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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Tue, 05/15/12 5:27 PM (permalink)
Fantastic pics and report, great job bb!

    Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 8:13 AM (permalink)
    Tuesday April 24, 2012 (cont.)
    The restaurant Howard Baratz wanted to take us to was Hammett House in Claremore, OK.  It was only about a half hour drive from White River Fish Market to Hammett House.  While we were driving, Howard informed us that Claremore was the home of Will Rogers.  It wasn't until reading about the town later that I found out that it was also the setting for the musical Oklahoma.
    Howard told us that the regular food at Hammett House was nothing special, put the pies were good.  Let me tell you up front that these pies were much better than just good!  We got seated in a big, comfortable booth and looked over the available pie list. 

    I was very excited to see that they had sour cream raisin, my favorite pie.  But, I have also had bad experiences in the past with SCR when I have tried ordering it outside of it's typical home territory, which is the Upper Midwest.  Our perky young waitress informed us that they were out of sour cream cherry and sour cream blueberry.  I told her as long as they had the raisin, we were still good!
    We each chose one pie and in the spirit of ChiTownDiner, added an extra slice for the "fourth diner".  First up was the banana cream pie. 

    So many banana cream pies have an unpleasant artificial banana taste to it, but this had wonderful real banana flavor, plus had lots of small cut up bits of banana.  The filling was thick, but still airy and just about the perfect texture.  All housed in a buttery, flaky crust.  This was an high quality slice of pie.  And shockingly, this might have been the one I liked the least!
    The favorite of Johnny and Howard was the peanut butter chocolate chip. 

    What an impressive looking tall pie.  It was smooth, airy, with strong peanut butter flavor, yet managed to not be overly sweet or rich.  I was shocked that Johnny would pick this as his #1.  There are very few foods that he doesn't like, but he doesn't care for chocolate chips in food.  I am similar that way with nuts.  Yet, he still went crazy over this slice of pie.
    The sour cream raisin

    got off to a bad start with me, by having a sprinkling of nuts on top, which were easy enough for me to avoid.  And I would have preferred a meringue topping instead of the whipped cream, although all the whipped cream toppings on these pies were delicious.  But, all was forgiven when I bit into the filling, which managed to strike that perfect balance between the sweet and sour.  Although not on the level with what they serve at Farmer's Kitchen, any cafe in Iowa would be pleased to serve this and that is high praise.
    Finally, my best of the best was the buttermilk chess. 

    I think of chess as more of a Southern thing, but then we are probably less than an hour from the Arkansas line, so that should be close enough.  The crust on this pie was extra thick, but still flaky.  The chess part was so soft, had that buttermilk tang, plus a strong cinnamon taste.  Just an outstanding combination!
    Hammett House has what looked like family photos on all the walls and it definitely has a family atmosphere about it.  We received terrific service from our waitress, who seemed to enjoy our enthusiasm over the quality of the pies.  Before I left, I went over to the pie case

    to get a few photos and the hostess was happy to take them out individually, so I could get better shots.  These are some really nice people.  
    From there, Howard dropped us back off at our hotel.
    Hammett House Restaurant
    1616 W. Will Rogers Boulevard
    Claremore, OK
    A big thanks to Howard Baratz for his hospitality.  That was incredibly nice of him to pick us and drive us around and he is also fantastic company.  But mostly, I am appreciative he took us somewhere with such great pies!
    Much more to come..... 
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      Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 11:26 AM (permalink)
      We are at the halfway point of the trip and we are already on page 5 of this trip report?  This thing is going to be a monster.
      Just for my own curiousity, I counted how many stops we have made based on the thread title.  The current standings are:
      Burgers - 8
      Barbecue - 3
      Pie - 4
      But once we get into Arkansas, there will be much more bbq and pie.

        Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 12:04 PM (permalink)
        Thanks to you , TTM and WJ. this forum continues to excel with super travelogues.  All of you are great and I certainly enjoy all of your post.
        As a side note, a long time poster Cheesewit is stopping in Knoxville and i will meet him for lunch at Louis on Broadway where I have taken many of our roadfood friends for years.  Outstanding spaghetti sauce Greek style.  I have never met Scott before but this will be a pleasure.
        As another side note this is where I took my deceased wife  48 years ago after we were secretly married.  I announced out marriage about three months after our marriage when  I had arranged our mortgage on our three bed room brick home with enclosed garage, hardwopod floors for $11,000 in 1964.  To this day I have no idea why we were secretly married except that I had been married before for three months???  The reason was mine because I was immnature and I married a beautiful woman who was  model and I later found out that she could not balance a check book.  The fault was mine.  I did much better later on whin I married Judi who was the strenght of my life.
        Judi is gone but Iwanago helps me out a lot.
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          Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 12:53 PM (permalink)
          Those pies at Hammett House look amazing! Next time I'm in that area I'll be sure to stop in. 
          There's another great place for pie just 30 minutes or so south of Tulsa in the town of Okmulgee called Coleman's Bakery. Now, I've never actually been there but my nephew worked there as a dishwasher while going to college and he brought pies home a couple of times. Best pecan pie I've ever had, hands down. I feel a little guilty saying that because both my mother and aunt make a mean pecan pie!

            Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 1:32 PM (permalink)
            Wednesday April 25, 2012
            Johnny and I did get up early this morning, but it was not for breakfast or even sightseeing.  Now that it was halfway through the trip, it was laundry day.  We found a nice laundromat in the Brookside neighborhood and were in and out in under two hours.  Since we skipped our morning meal, we were ready to make up for it at lunch!
            Destination #1 was a hamburger joint that has been around since 1949, Hank's Hamburgers

            I love that red sign with the arrow on it. 

            As you walk in, the first thing you see is a small area for to go orders. 

            Since we were eating here, we continued into the restaurant.  They have a high counter for placing your order, with a smattering of booths.  There is a bigger dining room in back, but even that is on the small side.  We were glad we got here when we did, because once the lunchtime rush started, seats became scarce.  The walls aren't too busy, which I like, but we did think this redneck fire alarm was funny.
            And like Coney I-Lander, they have a word scramble on a board for the customers to figure out.

            Hank's won me over immediately.  The atmosphere is great and the people are friendly, but how can you resist a place that reads Hanks A Lot on one of their signs? 

            I know I can't! 
            In the Roadfood review, the Sterns write about a huge four patty burger called the Big Okie.  A decision was made to split this big burger, to preserve some appetite for other stops.  While Johnny was at the counter doing the ordering, he looked over the menu board

            and added in some surprise sides.  
            First up was the milkshakes.  Remember back at Johnnie's Grill and cousin Johnny liked his shake, but I did not.  Here, the situation was reversed.  My chocolate milkshake was thick and tasty. 

            But, Johnny said his was nothing more than strawberry syrup poured over vanilla ice cream and mixed together badly.  Very disappointing for him and he did not come close to finishing it.
            Luckily, things got better from here.  The burger was nothing short of sensational! 

            As the sign that hangs near the grill says,

            all burgers will be topped with mustard, pickles, fried onions, raw onions, lettuce and tomatoes.  It is also loaded with lots of gooey cheese.  The beef is very juicy and has great beef flavor.  This is one of the two best burgers we ate on our trip (along with J & W Grill in Chickasha).  And as you can see, it is still possible to eat this four pattied beauty by hand.

            After getting home, I was reading up about Hank's on the Joe's Burger Search blog and apparently they have a secret menu item that you have to know about to order.  It is a six patty burger called the Okie Dokie.  That sounds like it might too much, even for us.
            Instead of fries, Johnny went with tater tots and got them covered with chili and cheese. 

