When it comes to dominance in Amarillo, Texas, you have to hand it to Toot'n Totum. The old joke is that you can find one on almost every street corner and that there are more of them than anything else in town. They are everywhere, and every so often it seems like a whole swarm of new ones spring up in town. Is there anything that outdoes Toot'n Totum in Yellow City?

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Previous Challengers To Toot'n Totums Grasp On The City

We've looked previously at two things that might outdo Toot'n Totum when it comes to the amount of real estate they take up in Amarillo, Texas. Most recently, we looked at vape shops. It was close, but Toot'n Totum claimed the prize in that fight. Also, considering that you can purchase vape products in gas stations, it was almost like they were playing both sides.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

The only thing we've found so far that outdoes Toot'n Totum is churches. We looked at the number of congregations, regardless of religious affiliation, and found a staggering number of churches in the area. Let's just say this; no one is bigger in Amarillo, Texas than "The Man Upstairs".

Our curiosity knows no bounds though, dear reader, and so we are left with more weird hypothetical battles for Amarillo, Texas involving our most prolific purveyor of "petrol".

Are There More Coffee Shops or Toot'n Totums In Amarillo, Texas?

I asked this question on the air during "Charlie & Melissa In The Morning" and a short time later, a listener sent in the results of some quick counting he'd done. Abe, you're a saint for saving me time digging into this ridiculous question. You're a real gentleman and a scholar.

According to "The Tally According To Abe" (which is what we will be officially calling it) there are:

  • 13 - Starbucks
  • 2 - Scooters
  • 4 - Dutch Bros
  • 5 - Roasters
  • 3 - Palace
  • 2 - Cliffside
  • 1 - Yellow City Grind
  • 1 - 7 Brew
  • 1 - Strata Coffee Bar

To this list, I'm adding:

  • The 806
  • Cafe Moonwater
  • Coffee Fixx
  • Whichever ones we've missed

If my math holds out, that's roughly 35 coffee shops in Amarillo. There's no doubt in my mind that few have been left out. The tricky part about coffee shops is that they're everywhere. Just when you thought you knew where they all were, more spring up on you. Coffee shops and Toot'n Totums have this in common; they reproduce at an alarming rate.

Does Amarillo, Texas Have More Toot'n Totums Than Coffee Shops?

Going to the Toot'n Totum website and trying my best to count the little logos scattered across the city, I came up with roughly 45 Toot'n Totum locations. That's trying to stay strictly within the city limits. Honestly, there's such an insane number of Toot'n Totums that it's going to be hard to find anything that can claim as many locations in Amarillo.

So, congrats to Toot'n Totum. You win this round.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

Google Answers the Top 10 Questions About Amarillo

I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.

Recently, I found myself wondering about something and went to Google. And that's when I started noticing the "people also asked..." section and BOY...Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.

So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

Amarillo Landmarks: Negative Yelp Reviews

Yelp can be a strange and angry place. That's what I found out recently when I decided to sort the reviews by "lowest rating" first.

I was okay with the people upset over bad service and what not. But I came across a few reviews that, for lack of a better word, left me speechless in their scathing negative reviews on some of Amarillo's most iconic places. Prepare your self for plenty of head shaking and "I dunno" shrugs.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

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