FOOD FOOD FOOD – Part 2: Barbecue Places and Diners on Less Beaten Paths

Arthur Bryant's - Kansas City Arthur Bryant’s – Kansas City[/caption] As I travel across these great United States (and Canada too) perhaps the most common sight along the way is Barbecue (BBQ) places and diners, big and small.  Following are a few of the places I have visited (or at least passed and wished I had time to stop in for a visit….). Hillbilly Hot Dogs – Lesage, WV [caption id="attachment_3361" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hillbilly Hot Dogs - Lesage, WV Hillbilly Hot Dogs – Lesage, WV[/caption] Ever eaten at a junk yard?  Ever had enough guts to do so?  Well, if you head north of Huntington, WV along the Ohio River to the small little village of Lesage you can do just that at Hillbilly Hot Dogs.  A junk collector’s dream and a neatnik’s nightmare! [caption id="attachment_3364" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hillbilly Hot Dogs long view Hillbilly Hot Dogs long view[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3363" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hillbilly Hot Dogs from the front Hillbilly Hot Dogs from the front[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3355" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Order Rite Cheer at Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, WV Order Rite Cheer at Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, WV[/caption] I really got quite a kick out of some of the wackiness here… [caption id="attachment_3359" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Yes, they do have a Website!! Yes, they do have a Website!![/caption]

And they have their own song “We Got the Weenies

[caption id="attachment_3356" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The Delivery Van - Hillbilly Hot Dogs The Delivery Van – Hillbilly Hot Dogs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3353" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Permanent Menu at Hillbilly Hot Dogs Permanent Menu at Hillbilly Hot Dogs[/caption] Like many offbeat roadside eateries, Hillbilly Hot Dogs has been featured on TV shows.  They have also been featured on the Travel Channel, the Food Network and others. Here is a short clip from Diner’s Dives and Drive-ins. Then, there is their famous BIG SIZE dog called the Homewrecker!! They also have a Big Bad Bubba Burger!! [caption id="attachment_3354" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The Homewrecker at Hillbilly Hot Dogs The Homewrecker at Hillbilly Hot Dogs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3360" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Don't Forget to Wipe (off your face) Don’t Forget to Wipe (off your face)[/caption] Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ – Kansas City, Kansas [caption id="attachment_3381" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Oklahoma Joe's BBQ - Kansas City, KS Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ – Kansas City, KS[/caption] Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas is a BBQ joint in a gas station.  I actually think the gas station takes second fiddle to the BBQ. Fortunately for us, we got there just before the rush.  By the time we got our food, the line was clear out the door.  Like many of the places on this post, Oklahoma Joe’s has been featured on TV shows including some on the Food Network and PBS. [caption id="attachment_3382" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Oklahoma Joe's Neon Oklahoma Joe’s Neon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3380" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The waiting line at Oklahoma Joe's The waiting line at Oklahoma Joe’s[/caption] I have discovered thru my travels that many BBQ places participate in competitions for best sauce, best BBQ, etc.  Oklahoma Joe’s is no exception.  In fact, that is how they got their start.  Owner Jeff Stehney began his career in BBQ by participating in Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competitions. In 1993 he and his partners (team Slaughterhouse Five) won eight grand championships. They did this with their Oklahoma Joe’s 24″ smoker.  In 1996 they opened their first shop in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Kansas City location opened in 1996.  They now have three locations in Kansas. [caption id="attachment_3383" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Daily Menu at Oklahoma Joe's Daily Menu at Oklahoma Joe’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3384" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Oklahoma Joe's T-shirt Oklahoma Joe’s T-shirt[/caption] But, of course, the best part….the BBQ!! [caption id="attachment_3385" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Oklahoma Joe's BBQ with all the fixins including jalapenos! Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ with all the fixins including jalapenos![/caption] Big Jud’s Country Diner – Archer, Idaho [caption id="attachment_3378" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Big Jud's Country Diner - Rexburg, Idaho Big Jud’s Country Diner – Archer, Idaho[/caption] Continuing the string of made famous by TV diners, I visited Big Jud’s in March 2013.  