This was a rather unique Glee Club Meeting
, to be sure. Small would be the wrong word...perhaps Intimate
would be a better descriptor. It felt like a family dinner more than a group thing. While the jockeying of the multitude was missing, the ability to talk across the table to folks as if we were at home was a good experience for sure, and meeting Dan and Boyd
for the first time was a pleasant experience for both Janet and me.
We left home at 4 AM (EST) Friday morning, taking a couple of stretch breaks along the way...one in Cairo (Kay-ro) IL, where we photographed "Shemwell's BBQ
" A place recommended to us several years ago, that we tried ONE time, and never forgave the RF'er who sent us to that paticular location. No details to share now as it has been several years, but we did finally capture a photo of the outside and the term "disaster" would come close to our experience there.... Then on to our planned lunch stop in Sikeston, MO. at LAMBERTs CAFE. Lamberts
is well known as the home of the "Throwed Rolls".
Servers toss the warm dinner rolls across the dining room to patrons as a gimmick that apparently draws folks in to participate. At least that's what we thought til we got there... In reality the food at Lamberts is way above average. My CFS
was tender and grease free The sides of cucumber salad and okra were very good, they passed out 'freebies (pass-arounds) of fried potatoes, black-eyed peas, rolls, sorgum and apple butter, and other tasty items. Janet had a plate of Chicken Livers, again lightly breaded and grease-free. A lot of them, as I tried a couple and she saved some for Demi in a Doggie Bag.
We stopped at Lamberts
again on the way home and did the camera work then, so hold on, waiting for photos. I will endorse them saying we had always considered the place to be all hype and not quality food ...and I was Wrong
. The food is worth going out of your way for...and if you are traveling I-55 or 57 or US 60 anywhere near the Confluence of the OHIO and MISSISSIPPI RIVERS, you need to seriously consider a stop in Sikeston, MO !!!
Now the BONUS POINTS in SIKESTON, MO
. Right next door to Lamberts Cafe
, I mean parking lots touching each other, is a FRIED PIE SHOP and Gas Station
that is absolutely amazing. It is loosely connected to the original Pie Shop in Oklahoma that is known as the home of the "Original OK Fried Pie".
At any rate they make the pies to order , right in front of you. Check the menu sign for the varieties. They are larger and contain much more fruit than 'other' fried pies we have tried from that area. More on this later, but the place is open 7 days a week and takes phone orders to have ready when you use their drive thru window if that suits your fancy. Just so you know we bought roughly 2 dozen of the pies and many have already passed the taste test. Sikeston, Mo
has received a big PLUS on my places to stop list.
W e made it to Little Rock, checked into the La Quinta Inn and after unloading, reboarded the truck and headed for Hot Springs. Traffic was commuter-heavy at 6PM and I was un-familiar with the roads, so we relied on the gps that did a fair job of getting us there..and arrived at Stubby's BBQ right on time.
The group gathered around what turned into the family dinner table, with all of us, Dale, Dan, Boyd, Mike, Lynn, Janet, and Myself, swapping stories and enjoying the good parts of the BBQ (the Ribs were quite good) and remarking that some of the sides were rather 'routine' (potato-salad). It might have been a less-than-peak-evening for Stubby's for it seems that we have read some super reviews in the past, and this evening the food did not live up to that level. Back to the motel for some rest...we skipped breakfast, I'll ask Lynn to report on her Pancake treats...
For lunch we had agreed to take Dale's suggestion of "Mr Whisker's" , a Catfish house with various other choices for those not fond of "Fiddlers" . It is located in a strip mall a few blocks from Stubby's. You order from the menu board and they bring it out to you. Prices were quite reasonable we thought.
My choice was the Catfish Oyster and Shrimp combo plate. 4 large pieces of each, with FF and slaw. A really fine lunch. Janet had her Catfish broiled and they did a nice job with it also.
