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Nancypalooza

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Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Thu, 09/30/10 2:35 PM (permalink)
I had a bacon brownie last week in New Orleans--pretty much exactly as it sounds, a simple chocolate brownie with walnuts and chopped up bacon inside.  Really good, although it does suffer a bit from gumminess.  I would think that's maybe less of a problem with the ice cream--was the bacon crispy or gummy or some of both, Dale?
 
    wanderingjew

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    Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Fri, 10/1/10 8:00 AM (permalink)
    Mar
    It always depends on if I have enough room for two scoops, or if there's an ice cream flavor I'm really in the mood for and that's all that's on my mind- then that's the one I get.
     
    Ivyhouse
    All of their sundaes looked really good, but whenever I walk into an ice cream shop for the first time, I always get the ice cream "naked"
     
    Wintem
    I can assure you I couldn't eat everything on my plate. I had maybe 3 beets, one slice of bread, a third of the potato, I did finish the salad and of course I had to finish the steak because "it was the only right thing to do"
     
    Nancy
    I would have to say bacon had a  more "chewy" texture than crunchy, or gummy but the flavor certainly added a new dimension to the ice cream that I've never expierenced.
     
    I'm going to try to do one more segment of the trip report  tonight, then there are 4 more segments to go, all of which should go sometime next week
     
      wanderingjew

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      Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Fri, 10/1/10 10:22 PM (permalink)
      Thursday September 2
       
      Waking up to another morning of rain, I stopped first at Broadway Cafe and Roasterie  for some more amazing joe.
       
       I would be spending most of the morning traveling
      But not without breakfast at Kansas City's Legendary Niecie's Restaurant

       
       
       
      Recently, Niecie's found new digs, since this was my first visit to Niecie's, I never had the opportunity to visit their original location. Although the new place seems nice I wonder if the old place had more character..
       

       
      Zataar joined me for breakfast here. It was good to see her again.  I arrived first and Zataar arrived shortly afterwards.
      I decided to go with the biscuits and gravy. These biscuits weren't anything like I've ever had before. They had a deep rich flavor and a moist crumbly texture instead of getting lost in the gravy, the biscuits seem to merge with the gravy in harmonious balance.
       

       
       
      Zataar had the pork chops and grits and I understand it was every bit as good as it looks
       

       
       
       

      Of course I couldn't leave Niecie's without their legendary and "infamous" chocolate cake " to go"
       

       
      Afterwards I was on my way. Shortly after entering Kansas the rain stopped and the sun came out.  After a few hours of driving I made it to my lunch stop.
       

       
       
       
      The Bread Basket in Newton KS- a mennonite- german infuenced small town cafe
       

       
       

      A long lost friend I haven't seen in seven years and one that I was looking forward to getting back to.  I discussed this place with Michael Stern last year at the Buffalo Bus Tour and told him he must get there if he finds himself in the Wichita area again. This left an imprint in my mind and I was wondering if it was still good...
       
      I had to ensure that I got here early. They run out of the item I was looking forward to by mid day which I  found out on my first visit in 2000 eat there and- unfortunately I would have to wait 3 years later to experience the reason that they run out of
      Bierocks.
       
      Service is cafeteria style.You have the option to get salad or soup or in my case both with your sandwich or bierock.
       

       
       
       
      Besides the classic heartland salad bar

       
      the array of soups is overwhelming too, so you can get either a large bowl or 3 small bowls...
       

       
       

       
       

       
       
      If the choice of soups can leave one indecisive, the choices of pie would make Buffetbuster explode.
       

       

       
       

       
      I felt so overwhelmed I even forgot to get some bread!  Although   I'd be willing to bet the selection of homemade bread tastes just as good as it looks.

       
       
      My salad choices included potato salad, warm sauerkraut, pea salad and a ambrosia.

       
       
       
      My soup choices included chicken borscht
       

       
       green bean and ham
       

       
       
       and chicken noodle.
       

