Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN)

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Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN)

Looking for some suggestions for a quick 5-6 day road trip from Kansas City, MO - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN.
 
I am pretty flexible on rerouting to hit anyplace that is especially good and looking mostly for BBQ joints.  I will be leaving late afternoon on November 13.
 
 
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/13 03:44:40 (permalink)
    John,
    We were impressed with Payne's BBQ in Memphis (highly praised here on Roadfood).  As I recall, we went with a pulled pork sandwich and a barbecue bologna sandwich with a side of beans.  All of it was really good, especially the bologna.  I knew it was a regional thing, but didn't think Memphis was part of that region.  Don't be expecting KC style 'Que and you won't be disappointed.  Embrace the bright yellow slaw piled on top of your sandwich!
     
    Checking out Yelp, I'm seeing consistently good comments on their smoked sausage, too.  Gives me another reason to get back down there for a return visit.
     
    Have a great trip!
     
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    Payne's Bar-B-Que
    1762 Lamar Ave
    Memphis, TN 38114
    (901) 272-1523
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/13 09:01:44 (permalink)
    I've never been to Tenn but will be traveling there soon. I've done LOADS of research already. Paynes, Cozy Corner, & Gus fried chicken keep coming out tops.
     
    Have a good & safe trip :)
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/13 16:07:38 (permalink)
    Thanks guys.  I am just preparing to leave.  Payne's and Gus' are on my short list for sure.  I have already done A&R, Cozy Corner, Corky's and Rendezvous so will be able to try 5-6 new places in the Memphis area.
     
    My very first stop was going to be just South of Joplin, MO...Undercliff Bar & Grill.  It is somewhat on the way to my lake house and looks interesting but closes at 3 pm on Sundays.  http://undercliff.net/
     
    Perhaps reroute through Pittsburgh, KS and hit Chicken Annie/Mary, Barto's Idle hour or Nu Grille instead.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/13 22:23:58 (permalink)
    Want a good Steak? Try Doe's Eat Place in Missouri or Arkansas. Reviewed here on roadfood, and part of the famous Doe's of Mississippi Steak Houses. I can do nothing but praise the beef at Doe's.
    Check the website for the location that best fits yor travel plans..I am familiar with the original and the Paducah and Little Rock locations that rate 9 on a 10 scale with me.
    www.doeseatplace.com
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/13 22:53:15 (permalink)
    Forgot about Doe's.  But not all Doe's are created equal.  Some of them are still part of the original Doe family empire, while others are franchises.  Still good, I'm sure, but given a choice, I'd rather go to the family owned joint.
     
    BTW, John, if you're passing through southern Illinois, there's a bonanza of southern style Barbecue throughout the Shawnee National Forest area.  Three time Memphis in May winner, "17th Street Barbecue" is in Murphysboro.  One of our favorites, "Triple E BBQ" has several locations around the lower part of the state.  Virtually every little town in and around the forest has a local Greasehouse smoking up plenty of pig.
     
    Enjoy your trip,
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/14 10:35:37 (permalink)
    Wont make it to Southern Illinois this trip but I'll keep your places in mind.
     
    I'm thinking that the "original" Doe's is the one in Little Rock?
     
    First meal is Monday morning at a little breakfast/lunch place near my lake home called Icy Mae's.  Awesome food and immense portions.  I forgot my camera but will try and get a picture of my omelette via my cell phone.
     

    Trip uneventful so far except my rental car had a broken power outlet (no GPS, cell phone or ipod charging).  Traded it in at the Joplin airport for another car that smells like a dog breeder set up his shop inside it AND the "maint required" light was already illuminated.  Sprayed a bottle of Febreeze in it last night and will let it air out today while I clear leaves and cut trees.  Should be in Little Rock on Tuesday.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/14 14:00:35 (permalink)
    The original (no quotation marks needed) is in Greenville, Mississippi.  The other family owned operation is in Paducah, Kentucky.  There are eight franchisees, one of which is in Springfield, Missouri.
     
