Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Lambert s will be featured Sunday
Travel Channel’s Top place to pig out
SIKESTON – When the Travel Channel went in search
of places to pig out, they found the nation s
favorite trough is Lambert s Cafe.
The Sikeston-Miner s Home of Throwed Rolls earned
the No. 1 spot in the Travel Channel s feature
Top Ten Places to Pig Out. The show is scheduled to
be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Travel Channel
The recipe for successfully finding a spot in the Top Ten began
with a phone call almost a year ago from a Missouri Division of
Tourism staff member to Pansy Glenn, director of the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau.
One of the girls that works there and I were talking about something
else, when she asked if we have any pig-out restaurants, recalled
Glenn with a laugh. I said Yes, we have Lambert s!
The Division of Tourism put Glenn in contact with the producers,
Termite Arts Productions. People like the unique, they like the
unusual, explained Glenn. When I told them what we have here –
throwed rolls and lots of hospitality – she was like: Are you
In December the crew arrived at Lambert s and the cameras started rolling.
According to Lee Rataj, office manager for Lambert s, the crew filmed the kitchen, showing how the food is made. They shot footage of the staff bringing out plates laden with ham, eggs, pork chops, potatoes and more along with the bowls of fried okra, macaroni and slaw being passed around. Of course, there was lots of footage of rolls being tossed.
The film crew spoke with members of the Lambert family, restaurant general manager Jerry Johnson and many of the customers. They filmed the restaurant inside and out along with the surrounding community.
It even took a second trip in January by the film crew, who reported putting on a few pounds during the filming, to get it just right.
Both times restaurant customers were given the choice of being in the filming. Two lines were created with most opting for on-camera line.
The customers loved it, said Rataj. She said she has had e-mails from customers inquiring when they might see themselves on television. They
are excited about it, she added.
The restaurant will be in some unique company. David E. Gerber, executive producer for the Travel Channel, said the show s goal was to show a wide variety of places with a wide variety of cuisine. Some of those ranked in the Top Ten are known for their volume of food served while others feature food contests.
There is Beth s Diner in Seattle with its 12-egg omelet and huge helping
of homefries and a Ben and Jerry s in Vermont which has created the Vermonster Sundae. Film crews stopped at Primantis in Pittsburgh,
Penn., where restaurant personnel offer a variety of sandwiches each with
a heaping pile of coleslaw and french fries along with whatever else the customer has ordered between the two slices of bread.
Some Missourians may already be familiar with Pointers Pizza in St. Louis where patrons are challenged to consume the 28-inch, 10-pound pizza, the Pointersaurus. If two hungry customers can finish it within an hour they
But Gerber said it was Lambert s which earned the No. 1 spot.
He noted the restaurant has a nationwide reputation for its bounty. Even
his friends were telling him about it when he spoke of the upcoming show. But it wasn t just the loaded plates that earned them top ranking, he
Everyone there appears to be having a great time. It s a kind of place where people get huge volumes of food and go home having had a great time – an all-round good experience, he said.
Watching the video as he talked, Gerber laughed and admitted he has never been to a restaurant where the staff was encouraged to throw food at its patrons. But the rolls look delicious. This is a feast for the eyes, he said about the film.,20,2678.005,1,25372,188.8.131.52
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