       
      Of course not one, but two bierocks
       

       

       
      and for dessert- toll house pie... just like moist chocolate chip cookies but in pie form
       

       
      Not only did this live up to my expecations of a 7 year old memory- it exceeded it - 10 fold......
       
      I usually don't figure out my complete top 10 lists until the end of the year- but
      Breadbasket- you hit the number one spot on the "old standby's" list!
       
      After lunch I hit the Kauffman Museum in North Newton KS, a mennonite museum celebrating the local history and culture. What I found interesting is that the mennonites in Central Kansas also moved from Germany to Russia before settling in Kansas, similar to those pioneers in North Dakota.
       
       

       

       

       

       
       

       
       

       

       

       
       

      There is a restored home, barn and windmill in the back of the museum, what surprised me is the  guide inside the museum, just gave me the key to the barn an house  and said "here"  I guess I must have an honest face.
       

       
       

       

       

       

       
       
      Before heading to my hotel, The Hyatt  in Downtown Wichita, I had to revisit this
      monument..

       
      The keeper of the plains. 
       
      Just on the periphery of downtown Wichita.
       

       
       It seems they did some work on this since I was last here 10 years ago. I don't recall the native american artifacts and artwork attached to the wall surrounding the statue, there was also piped in native american music from a large speaker that wasn't there 10 years ago.
       

       

       
       

       
       
      They now also offer an evening light show which I now regret not going to.
       
      When I arrived at the hotel it seems the brief but tremendous gusts of wind that I though was going to blow me away to the land of Oz  really dried out the air and after 4 days of muggy weather I was going to enjoy another long stretch of low humidity... I did enjoy a the local brew- tallgrass ale on tap at the hotel bar.
       
      My final meal stop for the day was the Nu Way Cafe in Wichita-
       

      only a couple of miles from my hotel- but I opted to drive. I believe this is the original location.
       
       

       

       
       
      As you know I'm not a soda fan in any way what so ever ( I always refer to soda as "liquid diabetes") although they told me they make their own root beer- ok - only just this once- It was good

       
      Although Doc's Steak House reviewed by the Sterns  is the originator of garlic salad,  The Nu Way has their own version and
       

      according to the sign - it's home made fresh daily
       

      I decided to try it- and it was creamy-garlicky and intense- glad I didn't have any dates that night.
       
       
       
      There are many regional items that I'm glad I gave more than one chance for example the breaded pork tenderloin The bierock (or runza) - they seemed to get better each time I tried them, of course the first couple of places may not have been that great-  Unfortunately I wish I could say that about the loosemeats sandwich
       

       
      I tried The Nu Way's version and my mind is "maid rite" up. I just don't get it! At least I kept an open mind and gave it several chances..
       
      After returning to my hotel, I walked over to Old Town on the way- this neat little park captured my attention.
       

      I enjoyed a couple of local brews at the River City Brewing company-  my final stop was an iced coffee at the Vagabond Cafe before returning to my hotel where I enjoyed the moist rich chocoloate cake from Niecie's which I had picked up earlier in the day.
       
      The final segments.....next week.....
       
       
       
       
       
      <message edited by wanderingjew on Sat, 10/2/10 10:46 AM>
       
        billyboy

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        Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Fri, 10/1/10 11:33 PM (permalink)
        Dale, the hits just keep on comin'!  Great work as always!  Love the clever use of "maid rite"!
         
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          Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Fri, 10/1/10 11:42 PM (permalink)
          Excellent!  They keep getting better.  Can you describe the bierock and garlic salad?
           
          I've been looking (for years) for a recipe for a salad I enjoyed at a now long gone Albanian restaurant.  The best I can describe it is very creamy cottage cheese and garlic. Yours doesn't look like cottage cheese, but was there any in it?
           
            wanderingjew

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            Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sat, 10/2/10 10:57 AM (permalink)
            Billyboy
            Thanks!
             
