If this diner hasn’t yet offered this advice, let me take the time to do so now: always order the spring rolls. Although the ability to create a delicious soup may traditionally be the calling card of a chef worth their salt, in Amarillo’s dining scene, the ability to serve a satisfactory spring roll should be the update to that so-called rule. The spring rolls advice stands for this month’s restaurant—Munchies—but the great choices don’t stop at just one appetizer. 

Located at the corner of Third Avenue and McMasters, Munchies celebrated its grand re-opening in November, when it debuted a new menu that features Asian and American Food. Munchies has everything to feed the munchies, and diners will certainly find options—the appetizer menu alone has fried cheese sticks, jalapeño hushpuppies, egg rolls and, of course, the spring rolls. If all those starters sound too tempting to choose just one, Munchies offers its most popular items stacked on one plate—the Munchie Mountain features all the local favorites including fried shrimp, egg rolls, spring rolls, cheese wontons and cheese sticks.

Munchies has more than just starters and snacks. Entrees like beef and broccoli, chicken fried rice, chicken pa nang, hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, tater tots and fries are sure to satisfy any craving. (If you are wondering whether it’s a good idea to eat at a place that has both pa nang and nachos on the menu, stop worrying and just go.)

Munchies’ chicken curry is a great dish to order if you are overwhelmed by options, or if you are craving a mild, but savory meal. Tender chunks of chicken mingle with vibrant slices of fresh zucchini and carrots, adding both color and texture to the dish. Delicate bamboo shoots add a subtle crunch, enhancing the medley of flavors. The chicken curry is perfectly paired with a generous helping of soft and slightly sticky steamed or fried rice. 

Every bite of Munchies’ beef lo mein is an adventure in taste and texture. Tender sliced beef and silky noodles are enhanced by colorful and flavorful sliced carrots, snap peas, zucchini and broccoli. Those ingredients are brought together by the addition of the succulent and subtle soy-based sauce which infuses the dish with delicate umami flavor.

Munchies stays steadily busy by offering its food through a convenient drive-thru, or by delivery, and offering dine in or carry out service, but the hardworking and friendly staff seem to delight in taking care of everyone who dines with them. They pride themselves on being the local neighborhood eatery. Comfortable seating arrangements can accommodate both small groups and large gatherings, where every detail has been thoughtfully crafted to allow anyone to find a sense of belonging.

2509 SW Third Ave.

Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.