Located in Archer, Idaho, a small town outside of Rexburg, this “country diner” is rustic, but, the food isn’t!  I have never seen such HUGE burgers and portions anywhere!! [caption id="attachment_3377" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Home of the 1 LB Burger Home of the 1 LB Burger[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3376" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Big Burger Menu at Jud's Big Burger Menu at Jud’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3369" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Big Jud's 1 Lb Burger Big Jud’s 1 Lb Burger[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3370" align="aligncenter" width="225"]A REAL Mouthful at Judd's A REAL Mouthful at Judd’s[/caption] Like many places, they have their “Chow Down” contests.  Eat the big burger in a certain amount of time and you get a t-shirt, a photo on the board and even a free meal.  My friend Trevor Mortensen, from Rexburg, joined a team to try this… [caption id="attachment_3372" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Tried but failed.... Tried but failed….[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3368" align="aligncenter" width="225"]....but finished this one off ….but finished this one off[/caption] But check out what this other kid was having while we were there…. [caption id="attachment_3371" align="aligncenter" width="225"]The Big Jud The Big Jud[/caption] Hutch’s on the Beach – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [caption id="attachment_3394" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hutch's on the Beach - Hamilton, Ontario Hutch’s on the Beach – Hamilton, Ontario[/caption] Hutch’s on the Beach in Ontario is a classic 1950s style burger joint (actually, since 1946!).  This place is practically right out of American Graffiti (even though it is in Canada).  Black and white checkerboard floors, big fresh made burgers, great fries and shakes.  A juke box that played music from the 1950s…. [caption id="attachment_3395" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hutch's Menu board Hutch’s Menu board[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3393" align="aligncenter" width="300"]They have Fish and Chips too...it is in Canada mind you. They have Fish and Chips too…it is in Canada mind you.[/caption] I loved the nostalgia that Hutch’s brought me…. [caption id="attachment_3401" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Old Style Milk Machine Old Style Milk Machine[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3400" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Checkerboard Tile and Booths Checkerboard Tile and Booths[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3396" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Lots of stuff too Lots of stuff too[/caption] Of course, like any of these places, we came for the “real” food…burgers, fries and milk shakes made the old fashioned way. [caption id="attachment_3397" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Burgers and fries and goodies at Hutch's on the Beach Burgers and fries and goodies at Hutch’s on the Beach. Fries are home made too![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3399" align="aligncenter" width="239"]This is a REAL burger - not something like McD's production line burgers This is a REAL burger – not something like McD’s production line burgers[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3392" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hanging behind the counter with the Hutch's team - April 2008 Hanging behind the counter with the Hutch’s team – April 2008[/caption] Stewart’s Drive In – Russell’s Point, Ohio [caption id="attachment_3516" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Stewart's Drive In - Russells Point, Ohio Stewart’s Drive In – Russells Point, Ohio[/caption] Located in central Ohio, southeast of Lima, Russells Point, Ohio is a touristy destination with Indian Lake bordering it.  While driving to Indian Lake to see the sights, I came across the old fashioned drive in.  I had to stop for a drink and an ice cream cone.  What a pleasure!!  Had someone come to the car and everything! [caption id="attachment_3517" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Stewart's Drive In Stewart’s Drive In[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3519" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Bringing out the ice cream at Stewart's Bringing out the ice cream at Stewart’s[/caption] Snappy Lunch – Mt. Airy, North Carolina [caption id="attachment_3513" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Snappy Lunch - Mt. Airy, NC Snappy Lunch – Mt. Airy, NC[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3505" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Snappy Lunch - Mt. Airy, NC Snappy Lunch – Mt. Airy, NC[/caption] If you have ever watched the Andy Griffith show or Mayberry RFD, you would have heard about “The Snappy Lunch,” which was mentioned in Episode 007 of the Andy Griffith Show on November 14, 1960.  