    Here's their website for more info:
    http://www.doeseatplace.com/index.html
     
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    P.S. If you're in Overland Park, why the heck are you flying to Joplin and renting a car?  Just askin'; probably none of my business.
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/14 14:58:03 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse
    Forgot about Doe's.  But not all Doe's are created equal.  Some of them are still part of the original Doe family empire, while others are franchises.  Still good, I'm sure, but given a choice, I'd rather go to the family owned joint.  

    I have not eaten at the Greenville, MS location, but have been to both Paducah, KY (family owned) and Little Rock, AR (franchised) and would undoubtedly recommend both.  The story behind the Little Rock location is a good one - http://www.doeseatplace.net/history.html and sheds some light on why some people do think that LR is the original location.  The story claims that they believe that they are most true to the original roots of the restaurant, and that does play out, as I found the Paducah location to have more of an upscale steakhouse feel to it, as opposed to the decidedly downscale setting in Little Rock.  As I tend to find myself dining at off restaurant hours, I have had some good conversation with the staff at the LR Doe's.  They enjoy telling stories of President Clinton's numerous visits when he was governor of Arkansas.
     
    As for the BBQ, I hated Payne's.  It is one of the few Roadfood-recommend places where I have ever used the word "vile" to describe what was served to me.
     
    I also found Chicken Annie's to be somewhat overrated.  Admittedly, I did visit Stroud's on the same trip, and if you are going to have what is widely considered to be the best fried chicken in the country, most anything else is going to pale in comparison.  I don't know that it wasn't good...I just don't know that I would drive all that way out of the way for their chicken.  If it is on your route anyway....
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/14 16:36:20 (permalink)
    Buddy, I rented from Avis in Overland Park and discovered the power outlet didn't work once I was on the road and that local Avis was closed so I stopped by the Joplin airport to switch the car out.
     
    TravelinMan - I like both Chicken Annie and Mary but think Bartos is the best of the three.  Oddly, I am no longer a Strouds fan.  I have been going to Strouds since I was a little kid and always loved it but the last 5 or 6 times there it seemed under seasoned, over cooked and tough.  I doubt they changed their recipe when they made the location change so perhaps my taste just changed over the years.  I also prefer the old recipe cinnamon rolls.  When I go now I opt for the giant filet or the super duper jumbo shrimp.  Strange, but I could do Popeye's chicken over Stroud's.  I'll be giving Payne's BBQ a try for sure and will be hoping for something above vile!
     
    Trying to decide between grilling s strip myself tonight or hitting the local Shell Knob, MO steak place called Steak Inn.  Steak Inn serves a pretty good steak especially if you order the "Boss Cut" which not many people know about.  It is basically just a much thicker cut of any of the steaks.  I typically get the Sirloin Boss Cut and is normally comes out about 16-18 ounces!
     
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/14 16:43:10 (permalink)
    i'll feed ya in Little Rock. c'mon down. have a safe trip. 
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/14 22:57:39 (permalink)
    Travelin Man,
    Not doubting your report on Payne's, just wondering if you could share some details.  We had a great meal there and would recommend it without reservation.
     
    There are two Payne's locations.  Did you go to the one on Lamar or the Elvis Presley Boulevard outpost.  We visited the one on Lamar.
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/15 22:47:37 (permalink)
    I'll post something more complete with photos soon.
     
    Hit four places today.
     
    Coursey's in St. Joe, AR  -  Great stop.  This is a tiny little smokehouse taht sells smoked turkeys, hams and bacon along with a sandwich counter where they make a $5 sandwich to order.  Jsut tell them ham or turkey, what kind of cheese and the type of bread.  I got ham and swiss on rye bread.  you then put your own condiments on and have a seat on the porch to feast.  The ham was especially good.  It was dry like a country ham but not nearly as salty or tough as that.  I bought half a ham to take home with me as they said it woudl be fine in the car for a few days (temps are 50-60).  An added plus is it will hopefully take away the dog breeder odor form my rental...a bottle of Febreeze didn't touch it.
     
