.9411, youngbloodscafe.com $$

ZOMBIEZ BAR & GRILL

Locals rave about the homestyle offerings at Zombiez Bar & Grill. Fill up on daily specials, burgers, chicken-fried steak or chicken-fried chicken. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are available. 711 SW 10th Ave., 331.7305 $

Canyon BACK 40 GRILL

With daily specials and live music, Back 40 Grill is set on livening up the square in Canyon. American food favorites like burgers and fries, nachos, and chicken fry fill the menu. No matter your choice, you’re in for a rocking good time at Back 40. 1512 Fifth Ave, Suite 101, 557.3700 $$

BEAR’S BURGERS & DAWGS

Choosing from the simple offerings is an easy task at Bear’s. Other than handmade burgers, hot dogs and fries, a few comfort food items like Frito pie and loaded baked potatoes round out the menu. Ice cold beer will help you wash it all down. 2001-A N. Second Ave., 452.8033 $

BEST THAI

Open seven days a week, there’s always something on the menu at Best Thai to satisfy your cravings for good Thai food, such as the vegetarian Curry Joe with yellow curry and steamed rice. Check out the Canyon’s Favorites menu; the pineapple fried rice and Charlie Special are full of flavor. 210 23rd St., 655.7299 $

BUFF’S

Buff ’s specializes in home-style comfort food and more-than-generous portions. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll find plenty of crave-appeasing items all day long. 2201 Fourth Ave., 655.2833 $

FAMILY SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT

You’ll find plenty of mouth-watering options at The Family Soul Food Restaurant. Feast on traditional family recipes like chickenfried chicken, fried ribs, catfish, or cheesy meatloaf with all the sides, topped off by a slice of sweet cornbread. Save room for the rotating dessert menu. 1205 23rd St., 463.4686 $

FAT-BOYS BBQ

Fat Boys has been dishing up delicious Texas-style barbeque since 1988, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. The meat has the perfect amount of smoky flavor. Top it with sweet barbecue sauce and add a few homemade sides. Your taste buds will thank you. 104 N. 23rd St., 655.7363 $

FELDMAN’S WRONG WAY DINER

Feldman’s fun, casual atmosphere and model trains that run a course along the ceiling make it a great place for the whole family. Try the made-fresh burgers or the Tortugas chicken, satisfaction guaranteed. 2100 N. Second Ave., 655.2711, feldmansdiner.com $

HIL’S BURGERS

This burger joint’s menu is pretty snazzy. The Philly cheese steak sandwich pairs perfectly with a side of sizzling, thinly sliced onion rings, but you can’t go wrong with the chicken-fried steak sandwich topped with chili, either. 1302 23rd St., 656.0810 $

HUDSPETH HOUSE COFFEE SHOP

Open on weekdays from 8 a.m.2 p.m., the historic bed & breakfast’s new coffee shop serves homemade baked goods, breakfast items, quiche, sandwiches and soup. Enjoy afternoon tea in the house’s quaint dining area. 1905 Fourth Ave., 655.9800 $

JOE TACO

One of Amarillo’s most beloved Tex-Mex restaurants has made its way to Canyon. Located on the bustling square, the new location offers the same Tex-Mex favorites and energetic vibe as its Medical Center


location. Enjoy lunch and dinner seven days a week. 502 15th St., 452.8226, joetaco.net $$

THE KING AND I

Craving fresh sushi? The King and I will surely satisfy. Try the customer favorite, the Canyon Roll, and savor every scrumptious slice of crab, tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber and cream cheese topped with red tuna, white tuna, shrimp and eel. If you still have an appetite, order the fried bananas covered with powdered sugar and strawberries. 104 15th St., 655.2491 $$

PEPITOS MEXICAN RESTAURANTE

Choose your favorite Tex-Mex entree from the extensive menu, with traditional items like chile relleno, chimichangas, or sizzling fajitas. Enjoy the complementary chips and salsa while you wait. 408 23rd St., 655.4736 $

