When my father and mother in-law passed at 91 years old, my wife and I were tasked with managing the estate. Jack and Joy were old school farmers that grew up during the depression. Jack would serve on an LST in the Mediterranean theater for 3 years straight. Sometimes the Landing Tank Ships were so closed to the Germans that they would get hit by Rommels 88s. The metal of the LST was so thin that the 88mm armor piercing round would go straight through the hull without detonating. Jack, stated that all he heard was a “tink tink” as the projectile penetrated and then exited the ships hull. Jack was a diesel engine mechanic, and kept the LST moving. He would be stuck on a ship for over three years in constant combat conditions. He would then go another 70 years with the symptoms of PTSD and mood disorder. However, Jack was a proud conservative and never asked for a handout from anyone. He would go on to be a successful farmer and till the land. He would move to Pahrump after he quit farming at 66 and move to Pahrump. Nevada. The only reason why he moved there was because they grew cotton in Pahrump at one time. He also could not abide the taxation in Arizona.
Anyways, Diane and I have been coming to Pahrump for 26 years now. We never went out to eat when we were here because being creatures of the great depression, Jack and Joy liked to eat at home. Of course, we were treated to jack’s mesquite cooked steaks, so we tolerated the menu.
Today, Pahrump has copious eateries. Because of the economies of scale, the prices are quite cheap. In some cases when compared to Seattle, Pahrump dinner prices are half the cost. In some cases, the menu items are twice as good as well.
Diane and I tried several restaurants. I would rather support an establishment that exists solely on their cooking and not gambling. Many casinos offer cheap food, but one has to turn down the gambling aspect or the $6.99 prime rib special becomes $106.99. Moreover, it is hard to abide the stench of cigarettes in a restaurant when one is trying to eat.
So, after trying out several gringo restaurants and several Mexican establishments, my wife and I settled on Johnny’s. The atmosphere was positive. It was clean. The food is really good, and the waiters are punctual, make eye contact, and understand the concept of Nevada hospitality, hence, the freshness and quality of Johnny’s food is rivaled by only the establishment’s positive and nourishing employees. My hat is off to the fella that runs Johnny’s. He understands the benefits of both quality food and quality service.
Johnny’s is Hispanic owned, and they specialize in authentic Hispanic dishes, however, one can have a salad instead of rice and beans. They also have a very good American style menu. As far as breakfast, it doesn’t get any better. In Seattle, a chicken salad of Johnny’s quality would easily eclipse $15.00. In Pahrump, Johnny’s gives away a wonderful Chicken salad entree for $6.99.
The Johnny’s experience is quite satisfying. It is also satisfying to tip the service staff with 25% or more.
Johnny’s 1440 NV-372, Pahrump, NV 89048