Andy Griffith actually ate there as a young boy growing up in Mt. Airy.   Opened in 1923, it is the oldest eating establishment in Mt. Airy and is famous for its Pork Chop Sandwiches. [caption id="attachment_3511" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Snappy Lunch Menu Snappy Lunch Menu[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3509" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Andy Griffith loved Snappy Lunch Andy Griffith loved Snappy Lunch[/caption] The pork chop sandwiches served up at Snappy Lunch were a first for me.  I had never had one, but I would most certainly return for another.  I caught owner Charles Dowell busy at work cooking up his specialty back in March 2012. He passed away in September 2012 at the age of 84.  He began working at The Snappy Lunch in 1943 and by 1960 he had purchased the cafe. [caption id="attachment_3507" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Cooking up the pork chops at Snappy Lunch The Late Charles Dowell cooking up the pork chops at Snappy Lunch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3508" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Snappy Lunch Pork Chops Snappy Lunch Pork Chops[/caption] So, if you are wondering what time it is….. [caption id="attachment_3510" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Snappy Lunch Clock Snappy Lunch Clock[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3512" align="aligncenter" width="300"]....it's time for a Snappy Lunch Pork Chop Sandwich ….it’s time for a Snappy Lunch World Famous Pork Chop Sandwich[/caption] Space Aliens Grill & Bar – Waite Park, Minnesota [caption id="attachment_3409" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Space Aliens Grill & Bar - Waite Park, MN Space Aliens Grill & Bar – Waite Park, MN[/caption] While on a trip to Montana in 2005 with my kids, we made our way into Waite Park, MN, just west of St. Cloud.  We got in fairly late after a day of traveling in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  We had pushed to get here in time so that we could eat at Space Aliens.  And, we were lucky, it was a Wednesday and all you can eat night.  I had two BIG HUNGRY boys, along with myself and one of my daughters.  We chowed down to say the least!! [caption id="attachment_3404" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Kitschy Mars theme in Space Aliens Kitschy Mars theme in Space Aliens[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3405" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Aliens everywhere!! Aliens everywhere!![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3403" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Space Themed Walls 30 foot tall Space Themed Ceiling Dome[/caption] Mort Bank and David Glaser, like other BBQ proprietors, got their start in BBQ competitions. Having won the National Barbecue Convention for “America’s Best Ribs” in Tennessee, they returned to their home in North Dakota and opened up a store in Bismarck and a second one in Fargo, North Dakota. [caption id="attachment_3411" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Space Aliens Grill & Bar - Fargo, ND Space Aliens Grill & Bar – Fargo, ND[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3410" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Wall Mural on Fargo Space Aliens Grill & Bar Wall Mural on Fargo Space Aliens Grill & Bar[/caption] As for the Barbecue — they have actually trademarked “Positively the Best Ribs in the Entire Universe”.  Their slowly smoked 20 spice ribs were really fantastic.  In fact, we ate them empty that evening!! [caption id="attachment_3406" align="aligncenter" width="300"]An order of Space Alien ribs An order of Space Alien ribs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3407" align="aligncenter" width="300"]My boys gnoshing on Space Alien Ribs My boys gnoshing on Space Alien Ribs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3408" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Dem Bones - all that was left was a pile of bones Dem Bones – all that was left was a pile of bones[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3402" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sumoflam with an Alienized Smile at Space Aliens Sumoflam with an Alienized Smile at Space Aliens[/caption] Stoneville Saloon – Alzada, Montana [caption id="attachment_3418" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Stoneville Saloon - Alzada, Montana Stoneville Saloon – Alzada, Montana[/caption] Alzada is a very small unincorporated community in the far southeast corner of Montana, practically bordering Wyoming and South Dakota.  The long empty stretch of U.S. Highway 212 is basically the only way in and out.  Originally named Stoneville in 1880, the town’s named needed to be changed due to a Post Office conflict.  