There are just some things that we don't handle well in Amarillo. We love our Whataburger. We miss our Taco Villa when we move away or even leave for a weekend trip.

Those two are a given. I see more and more posts about how much people miss either one of those places. Both of those scream Texas. They especially scream Amarillo. So don't mess with our favorites.

When I moved to Texas I had no idea that I  was going to embark on a journey. That journey being that Texas turns a salad dressing into a condiment used for everything. Ranch is that end all be all when it comes to an important staple to have in our great state.

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When I was little it was ketchup or mustard. Then I moved to Texas and a third option opened up. Ranch dressing. I would have never thought of dipping anything in ranch. it was something I poured on my salad. That was it. Then I got a Texas education.

Ranch dressing is meant for pretty much any and everything. Do you want something to dip your fries in? Ranch. How about your pizza? Of course, ranch. Your chicken strips need ranch. If you don't have ranch dressing you are not living life right.

So when I first heard the rumbling that ranch dressing may go missing I thought this can't be happening here. It was on the shelf the last time I went to the store. We should be fine. Then just a week later the bad news hit here in Amarillo.

Yes, the cyber attack that took down the Clorox brand a few months ago took out Hidden Valley Ranch. I mean duh. The go-to ranch dressing. You can get inferior but why would you?

I went grocery shopping over the weekend and I saw the dreaded sign.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Was this it? Is this the end? Are we going to be out of Hidden Valley Ranch for months and months like we were with the Sriracha and garlic chili? Is this the latest shortage? This is Texas so can we deal?

I decided to go to Market Street again at the start of the week and see if things calmed down. Will those shelves still be empty? Or will they have been able to fix the problem?

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

It looks like they were able to get more. So that is a relief. For now.

The Clorox bleach area wasn't looking so promising. That area was empty. I feel though that is not as drastic as if the ranch was gone.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

We have survived the toilet paper shortage. We even made it past the baby formula shortage. I think that the ranch dressing shortage could be what does Amarillo in for good. So let's hope that Amarillo finds a way to keep it in stock. For the good of Amarillo.

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