Hi all. Checking after my trip. All in all, I ate poorly. Nothing really jumped up and bit me in the taste buds. I had steak thrice– a flatiron at a joint called Whiskey Creek, a KC strip at Big R’s, and a top sirloin at the Kitchen Pass. I did not realize that Whiskey Creek was a chain until I sat down, and then because they advertised a wood-fired grill (the reason I went in) and I was tired I figured to stay. It wasn’t good. In retrospect, when I opened the menu to read "We proudly serve Hormel pork" I shoulda left. I did laugh, though, as here in the Bay Area naming boutique farms and brands and such on the menu has become knee-jerk. I thought of a foodie needing to lie down with a cool cloth over their eyes after reading that. Anyway, wasn’t terrible, wasn’t good. Steak was weirdly tender. I haven’t heard of the flatiron cut and so for some reason that I was getting a hanger steak. Pretty expensive too. I was surprised at restaurant prices being in line with the Bay Area, I’ve heard of that area as having a low-ish cost of living.
Big R’s was a fun place- great decor, actual real old stuff on the walls rather than those chains that do it. Records all over the ceiling– I almost fell over trying to read the labels. Great tunes too– walked in to Freddie Cannon and left to Sam Cooke. Bitchen. I had the big KC strip. Could have cut it with a fork, again, weirdly tender. Not as flavorful as I would have liked. Mayber someone could opine as to the difference between West Coast meat and Midwest from the stockyards meat? Baked beans, bleh. French fried pertaters. And a huge and delicious piece of pie, they are famous for their cream pies and have a picklesload of flavor, cherry vanilla, Snickers, Reeses, pumpkin, and a dozen more. I stuck with my fave, coconut and was not disappointed although I had to scrape some Dream Whip off the top.
The top sirloin from the Kitchen Pass (which shares a kitchen with Wilder’s Fine Foods, a Joplin institution that was out of my price range) was undistinguished in every way. They did serve me, however, the best tortilla chips I’ve ever had, so ethereal you could see through them, warm and good.
Went to Fred and Red’s, probably my biggest disappointment. It might have been good, but the chili was barely lukewarm, and the cheeseburger was the size of a McDonald’s cheeseburger and about as good. Plus it was damn expensive. The burger was 2.95!!! And the chili was in a cup and cost well over three bucks. Didn’t get any warm crackers, although I saw them on the steam table. Great atmosphere, my waitress ignored me the entire time because she reached over the counter and hauled someone’s baby into her arms. Can’t do THAT around here, lemme tell ya. So I was disapointed plus really confused at how expensive it was, I don’t mean overly so. of course, but for what it was and where it was, way too.
Tried to go to Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank, what a great name, but she was closed for a private party. Lessee, where else. Oh yeah, I was so disappointed by Fred and Red’s I went to another joint, Stogey’s Coney Island, right after. This was much better, but their chili was regularly spiced, not the Midwestern and/or Coney style I was hoping for. They had superb handcut French fries.
Oh yeah, went to JimBob’s, it was all right. Had two good pork chops, the rest was bleh.
My favorite place was Granny Schafer’s. I had a nice meatloaf plate, homerolls and mashies and canned corn to accompany, and then two superb pieces of pie, gooseberry!?!, the very first time I have seen that, it was great, so tart. And coconut cream, also superior.
That’s my Joplin report folks, thanks again for your kind advice.