            Mar
            Bierocks are just like "runza's" cabbage/beef and onions inside bread dough.  Although I've only had bierocks at the breadbasket and the now defunct bierock kitchen in Wichita, I believe both used sauerkraut versus "just cabbage" which I believe Runza Restaurant chain in Nebraska uses as well as the very dissappointing "cabbage pocket" I had at Homemade Heaven Sandwich Shop Ogallala .
             
            Garlic salad is basically just very creamy coleslaw loaded with garlic....I read somewhere that Doc's Steakhouse uses shredded lettuce versus cabbage, I'm not sure what the Nu Way uses.
             
              mr chips

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              Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sat, 10/2/10 2:20 PM (permalink)
              Excellent report as always, Dale. Movie buffs may note that the Quad city baseball park was the stadium where the movie "Sugar"was filmed. That film about about a Dominican baseball prospect was one of the best i've ever seen about baseball.
                  You and TTM both seem to like the redesign of kauffman stadium but i prefer the waterfall as it made the park unique. But I will need to visit the park to make a final judgement.
                 Your Kansas City food stops look great. jess and jim's has been a place i have always wanted to visit and it looks great in your photos. as always, i'm looking forward to reading more about your travels.
               
                Nancypalooza

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                Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sat, 10/2/10 3:49 PM (permalink)
                I didn't know that chipsie--we liked 'Sugar' very much.  The same folks made a great movie called 'Half Nelson' and they have a new movie coming out soon.
                 
                If the offerings at the Breadbasket tasted half as good as they look I can see where you'd bump it to the front of the line.  And maybe bring the Niecie's chocolate cake along.  :)
                 
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                  Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sat, 10/2/10 7:35 PM (permalink)
                  Thanks for the explanation.  Bierocks are now on my wanted list.
                   
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                    Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sat, 10/2/10 8:45 PM (permalink)
                    Mrs MFL has made something she said her mother called Grautbrücks. They are the same as your runza/bierocks. She learned that at least some of her German ancestors came from Russia so it all fits. Great report.
                     
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                      Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sun, 10/3/10 7:17 PM (permalink)
                      Friday September 3
                       
                      More than 2 weeks on the road now- we're getting into the last leg of the trip report...
                      I returned to a coffee house I last visited 10 years ago in Wichita called Riverside Perk. It was in my old "Let's Go USA Book" which I used to rely on heavily for traveling in my post college days.  Unfortunately on this visit the coffee was not what i remembered. It was weak and disappointing (my 2nd disappointing coffee house of the trip) I stopped at one cup. This warranted a return to the Vagabond Cafe whose coffee fared much better...

                      I left Wichita with hopes of saying "goodbye" to dorothy, the tinman, scarecrow and cowardly lion unfortunately..

                       
                      only the Tin Man showed up to greet me.
                      Seriously, Clifton Square is a victorian building converted into a shopping mall. When I was there last time, the entire cast, well actually Dorothy, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion in addition to the Tin Man were there to greet me, I have them on my 35 mm photo. I guess they're off eating Bierocks somewhere (Well the cowardly lion did have an "old style" Brooklyn accent so perhaps he's eating a knish instead)...

                      I was on the road again this morning heading South East...
                       
                      I arrived in Tulsa OK just in time for lunch at
                       

                       
                      Ike's Chili House
                       
                      Arriving at the height of lunch hour Ike's is a busy greasy spoon serving up some good ol' stick to your ribs chili
                       

                       
                      It's been 20 years since I last visited Tulsa. That does not include my stop over 14 years ago during an ice storm when I was moving from Seattle to Pittsburgh, although I decided to have the same thing that I enjoyed back then at a dive across from my motel that I guess I'll never know the name of
                       

                       
                      Frito Pie.  I kind of took a liking to this dish- The dish actually came with a small tub of chopped onions and jalapeno that you add at will. I'll have to admit this probably would have looked alot prettier had I taken the photo prior to adding the jalapenos. I and probably would have had no regrets if I had the opportunity to enjoy another half a serving or so but one serving was probably enough. When I left Ike's I was happy.
                       
