What do you get when three best friends buy a feed and seed store and decide to offer food to customers? Three Chicks Feed, Seed and Café just outside of Texarkana, where you can get a glimpse of yesterday.
Julie Miller, Dee Dee Rogers and Angie Watson worked together at the Texarkana Country Club for 15 years before realizing their dream of owning a business. On Feb. 9, 2011, the ladies bought the former Genoa Feed-N-Hardware Store.
Since that purchase, the three have worked closely together to make Three Chicks Feed, Seed and Café a successful business that is strongly supported by local farmers and residents.
“The community willed us to success,” Angie said. “They have supported us from the beginning and helped us to grow.”
After operating the feed and seed store for a while, a concessions trailer was added. Over time, an open-air, outdoor seating area was added. Customers loved the dining option, so the partners enclosed the area with mostly repurposed materials and created a fun atmosphere. Today, there is ample seating for diners, and an agritourism feature outside the café provides agriculture education opportunities for the young and young at heart.
Each partner has a role in the pecking order of the business based on their charming personalities, education and work experience. None of the three had feed store experience, but Angie was experienced with livestock, and her family owned several businesses. Julie’s family owned restaurants, and she is an excellent cook. Dee Dee holds a master’s degree in business and a teaching certificate.
“We enjoy working together and have had a few challenges over the years, but we make it fun,” Dee Dee said. “Our three personalities are very different, but that helps us with our business.”
The menu at Three Chicks is corralled into Bunny Patch Pickin’s (salads), Cowgirl Creations (sandwiches), South of the Border Rations (Tex-Mex options) and Feedlot Fare (hamburgers, etc.). On Saturdays, breakfast is also offered, which has proven to be very popular.
My first dining option was the Strawberry Fields Salad. This tasty salad featured grilled chicken, fresh spinach,
shredded lettuce, sliced strawberries, chopped pecans and shredded jack cheese with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. The homemade dressing was perfect for commingling the flavors of this wonderful creation.
Next, I was surprised with a Veggie Burger, which was very good, even without the beef. The veggie patty was dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and cheese.
A toasted bun and seasoned fries were great touches.
Then, I fell in love with Julie’s Chicken Salad Sandwich. Served with homemade potato salad, it is a must-try for
chicken salad lovers.
The Fajita Steak Quesadilla offered at Three Chicks Café was a plateful of Tex-Mex excellence. The large quesadilla featured grilled steak, onions and peppers plus Mexican cheese, all in a grilled flour tortilla. The salsa and homemade tortilla chips were outstanding.
There are many dessert options, but A.L. Crawford, a local resident who visits the café often, highly recommends the German Chocolate Cake. I’m going to give it a try on my next visit.
Be sure and visit the feed and seed area. The “three chicks” have packed the store with locally sourced jams, jellies, honey and preserved vegetables.