A Long John Silver’s State of Mind: Amarillo’s Outrageously Popular New Cult Following
We all have our favorite restaurants, places that we just can't live without. If you're anywhere within an hour's vicinity of it, you'll hop in the car and drive there to satisfy the craving.
Now, anything outside of an hour and I'm probably personally not going. However, some people have been going to great lengths to get their hands on this favorite that is no longer available in Amarillo.
After seeing some of these posts, I'm actually stunned that Long John Silver's isn't here anymore. I mean, it seems there is MORE than enough support for it to keep the doors open should someone decide to drop a franchise back in the city.
I'm a member of one of the Amarillo restaurant groups on Facebook, and I started noticing a trend. One day, someone brought up LJS and it created quite a conversation about how people love it and miss it. Then it turned into something more.
People started posting pictures of their Long John Silver's plates, creating mouthwatering admiration for some...and even forcing some to get in their car and start driving, all for some fast food fish.
It would appear this user had no other reason for the drive to Lubbock other than to get some Long John Silver's. I mean there are plenty of reasons you could go to Lubbock, but to literally make the drive JUST for some LJS? That's dedication.
As the pictures and talk about LJS kept coming on the Facebook group, it drove this user to make the trip to have it for the first time ever. Imagine making an hour and a half drive to try something you've never had and based simply off the strength of what others were saying.
As the posts kept coming, someone looked at it as a capitalistic venture. The user happened to be in Lubbock and decided he'd become the Amarillo vessel for LJS delivery. In case you didn't notice, there were 58 comments left on that post, and yes, it did look like at least a few people entertained the idea of doing it.
Ok, so they're not wrong. All the talk about missing Long John Silver's in Amarillo HAS to get someone at least exploring the idea of opening up a franchise here right? Imagine how long that line would be, especially on the grand opening. You'd have to shut down major roads in Amarillo to handle the traffic.
But since we don't have one here, yet, and there are no confirmed reports of someone actually looking into opening one, the recipe this person found for the LJS batter will have to suffice.