                      From Tulsa it was a short 20 minute ride to Claremont, Home of Will Rogers and his Museum
                       

                       

                       
                       

                       
                      Part Choctaw Indian, Will Rogers  stated that he never met a man he didn't like, well I wasn't born yet, so the jury is still out there..
                       
                      The museum was interesting

                       
                      Quite a bit of memorabilia and Mr. Roger's personal items
                       

                       
                      This is supposed to be a replica of his study
                       

                       
                      And his tomb is also located on the museum grounds as well
                       

                       
                      One thing I found interesting is that there was a screening room which showed his movies. I never knew he acted in movies, I just thought he was a "humorist and folklorist" I guess you learn something new everyday..
                       
                      After visiting Will Rogers it was time to visit JM Davis and his museum also in Claremont
                       

                       
                      JM Davis was a local hotel owner who collected guns  and kept them at his hotel... Although I really couldn't care less about guns (even from an historical perspective) I do have to note that this museum includes the oldest known gun in existence-
                       
                       

                       
                      It was invented in China back in the 1300's and its my understanding that the first person to test out this gun at the time is our own Michael Hoffman
                       
                      Besides guns, the museum also had other interesting collections and historical tidbits including
                       

                       
                      This nice beer stein collection which is more my speed
                       

                       
                      Even though I ignored most of the gun collection, overall the JM Davis Museum was pretty interesting.
                       
                      It seems my overall impression with Tulsa is that it was starting to get lost in the translation, instead of Heartlanding through the Breadbasket I felt more like I was Wandering Around the South- it seems Tulsa had more in common with Arkansas than it does with the western and central part of the state which has more heartland characteristics.
                       
                      I returned to Tulsa and checked into my downtown hotel, The Crowne Plaza....
                      I then drove to my dinner stop..
                       

                       
                      Elmer's BBQ
                       
                      Located in the funky neighborhood of Brookside.
                      Prior to starting this trip, I had consulted with Howie Baratz who wryly told me that BBQ was competitively mediocre in Tulsa. I checked yelp and urbanspoon and it seemed that Elmer's seemed to stand out a little from the rest of the competition at the time although even that seemed to change on almost a daily basis.
                       
                      Elmer's offers a really neat atmosphere..
                       

                       
                       

                       

                       
                      The wall is also filled with celebrities who have eaten here...
                       
                      Elmer's is Famous for it's "Badwich" (named after Tony Bad?). An interesting configuration of chopped beef, rib, bbq bologna and either smoked sausage or hot links.
                      Two mistakes with my ordering you have the option to order it as a sandwich - or "a'la carte" which  comes with texas toast.
                       

                       
                      I ordered it a' la carte.
                      You also have the option for smoked sausage or hot links, the waitress recommended hot links and of course I ordered smoked sausage and missed "the kick" the hot links would have given it, reading yelp reviews after the fact was really a kick in the pants.. I chose bbq beans and corn as my side.
                       
                      This wasn't bad bbq, it was actually pretty good, and I enjoyed both the slightly sweet and spicy bbq sauces. However after spending two days in Kansas City at LC's and Snead's it certainly wasn't in their category.
                       
                      After heading back to my hotel I took the short walk to
                       

                       
                      Oneok Field- new ballpark for the Tulsa Drillers- double A farm team for the Colorado Rockies.
                       
                      When I got there- I went to purchase my ticket- and was told the game was sold out- standing room only- it figures! This is what happens to me when I don't get my tickets in advance! Well I guess I could hope that some season ticket holders won't show up at the game and I can nab a seat...
                       
                      I walked around the ballpark prior to the game, I thought it was interesting that what should have been the front of the ballpark was actually facing a gated parking lot
                       

                       
                      Inside, the new ballpark has all the bells and whistles
                       

                       
                       

                       
                       

                       
                       

                       
                       

                       
                       
                      As well as a view of the Tulsa skyline
                       

                       
                      Like most minor league baseball teams, the drillers have a colorful mascot. In this case it looks like a steer
                       

                       
                      As well as an interesting between inning race
                       

                       
                      In this case a bunch of funny looking ethnic characters and a hotdog.
                       