PONY EXPRESS BURRITOS

Based on the build-your-own burrito concept, Pony Express offers 14-inch burritos or bowls, tacos, quesadillas and a variety of fresh salsa flavors from mild to spicy, including its infamous ghost pepper. 2808 Fourth Ave., Suite C, 557.4166 $

RANCH HOUSE CAFE

The Ranch House Cafe has a small-town, family atmosphere. The Cafe offers breakfast all day, every day, and lunch, dinner and made-from-scratch desserts, as well as specials seven days a week. 810 23rd St., 655.8785, theranchhousecafe.com $

ROCKIN’ ZEBRA SODA SHOPPE

Located on the square, the Rockin’ Zebra Soda Shoppe offers classic soda shop fare like French dips, pulled pork sandwiches, or a grilled cheese sandwich. Cool off with a specialty drink or ice cream sundae. 404 15th St., 655.3381 $

SAYAKOMARN’S RESTAURANT

Sayakomarn’s offers a variety of traditional Thai dishes with daily lunch specials that won’t empty your wallet. Be sure to try their boba tea made with tapioca balls and shaken into fruit-flavored or milk tea. It’s yummy. 421 16th St., 655.2698, sayakomarns.com $$

TAQUERIA EL TAPATIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT

El Tapatio’s second location in Canyon serves up the same authentic Mexican food at affordable prices. The carne el pastor is a customer favorite. 2301 12th Ave., 510.7703 $

THAI KITCHEN

The generous menu will keep you coming back for more at Thai Kitchen. Choose from affordable Thai classics – soup, salads, noodles, pork, seafood and more. The small eatery is open for lunch and dinner six days a week. 713 23rd St., 655.4741

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Research facilitated an online peer-voting process, also referencing government sources. DataJoe then tallied the votes per category for each doctor to isolate the top nominees in each category. After collecting nominations and additional information, DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had a current, active license status with the state regulatory board. If we were not able to find evidence of a doctor’s current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined, up to the time-frame of our review process for an infraction by the state regulatory board, was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to Amarillo Magazine for final review and adjustments.

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DataJoe reached out to practices and individuals through mail-outs, emails, and phone calls, and encouraged them to vote and distribute the ballot amongst their peers.

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number and contact information to identify themselves. This ensures fairness in the voting process by confirming that each doctor completes only one ballot..

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of specialties that are relevant to the Amarillo area. We recognize that there are many specialties, and that this list is not exhaustive. Additional practice areas will be considered in coming years based on interest from the medical community.

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Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism William C. Biggs, M.D. Kenny M. Brantley, M.D. Stephen J. Usala, M.D. Harold Werner, M.D.

Family Medicine

Sean Anderson, M.D. Bart A. Britten, M.D. Beverly Lewis, M.D. Evelyn Sbar, M.D. John Slaton, D.O. Rodney Young, M.D.

Gastroenterology

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General Surgery

Sam Kirkendall, M.D. David Langley, M.D. Alan Sbar, M.D.

Brian Weis, M.D. Joanna Wilson, D.O.

Ophthalmology

Robert E. Gerald, M.D. W. John W. Murrell, M.D. J. Edward Ysasaga, M.D.

Interventional Cardiology Geriatric Medicine

Ravindra Bharadwaj, M.D.

Assadour Assadourian, M.D. A. Alan Chu, M.D. Joaquin Martinez de Arraras, M.D. Rajesh Nambiar, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncology Thahir Farzan, M.D. Joshua E. Kilgore, M.D.

Hand Surgery

Christopher R. Glock, M.D. Lisa K. Longhofer, M.D. Kent T. Weinheimer, M.D.

Hematology

Srini Reddy, M.D. Praveen Tumula, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Susan F. Meikle, M.D.

Infectious Disease

J. Taylor Carlisle, M.D. Scott Milton, M.D. Pablo S. Rodriguez, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Karen Cutts, M.D. Alan W. Keister, M.D. Bharat Khandheria, M.D. Susan Neese, M.D. Kaylee Shepherd, M.D. Salil K. Trehan, M.D. James Whit Walker, M.D.

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Maternal and Fetal Medicine Heather Holmes, M.D.

