07.20.2020 – Bull Fries
Eustis, Nebraska located in Frontier County has a population of 401 according to the 2010 census. Could be a few more or less by now but one thing never changes. The food at the Eustis Pool Hall. People come from all around to this down-home pub to enjoy the menu and the atmosphere. The nachos are a family favorite but on this day something else caught our attention. The Bull fries. Seemed everyone at our table knew what they were except me and I was just stupid enough to ask.
There were no shortage of volunteers ready to tell their stories but the waitress story was the most telling. She looked at me with a look that said you have got to be kidding when she asked, “Haven’t you ever been to a branding?” I didn’t know quite how to respond to her. I mean I grew up in rural Nebraska, but I had to admit I have never been to a branding. So now I was trying to decide if I should admit that when she continued. “You know they just cut them off and throw them in the bucket to soak. They are delicious.” Now I knew the gig was up. There is a reason I don’t play poker. I had to fess up. No I had never been to a branding. The look I got from the early 20 year-old waitress hovered somewhere between cynicism and disdain. Seriously this grown man who says he grew up here has never been to a branding or tasted, you know, Bull Fries?
I know your next question. No I did not and no I never will. I’m branded for life as an outsider, unless someone talks me into going to Clay City, Indiana in April for the ‘Testicle Festival’.
- Post by Kevin Rader
Rader Media & Marketing LLC, President