    Cotham's in Little Rock, AR  -  My GPS took me right to the address and there was nothing there.  I tried calling only to learn that they had closed about an hour earlier so I am going to have to secure a better address (I used 5301 Highway 161 South, Scott, AR - (501) 961-9284 from RoadFood.com).  If anyone can help get me to the correct location I would appreciate it.
     
    Craigs BBQ in De Valls Bluff, AR  -  A decent BBQ place.  It is tiny and the dorrways are made for a more diminutive stature than my own (6'2" barely makes it through the door).  I ordered a rib dinner and a pork sandwich with mild sauce (the other choices are medium and hot).  The ribs were pretty good but way oversauced.  They were pull apart tender and had a good bit of smoke flavor to them.  I couldn't quite place the sauce flavor as it was pretty unique with a gritty texture and a dark brown.  The cole slaw was outstanding and appeared to be made in-house.  The pork sandwich is served on a toasted bun (inside and out, almost like a pannini).  I expected pulled pork was pleasantly surprised with a slice pork offering with too much sauce and not enough slaw.  Seems like the whole meal with a drink was only around $10-12 whcih seemed like a bargain for some pretty good BBQ.  Since I started rating my Central TX BBQ stops I will continue here with a 3 out of 5 stars.
     
    Gene's BBQ in Brinkley, AR  -  Gene's was only around a half hour drive from Craig's but left me very disappointed.  Gene's is more of a cafe than a BBQ place but they do have Beef, Pork and Ribs on the menu.  Iordered the rib dinner which came with some not so good slaw and a small lettuce salad with dressing served in one of those foil pouches.  Ribs were sauced with what seemed like a commercial sweet sauce you can but at any grocery store.  The ribs themselves (5 of them) were smokeless and very tender making me think they were the boiled then wrap them in tin foil for a while variety.  The staff was exceedingly friendly making up for some of the poor food.  At best a 2 out of 5 star stop.
     
    Gus' Fried Chicken in Memphis, TN  -  I ended the day with a stop at Gus' and was delighted with what I found.  A small place with kitchy tables and chairs that had a good sized crowd at 8:30 pm on a Tuesday.  Super great prices on chicken here as I believe I paid around $8 for a beer, a wind and a breast.  The chicken was outstanding with a crunchy exterior that was not too thick.  The meat itself was spicy (not just the coating) and was dripping with juice.  Cooked perfectly and delicious.  Next visit I'll be sure and have someone else to drive and order the 40 ounce beers...never been to a restaurant that serves a 40 (bought plenty from convenience stores though).  I haven't bee rating anything other than BBQ but I would return to Gus' for sure, in fact, I may just go again on my way back.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/16 20:10:56 (permalink)
    Blue White Cafe in Tunica  -- Really great country ham here.  Meaty and salty but no too tough like a lot of places do country style ham.  Came with red eye gravy, two eggs, two biscuits and a bowl of grits.  Only negative was a problem with the poached eggs.  It is common to put a little vinegar in the poaching water to help the egg whites stay together but must have been poached in almost straight vinegar and tasted as such.  I was unable to eat them.  Too bad because they were cooked to the perfect temperature which is often hard to get with poached eggs these days.
     
    Germantown Commissary in Germantown, TN  --  Awesome.  I had a good feeling when there was a line waiting to be seated.  The staff was very efficient in getting folks in and out making the wait less than 20 minutes which gave me time to continue reading Atlas Shrugged which seems to have been going on for a month now...long book!  I ordered Bruswick Stew whcih was nothing special to me along with a plate of ribs and pork shoulder which were both outstanding.  The ribs were St. Louis cut and very good with more smoke than I expected and a nice crust, although more bark would have been even better.  Some of the best por shoulder I have had as it had crusty parts mixed in and was pulled off in big hunks instead of down to a fine shred.  On the side was a decent deviled egg, good slay and pretty standard beans.  A very good stop for me and woudl rate close to a 4 out of 5 stars.
     