            This was another big hit with us.  Plenty more melted, gooey cheese.  The chili was heavy and meaty with an intense flavor.  You combine those with the soft, salty tots and this added up to a delicious, messy dish.  The corn dog, with the light coating was a nice change of pace, but nothing special.
            If the Sterns hadn't mentioned in their review about the peanut butter candy

            that they sell here at Hank's we would have never known about them, because I couldn't find it on the menu anywhere.  That is until I saw this sign

            near the take-out counter on the way out.  And I would have hated to miss out on them.  They use milk chocolate and are basically what we call buckeyes back home.  But something about eating them to finish a meal here at Hank's made them extra special!
            As you can tell, Johnny and I thought Hank's was one of the best stops of the trip.  And we are not the only ones.  There is a photo on the wall of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter

            celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary at Hank's.
            Hank's Hamburgers
            8933 East Admiral Place
            Tulsa, OK
            Despite the size of lunch #1, we headed out for lunch #2!
            Much more to come.....    
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              Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 1:38 PM (permalink)
              This isnt a road trip. Its a journey. Thanks for letting us tag along. Incredible...

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                Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 1:52 PM (permalink)

                As the sign that hangs near the grill says, all burgers will be topped with mustard, pickles, fried onions, raw onions, lettuce and tomatoes.

                Do you get a free breath mint with that?

                  Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 1:59 PM (permalink)
                  Before I left for Oklahoma, I did some research to find the best pie stops in the state and both Hammett House and Coleman's Bakery made it onto my list.  Sure do wich I could have hit them both.  Next time!

                  Please report back about lunch with Cheesewit!  No doubt the two of you will get along famously.  And when I finally get to Knoxville, I am hoping you will take me to Louis.
                  I liked the way you put that.  Thanks!

                    Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 3:32 PM (permalink)
                    BB:  I finally met Jane and Scott after better than ten years on Roadfood.  Super folks and great conversation.  We may be of the same tribe???  We had lunch at Louis on Broadway which is famous in Knoxville.
                    Perhaps the best Greek spaghetti sauce in the world??
                    You enjoyed perhaps one of the best looking burgers I have ever seen.  Thanks for your contributions on Roadfood.
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                      Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 5:49 PM (permalink)
                      The most interesting thing I saw on that menu at Hammett House was the Lemon Pecan pie.  I've never seen that flavor before.

                        Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 6:45 PM (permalink)
                        Wednesday April 25, 2012 (cont.)
                        We pulled into Ike's Chili House right at noon.  Ike's is located in a small strip mall

                        and the parking lot outside was very full.  We expected the inside to be equally as busy, but there were plenty of seats available. 

                        In fact,they had the entire left side of the restaurant roped off.
                        We grabbed a table right by the window, so I could get better photos, which was a complete failure since my pics from here aren't good.  Looking over the menu,

                        we decided Johnny would order the 3-way chili, I would get the frito pie and then we would split them up.  We were asked if we wanted cheese and onions and once again, who is going to say no to that? 
                        Here at Ike's, 3-Way chili means chili, beans and spaghetti noodles. 

                        Interestingly, the noodles were short, as if they were cut in half.  The chili itself is dark, meaty with strong flavor.  That chili also went well on top of the fritos pie. 

                        This dish is beanless and all the chili on top made the corn chips soft and limp.
                        The only desserts that they offer here are cobblers, which are homemade.  According to the menu board,

                        they had blackberry, peach and strawberry available.  Neither one of us was sure if we had ever seen strawberry cobbler before and since Johnny is a huge strawberry lover, we made that our choice. 

                        When it was first set down in front us, this looked like a bowl of strawberries, with cobbler part.  But, it was mushed in underneath.  But, Johnny still enjoyed it and that was the important thing.
                        Ike's Chili House
                        5941 East Admiral Place
                        Tulsa, OK
                        Okay, it was time to walk off some of that food we had just consumed.  Since we are both animal lovers, we decided to visit the Tulsa Zoo.
                        As soon as we entered there was a docent handling this strange little lizard, which she told us was a blue tongued skink

                        I had never seen one of these before and the scales were very smooth.  For some reason,I really like this photo of monkey boy petting the skink makes me laugh.

                        Also near the entrance, they had a large globe of the Earth, which was sitting on something that allowed it to spin easily. 

