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When I was a teenager, I asked a local restaurant owner, Don from The Wagon Wheel, in Goldthwaite, Tx,  if I could work for him in his kitchen as a cook. He hired me on the spot and after a week of painting the pantry shelves, I started my training as a prep cook.  One day, he showed me the lettuce heads in the cooler and asked me to cut and shred all of them. I did what he asked and when finished, he looked at me and said, “We are going to have to sell a lot of cole slaw this week since you grabbed cabbage heads instead of lettuce heads and chopped them.” I learned the difference between lettuce and cabbage that day and started dreaming about one day having my own restaurant..

It took me 27 years after working for Don to make my dream come true.  After high school, I received a master’s degree in software engineering and become a computer programmer for 25 years. After 25 years of programming computers, I prayed to God to give me a different book in my life and he helped me create The Flipping Egg.


Since opening, I have met wonderful, awesome people in my life who have shown me the positive and negatives of owning a business. But most of all, I have learned that praying to God is essential and has allowed me to bring the right employees into my business, in which I have the best team that works here.  I have been blessed tremendously by God, my family, my friends, and my employees.


We take pride in our food by making most of our items when they are ordered and  using the freshest ingredients we can purchase. Most of these items are my own recipe.


If you noticed the pictures in the waiting room, those are my relatives that lived in the Scranton and Cisco area in the early 1900s. The painted picture of the barn is Lyndon B. Johnson’s barn at his ranch and is painted by my mother, who is a professional artist.

What does the future hold? Hopefully our new restaurant Flapjack & Egg will open in north Abilene and we start franchising it around the states.  

Thank you for visiting The Flipping Egg.


Chef Charles Youts became our Executive Chef and General Manager in January 2023 coming from Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth, Tx.  He graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas in 2001 with a degree in culinary arts.

Charles grew up not far from Abilene, Tx in the small town of Grape Creek. He loved the outdoors and hands-on cooking 
since he was very young and began competing in chuck-wagon cookouts and other cooking competitions.

Charles has a passion for catering. With years of experience in the food industry, he has honed his skills and developed a flair for creating delectable dishes that not only taste amazing but look stunning as well.

Not only does Charles cater large events, he also has a passion to be a private chef in your home. Whether it's an intimate dinner party or a larger gathering at your home, Charles' dishes are always a hit with his clients and their guests. From delicate hors d'oeuvres to hearty main courses and rich desserts, his creations are full of flavor and presented with a touch of elegance that adds a special touch to every occasion.

When Charles is not at work, he is busy with being a Texas Master Gardener.  He is enjoys the spring when he plants herbs and vegetables and participates in Taylor County Master Gardner in Abilene.

In January 2023, The Flipping Egg introduced our catering company, Triple Tier Catering, and Melissa Youts became our Events Coordinator coming from Cheesecake Factory in Fort Worth, Tx and is the wife of Chef Charles.  Melissa is known for her warm and friendly demeanor and loves to interact with all our clients and their guests, sharing stories about our chef's dishes and providing a personalized touch that makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

Her passion is helping her clients by being equipped with the necessary tools and possesses the knowledge and skills to carry out all details while being organized for your special event, so that you do not have to worry about the elegant food and/or hors d'oeuvres for your guests. She believes each client needs to enjoy their special day with each other and their guests and leave the work to our team.

Along with helping wedding clients, Melissa loves to help coordinate your personal or work catering  and pays attention to details with flawless execution. Her dishes are always beautifully presented, with a touch of elegance and sophistication that makes them stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to catering, she is a true professional, handling everything from menu planning to execution with finesse and grace. Her passion for and dedication to her craft shine through in every dish she presents, making Triple Tier Catering the go-to caterer for any event that demands excellence in both flavor and presentation.

Check out Triple Tier Catering 

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