Neonatology

Orthopedic Surgery

Major E. Blair, M.D. Reagan Crossnoe, M.D. J. Cuyler Dear, M.D. T.M. Risko, M.D.

Otolaryngology, Ear Nose Throat

Craig E. Fichandler, M.D. Joy Obokhare, M.D.

Mubariz Naqvi, M.D.

Pathology Nephrology

Daniel Hendrick, M.D. Georges M. Maliha, M.D. Tarek Naguib, M.D. C.V. Sreenivasan, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Bradley Hiser, M.D.

Andrew C. Hoot, M.D.

Pediatric Cardiology Srilatha Alapati, M.D. Enas Shanshen, M.D.

Pediatric Endocrinology Maria Contreras, M.D. Alison Lunsford, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery

Janet Meller, M.D. Jason Nigiotis, M.D.

Pediatrics General

Rachel Anderson, M.D. Amanda Griffin, M.D. Raphael Mattamal, M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Elise May, M.D. Patrick Proffer, M.D. Paul Proffer, M.D.

Psychiatry

Michael Jenkins, M.D.

Pulmonology

Manish Patel, M.D. Mark Sigler, M.D. Thien Vo, M.D. Kishore Yalamanchili, M.D.

Radiation Oncology

Daniel Arsenault, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Carin C. Appel, M.D. Estelle Archer, M.D. Teresa Baker, M.D. Stephen Griffin, M.D. Gregory May, M.D.

Oncology

Vance Esler, M.D. Milan Patel, M.D. Brian Pruitt, M.D. Anita Ravipati, M.D.

Pediatric Hematology Smita Bhaskaran, M.D.

Pediatric Nephrology

Tetyana Vasylyeva, M.D.

Pediatric Orthopedics J. Brian Sims, M.D.

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Branch Archer, M.D. Aaron Elliott, M.D. Richard Khu, M.D. Rakesh Shah, M.D. Martin Uszynski, M.D.


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Nicole DaveyRanasinghe, M.D. Constantine K. Saadeh, M.D. Janet M. Schwartzenberg, M.D. M.E. Thurmond-Anderle, M.D.

Spine Surgery

Michael O. Lagrone, M.D.

Sports Medicine

Thane Morgan, M.D. Blake Obrock, D.O. James R. Parker, M.D. Brad Veazey, M.D.

Surgical Oncology

C. Anne Doughtie, M.D.

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Haris Nazim, M.D.

Urology

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Northwest Texas Physician Group Year established: 2014 Specialties and subspecialties: Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Hand Surgery, ENT/Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Palliative Medicine Memberships and clinical associations: Northwest Texas Physician Group has a team of physicians who are board certified in their respective specialties and have clinical privileges with Northwest Texas Healthcare System and BSA Hospital. For what is your practice most known? The mission of Northwest Texas Physician Group is to provide superior patient care. We operate our physician clinics and support our facilities in the delivery of superior quality health care services to our patients. Patients always come first. How has technology affected how you practice your specialty? Technology has helped us to deliver upon our mission of providing superior patient care. From providing the opportunity for patients to schedule appointments online to coordinating their care through our patient portal, technology continues to support our practices in ways that will continue to benefit our patients in the future. 2020 has been an unprecedented year. How has COVID-19 affected your practice and how will it change going forward? The COVID-19 pandemic challenged our practices to quickly identify ways in which we could continue to serve our patients safely and effectively. Our team of experts was able to launch telehealth services at all of our practices within a matter of days of the stay-at-home order being issued. Additionally, while our practices have always adhered to high standards of cleanliness and patient safety, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique opportunities to enhance our clinic safety and infection control standards.

