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Clyde restaurant shares its journey

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They drove over a million miles together.

Now, 20 years later, Mat and Laura Valdez are sharing the story of what's behind the menu of their Clyde Restaurant, "Cross Roads."

"Between the two of us, we just want this place to be that kind of family atmosphere," said Laura.

"That was always the inspiration behind it, to be that spot in the community that everyone likes to come to," said Mat.

The two met in high school and became high school sweethearts. They got into the trucking industry and drove together as a team for 20 years.

"We averaged about five thousand miles a week, which meant we were in the truck 24/7," said Mat.

It was during that time that they discovered their dream of wanting to open a restaurant.

"With us trucking for so many years we were able to eat at the small mom and pop restaurants, and it really influenced what we wanted to do here," said Mat.

Mat says what makes their food so unique is that they get all their food locally.

"We shop at the Abilene farmers market. We also grow some of our produce ourselves," said Mat.

"Every dish we put out has a background," said Laura.

Laura says her favorite dish is a tuna sandwich named "Sammy," after their cat that traveled those million miles with them.

Other dishes are inspired by the places they've traveled and the food they've carried in their truck beds.

"We have a shrimp Po boy sandwich that we used to deliver down to Louisiana all the time and so we kinda took the inspiration from that," said Mat.

Even up to their last stop here in the Big Country, they're finding inspiration.

"We pecan smoke our chicken, our ham and our brisket and we live in the pecans and so we kinda took that to heart too," said Laura.

Cross Roads is located south of Interstate 20 in Clyde.

You can join them and hear their stories of the road on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. or Saturday's from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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