In 1885 it was named Alzada in honor of the wife of the postmaster.   It is an old cowboy town steeped in cowboy history.  But, it also is known for the Stoneville Saloon – “Conveniently located in the middle of Nowhere!” [caption id="attachment_3413" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Stoneville Saloon T-shirt Stoneville Saloon T-shirt[/caption] I think the real draw is the tag line “Cheap Drinks – Lousy Food” [caption id="attachment_3417" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Stoneville Saloon - Cheap Drinks - Lousy Food Stoneville Saloon – Cheap Drinks – Lousy Food[/caption] We had been driving all the way from Great Falls in 2005 on our way home from Montana and this was one of the MAIN destinations for us that day.  We got here starved.  Turns out that this is now a “biker bar” frequented by many bikers on their way to Sturgis, SD, which is about 67 miles to the southeast of Alzada.  We stopped and ate, but enjoyed the atmosphere more than anything… [caption id="attachment_3416" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Unique motorcycle at Stoneville Saloon Unique motorcycle at Stoneville Saloon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3415" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Many antler mounts - Stoneville Saloon Many antler mounts – Stoneville Saloon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3420" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Pool tables in the Saloon Pool tables in the Saloon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3419" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Love the Signs Love the Signs – “Yes, the customer is always right. However, the bartender determines who is no longer a customer” and more….[/caption] OK, we had some burgers and fries while here.  But they do serve steaks and a few other goodies.  Needless to say, we were in a hurry so we didn’t try their famed canned delicacies… [caption id="attachment_3412" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Canned Delicacies at Stoneville Saloon - Alzada, Montana Canned Delicacies at Stoneville Saloon – Alzada, Montana[/caption] Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [caption id="attachment_3422" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Genos & Pats in Philadelphia Genos & Pats in Philadelphia[/caption] A write up about diners cannot truly be justified without noting the Philly Cheesesteak rivalry in Philadelphia. No place represents the heart and soul of the Philadelphia better than the corner of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. This is the cheese-steak epicenter where Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks face off 24 hours a day for the Cheesesteak crown.  So, what’s the best way to do it?  My friend and I hit BOTH places in the same evening. [caption id="attachment_3426" align="aligncenter" width="384"]Geno's Steaks - Philadelphia Geno’s Steaks – Philadelphia[/caption] First stop was Geno’s Steaks, located in a corner of the intersection of E. Passyunk and 9th Street.  Geno’s was started in 1966 by Joe Vento with $6.00 in his pocket, 2 boxes of steaks and some hot dogs. If you can’t order in English, then don’t try this place.  They have signs up that explicitly state you must order in English. [caption id="attachment_3436" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Order in English only sign at Geno's Order in English only sign at Geno’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3435" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Even the cooks wear shirts about speaking in English at Geno's Even the cooks wear shirts about speaking in English at Geno’s[/caption] The intimidation doesn’t stop at English only.  There is a specific way to order as well.  You must order with Provolone, American or Cheese Whiz.  If you don’t do it right they may chew you out!!  Fortunately, there is a constant stream of customers ordering so you can listen and learn.  They whip out those steaks with whiz pretty quick! [caption id="attachment_3425" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Steak Sign at Geno's Steak Sign at Geno’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3427" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Grilling the steaks at Geno's in Philadelphia Grilling the steaks at Geno’s in Philadelphia[/caption] After indulging in a tasty, hot and yummiferous Geno’s  Steak sandwich (mine had Provolone), my friend and I meandered across the “X” to Pat’s King of Steaks. This shop is older than Geno’s, having opened in 1930 by Pat Olivieri, who ran a hot dog stand originally. [caption id="attachment_3429" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Pat's King of Steaks - "Don't Eat a Misteak" Pat’s King of Steaks – “Don’t Eat a Misteak”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3430" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Best of Philly - Pat's King of Steaks Best of Philly – Pat’s King of Steaks[/caption] Their website claims that this was where the cheesesteak was invented … there is even an historical