GARDEN RIDGE - Ryan and Hidee Cummings are living proof everything happens for a reason.
Perhaps, they didn't see it during their journey but it's clear each step and every job harvested itself as their restaurant: Wraptitude.
"Wraps with an attitude is what it is," Cummings explained.
The husband and father of three said he had the name long before the menu and the restaurant. Now, he has two locations with the original eatery near Mt. Hood, Oregon and the second location opened in November of 2016 in Garden Ridge, Texas.
"We just really love the community," Cummings said. "And like feeding people something they will remember."
Cummings is a former construction worker and contractor with Texas roots who built homes for the affluent in Oregon. He also helped open a restaurant as a teenager. His wife was a waitress for Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co in Hawaii and that's where the two met. Hidee also worked for a resort in Oregon.
They conceived the idea for Wraptitude in 2007 Cumming said. The doors of the Welches, Oregon location opened in 2010.
The Cummings decided to move to Texas where Cummings said he wanted to raise his two children.
"A little less mountain a little more country," he said.
Cummings spotted a space in Garden Ridge that had been a small Mexican restaurant. It took some time but the couple got the place. Ryan started to renovate and expand the space from the ground up.
The result is a small comfortable, unpretentious and rustic venue. He used storm-ravaged wood to help make the location at 23210 FM 3009 special. The outside is open with a playground for children and a stage for live entertainment.
"My location in Oregon is on the way to Mt Hood. [Here] we're on the way to the Natural Bridge Caverns," Cummings pointed out. "We're also on the way to Canyon Lake."
The menu is filled with all natural grass fed burgers, hearty wraps, and salads.
"We really try to pick and choose every ingredient that goes into everything," Cummings said.
Feeling like a Philly? Order the Philly Cheesesteak wrap. Want tuna? Summon the waiter for a tuna wrap. Thinking burger? Then, grab their popular burger wrap.
"You know our burgers have been our claim to fame in Texas," he said.
They provided Neighborhood Eats with a sampler of the food starting with the Maverick burger. On a ciabatta bun, a half pound patty of beef, bacon, avocado, swiss cheese, and Hwy 26 sauce (Think Thousand Island Salad Dressing). ¡Qué Rico!
The same can be said about the Alamo Wrap. Basically, this is a taco in a wrap (ground beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, black beans, tortilla strips, chipotle spread and salsa). The tortilla can be garlic herb, flour, whole wheat, etc., Delicious!
Neighborhood Eats had the California Wrap too: Bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, house-made honey on a jalapeno cilantro tortilla. ¡Qué Rico!
Finally, they served up the rattlesnake burger. No real rattlers in this dish, at all. It's a bacon wrapped jalapeno pepper with chipotle cream cheese sauce sliced down the middle sitting on top of a beef patty and pepper jack cheese. They leave the stem of the jalapeno sticking out of the bun to depict a rattler's tail. The burger will bite back with a spicy kick. ¡Qué Rico!
Wraptitude is great off the beaten path find. It's a great place for those who want to grab a bite to eat going to the caverns or Canyon. Yep, they serve craft beer and Maine root soda (organically sweetened) too.
That's this week's edition of Neighborhood Eats. If you have a suggestion for Marvin send him an email (Mhurst@kens5.com), tweet (@Mhurstkens5) or post it on the KENS 5 Facebook page. #KENS5EATS