                        And when it spinned, water would come out and considering that the temperatures were almost into the 90s, I was ready to go over and spin it around myself.
                        We did get to see lots of cool animals, like elephants,



                        and meerkats.
                        Unfortunately, with it being so hot out and this being the middle of the day, most of the animals were hiding inside or just laying around.

                        This interesting looking animal

                        was relaxing in the only shaded are in it's very large pen.
                        They also had camel rides for kids. 

                        I did ask and they did say the camel could very easily carry someone my size, but after everything I have eaten this week, it seemed especially cruel to the camel.
                        Since this is Roadfood, it would seem like a good idea to incorporate some food into this visit.  The giraffe gives this grass a positive review. 

                        And apparently the tortoise food is so good, they are lining up for it!
                        We ended up spending about two hours at the zoo and if it wasn't so hot out, we would have stayed longer.  But, we needed to get out of the sun.  And, of course, we now had our appetite back!
                        Much more to come.....  
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                          Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 6:49 PM (permalink)

                          I enjoyed Ike's when I visited back in 2010
                          Did you ride the tortoise?

                            Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 6:52 PM (permalink)
                            BB:  I was there around 1982.  I was there as I was opening our pharma business there which now employees 150 employees.  I will never forget the monkey area.  I guess they were so tired of tourist that several of them threw monkey poop at us.  Fortunately we were not hit but they were farely accurate.  Not exactly like ninety Nolan but close.  perhaps they were baboons???
                            Paul E. Smith
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                              Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Wed, 05/16/12 7:00 PM (permalink)
                              I think a tortoise ride is much more my speed nowadays.
                              So glad that you and cheesewit had a good time today.  It is always great to hear about Roadfooders getting together!
                              We needed to have about six more people with us at Hammett House to be able to try all the pies we wanted to.  I don't think I have ever seen lemon pecan before, either.

                                Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Thu, 05/17/12 7:59 AM (permalink)
                                Wednesday April 25, 2012 (cont.)
                                Believe it or not, we were headed for yet another burger joint.  This time it was Linda-Mar Drive-In on the westside of Tulsa.  The building is small and stands out with the yellow with red trim paint job. 

                                The same colors are also found in the restaurant interior.

                                Still feeling overheated from timeout in the sun, we were happy to spot cherry limeades on the menu and we quickly ordered two. 

                                I not a big fan of Sonic, but I do like their beverages and this tasted just like their version.  And I mean that in a good way.  It was just what we needed to cool down.  The menu

                                is quite big and it really made me wish that we could try more things on it, but it just wasn't possible.  We decided to split their signature burger, the Westside burger and make it a combo. 

                                This burger comes on grilled Texas toast that is buttered on both sides.  These are two wide 1/4 lb. patties, topped with tomato, lettuce, mustard, onion and pickles.  The Texas toast does give it a completely different taste and the whole thing seemed more buttery.  We both liked it very much.  And neither one of us are generally fans of crinkle cut fries, but these were nicely seasoned and especially crispy. 
                                There is a tv in the corner that is always playing The Andy Griffith show.  Most of the rest of the walls is covered in NASCAR stuff as the owners use to sponsor a Sprint racecar team.  The unusual name of the place comes from the original owner who had two daughters, Linda and Margaret.
                                Linda-Mar Drive-In
                                1614 W. 51st Street
                                Tulsa, OK
                                Even though we were tired, we did make one more stop before retreating back to the hotel.  On my previous trip to Tulsa, I wasn't able to see the inside the gorgeous Boston Avenue Methodist Church.  We were hoping to take a quick look see.
                                This art deco beauty was built in 1929 and really stands out in the Tulsa skyline.  We found the entrance and checked in with the secretary and she gave us some brochures about the history and a self-guided map.  I get the feeling they get a lot of visitors here.  Some photos:

                                We spent just about an hour here and I still don't think we saw everything.  Time to head back to the hotel, where we both enjoyed long naps.
                                Much more to come.....
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                                  Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Thu, 05/17/12 12:48 PM (permalink)
                                  Damned burgers!
                                  Nice kudu. They're delicious you know.

