Memories of Ede’s Knippa cafe still linger

“The specialty at Ede’s Cafe was Mexican food, with chalupas being the most popular item. They were different from most chalupas in that they were shaped in the form of a cup instead of being flat. The enchiladas were made with homemade chili.” Donna Ede Jones of Knippa was only four when her grandfather Kamel “Ed” Ede died in 1958, but family members continued the tradition of great Mexican food for another 35 years in Knippa. Those chalupas are still talked about today.

Bobby Kramer, who grew up in Knippa and now lives in Uvalde, recalls the very day that Mr. Ede’s cook Jovita Johnson came up with the idea for those unique chalupas. “My friends and I were sitting there in the cafe when Jovita came running out of the kitchen chasing Mr. Ede with a butcher knife. We thought she was going to kill him, but Jovita was upset with him because he said something to her while she was experimenting with the new creation. Jovita made those cup-shaped chalupas by pressing them down into the oil with the end a wooden rolling pin which had the handle removed. They were a hit!”


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