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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/05 18:08:03 (permalink)
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL food!  And I love the pic of you with Miss Myra. 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/06 12:19:04 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/05/07 05:48:51
          Saturday 4/22/17
 
I enjoyed Day #3 immensely.  I offered to drive, but CTD told us he is an excellent driver, definitely.  City Market was a great start.  The Italian Antipasti we assembled at Carollo's was the perfect breakfast. (Note to self, nagle & Wawa Mama(John & Jen)have no problem popping a few corks at 9 AM)
 
And then, time stood still for a moment.

 
Next stop Cascone's Grill.  My sandwich:
"THE BIG SAM" SANDWICH
(Named for SAM CASCONE, Our Father)
Italian Sausage, egg, cheese and hash browns on Italian Toast                             7.25


 
Good.....but, Pittston Italian Style would have included fried onions, hot peppers and maybe some sauce and pecorino romano. :)  Didn't care for the Italian beef, basically a breaded cutlet.  In KC, the Q is good enough, leave the Italian to us East Coasters. :)
 
Next stop Danny Edwards BBQ.  No comment......well, maybe one.....Danny's a Dick!
 
But, there was some schmoozing going on in the parking lot.

At this point, everybody was wishing they would get a room already!!! 
Especially CTD!

 
 
I was counting calories  so I passed on the Bichelmeyer's/El Pollo Rey Combo.  And all the offerings at The Lunch Box came laced with Kryponite(mayo).  That's alright, the next stop was calling my name.
 
LC's BBQ is everything I was hoping for.  Really cool place with great food.

 
The burnt ends and brisket were melt in your mouth good, smothered in a delicious sauce.  Some people were tempted to order no sauce, but received guidance from Buddy, "get the sauce so you can enjoy sopping it up with the bread".  Good call Buddy.

 
I gave LC's the award for best ribs.  They were perfect in every way.
 
 
I think LC's was my favorite stop, really cool place, really cool people.  But, nuttin is as cool as WanderingJew sporting Foster Grants in front of LC's smoker cool!!!

 
That closes out the day for me.  I did some serious damage at LC's.  While CTD napped, I strolled around a nearby garden center. 
 
This near perfect day was not without controversy though.  As you know, CTD puts together a mean spreadsheet, but, Buddy also has a well thought out itinerary.  So there I was, minding my own business, reading Buddy's itinerary....when all of a sudden CTD asks what I'm doing!!!  I gave him the itinerary.....he became very animated.



 
We may have to schedule a Spreadsheet/Itinerary Detente! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/06 12:54:55 (permalink)
I thought mustard was your Kryptonite. Or did you just not want to share the grilled salami sandwich with me?
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/06 13:41:34 (permalink)
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I thought mustard was your Kryptonite. Or did you just not want to share the grilled salami sandwich with me?


Yellow mustard. :)


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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/06 15:53:37 (permalink)
I'm pretty much anti-yellow mustard. Although the resident Pittsburgher has to have her Heinz yellow stuff in the refrigerator. I try not to see it.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 00:31:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2017/05/07 09:19:36
Sunday, April 23rd con’t…
 
We departed Niecie’s Restaurant for a leisurely Sunday drive north on I-35 to the country.  Our destination….
 

 
…is the legendary Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor Restaurant
 

 
With a pastoral setting…
 

 
…on the banks of river….
 



 
…the inside is comprised of several rooms, all fully capable of letting the sun shine in!
 

 
Of course, there’s a bar…
 

 
…and finally, our dining room with the big table in the foreground set for us.
 

 
This record Bluegill, caught by guide and fisherman extraordinaire Michael Hoffman, still decorates one of the many archways. 
 

 
I loved the view from our dining room.  So serene, perfect for a leisurely Sunday meal! 
 
 
 
Lots of history here…
 

 
…and several options along with the fried chicken.
 

 
Unfortunately, there is no pre-screening process for diners…they let anybody in!
 

 
As soon as Joe spotted the gizzards on the menu, he was all in.  I talked him down from the ledge and he relented and went with a half order for $5.95! 
 

 
As for numbers, Danny posts more pictures then he consumes gizzards and at the end of the Gizzard Smackdown, the plate was still 90% filled.  Even the Smackdown King himself artfully dodged these fine gizzards...but not the salad which he is artfully photographing for his trip report.
 

 
All meals are accompanied by your choice of salad or soup.  The soup option is, Chicken Noodle of course, and it’s a very good rendition.  Loaded with chicken in a savory broth, the noodles were so soft and delicate.  One or two non-conformists choose the salad….
 



 
Most of the group went with fried chicken and we were brought two humongous platters. 
 

 
Family style (all you can eat) sides included mashed potatoes…
 

 
…cottage fries which were awesome with gravy ladled on…
 

 
…green beans and some of the best cream gravy I’ve ever had!!!  Rumor has it that chicken skin cracklins are added in.  I poured it on everything. 
 