                      The Driller's hosted the Springfield Cardinals that evening - I don't remember the score but Tulsa won
                       

                       

                       
                      After the game I walked back to my hotel and called it a night
                       
                      more tomorrow....
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                        Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sun, 10/3/10 7:42 PM (permalink)
                        Leave it to me to find the one spelling error!  The picture of the Oldest Firearm in the J.M. Davis collection.  The caption says, It is fired my touching a burning match...  Sorry, it just jumped out at the proofreader in me.
                         
                          wanderingjew

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                          Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Sun, 10/3/10 7:44 PM (permalink)
                          billyboy


                          Leave it to me to find the one spelling error!  The picture of the Oldest Firearm in the J.M. Davis collection.  The caption says, It is fired my touching a burning match...  Sorry, it just jumped out at the proofreader in me.


                          Billyboy

                          If that's the case, you probably get a real kick out of reading those grammatically incorrect Chinese take out menus too!
                           
                            wanderingjew

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                            Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Mon, 10/4/10 8:40 PM (permalink)
                            Saturday September 4

                            After a restless sleep due to party goers across the hall from me who stayed up late after the John Mayer concert, I temporarily recovered at the Cherry Street Coffee House located in the funky Cherry Street neighborhood. The rich Java I enjoyed there ties for first place with the Broadway Café and Roasterie in Kansas City. Since I was only drinking coffee there, I checked out of my hotel afterwards and took a 45 minute detour south to Muskogee to meet a legendary Roadfooder for breakfast.
                             
                             
                             
                            Here at the Shawnee Restaurant is where I would meet Tiki.
                             

                             
                             
                            Having never met Tiki before I was looking forward to it. He was supposed to attend my first President’s Day Glee Club Event in Austin back in Austin but couldn’t make it due to unforseen circumstances.     

                            We both got there at the same time and met each other in the parking lot
                             

                             
                            A couple of pick up trucks and a guy in a cowboy hat in the parking lot is always a good sign.

                            I was looking forward to a big hearty breakfast and Tiki assured me I’d be getting one. Imagine my surprise when these “big as your head” biscuits arrived along with the creamy gravy.
                             

                             
                             
                            I was wondering how I was going to finish that long with my “oinky” pork steaks.
                             

                             
                            Tiki told me The Shawnee serves some mean country ham too and that’s what he got.
                             

                             
                            Tiki told me that the sign over the restaurant was not always there so until recently it was known just as “the restaurant”.

                            Tiki was a great conversationalist. Halfway through breakfast Tiki’s friend arrived ( I forgot his name) and took photos of the both of us. I had a blast
                             



                            After breakfast I headed two hours west to Oklahoma City. I checked into my dumpy Quality Inn (the dumpiest hotel of the trip) and took a short nap due to my lack of sleep the evening before. After waking up, I drove 30 minutes west to El Reno for a Little Tex -Mex at Serapios for a late lunch
                             

                             
                            After doing research I found out that the place has been a fixture in the area for several
                            decades with the same owners family.
                             

                             
                            The meal starts out with fresh complimentary Tortilla Chips which comes with homemade salsa and queso.
                             

                             
                             

                            Although it’s not their forte, I ordered the Steak Fajitas- the Lunch Version, considering the portion size, I could only imagine what their dinner version looks like.
                             

                             
                             

                             
                             

                             
                            I enjoyed these which were served with their home made tortillas. My only gripe is the
                            steak/pepper/onion combination at the bottom of the serving dish was a little dry and overdone, other than that, although it wasn’t the best Fajitas I had (I give that nod to El Gallo in Austin TX) they were good.

                            After lunch I returned to Oklahoma City, stopping in the Stockyards District.
                             