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Constantine K. Saadeh, M.D. Years in practice: 28 Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry; M.D., American University of Beirut Specialties/sub-specialties: Allergy and immunology; rheumatology Staff size: 65 Accreditations and certifications: Internal medicine; rheumatology; allergy and immunology; geriatrics; registered musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSK); Certified Clinical Densitometer (CCD) Memberships and clinical associations: Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American College of Rheumatology; senior sonographer and accreditation counselor of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine with specific dedication to musculoskeletal imaging Why did you choose your area of practice? Personal, familial and friends’ involvement, along with a confidence that my chosen areas of expertise will affect many areas of specialty medicine as pathologies unfold in these days of increasing knowledge. What is the cornerstone of your practice? Empathy, love of purpose, and pursuit of current standards of care. How do you set your practice apart from others? In addition to the advanced technologies that we practice at Allergy A.R.T.S., I am also involved in clinical research, academic publications, and basic treatments of allergic and rheumatologic conditions. 62

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What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Bettering the lives of my patients through treatment. Given that the majority of my patient’s cases are vastly unique, this lends itself to the research aspect of my practice, which makes it all the more rewarding when we are able to successfully treat an illness. How will your practice change in coming years? My practice will continue to change as medicine changes. We aim to keep up with advancing technologies in medicine. We have a state-of-the-art infusion center, clinical research department, advanced diagnostics, and most importantly, a caring staff who puts our patients as the No. 1 priority. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? The heartbreak of losing a pediatric scleroderma patient with whom I spent more than 14 years of sleepless nights. She wanted to become a doctor and help others who shared her terminal diagnosis. Community involvement: I participate in pollen count research in collaboration with Dr. Nabarun Ghosh at West Texas A&M University. We also support The Bridge, Turn Center and other community projects.

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Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe M.D., FACR Years in practice: Four Education: University of Nevada School of Medicine M.D., 2008; University of Nevada Internal Medicine Residency, 2008-2012; Oregon Health & Science University Rheumatology Fellowship, 2012-2014 Accreditations and certifications: Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR); Fellow of the American college of Physicians (FACP); Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound Certification through American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM); American College of Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification (RhMSUS) 2014-2024; Certified Clinical Densitometer (CCD) Memberships and clinical associations: Allergy A.R.T.S. Why did you choose your area of practice? I have a passion for immunology and clinical medicine. Rheumatology is the perfect subspecialty that allows for comprehensive patient care and the use of new biologic targets to treat inflammatory disease. What is the cornerstone of your practice? To diagnose and treat complex rheumatic conditions while caring for the entire patient, not just the disease. How do you set your practice apart from others? By remaining dedicated to new technologies and clinical research, we are able to

continue treatment advancements for rheumatic disease What do you find the most rewarding about being a physician? Being involved in direct patient care. To be able to serve my patients and improve outcomes through controlling disease activity is very rewarding. How will your practice change in the coming years? We will remain dedicated to patient care and grow our clinical research department. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? I feel blessed to have these moments every day. Rheumatic disease is difficult because the disease states are often multisystem and require chronic treatment. The most memorable moments are seeing patients return to a functional status after treatment has begun. Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family, reading and hiking Community involvement: Medical Advisory Board for Turn Center

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Dr. Hillary Hendrick

Dr. Stephen Tidwell

Dr. Isaac Siew

Dr. Anwar Wilson

Dr. Cody Welch

Dr. Jeff Foster

Dr. Kevin Rickwarts

Dr. Robert Pinson

Dr. Jeri Rose

Dr. Jerod Lunsford

Dr. Lyudmyla Lysenko

The ER on Soncy Year established: November 2016 Specialties and subspecialties: Emergency Medicine Memberships and clinical associations: BSA Provider Network; Texas Medical Association; Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Center For what is your practice most known? We’re known for our emergency-trained and experienced physicians and staff. We provide compassionate, personalized emergency care that goes above and beyond just treating patients’ injuries or symptoms. Our services are offered 24 hours a day, every day of the year – without waiting times. How has technology affected how you practice your specialty? Social media is a great tool to get important information and updates out to our community. But more so, it has become a hub for connecting with our community and our patients in an even greater way. It’s another avenue that we can utilize to provide even better care, and to learn the needs of the friends and families we have come to know and love. 2020 has been an unprecedented year. How has COVID-19 64

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affected your practice and how will it change going forward? We are treating both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related emergencies. We have enacted many extra safety protocols, such as safe social distancing practices. However, we have always worn PPE while treating all of our patients to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Community involvement: Heart Ball, Heart Walk-Minded Hearts, MuttFest, Business Connection, AISD Sports, Bushland Booster Club Homecoming Parade, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Gracie’s Project, Tascosa Cross Country, Coffee Memorial Blood Center, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Canyon Fourth of July Parade, High Plains Food Bank, Golf Headquarters Golf Camp, Martha’s House, Another Chance House, Bulls Hockey, Sod Poodles, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Ballet and many more.