 
Chris and I went a different direction with Chris ordering his go to, Chicken Fried Steak while I went with Chicken Fried Chicken.  Both were hubcap sized servings and we quickly exchanged hunks so we could do a little comparison.  It was a tie as Chris preferred the CFS, I took the CFC and Ralph tried them both and wasn’t overly impressed with either.  You can appreciate the rich, thick and creamy texture of the gravy from this photo.  We went through bowls of it! 
 

 
Shocked to find CFS and CFC on the same table as fried chicken, Dale and Danny express their outrage before a calmer Joe Rogo proclaims them both to be Regionally Appropriate!  Thanks Joe!
 

 
When I was told there would be cinnamon rolls, I thought to myself, these might be an afterthought.  BIG MISTAKE!  Our waitress apologized on the 30 second delay for our baskets to arrive saying new trays had just popped out of the oven.  These cinnamon rolls, distributed in over stuffed baskets are incredible.  I took one to be polite and knife & forked into it. 
 
After a 2nd dive into the pool, I recognized greatness and before I knew it, there were four gone!  These are not light, not heavy either, but they are loaded with cinnamon, sugar and butter.  The process works like this.  Take one roll from a basket, get an entire new basket.  There were hot cinnamon rolls everywhere.  A few minutes later, our server brought several different sizes of to go packaging and I grabbed a few for the microwave the next day. As we pushed back from the table totally stuffed, we slowly got up to say our good byes and bring the crawl to an end. 
 
We’ve had a lot of fun over the years and been joined by some mighty fine folks along the way.  We appreciate the efforts of Glee Club that kicked off many of these gatherings perhaps 15 years ago, particularly those no longer with us - Mayor Al, Bushie, Poverty Pete and Padre Rick and one who still joins us on occasion, Sundancer!  Thank you to everyone that went out of their way to attend and join in the friendship and comradery.
 

 
We departed Stroud’s and headed north up I-35 to the Kansas-Missouri Expressway, U.S. 36.  This was both the shortest of the three routes home at just under 490 miles but also to me, the most scenic.  We crossed into Illinois near Hannibal MO and had we not been so tired and full, we might have stopped to enjoy a bit of Twain-ian culture. 
 
Gas north of Springfield allowed us to carefully avoid contact with said town and continue from I-72 to I-55 and right into Chicagoland.  As we exited the interstate we were happy to see that including our one stop, we had averaged 75+ for the trip.
 
Time for a reward!  Once we were safely within the boundaries of my town, I pulled into a small parking lot and we disembarked. 
 

 
Tasty Treat is my local ice cream parlor and serves up huge portions at below market pricing.  Here’s two scoops each of rum raisin and pistachio for a total of 4 scoops for $1.90 or $2.07 with tax! 
 
Once again, many thanks to Chris and Jeff for all their efforts organizing another, in a great string of Roadfood Meet-Ups, as well as everyone that traveled from near and far to participate.  Can’t wait to do it again! 
 
The End! 
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 05:56:38 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/05/07 08:02:47
Dayum joerogo,
 
Your camera makes me and wanderingjew look fantastic. You can be The Contingent's Official Photographer anytime (we'll send that guy with the film back to Iowa).
 
Speaking of photos (for anyone who missed it), from the It's a Small World After All Department, here is proof.
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 08:00:55 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Big_g 2017/05/11 14:07:42
Danny15BearsWinsIn15Years,
 
Where's the 2018 thread?
 
I heard a rumor of Cleveland, but the Bono de Cortado por Sienpre requires that I vote for St. Louis if that is el Rey del Cafe's choice.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 08:02:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/07 08:55:30
I still can't believe it!  A room full of RFer's and no takers on the gizzards?  And they was some mighty fine gizzards! :)
 
Just seeing those cinnamon rolls is enough to make me start looking at airfare.  They were unlike anything I ever had, I tip my hat to CTD for eating four.  I had two and was done for the day!  Stroud's is another famous restaurant that lived up to their reputation.  In the case of the cinnamon rolls, they exceeded it!
 
Great trip report CTD!  Can't wait for the next venture.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 08:40:56 (permalink)
Great trip report!  I always enjoy these.  It's just like being there.  It also gives me a chance to make notes for my own future trips.  I'm sure others do the same, knowing how well they are researched in advance.
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 08:43:58 (permalink)
I keep forgetting how slim/svelte/ slender I've become ! 
 
Since piebears15 didn't complete the trip report as promised, then kudos to  CTD, SchlotzJoe Rogo, buddy and JRP for  taking over. Once again, even though it's a Sunday, I have to head into work... (the new normal for me) I'll try to add some photos tonight. 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 08:54:51 (permalink)
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Dayum joerogo,
 
Your camera makes me and wanderingjew look fantastic. You can be The Contingent's Official Photographer anytime (we'll send that guy with the film back to Iowa).
 
Speaking of photos (for anyone who missed it), from the It's a Small World After All Department, here is proof.
 
Jim




You and Dale have incredible voices...please record more!  Maybe a Roadfood theme song!  
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 08:56:37 (permalink)
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I keep forgetting how slim/svelte/ slender I've become ! 
 
