Friday Happy Hour at Hummers is one of the longest relished rituals in Amarillo. Meeting your buddies there after a long week with no agenda and no set time gives a sense of stability to our chaotic world. A chance to get together over a bucket and tell lies is a rite of passage as you move from early adulthood to middle-age. The stories just move from jobs and dating to wives and parenthood. From working on your truck, to working on your house. From how bad the Cowboys are to how bad the Cowboys are. The only difference is instead of a call Friday to set plans, it is just a text “Hummers?”
As you peruse the Hummers menu, you see that there is something for everyone. I wasn’t able to spot any rookies (see what I did there) since the first time I visited. You can do steaks, burgers, salads, chicken, some oysters, Mexican food, and sandwiches. My go-tos have always been the burgers and the steak bites. The appetizers are tasty and provide a good base for some beverages. The beer list has always been extensive long before it was cool. I can remember seeing German and Austrian beers at Hummers decades before the Craft Beer Craze.
After buckets were delivered, burgers were ordered. One odd thing about the Hummer Burger. It is on a whole wheat bun. No option for anything else, just a wheat bun. It's as if to say "You are about to eat some greasy meat with a topping of cheese with a side of fried onions and some buffalo wings. This wheat bun will make it healthy though." This is weird to some folks, but it is what it is. My usual order of Wahoo Sam's Green Chili Burger with half fries, half onion rings was made along with a Snack Basket. The Snack Basket is a mish-mash of beigeness, with varying meats and vegetables fried for your dipping enjoyment. Everything ordered tasted exactly as it always has, solid. There are better meals in Amarillo, but they don't taste like memories.
I was tempted to order a Statue Of Liberty, but was afraid they would deliver it and I would have to suffer through it. Someone do it and let me know if you survive.
Hummers is an Amarillo Landmark as much as the AQHA and the Big Building Downtown That Constantly Changes Its Name And Tenants. You can always meet a buddy or make a new one over a beer or a bucket full. You can transport yourself to your 21st birthday or enjoy your child's 21st birthday. Hummers, you be you.