Monday, September 28, 2009

Trip to Missouri

Back from a little R & R.
Our first stop on our journey was to Sikeston, MO. We wanted to arrive there at dinner time to eat at Lambert's Cafe. If you have never heard of this crazy, funny, great food restaurant--you will have to research it. It's been around since 1942. They have two locations in MO and one in Foley, AL. The web site is on the sign below.
As odd as it may sound, they throw the wonderful, hot rolls at you. It is an unusual dining experience, yet one of the funniest and best ones we've ever had.
It's so busy, we were told it would be a 2 hour wait. No problem, we checked into our hotel and did a little shopping. Jim is handing us our number in the wait line.

WE came back just as the number ahead of us was being called over the loud speaker outside--150---We couldn't believe our ears, as we were 151. We hustled in just in time.
As I was walking to our table a roll was thrown my way. You can see me catching it in the left corner of pic.
They toss them clear across the room. They are wearing food service gloves, of course. Yes, a few do hit the floor, but surprisingly most people catch them.

It's one hopping place.

They have so many workers doing so many different tasks.
Oh, look there goes another roll in mid air.

This is the little cart that travels up and down the isles.

Here's the four of us stuffing ourselves with all the down home cooking! They bring super-sized mugs and you never need a refill.

The large yeast rolls are out of this world!

Look at the size of this girl's salad and that slab of ribs on her mother's plate. The meals are so large they are hard for one person to consume. We gave it a good shot though. lol You could have rolled us out of there, we were so stuffed.

There is a waiter with sorghum going around at all times to drizzle on your rolls or you can have honey or jelly.

They also came around with "free sides", such as fried potatoes, okra, macaroni and black -eyed peas. They dish them out of the pans they were just cooked in.
I had a picture of them doing it but it was out of sequence when I downloaded -and as you know we can't move the pics anymore.
They use old appliances as part of the decor.

Outside is this Amish buggy.

Well, our next stop is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, where all the Little House on the Prairie books were written. It was a highlight of the trip for me. I still watch the reruns.
We made these stops as we headed to Branson . I'll post them in the near future.
Hope your week is off to a great start!



It was so exciting reading your post about the "Thrown Rolls Restuarant.'
I live only about 60 miles from there and have eaten there a few times.. At the time we ate there, we were living in Michigan and a friend and I were traveling to Heber Springs, Ar. and we stopped there because of the novelty of the place and they do have good " home cookin'".
We have since retired and moved back to our Missouri Roots and my husband has since passed away.. so I don't travel as much as we used to.. but it was so nice that you had a chance to visit this " strange but wonderful fun" place.
Thanks for the memory.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I have heard of this restaurant before. Another friend of mine has gone and mentioned the crazy flying rolls! Your pictures are really nice!

I would have loved to visit Laura Ingalls home where she wrote the books! Loved the books and the TV show.

Sounds like you had another great trip!!!

Nancy said...

Hi Rose, What a fun place..and WOW that salad is big enough for 2 or 3 people! Can't wait to see the Laura Ingles Wilder house! I love that show too and always have!

Hope you have a great day! Nancy

ceekay said...

Looks like fun! Love the old refrigerator....

Dawn said...

I've heard of the "throwed rolls" before - what a fun place! I can't imagine the calorie consumption, but it sounds so yummy!

Dawn said...

PS - my husband graduated from high school in Pepin, Wisconsin, where Little House in the Big Woods took place.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Looks like so much fun! Good looking food too! I would love to go there!


Kathy said...

We have some old friends who live in Sikeston and we've heard about Lambert's. I loved seeing it in your pictures and hearing your first hand experience. Lambert's looks like a fun place to visit! I want to stop back by to read about your stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. Our family has always loved the TV series - we all still watch it too! Our daughter has all the seasons on DVD. What a fun and interesting post, Ro! Have a perfect week...Kathy

Heather said...

what an awesome place to eat! how fun!