                                    Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Thu, 05/17/12 12:57 PM (permalink)
                                    I should have guessed you would have known what kind of animal that was.  Where did you taste them at?
                                    And you may be happy to hear that there are no more burgers!

                                      Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Thu, 05/17/12 2:09 PM (permalink)
                                      Wednesday April 25, 2012 (cont.)
                                      Howard Baratz was nice enough to send us a list of places in Tulsa that he recommended.   One of them that jumped out at me was a German restaurant called Siegi's Sausage Factory.  This could have been the perfect change of pace meal, except that they close at 8:00PM and there was a tv show we wanted to watch and it didn't end until 8:00.  So Siegi's goes on the list for next time in town.
                                      Instead, we went to the Tulsa branch of Doe's Eat PlaceDoe's has become a fairly large chain, but has serious Roadfood roots.  The original Greenville, MS location is one of the all-time Roadfood greats and I believe the food at the Little Rock location is even better.  I have also eaten at the Paducah, KY and the now defunct Starkville, MS restaurants and have never had a bad meal.
                                      Doe's is located in a nice neighborhood, full of restaurants and bars, just a short distance from downtown.  It is fairly big and has a nice patio for outside dining.  All of this is in stark contast to the Greenville Doe's.  Almost all of my exterior shots were unworthy of posting, but I did get a nice picture of the decorative glass above the front door. 

                                      The inside is roomy and made to look like a sports bar,

                                      with banners from universities across the country.
                                      The first item out was an appetizer of Doe's famous tamales. 

                                      We found these to be on the dry side and they needed the chili.  Both of us are soup lovers and they had some interesting choices here.  Johnny went for the lobster bisque. 

                                      I probably wouldn't have thought to order that here in Tulsa, but he was rewarded with an excellent bowl rich and buttery lobster bisque.  My bowl was less successful, which was not the restaurant's fault.  About a year ago, I was having some health problems, which turned out to be acid reflux.  Mine is very mild and only bothers me when I eat too much.  But, one of the things I am supposed to stay away from is tomatoes.  Occasionally, I forget and this was one of those times.  The roasted tomato and gouda cheese bisque

                                      sounded too good to pass up.  After just a few sips, I realized this was a mistake and stopped.  Being the class guy he is, Johnny offered to switch, but there was no way I was going to take his lobster bisque away.  Johnny did finish up my soup after he was done with his own.
                                      Salads come with your meal. 

                                      The lettuce is limp and covered in the house dressing, which is like a lemon vinaigrette.  This is one thing in which I think I enjoyed more than he did.
                                      For an entree, we decided to split the 24 oz. porterhouse. 

                                      Johnny prefers his steaks medium rare, while I like mine medium.  Just to play it safe, we ordered medium.  Unfortunately, it came out undercooked.  Parts of it were medium rare (which made Johnny happy), but other parts were just rare.  This was not good for me and I only ate one or two bites of the steak.  Johnny seemed to enjoy it and ate almost all of it.
                                      This wasn't too big a deal to me, because I also ordered a side of a dozen shrimp.  They came half fried and half broiled. 

                                      The fried shrimp were on the small side, but were fresh with a light crunchy coating.  The broiled shrimp were nice and soft and wading in a pool of liquid, which tasted of lemon, pepper, garlic and Worcestershire sauce.  This I very much enjoyed!
                                      Potato-wise, they had several choices.  Johnny got the boiled potatoes

                                      which were so soft, they gave no fork resistance.  I was expecting these to be in a pool of butter, but instead came with butter and sour cream on the side, like a baked potato.  My potatoes were skin on mashed. 

                                      I would take small forkfuls and drag them through the leftover broiled shrimp sauce, making sure none of that delicious sauce got away.
                                      Despite the misstep with the steak, I still walked out of this meal happy with what I ate.  One other small complaint, though.  The table next to us had three oil workers, who were loud and cursing way too much more than was appropriate in a nicer restaurant.  Hey, I have been known to use blue language myself at times (the last 2 decades of being a Pirate fan will do that to you), but this was just excessive.  If we had it to do over again, we should have asked to move seats, because the place was practically empty.
                                      Doe's Eat Place
                                      1350 East 15th Street
                                      Tulsa, OK
                                      It was straight back to the hotel, because we had an early start scheduled for the next day.
                                      Much more to come.....    
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                                        Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Thu, 05/17/12 2:27 PM (permalink)

                                        I should have guessed you would have known what kind of animal that was.  Where did you taste them at?