                             
                             
                            Passing the Stern’s reviewed Cattleman’s Café.
                             

                             
                            Unfortunately I wouldn’t get to try the place, however I did walk in hoping that they would have a bar perhaps some local beer on tap- no such luck.. Walking through the stockyards and peering into the western wear and saddle shops,
                             

                             
                            I realized that OK City is just one big cow-town. 
                             

                             
                             

                             

                             
                             
                            I then headed back towards Bricktown. The revitalized warehouse district now housing shops, restaurants and bars
                             
                             

                             
                             
                            as well as The Bricktown Ballpark home of the triple A Oklahoma City Redhawks.
                             

                             
                            I went to a ballgame there back in 2003. I was supposed to go see a game on this trip as well, however when I went to check the schedule the day before they had recently changed the time of the game to 11AM. I called to ask why and they told me it was because of the OU Foot ball game. I’m thinking what’s so important about college football that they would change the time of the game, to 11AM no less. Either way it I wanted to have breakfast with my buddy Tiki rather than go to an 11AM ball game.   I did get some cool photos of the Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench statues.
                             

                             

                             
                             
                            As dinner time was approaching I was a little dissapointed. My initial plans were to
                            go to Ann’s Chicken Fry- a long time fixture on historic Route 66, famous for their Chicken Fried Steak. I called the day before to see how late they’re open to (due to expecting to have a late lunch) and was told they would be closed Saturday due to labor day weekend- What a bummer- THIS was the place I was really looking forward to the most in Oklahoma City. I did have a back up plan though thanks to some advice from some Chowhounders when I was first doing my research for the trip.  Even though it was closed, I did make a stop at Ann’s Chicken Fry to get these photos of the outside of the restaurant. I did think if the outside looked this cool, I can only imagine what the inside looked like.
                             

                             
                             
                             

                             

                             

                             

                             
                             
                            I ended up at Rooster’s Café, about 15 miles NE of my hotel in rural Jones. Walking in and checking out the decor and the patrons- it was everything I had hoped for.
                             
                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             
                             

                             

                             

                             
                             
                            Of course I was planning to order their chicken fried steak. Chowhounders warned me that the even the small chicken fried steak is large enough for a big appetite- and what did I do? I ordered the large- and I got exactly what I asked for. Just look at ths monstrous behemoth, and yes that is a full sized dinner plate. It was every bit as good as it was large. I’d even put it in the same category as Hoover’s in Austin TX.
                             

                             
                            Even the pinto beans and fried okra that I ordered as sides were good. Unfortunately no matter how good it was I could barely get into a third of my meal and tapped out-
                             

                             
                            The whole meal ran me about 10 bucks.
                            obviously no matter how tempting that blackberry cobbler might have been, dessert was out of the question.
                             
                             

                             
                             
                            I returned to my hotel a very stuffed to the gills man, and called it a night- I would have a big, big travel day tomorrow.

                            More to come tomorrow.



                             
                              leethebard

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                              Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Mon, 10/4/10 10:27 PM (permalink)
                              Oh my God, that chicken fried steak would feed a small family!!!
                               
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                                Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Mon, 10/4/10 10:58 PM (permalink)
                                Dale, you take AMAZING vacations.  If I ever get the chance to travel the way that you do I'm going to ask you to map it out for me.
                                 
                                WOW, just WOW.
                                 
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                                  Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 1:10 AM (permalink)
                                  Dale, Oklahoma football is a religion and a minor league baseball game pales in comparison to Sooner football. That chicken fried steak looks wonderful. Surprised there was no onion burger in El Reno and no visit to the praying hands in Tulsa.
                                  <message edited by mr chips on Tue, 10/5/10 1:14 AM>
                                   
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                                    Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 8:11 AM (permalink)
                                    Mr Chips
                                     
                                    I did the praying hands on my first visit to Tulsa back in 1990. I also did the Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook museum as well back then.
                                     
                                    Onion burgers?? Stay tuned.....
                                     
