Cowboy Cuisine – Yesterday’s

By Steve Stevens

“Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free. Raised in the woods so’s he knew ev’ry tree.Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild frontier!”

That was playing when we walked into the 1950s and 1960s inspired diner in the city of Bridgeport. With the population of 5,800, you don’t expect to find a giant ‘50s-themed restaurant, especially since Bridgeport is the Stagecoach Capital of Texas.

I felt like we went back in time somewhere between “Happy Days” and “The Texan” TV series (1959-1960) starring Rory Calhoun.
Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t enjoy a ‘50s restaurant? My wife and I brought the kids for an afternoon drive. It was actually a cool August afternoon due to rain.

The kids’ eyes opened bright when we walked in the doorway and they saw all the cool, colorful memorabilia. The neon, the music and the energy and food was a refreshing way to spend an afternoon with family.

My son saw the wall dedicated to the 1960s Batman, so we had to sit as close to that as possible. I was a little disappointed when I found out on the other side you could sit under a giant poster of “The Sons of Katie Elder” starring John Wayne and Dean Martin.

I guess now to the important part, the food. Yesterday’s has a big menu with many classic favorites and some cool more eclectic Texas items.

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Yesterday’s chocolate malt.
Entrance sign at Yesterday’s.
The “Hondo.” (Photos by Steve Stevens)