                                        And you may be happy to hear that there are no more burgers!

                                        Hey, I love all those burgers.
                                        I've eaten kudu while hunting in South Africa and Botswana.
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                                          Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Thu, 05/17/12 11:25 PM (permalink)
                                          It was a pleasure meeting you and Johnny. So glad that you enjoyed your time in Tulsa. All of the locals are still talking about that guy who takes pictures of all of his food.
                                          Come back soon and we can hit Bill's Jumbo Burgers, Siegi's, Coleman's and a few other surprises.

                                            Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 7:44 AM (permalink)
                                            Thanks Howard!  We really did have a fantastic time in Tulsa.  It definitely won't be four years between visits again.

                                              Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 1:38 PM (permalink)
                                              Thursday April 26, 2012
                                              We were up and out of our hotel before light and headed southeast towards Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Near Broken Arrow, we stopped for gas.  Since it was my turn to pay for gas, Johnny went into the convenience store for coffee.  As soon as he walked in, the clerk said, "Hi John!".  This threw him off for a second, at least until the man directly behind him answered back.
                                              The drive was very pretty, with all the fog and the sun coming up.

                                              We were hoping to visit Fort Smith National Historic Site, but it was still an hour before they would open.  While driving through town, we spotted a great looking little drive-in called Ed Walker's.  According to their sign, they specialize in french dip.  But, once again we were too early as they didn't open until 10:00AM.  Anyone ever been to Ed Walker's before?  From the looks, we missed out on a pretty good place.
                                              We finally got to our first meal of the day, Jenny Lind's Country Cafe.  The street address says it is located in Greenwood, but the map says there is a town called Jenny Lind here.  I am curious why this small town in Arkansas is named after a famous Swedish singer.  The GPS made a couple mistakes, but we managed to find it without much incident. 
                                              The outside looked pure country

                                              and we were feeling good about our decision to come here.  The interior had a piano, mismatched tables and chairs,

                                              but looked very neat and organized.  Our waitress came over, with a thick Southern drawl (remember, we had been in Oklahoma, where people sounded completely different) and asked if we were the boys who called earlier.  Yes, ma'am, that would be us!
                                              We were here because of their place on the list of 15 Best Pies in Arkansas.  Since we were the only customers here and some pies were still in the oven, we felt no rush to order our desserts.  We decided a small amount of breakfast would be a good idea.  We went with the fried bologna,

                                              which was extra thick, fatty, juicy and had a nice char.  This came with home fries and eggs, which we ordered scrambled.  That wasn't a lot of food for the two of us, so we also got a single order of biscuits and gravy. 

                                              This was sensational!  The biscuit was small, soft and melt in your mouth good.  Johnny loved it!  The gravy was not too thick, not too thin and very peppery.  Only because we had lots of pie to eat, did we not order lots more of the B & G.
                                              While we were waiting for the food, I got up and looked around.  They have some impressive handmade pie cases here,

                                              which tells me just how important pies are at Jenny Lind's.  They have a seperate menu board just for the desserts. 

                                              Now, those are what they normally offer, but they didn't have everything ready yet.
                                              Once our pies were sat down in front of us, I had to take this ChiTownDiner inspired shot. 

                                              First up was Johnny's choice, the coconut cream,

                                              which surprised us by being on the small side.  Johnny described the filling as being thick and creamy.  The crust was soft and fragile, the meringue very airy.  This was a really good slice of pie. 
                                              Next up was the butterfinger crunch,

                                              my choice.  We were told that this pie was basically butterfinger candy bar mixed with whipped cream.  It did have several chunks of butterfinger in it.  Very light and smooth, this pie bordered on being too sweet, but we still liked it.
                                              Finally, the extra slice was the buttermilk. 

