Re:High Plains Drifters
Thu, 06/23/11 1:37 PM
Saturday June 11, 2011 cont. Johnson's Corner is a huge truckstop/restaurant, that sits right next to I-25. It has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week since the place first opened in 1952. The parking lot was full of 18 wheelers and lots of motorcycles, so we had to park in the back lot. Which meant we had pulled in next to a van with a giant cinnamon roll painted on it. This was already our kind of place. We walked through the convenience store to get to the restaurant, where it was obvious there would be a short wait for a table. I walked up to the hostess, who asked for my name. My reply was, "It's for Cliff". Then it occurred to me that she was writing down a lot more than five letters, so I looked and she had "SuperCliff" written down on the list. Now, typically, if a hostess misspells my name or mispronounces it, I would normally see no reason to correct them. But since I had already observed her yelling out loudly for a previous party, the last thing I wanted to hear was "SuperCliff, party of two!" shouted, with us too embarrassed to claim our table. The good news, the young hostess just giggled when I corrected her. The bad news, I had to listen to Cousin Johnny call me SuperCliff for the rest of the trip. Weird things do seem to follow us around like a lost puppy dog, sometimes. We got seated in a booth, where we immediately noticed a phone there. Johnny suggested it was for the convenience of truck drivers, which the waitress confirmed. We also appreciated that we could see the Rockies Mountains, in the distance, from our booth. Johnson's Corner is best known for their large cinnamon rolls. And besides the regular version, they also have a cinnamon roll of the month, which is currently Not knowing which one to get, we asked the waitress just how big these were. She explained the dimensions with her hands. Not impressed, we decided to get one of each. Wanting to try at least some of the regular food, we also ordered JC's Old Style Sausage and Eggs. The sausage is called a German sausage on the menu and I'm not really sure why this qualifies as a German sausage. But it was good, a little fatty in a flavorful way. The hashbrowns and eggs were average. A single biscuit covered in gravy was also shared. The biscuit was warm and very soft, but neither one of us cared for the gravy. Then the cinnamon rolls arrived and it was obvious the waitress was a liar, liar, pants on fire. Because these things were huge. The original is covered in super sweet white icing. For $2.89, this was a real bargain. Despite everything we had already eaten, we were determined to finish it. I quit early, but Johnny kept going, until we finally had an empty plate. We did manage a few bites of the blueberry cinnamon roll, too. Surprisingly, this roll was much softer than the other one and we both really enjoyed all the light cream cheese frosting piled on top. Even though we preferred this one, we had to get most of it boxed up to go, as we did with a couple slices of their homemade pies. Before we left, I walked around to check out the different rooms of the restaurant. Next time, I will be sitting at the cool looking counter seats, which just seem appropriate at a place like this. Also seen here, was an apparent class reunion. Now, I missed my recent 30 year high school reunion, but if it was held in a Roadfood restaurant, I think I would show up. Also unusual about this place, how many Roadfood restaurants have their own chapel? Johnson's Corner 2842 SE Frontage Road Loveland, CO 970-667-2069
We got back in the car heading north, crossing into Wyoming.
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