Since piebears15 didn't complete the trip report as promised, then kudos to  CTD, SchlotzJoe Rogo, buddy and JRP for  taking over. Once again, even though it's a Sunday, I have to head into work... (the new normal for me) I'll try to add some photos tonight. 




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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 09:25:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/05/07 09:29:51
Joe-I would have been all over those gizzards with you!!
This has been an excellent report to follow along with-the food and the apparent camaraderie among all.
Epic trip tp say the least!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 09:32:45 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Big_g 2017/05/11 14:09:51
Side Note:  Had forgotten an old friend had relocated to KC some years ago.  He was reading through his morning paper and came upon our article and photo.  After clicking his heels three times, he realized he wasn't in OZ any more and sent me a copy along with a note.  Pretty cool stuff!  
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 09:35:54 (permalink)
And then, time stood still for a moment.

 
 
The symbolism of the giant phallic symbol between your heads is not lost on any of us... 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 10:00:15 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/07 10:39:22
CTD - La Banda de Cortado will hunt you down.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 11:14:19 (permalink)
Truly a glorious report, all of you. Thanks so much for your efforts and for taking us all with you!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 11:22:36 (permalink)
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this report!  Great pictures, great food, great comradery.  That's what Roadfood is all about! 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 11:22:40 (permalink)
I must have missed something. Could you explain the comments about Springfield, Illinois? It seems to be a running gag but I guess I missed it and I'd like to be in on the joke. Thanks!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 12:05:47 (permalink)
ChiTownDiner,
 
Wonderful report. But you need to stop hating on Mr. Rogo. He's a nice older fellow, even if he is from somewhere in Pennsylvania where ugly shirts are required. Really, though, it's a great report and I want to thank everyone who contributed to it. I sure wish we could have made it. But listen, next year's Gahanna crawl will be equally amazing and everyone will really enjoy watching Buddy down three Beanie Burgers at the famed Gahanna Grill.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 12:36:34 (permalink)
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Mr. Rogo is my hero!  Anyone that can order that many gizzards and finish two is wonderful human being!  Congratulations once again on that fish catch mounted so magnificently! 
 
mlm
 
Springfield to me is a tired, run down old city not worthy of visiting with food stops that are (for the most part) easily forgotten.  Buddy and his new co-pilot Danny (ChiBears15) hold Springfield lovingly in their hearts and would love to one day (sooner than later I believe) host a get together there.  And that's why menus have several different sections...
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 18:47:00 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/07 19:12:59
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Thank you, but that was just my Missouri-record bluegill. You should see my Alabama-record bluegill. It was lots bigger. In fact, the taxidermist had to make a Fiberglas body for the mount. Oh, and it fed 250 people at the state records banquet that year.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 19:07:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/07 19:13:16
Mr Rogo?  I'm expecting a bullet in the back of the head!
 
I just remembered, that was a combo platter, half gizzard and half livers.  But, I guess you would have to TRY THEM to know that!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/07 20:51:13 (permalink)
I've been ignoring this thread because I'm just, well I'm Jealous!
 
What a great gathering of hungry people!  Wonderful pictures!
 
I'm still jealous.
 
Fabulous report!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/08 08:08:08 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2017/05/08 16:00:01
Thanks for the great reports, everybody!  It's obvious that Buddy and CNW did a fine job putting this event together, which makes me confident that the 2018 Crawl in Springfield, IL will be just as good.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/08 08:29:40 (permalink)
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Thank you, but that was just my Missouri-record bluegill. You should see my Alabama-record bluegill. It was lots bigger. In fact, the taxidermist had to make a Fiberglas body for the mount. Oh, and it fed 250 people at the state records banquet that year.




It was also very nice of Lisa to bring you a cold one and then clean the record catch! Very supportive!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/08 10:03:55 (permalink)
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Thank you, but that was just my Missouri-record bluegill. You should see my Alabama-record bluegill. It was lots bigger. In fact, the taxidermist had to make a Fiberglas body for the mount. Oh, and it fed 250 people at the state records banquet that year.




It was also very nice of Lisa to bring you a cold one and then clean the record catch! Very supportive!


Wait a minute! Wait a minute! The cold one, yes. But I filleted and skinned that record bluegill all by myself. She did cook it, though. And all 250 people said it was the best bluegill they'd ever tasted.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/08 11:00:05 (permalink)
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Thank you, but that was just my Missouri-record bluegill. You should see my Alabama-record bluegill. It was lots bigger. In fact, the taxidermist had to make a Fiberglas body for the mount. Oh, and it fed 250 people at the state records banquet that year.




It was also very nice of Lisa to bring you a cold one and then clean the record catch! Very supportive!


Wait a minute! Wait a minute! The cold one, yes. But I filleted and skinned that record bluegill all by myself. She did cook it, though. And all 250 people said it was the best bluegill they'd ever tasted.


Don't be fooled.  I did ALL the work.  As usual!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/08 11:56:48 (permalink)
Watch it Michael, I know for a fact that Lisa has "knife skills."
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