                                              The custard was indeed firm, very sweet and reminded us of a chess pie.  There was also lots of coconut, but strangely, we didn't taste much of the buttermilk.  Still, this was another fine slice of pie that we thoroughly enjoyed.
                                              The ladies who took care of us were a real hoot.  When we mentioned we had just spent five days in Oklahoma, she got a smile on her face and said, "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that."  Obviously, there is a rivalry with these two states or at least some good natured ribbing.  When our pies showed up, the owner (and expert pie maker) 

                                              came out of the kitchen, because she "had to meet these two boys who came so far just for pie."  She spent a lot of time at our table, telling us the history of the place and just chatting.  The building goes back to 1888 and used to be the town's schoolhouse.

                                              If we had it to do over, we both would have ordered full breakfasts here, because I'm thinking all of their food is probably pretty good.  But, we would return to Jenny Lind's Country Cafe just for those pies and the good company.
                                              Jenny Lind's Country Cafe
                                              2655 Gate Nine Road
                                              Greenwood, AR
                                              We got back in the car, looking to do some sightseeing.
                                              Much more to come.....        
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                                                Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 1:43 PM (permalink)
                                                This is such a great report that I can't wait to read the rest of it.  While all the food descriptions, photos of food and memorabilia is outstanding I have to say that the photos of the OK City Bombing memorial moved me to near tears.  Thank you for including those.  With all that has happened in the 17 years since then you almost forget about it. Your pictures reminded me of man's inhumanity towards man. I can only imagine how you must have felt standing there on that hallowed ground.
                                                Keep up the great postings and thanks for making your trips come alive for the rest of us.

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                                                  Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 2:00 PM (permalink)

                                                  We finally got to our first meal of the day, Jenny Lind's Country Cafe.  The street address says it is located in Greenwood, but the map says there is a town called Jenny Lind here.

                                                  I'll ask my friend at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to see if he can find out the meaning behind the name.  But check out this map; apparently there was an "Old Jenny Lind" at one time as well.  And since the cafe is a one-story building while the school had two I wonder if a tornado heavily damaged the area sometime in the past.
                                                  EDIT:  This article explains the origin of the name but doesn't go into detail about the 2 different towns.
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                                                    Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 2:04 PM (permalink)
                                                    That buttermilk pie looks (and from your description, sounds) just like a buttermilk pie recipe I've made that's from an ancient set of Women's Day encyclopedia cookbooks that my mother gave to me when I was an adolescent.  I think the books were originally published in the mid-1960s, and I have several recipes from them that I use all the time, including a fabulous recipe for no-knead "feather" dinner rolls that is out of this world, and that we often have on holidays.
                                                    I agree -- the pie doesn't taste like buttermilk at all.  I like it a lot, and it is very easy to make.

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                                                      Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 3:17 PM (permalink)

                                                      Thanks Howard!  We really did have a fantastic time in Tulsa.  It definitely won't be four years between visits again.

                                                      BB, I suffered with acid reflux for years, because my family said you come from a long line of bad stomachs!!! Well, my Dr. gave me a prescription for Prevacid, and it was like a dream!! I can eat anything I want now, and I had reflux so bad that the Dr. was afraid I was going to get throat cancer because the acid had ate at my throat so bad! Prevacid, good stuff!

                                                        Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 4:11 PM (permalink)
                                                        I go into daydream mode when I read your reports, Buffetbuster.
                                                        Oklahoma is high up there on the list of states I haven't been to that I want to get to, largely to try those onion-fried burgers. I'll get there one of these days!

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                                                          Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 8:04 PM (permalink)
                                                          For those of you who suffer with acid reflux, I saw an ad for this product in a newspaper. Aloe in various forms is supposed to relieve Acid Reflux. I know nothing about this product and don't have AR. Just letting you know it's out there.

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                                                            Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie Fri, 05/18/12 10:04 PM (permalink)
                                                            Zegerid OTC is the way to go for stopping reflux.
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