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Thane Morgan, M.D. Years in practice: 20 Education: West Texas State University (WTAMU); University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Specialties and subspecialties: Orthopedic Surgery; Sports Medicine; Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: We utilize both hospitals in Amarillo. Potter-Randall County Medical Society; Texas Medical Association; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; Texas Orthopaedic Association How do you set your practice apart? The personal attention given to my patients. Many of my surgical patients are shocked when I give them a card with my cell phone number and request that the patient call me if they have any questions or problems. We appreciate our patients and we are here to provide them with the best care possible. I am always focused on the three A’s: Availability, Affability and Ability.

2020 has been an unprecedented year. How has COVID-19 affected your practice and how will it change going forward? COVID-19 has affected all of us. We are seeing patients in our office and utilizing the appropriate precautions to keep patients and staff safe. We are also offering Telehealth visits when appropriate. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? Several years ago, a rather stoic, older gentleman arrived at my office in a wheelchair because it was so painful for him to walk. I performed a total knee replacement on this gentleman; during a postoperative visit to my office he was emotional and tearful that he could be active again. It is a privilege to be involved in helping people improve or maintain their ability to be active.

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Gregory A. May, M.D. Practice established: 2003 Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology Accreditations and Certification: Board certified, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Education: Texas A&M University, undergraduate; Texas A&M College of Medicine, medical school; Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Amarillo, residency For what is your practice most known? First and foremost, I am a member of a fabulous group. I could not provide highquality care without great partners and an exceptional staff. No matter how chaotic things get, I will always have time for my patients and their concerns. The medical care of women is a great honor and responsibility. They deserve high-quality, current and compassionate care. This is the foundation of my practice. How has technology affected how you practice your specialty? To me, taking care of an unborn child is the ultimate responsibility. My practice of obstetrics will always be guided by the most upto-date research and standards. I have watched many advances in obstetrics over the years, and one of the most interesting is cell free DNA testing. We can now accurately screen for genetic disorders and reliably tell parents of the gender of their baby as early as 10 weeks gestation. I have always been interested and embraced new technology in gynecologic surgery. I performed the first 66

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robotic surgery in Amarillo in 2007, and have continued to make this an important part of my practice. I am always looking for new ways to lessen surgical risks for my patients and perform procedures in a minimally invasive fashion. 2020 has been an unprecedented year. How has COVID-19 affected your practice and how will it change going forward? Nobody in our country will go unaffected by COVID-19. What a terrifying and utterly bizarre time. We have fully integrated policies to combat this novel virus, such as social distancing in the office, screening patients both before coming to the office and upon arrival, and wearing surgical masks. We have limited the number of providers in the office each day to limit traffic and potential exposures to the virus. These changes may last for the foreseeable future and some may hang around forever. I have truly enjoyed watching extended families welcome a newborn into the world via technology such as Skype and Facetime. On a positive note, I previously would have left the room after delivery before the grandparents, siblings and additional family meet a new baby and congratulate the parents. With COVID-19 and technology, I have been right there!

