Rihn’s Country Side Saloon

In Honky Tonk on 12/10/2009 at 4:37 pm

The holiday season brings to mind many things.  One is coming home from college.  The familiar smells, old friends, eating at favorite hole in the walls and being bored out of my mind.  A favorite distraction was to grab some Sonic and head over to the nearest small Texas town.  Fortunately, the nearest small Texas town to me had Rihn’s Country Side Saloon.

Rihn’s has been open forever.  No one knows how long because no one is alive anymore who remembers when it opened.  It is a tiny pier-and-beam structure with enough room for three pool tables, a bar and some square metal tables along the wall.  It’s past town in the middle of the bushes, so far in fact, you ALWAYS think you have missed it.

Last time I was in there (it’s been a while), Sandra was running the joint.  She, a Rihn herself, lives next door and makes an amazing hamburger.  The tragedy is that usually by the time we get there, the kitchen is closed.  Nevertheless, she remembers preferred beers and chats without being chatty.  Here is us with Sandra:

Which leads me to décor.  The classic elements are there: sawdust, rodeo posters, dusty caps on the walls, tin and neon beer signs and, of course, locals who eyeball you.  But not for very long unless they are in the mood for flirting.  When you go, check out the bathrooms.  I can’t speak for the men’s, although I think I did peek in there once, but the ladies has some studly encouragement pasted on the walls.

This place is the epitome of why I like to go to juke joints.  It’s a relaxing good time where you can keep to yourself or bond with total strangers.  If you’re ever in Medina county, stop by, have a hamburger and try the Orange Hooch.

Just so you know fact: Equestrian statues indicate way of death: when the horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle, one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle and all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


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