marker on the site: [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Pat's King of Steaks Historical Marker Pat’s King of Steaks Historical Marker[/caption] Unlike Geno’s, there are not “Speak English” signs, but they are still persnickety in terms of ordering in a timely fashion as they also whip those cheesy meaty sandwiches out quickly. [caption id="attachment_3434" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Grilling up the steaks at Pat's Grilling up the steaks at Pat’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3432" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Steaks!! These will make a lot of cheesesteaks! Steaks!! These will make a lot of cheesesteaks![/caption] The final product is what everyone comes for: [caption id="attachment_3431" align="aligncenter" width="239"]One of Pat's cooks shows off "the goods" One of Pat’s cooks shows off “the goods”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3421" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Yummmiferous! A Steak with peppers, cheese, onions and the goods. Yummiferous! A Steak with peppers, cheese, mushrooms, onions and the goods.[/caption] And the winner?  It was definitely ME!!  I got the best of Philly in a double take. Dash-Inn Drive In – Shelby, Montana [caption id="attachment_3520" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Dash In Drive In - Shelby, Montana Dash-Inn Drive In – Shelby, Montana[/caption] This is another one of those drive up diners where someone will come out to your car and serve up great burgers, fries, onion rings, tater tots, etc.  My wife and I had the opportunity to eat here in March 2013.  It was as you would expect…great prices, great service and great food! Camp 31 BBQ – Paris, Ontario [caption id="attachment_3472" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Camp 31 Bar-B-Que - Paris, Ontario Camp 31 Bar-B-Que – Paris, Ontario[/caption] I have eaten at BBQ places all over the U.S. and in parts of Canada.  However, I have to admit that the absolute best experience I ever had was at Camp 31 in Paris, Ontario.  In 2008 I had the opportunity to work in Woodstock and I rented a place in Paris, about 20 miles south of Woodstock.  I made my way to Camp 31 at least twice a week.  It was heavenly. [caption id="attachment_3469" align="aligncenter" width="171"]Camp 31 Menu Camp 31 Menu[/caption] Started originally in a Sawmill in Alabama, the owners moved to Canada and opened up in an old sawmill building in Paris.  The inside is rustic which makes the BBQ all the better tasting. [caption id="attachment_3461" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Smoking in giant smokers Smoking in giant smokers[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3438" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Bringing out the ribs from the smoker Bringing out the ribs from the smoker[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3465" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Grilling the Ribs after they have been smoked - Camp 31 Grilling the Ribs after they have been smoked – Camp 31[/caption] Camp 31 BBQ has a diverse menu and a good variety of goodies.  Their cornbread is sweet, their BBQ sauce is tangy, their meats are tender and their service is impeccable. [caption id="attachment_3462" align="aligncenter" width="240"]April takes the orders April takes the orders[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3457" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Camp 31 Seating Camp 31 Seating[/caption] Many BBQ places compete and Camp 31 is no different.  In fact, they compete all over Canada and in the US.  They even have a tour bus with built in smokers!! [caption id="attachment_3454" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Camp 31 Hawgs Gone Wild Bus Camp 31 Hawgs Gone Wild Bus[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3467" align="aligncenter" width="194"]One of a gazillion trophies on display at Camp 31 One of a gazillion trophies on display at Camp 31[/caption] And here is why…. [caption id="attachment_3468" align="aligncenter" width="300"]A satisfied Sumoflam at Camp 31 A satisfied Sumoflam at Camp 31[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3455" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Pulled Pork Sandwich Pulled Pork Sandwich[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3464" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Barbecue Ribs at Camp 31 Barbecue Ribs at Camp 31[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3460" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Robs at Camp 31 - Tender and Juicy Robs at Camp 31 – Tender and Juicy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3452" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Oliver Zuder serving up the best at Camp 31 Oliver Zuder serving up the best at Camp 31[/caption] Goody Goody Diner – St. Louis, Missouri [caption id="attachment_3483" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Goody Goody Diner - St. Louis Goody Goody Diner – St. Louis[/caption] Goody Goody Diner opened their doors as a Diner in 1948.  