Saturday evenng we met at Doe's Eat Place
in Little Roack. Boyd had to return to Dallas, so we were reduced to a 'family' of 6, which made seating on a busy Valentine's evening much easier for the Doe's staff. We enjoyed a long evening of conversation and the usual excellent dinners. Little Rock is apparently a place where early dining is the custom, as by a little after 8:30 PM we pretty much had the dining room to ourselves, and by 9PM we we alone. All in all it was a very good evening. We love the Porterhouse and Garlic Shrimp and Texas Toast combonation
that makes a Doe's Dinner special, at the three stores we have visited so far, Little Rock, Greenville, and Paducah...They all serve quality Beef !
Sunday morning we reversed our route to return home...stopping again at Lamberts Cafe to double Check our original evaluation...this time the place was crowded with folks, but the staff still kept things moving and the food was as good as the previous visit. We had called an order in to the Fried Pie Shop earlier, so when we left Lamberts Janet went in and picked up our take home order of Lemon, Blackberry, Cherry, Apricot, Pecan, and Peach pies. It was a long, uneventful ride home, but the gas was still under $2.00 a gallon in Corydon, IN when we got there to fill-up just before arriving home at about 7pm last night. Now let's get our photos posted...
Photos coming folks editing takes this old guy time..
OK I will attempt to add a group edit of photos here with captions added in between them, after they get posted. Using the RF Insider for graphics is a bit more complicated than I used to use, but it seems to work... Patience, please.
Dan took the Group Photo at Stubbys-- Lynn, Mike Janet, Mayor, WJ, and Boyd.
Pleasant group to share dinner with.
Dan , with a tray full of Stubby's BBQ Sandwich and side dishes
The RF version of saying Grace..always involves blessing the food with a camera !!!
WJ shared his BBQ Potato and Ribs
Mike said the Beef and Ham were excellent, but the side dishes were average at best.
Boyd, Lynn, and Mike. Boyd joined us coming up from Dallas.
Saturday- My Catfish, Oyster- & Shrimp plate from Mr Whiskers.
A good combo plate for me
Janet had broiled Catfish with Black Beans. She sid the Fish was great and the Black Beans weren't !!
Lynn liked her Fish and Srimp Combo plate and the Hush Puppies were fresh and hot too.
Dan and Boyd enjoyed their fish also
A couple of orders of Bread Pudding were passed around for tasting by all who wanted to sample it.
Like all the Doe's Stores, they pride themselves on being located in a seedy neighborhood.
The Little Rook restaurant is no different. Dumpy and run down is a fair description..but the Steaks remain outstanding.
Mike enjoyed a before-dinner Martini
while Dan and WJ study the menu.
Mike shared his sampler plate of Delta Tamles
We did not share our Garlic Shrimp...hehehehe Boy were they good...
Lynn went for the 8oz Filet a very delicate cut... very tender meat.
Jan & I (and WJ and Dan had one also) enjoyed the 3 lb Porterhouse. I must admit
I had trouble telling the strip side from the filet side on this steak. Both sides were very tender and full-flavored.
The last few pieces went in a Doggie Bag,,but not for Deni. I enjoyed a Steak Sandwich Today.
Here's Demi's Treat for Saturday night..and when we told her about it....
This was her reaction.
So Janet held it for her to gnaw on for awhile.
Sunday Morning we stopped at Lamberts again on the way home
The place was pretty busy at noon on Sunday (after church crowd)
My Catfish with all their extras was very good- cucumbers,apples,fried potatoes, hush puppies and a lot of good fish
Janet hd CFS with Mushroom gravy, rolls w/apple butter, white beans/ham, greens,slaw, another fine lunch
Samples of the Fried Pies found next door to Lamberts
an out of sequence farewell to Lynn and Mike...
The Fried Pie Shop (and Gas Station, next to Lamberts Cafe
Place your order at the counter, or call it in ahead and pick it up here.
Prices are pretty reasonable.
Pies are made to order, but they do have some in the Bakers rack if you don't want to wait.
their info card
We brought home about 2 dozen pies, not counting several we 'tried for taste' on the way home. The Lemon is number one on my list...with Apricot right behind it. Janet likes the Apricot best..
OK thats a brief summary of our weekend. We had a good time , wished that more folks had turned out, but enjoyed the company of Dale, Mike and Lynn again...and Meeting Dan and Boyd was great, I hope our paths will cross again soon.
post edited by mayor al - 2015/02/16 19:27:38