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                                      Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 9:17 AM (permalink)
                                      Oh now I'm gonna have 'Okie from Muskogee' in my head all day.  /waves at Tiki!
                                       
                                        ScreamingChicken

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                                        Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 9:47 AM (permalink)
                                        Nancypalooza


                                        Oh now I'm gonna have 'Okie from Muskogee' in my head all day.  /waves at Tiki!


                                        I'm stuck with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"...
                                         
                                        WJ, did you happen to ask what cut of beef was used for the chicken fried steak at Roosters?  The gravy looks plenty hearty, too.
                                         
                                        Brad
                                         
                                          billyboy

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                                          Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 10:04 AM (permalink)
                                          "Billyboy

                                          If that's the case, you probably get a real kick out of reading those grammatically incorrect Chinese take out menus too!"
                                           
                                          WJ, you have no idea!  It's like "A Beautiful Mind" when the letters all light up and jump out at Russell Crowe.  I can't shut it off! 
                                           
                                          And that CFS?!  Wow, does that thing double as a bed?  I keep thinking Bugs Bunny is going to come out and sing "I Dream of (Chicken Fried Steak) with the Light Brown Crust!
                                          <message edited by billyboy on Tue, 10/5/10 10:12 AM>
                                           
                                            Wintem01

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                                            Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 10:29 AM (permalink)
                                            That chicken fried steak is a thing of beauty. Glad to hear it was good as well as just huge. So did you box the leftovers and eat it for the next, say, week? Tell me you didn't leave two thirds of that behind.
                                             
                                              wanderingjew

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                                              Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 12:38 PM (permalink)
                                              Mr Chips

                                              I forgot to mention that I never had an appreciation for college football, I barely have an appreciation for pro football- My reasoning at the time I found out that the game was rescheduled to 11am  was that the Patriots could play in Foxboro the same day and time as a the Red Sox play in Boston and it would still ensure a sell out game for the Red Sox.
                                               
                                              Brad
                                              I'm one of those guys that doesn't get into the technicalities of the food I eat- you know- grass fed vs corn fed,  oak smoked vs cherrywood smoked....I just know looks good....tastes good...yum!
                                               
                                              Wintem

                                              Bad news- I got a to go box and threw everything out when I got back to my hotel. I was done for the evening and had to save my appetite the next day for dinner- besides I was on the road for most of the next day and there was no way my leftovers could keep .
                                               
                                                wanderingjew

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                                                Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 6:34 PM (permalink)
                                                Sunday September 5
                                                 
                                                Coffee in Oklahoma City on a Sunday morning must be the equivalent of liquid gold. It seems that many choose to close on Sundays and those that choose to open don't do so until 9AM.
                                                 
                                                The Red Cup has gotten many favorable reviews so I went. There was a line of people waiting to get in when I got there at 9AM sharp- Only small and medium (16 oz) cups are offered and they offer a surprisingly solid medium roast- however no refill prices- for each refill you have to pay full price and not only that but the line never let up- the whole time I was there- I observed constant foot traffic entering the coffee house- anyway I stopped after two medium cups although I easily could have had a third.

                                                I had a big travel day ahead I would be traveling all afternoon and also well into the evening since I had to make my way back to the Twin Cities for a 5:30pm flight the next day . However a return to El Reno for an early 11 AM lunch was in order at
                                                 

                                                 
                                                Robert's Grill
                                                 
                                                The only onion burger joint open in El Reno on a Sunday. I called the day before to make sure they were open since it was Labor Day weekend as I didn't want to back track all the way there for nothing..
                                                 
                                                Of course I knew to order the onion burger. I was observing the cook behind the counter cook the hell out of that burger hence the finished product
                                                 

                                                 
                                                A good tasting burger - the fried onion infuses the burger, however I found the consistency dry and overdone. I prefer a nice juicy burger and frankly this onion burger wasn't.  I'm not sure if this is the exception or the norm. If its the norm, then  unfortunately onion burgers aren't on my favorite list.
                                                 