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Texas Tech Pediatric Specialists

Year established: 1978 Specialties and subspecialties: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics; Sports Medicine; Endocrinology; Hematology & Oncology; Cardiology; Surgery; Nephrology; Neurology; Psychology Visiting Physicians - Pulmonology; Neurosurgery; Orthopedic Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: American College of Cardiology; Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology; American Academy of Pediatrics; Pediatric Endocrine Society; American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; American Pediatric Surgical Association; American Society of Nephrology; Texas Medical Association How do you set your practice apart? We are the only pediatric specialty group in our region, our physicians live right here in the Amarillo area, and are an active part of our community. We provide exceptional care for pediatric patients right here at home without a need for patients to travel great distances to larger cities. Our physicians are each highly trained and respected in their fields of practice among their peers. Each of our providers chose a career in academic medicine with a desire to stay on top of the latest evidence-based medicine in order to provide this quality of care to the patients of the Texas Panhandle and the surrounding region. Our physicians teach the next generation of pediatric providers and many of our graduating residents continually land highly competitive fellowships advancing the future of pediatric subspecialties. We stay on top of the latest and greatest advancements in medicine to ensure our kids and yours have the best care available.

2020 has been an unprecedented year. How has COVID-19 affected your practice and how will it change going forward? A strength of our practice is the ability to adapt to change and work as a team quickly and responding to COVID-19 was no different. We quickly altered our schedules to provide any care that we could by using telemedicine in order to care for our specialty patients without having to bring them into the clinic. We hope to continue to be able to provide telemedicine as a service for patients that do not require face-to-face visits going forward. How has technology affected how you practice your specialty? We are able to “see” patients in their own homes and continue treatment without interruption in many cases. Technology also enables us to stay on top of the information needed to bring the best care to our region. Community involvement: Our physicians live right here and are active members of our community. From participating as onsite physicians in pediatric camps for those with medical needs, to helping area parent and professional groups with fundraising to provide the best care to pediatric patients of our region, we love being part of our community!

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Salute to 2020 Seniors Congratulations to the Class of 2020 During these unprecedented times, help us honor this year’s seniors, a class that has sacrificed its traditions and celebrations in the wake of COVID-19. Congratulations on your achievements and best wishes for a wonderful future!

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Salute to 2020 Seniors Wade Alexander Panhandle High School Attending Baylor University

Chelsea Barclay Randall High School Congratulations, Chelsea! We are so proud of you!

Blake Bedwell

Amarillo High School God has blessed us with you! Keep putting Christ first! Love, The Bedwell and McCown families

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Abbigail P. Davis Randall High School So proud of our Top 10 graduate! Love, Mom and Dad

Griffin Fields Panhandle High School Attending WTAMU to play football for the Buffs

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Lauren “Lottie” McCown Amarillo High School Congratulations, Lottie! You make us proud! Love, The McCown family

Hunter Janeece Montes Randall High School Parents: Paul and Denita Montes Grandparent: Loveta Anderson Attending Sul Ross State University

Addyson McKinsey Tiffin Bushland High School Here’s to your legacy. We are incredibly proud of you!

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The Quarantine Sessions By Jason Boyett

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ocal photographer Angelina Marie has largely built her career on commercial and architectural work. But when businesses began to close in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, her on-location photography workload diminished significantly. Looking to replenish that income, she began thinking about how society would look back on this moment. It gave her an idea. “I decided this is a really important time to document families together, or even individuals who are in quarantine alone,” she says. “And it would give them a chance to do something different outside of just sitting at home.” Through her business, Short Eared Dog Photography, Angelina began offering outdoor portrait sessions as a way to illustrate how the outbreak and economic shutdown transformed daily life. Shooting in outside spaces – back porches, abandoned parking garages, empty parks – she let her clients be as creative or as traditional as they wanted. “I had a mother and son who wanted to make sure it was related to what we’re going through now,” Angelina says. “Another young woman just wanted to feel normal for a little bit. It’s whatever I can offer, either way, that makes them feel better right now.” Here are a few of the results.

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Lindsay London, Devin Robinson and Family London and Robinson are co-parenting two young boys. She and the boys live in Amarillo, and he works in Vermont. “When the pandemic hit, Devin and I made the decision that he would come to Texas to help with the kids so I could continue my work as a home health RN,” she says. He arrived in Amarillo, quarantined for two weeks – just to be safe – and then spent the next three weeks with London and the boys. “When I saw Angie was doing this project, it just felt important for us to get a snapshot of this strange moment in time,” London says. “I think the pandemic has changed and uprooted so much of human life, but our desire to create and capture our lives through art and image and words – that will never change.” The family even wore cloth masks in some of the photos, including a stark black-and-white image taken at a local park. “I absolutely loved that one. I felt it could have been 1918 or 2020. This was such an important piece of cataloging where we are in our lives right now. [In the future], it will be really interesting to reflect on how strange and unusual it is.”