Started by Cecil Thompson, it is now owned by Richard Connelly who has worked at Goody Goody since 1955, when he was 14 and began peeling potatoes and working as a carhop. [caption id="attachment_3482" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Giant Coffee Cup Sign at Goody Goody's Giant Coffee Cup Sign at Goody Goody[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3486" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Goody Goody owner Rich Connelly Goody Goody owner Rich Connelly[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3487" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Scale Model Goody Goody delivery truck Scale Model Goody Goody delivery truck[/caption] There is plenty of seating at Goody Goody and very little wait.  They really move the folks through and the service is fast. [caption id="attachment_3488" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Counter Seating - Diner Style Counter Seating – Diner Style[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3485" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Seating at Goody Goody Seating at Goody Goody[/caption] The diner has a diverse menu, but they are especially famous for their “Wilbur”, a breakfast omelet filled with potatoes, peppers, onions and tomatoes and then covered with chili and cheese. Sometimes it is referred to as a “slinger”  A delectable delight of a dish. [caption id="attachment_3489" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The "Wilbur" from Goody Goody The “Wilbur” from Goody Goody[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3490" align="aligncenter" width="199"]The works - Wilbur, English Muffin and Grits. Rib sticking breakfast or lunch The works – Wilbur, English Muffin and Grits. Rib sticking breakfast or lunch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3492" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The Wilbur brings a smile to Sumoflam The Wilbur brings a smile to Sumoflam[/caption] Another favorite is Goody Goody is the waffles and fried chicken, a good southern dish. [caption id="attachment_3491" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Chicken and Waffles at Goody Goody Chicken and Waffles at Goody Goody. Super Good![/caption] Gronk’s Grill and Bar – Superior, Wisconsin [caption id="attachment_3493" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Gronk's Grill and Bar - Superior, Wisconsin Gronk’s Grill and Bar – Superior, Wisconsin[/caption] Gronk’s Grill is the ultimate mixture of hamburger joint and BBQ joint.  Like Jud’s, they offer HUGE 6 and 8 pound burgers (The “Enger Tower Burger” and the “Great Divide” respectively).  You finish these off you get a t-shirt and a place in their Hall of Fame.  They also offer BBQ ribs and hot dogs. [caption id="attachment_3495" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Enter Here at Gronk's - a GIANT hand Enter Here at Gronk’s – a GIANT hand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3494" align="aligncenter" width="239"]Carved bears greet you at the door Carved bears greet you at the door[/caption] This is what you can get if you are really really hungry…the Enger Tower [caption id="attachment_3496" align="aligncenter" width="289"]Gronk's Enger Tower Burger Gronk’s Enger Tower Burger[/caption] Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue – Kansas City, Missouri [caption id="attachment_3499" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Arthur Bryant's Barbecue - Kansas City, Missouri Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue – Kansas City, Missouri[/caption] Kansas City is known for its barbecue and one of the prime establishments of Kansas City Barbecue is Arthur Bryant’s. This BBQ joint opened in the 1920s and once it moved from its original location to the corner of 18th and Brooklyn, near the old Municipal Stadium, it gained its national fame as major league baseball players and others visited the place.  Some claim that Arthur Bryant is the “legendary King of Ribs” and is considered by some to be “the most renowned barbecuer in history.”  Bryant died in 1982 at the age of 80, but the legendary flavor continues. [caption id="attachment_3500" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Arthur Bryant's Meat Tray Arthur Bryant’s Meat Tray[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3501" align="aligncenter" width="300"]One of the BBQ Masters at Arthur Bryant's shows off the goods! One of the BBQ Masters at Arthur Bryant’s shows off the goods![/caption] Unlike many BBQ places, Arthur Bryant’s serves their BBQ on slices of white bread.  I had never had it that way except at home.  Apparently, Bryant had created his special sauce so you “could put it on bread and eat it.”  Well, they did put it on bread and I did eat it.  