                                                I hit the road before noon, as I said I had a long long driving day ahead of me.
                                                Leaving Oklahoma, entering Kansas and finally entering back into Missouri, dinner time was approaching.
                                                 
                                                Now some of you up till now may have thought  "I can't believe he was in Kansas City and didn't stop at..............................."
                                                 
                                                 

                                                 
                                                 
                                                Well you're all wrong! Of course I had to save the best for last
                                                 

                                                 
                                                I was expecting to be greeted by lots of people waiting to be seated and as you can see
                                                the place was packed
                                                 

                                                 
                                                 

                                                 
                                                I was told there would be 90 minute wait for a table, however I could find immediate seating at the bar- it was a no brainer- I'll eat at the bar since I still have to get back on the road. I got to the bar and there were no seats- there was a space to stand at the bar-
                                                This is Strouds- they could hang me upside down over the roof and serve my food there for all I care- of course I'll eat standing up at the bar.
                                                 
                                                There was an older couple sitting next to me that I had a conversation with. I told them I came all the way from Rhode Island for some fried chicken and if I had to eat standing up so be it- the couple asked me if Rhode Island was under water because of recent news that Hurricane Earl had passed through the area, however I wasn't sure but figured if I returned to my condo entered my living room and found two Portuguese fisherman in a life raft, well that answers my question.
                                                 
                                                Anyway, my salad with blue cheese dressing arrived.
                                                 

                                                 
                                                and by the time I was done, the older couple had left and gave me their seat. Thankfully I can now enjoy the rest of my dinner "in style"
                                                 
                                                Those  addicting warm cinnamon rolls arrived
                                                 

                                                 
                                                You can never have just one!
                                                 

                                                 
                                                And finaly the rest of my dinner- green beans, cottage fries and gravy and some of the best succulent fried chicken I've ever had
                                                 

                                                 
                                                I don't think I said it loud enough "SOME OF THE BEST SUCCULENT FRIED CHICKEN I EVER HAD!!!"
                                                 
                                                So to answer Wintem's previous question- this is why I couldn't save the chicken fried steak from the day before.
                                                 
                                                After dinner I was back on the road and arrived at my final destination for the evening at around 9:30pm- the Days Inn in West Des Moines IA.
                                                 
                                                The final segment tomorrow.
                                                 
                                                  zataar

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                                                  Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 10:22 PM (permalink)
                                                  Wonderful trip report! Bill and I really enjoyed our Flea Market get together with you. Glad you didn't have to travel far to get there!
                                                   
                                                    Nancypalooza

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                                                    Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Tue, 10/5/10 10:22 PM (permalink)
                                                    That is some awesome looking fried chicken for sure!
                                                     
                                                      MiamiDon

                                                      Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Wed, 10/6/10 8:07 AM (permalink)
                                                      Wow, that chicken looks great.  What are the white strips covering the Stroud's salad?  A second cheese?
                                                       
                                                       
                                                        wanderingjew

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                                                        Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Wed, 10/6/10 8:38 AM (permalink)
                                                        Zataar
                                                         
                                                        I'm assuming your back from your trip from across the pond.  I hope you and Bill had a great time and perhaps see a trip report from you.
                                                         
                                                        Miami Don

                                                        Yes, that's grated cheese- I couldn't tell you what kind though.
                                                         
                                                          zataar

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                                                          Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Wed, 10/6/10 11:00 AM (permalink)
                                                          WJ, we returned late Monday night. It was a great trip. We had some wonderful British food (it's true!) and especially wonderful traditional food in Cornwall. I'm planning a report soon, if I can figure out how to post photos, I'll do that, too.
                                                           
                                                            CajunKing

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                                                            Re:Heartlanding Through the Breadbasket Wed, 10/6/10 3:50 PM (permalink)
                                                            Ok, I'm back and caught up
                                                             
                                                            15 pie, 1 Kuchen, 1 awesome looking cake

                                                             
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