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Jason, Aimee, Ellie and Owen Boyett Angelina is a good friend and, in addition to her photography, edits my “Hey Amarillo” podcast. Both of us have been using our creative platforms to document the unforgettable impact of this moment. In addition to her enormous talent, that’s one reason I loved her idea of a stay-at-home photo session – it gave us the opportunity to mark this time in our lives. With Ellie home from college and Owen ending his junior year of high school, having the four of us together for hours on end has been an unexpected silver lining for Aimee and me. We’ve been spending a lot of that time enjoying the spring weather from our back porch. One of our photos depicts how we’ve been staying productive while in quarantine. I’ve been podcasting, wearing my customary “professional on top, casual on the bottom” uniform. When not working remotely, Aimee has been grocery shopping for multiple family members over the age of 70. Meanwhile, Ellie spent the bulk of her time completing her semester at WTAMU, while Owen has used his break from high school basketball to customize shoes, make digital portraits and otherwise pursue creative work. Angelina most accurately captured the personalities of our dogs: Ozzie (on the ground) is always curious, while Daisy is perpetually unsettled and concerned.

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John Reeves The high school senior class of 2020 has had so many of their longawaited events taken away from them, from prom to graduation ceremonies. As the valedictorian of Holy Cross Catholic Academy, Reeves felt those losses personally. He saw two opportunities in a quarantine photo shoot: gaining a set of traditional senior portraits and celebrating his passions and future. He and Angelina spent time along Polk Street. “I chose downtown because I’m a lover of architecture and all things historical,” says Reeves, who plans to attend WTAMU in the fall and eventually pursue a graduate degree in architecture. “Recent developments downtown have made it a lot more people-friendly over the last 10 years.” He sees a parallel with his own personal growth. “Seeing the development, it’s like stepping into a new era. That’s my future, too. But when you restore historic buildings you have to be careful not to lose their original identity,” he explains. “This was me getting out of quarantine, almost a freeing opportunity to get out of this yuckiness for a little bit and be myself. Even during a pandemic we shouldn’t lose who we are.”

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Ashley Jourdan “If we can make it through this, we can make it through anything,” says Ashley Jourdan about her partner, Jeremy Knowles. The two have been dating for a year and had moved in together a few months before the pandemic hit. The couple is close friends with the photographer. “We had been talking to Angelina about doing a post-apocalyptic photo shoot already. We wanted this to showcase love during the state of a pandemic,” she says. “Jer and I are spending so much time together. It’s crazy going through something like this after dating only a year, but we love each other so much. She did a great job of capturing what love looks like in a time like this.” Jourdan appreciates the emotional component to Angelina’s work. “She’s just such an incredible photographer,” she says. “She’s really able to capture whatever it is you’re trying to represent.”

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Lytton St. Stephen “Going through this global trauma feels a little apocalyptic to me, especially when you read the news coming out and expert opinions of people from the front lines who are seeing this in a more real way,” says Lytton St. Stephen, who lives alone and spent the shutdown isolated and working from home. “Without all the day-to-day distractions, I’ve had more time to be in my head and assess myself as a person.” Wondering if those interior efforts might find outward expression, Lytton was thrilled to model for Angelina. “Photography is a language that can bridge the external and internal. It’s a way to see ourselves. I wanted to see if all the internal revelations I’ve had about myself in this time of solitude were reflected in an external way,” Lytton says. They have spent the past few years exploring their identity, and in this shoot, wanted their makeup and attire to reflect that. “Angelina knows me very well and has a real talent in being able to capture something vulnerable about yourself. Vulnerability is a portal to truth. That’s the real talent of being a photographer, and I think that’s why it’s important to find a photographer who really does that for you.”

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