Fabulous barbecue, great prices, good smoky environment (smoky from BBQ that is) and sweeeeet sauce! [caption id="attachment_3502" align="aligncenter" width="300"]BBQ Pork on bread at Arthur Bryant's BBQ Pork on bread at Arthur Bryant’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3498" align="aligncenter" width="300"]BBQ Meat Sandwich with Ham and Brisket at Arthur Bryant's BBQ Meat Sandwich with Ham and Brisket at Arthur Bryant’s[/caption] Cozy Drive In – Springfield, Illinois Springfield is one of those iconic Route 66 towns and along this road is the Cozy Dog Drive In, which claims to be the home of the all-American famed Corn Dog! Though there is some dispute as to the true origin of the corn dog, the Cozy Dog story is that Ed Walmire and his friend Don Strand invented the deep fried battered hot dog on a stick while stationed in Amarillo, Texas during World War II. They called them crusty curs, but, upon Ed’s return to Springfield, Ed and his wife decided on the name “Cozy Dog” and began selling them from their house and at the Illinois State Fair in 1946. Ed’s wife designed the “hot dogs in a loving embrace logo” for the drive in. In 1996 they moved their Drive In a bit up the road to its current location and gave it a decidedly Route 66 theme. [caption id="attachment_3197" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Cozy Drive In - Home of the famous Hot Dog on a Stick Cozy Drive In – Home of the famous Hot Dog on a Stick[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3201" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Route 66 Memorabilia in Cozy Drive In Route 66 Memorabilia in Cozy Drive In[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3200" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Cozy Drive In - Springfield, Illinois Cozy Drive In – Springfield, Illinois[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3202" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Typical Table Top at Cozy Drive In - Springfield, Illinois Typical Table Top at Cozy Drive In – Springfield, Illinois[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3199" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Cozy Drive In is an official Route 66 attraction Cozy Drive In is an official Route 66 attraction[/caption] And of course, this is why we come to Cozy Dog – not healthy at all, but sure Yummiferous!! [caption id="attachment_3203" align="aligncenter" width="384"]Cozy Dogs and Homemade Fries - Cozy Dog - Springfield, IL Cozy Dogs and Homemade Fries – Cozy Dog – Springfield, IL[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3136" align="aligncenter" width="300"]We got our kicks with a Cozy Dog!! We got our kicks with a Cozy Dog!![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3210" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Sumoflam and Cozy Dog Sumoflam and Cozy Dog[/caption] Paul’s Drive In – Kansas City, Missouri [caption id="attachment_3515" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Paul's Drive In - Kansas City Paul’s Drive In – Kansas City[/caption] Apparently, Paul’s is so good that locomotive engineers literally stop the train on the tracks and get out to get some of Paul’s tenderloins and burgers.  On my visit we were more interested in something cold and sweet on our palate after enjoying some great Kansas City BBQ elsewhere.  And, this was a chart topper!! [caption id="attachment_3514" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Giant Ice Cream Cone at Paul's Drive In - Kansas City Giant Ice Cream Cone at Paul’s Drive In – Kansas City – DQ can’t beat this one![/caption] Patche’s Mini Mart – Bradfordsville, Kentucky [caption id="attachment_3523" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Patche's Mini Mart - Bradfordsville, Kentucky Patche’s Mini Mart – Bradfordsville, Kentucky[/caption] As I drive the Less Beaten Paths, I do run into little gems like Patche’s.  Patche’s is named after owner Patsy, who is called Patche’s by all her friends.  It is a gas station, mini mart and a little grill.  I was hungry on a long drive so I stopped.  I asked her what was the specialty and she told me “grilled boloney sandwich with egg and cheese.”  I had her make one up for me. [caption id="attachment_3525" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Seating area at Patche's Seating area at Patche’s[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3524" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hats and goodies for sale at Patche's Hats and goodies for sale at Patche’s[/caption] Patche’s is a two person show – Patche’s on the grill and her assistant. [caption id="attachment_3526" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Patche's cooking up the baloney sandwich Patche’s cooking up the baloney sandwich[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3522" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The final product - Baloney Sandwich Extraordinaire The final product – Baloney Sandwich Extraordinaire[/caption] There are so many places on the road to stop.  I have another set of shots I will include in a “Leftovers” section in a week or so.  But, as you enjoy the ride, also make sure to enjoy some of the local fare.  It’ll do you good.]]>

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