St. Louis to Des Moines

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2017/03/28 18:00:07 (permalink)

St. Louis to Des Moines

...via US-61, MO-27/394, US-218, and IA-163.  Any notable dining establishments along the route?  And no, Wanderingjew, I won't be stopping for Dutch letters in Pella.
 
I might even leave St. Louis Wednesday evening instead of Thursday morning and spend the night in Bowling Green at the Vintage Inn.  Casey's pizza for dinner!
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/28 18:10:00 (permalink)
    Well if you won't stop for Dutch Letters, then how's about some Dutch Lettuce instead?
     

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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/28 18:17:19 (permalink)
    Lettuce?  Definitely not!
     
    Although if you liked that salad I wouldn't mind if you shared the name of the restaurant...
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/28 18:27:27 (permalink)
    The stretch of US-218 running through southeast Iowa takes you within spittin' distance of Jake & Walt's Fort Diner (Home of the Wallyburger, but better off with the Breaded Pork Tenderloin), in Fort Madison, IA.  Damn good BPTs served in a classic diner setting with a beautiful vista view of the Mississippi River and Old Madison Fort, right across the street.  Mrs. Roadhouse and I ate there a few years ago on a mini-roadtrip along the river.  Nice setting, good food.
     
    Be sure to steer clear of the fighting in Bowling Green, I hear it's a real Massacre.  Oops, wrong state.  You'll be fine.
     
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    The Fort Diner
    801 Ave. H
    Fort Madison, IA 52627
    (319) 372-1949
    post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2017/03/28 18:28:54
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/28 18:30:40 (permalink)
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    Lettuce?  Definitely not!
     
    Although if you liked that salad I wouldn't mind if you shared the name of the restaurant...




    That's easy enough
     
    it's the roadfood reviewed Coffee Cup Cafe in Sully IA
     
    Sure, they're known for their "dutch lettuce" but also serve a decent hot beef and a daily pie list that would make buffetbuster blush
     
     
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/28 19:09:54 (permalink)
    Thanks for the suggestions, gents.  To get to the Fort Diner it looks like I'd be better off staying on US-61 and heading into Fort Madison that way, and Sully looks to be east of Prairie City (home of Goldie's) via county highway.  I'll definitely keep these ideas in mind.
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/28 19:32:14 (permalink)
    For that matter, if you've got some meandering time, you might want to take Hwy. 79 north along the river to Hannibal.  It's mighty purdy when the road gets close enough to the water. which it frequently does.  Once you get to Hannibal, jump over to 61 the rest of the way north.
     
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/29 09:41:01 (permalink)
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    The stretch of US-218 running through southeast Iowa takes you within spittin' distance of Jake & Walt's Fort Diner (Home of the Wallyburger, but better off with the Breaded Pork Tenderloin), in Fort Madison, IA.  Damn good BPTs served in a classic diner setting with a beautiful vista view of the Mississippi River and Old Madison Fort, right across the street.  Mrs. Roadhouse and I ate there a few years ago on a mini-roadtrip along the river.  Nice setting, good food.
     
    Be sure to steer clear of the fighting in Bowling Green, I hear it's a real Massacre.  Oops, wrong state.  You'll be fine.
     
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    The Fort Diner
    801 Ave. H
    Fort Madison, IA 52627
    (319) 372-1949

    Interesting. Fort Madison was my Grandfather's last duty station on the Santa Fe. We've always fixed a wild rice casserole for Thanksgiving, recipe came from a little place there, but I'm not sure The Fort is it. I submitted it for our Thanksgiving PDF thread here from many years ago.
    I'll have to dig out my mother's recipe which has the name of the cafe.
    Cool.
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/29 13:52:58 (permalink)
    I'm pretty certain The Fort is not the source of that recipe.  It's just not the type of fare you'd find on their menu.
     
    OTOH, The Parthenon Family Steak House, right next door, might be a possibility.
     
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/29 14:18:00 (permalink)
    The recipe is from the 40's, so I thought it might be from a previous incarnation.
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/29 15:46:43 (permalink)
    In that case, maybe so.  It'd be interesting to find out.
     
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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/29 18:18:36 (permalink)
    61 passes literally right by the HQ of Sterzing's in Burlington!  Not sure if they do tours or anything, but it might be fun to stop by.
     

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    Re: St. Louis to Des Moines 2017/03/30 07:54:56 (permalink)
    Unfortunately a trip all the way into Burlington represents a pretty large detour so I don't know how likely it'd be.  However, if they sold bags of "factory seconds" to the public the idea of stopping would become more interesting!
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