    Three Little Pigs in Memphis, TN  -  I used to go by this place on my way into an office I had in Memphis for a few years so I stopped in for anotehr visit and it was just as good.  After a huge meal at Germantown Commissary I could only muster a puller pork sandwich wich was quite good and as I remembered it.  I used to pick up a half pound to go (whcih was served in a quart styrofoam container) for my lunch back in the day.  A solid 3 out of 5 stars.
     
    Tom's BBQ in Memphis, TN  --  Not too far away was Tom's BBQ and this turned out to be a very nice surprise as I didn't have a lot of background information on it.  I got a jumbo pork sandwich with slaw and sauce for about $5.  Lots of pork piled onto a large size bun with a nice creamy slaw but way too much sauce.  I had two fistfulls of BBQ sauce mess on my hands when I was done but the sandwich was very good.  Luckily I always make my BBQ road trips with a bunch of hand wipes so I cleaned up nicely.  3 out of 5 stars.
     
    Payne's BBQ in Memphis, TN  --  It looked so good from the outside and, sadly, that is all I saw of it as it was closed.  I couldn't find any posted hours but will try and hit it on my way out of town.  This was on my must try list.
     
    Leonards in Memphis, TN  --  After the Payes disappointment I traveled downtown to Leonards and found it was closed and replaced with some type of cafeteria.  It seems like I was about a year too late here.  Poor planning on my part.
     
    Old School Wings Hot Wings in Walls, MS  ---  Dejected from my shutout at Payne's and Leonard's I started driving back into Tunica and remembered seeing Old School Hot wings on the way by earlier.  There had been a large crowd when I passed so I pulled over and gave it a try.  "Honey Spice" wings were served 5 whole wings to the order for about $7 and were cooked perfectly with a nice crunch remaining even after drowning them in a bit too much Honey Spice sauce.  The sauce was good, just too much of it.  I'm a tough reviewer of wings since I have "The Peanut" not too far from my home which has, in my opinion, some of the best hot wings in the universe so I would give Old School a 3 star review. 
     
    Dinner Tonight is a Wild Card.  It will likely be at one of the casinos if I can muster up an appetite.  If not, perhaps a big pice of pie or cake washed down with some Miller Lites.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/16 20:37:52 (permalink)
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    Travelin Man,
    Not doubting your report on Payne's, just wondering if you could share some details.  We had a great meal there and would recommend it without reservation.

    There are two Payne's locations.  Did you go to the one on Lamar or the Elvis Presley Boulevard outpost.  We visited the one on Lamar.

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    Buddy,
     
    I think I can answer this one
     
    I visited Payne's on Lamar back in 2005.  It was singlehandedly the best BBQ Pork Sandwich I ever had....
    Jump ahead 4 years to 2009, Travelin Man, Buffetbuster, Cousin Johnnie and I went to Payne's on Elvis Presley. It was singlehandedly one of the worst BBQ Pork sandwiches I ever had it should have been called a fat n' gristle sandwich, although the sandwich I  constructed at Leonard's from their awful buffet later that evening came close. In all fairness the bbq beans were really good at both Payne's locations.
     
    I will never return to that location on Elvis Presley, I do plan on visiting Memphis for a day in February and I may consider returning to the original location I visited on Lamar's
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/17 03:30:28 (permalink)
    wj,
    I had a similar experience the first time I visited LC's in Kansas City.  Dad and I were on one of our many demo trips and we stopped in one night after a long day of hawking our sauce.  This goes back at least ten years, and even then LC's had a strong reputation.  As it was our first time there, we had no idea how huge the sandwiches were.  We ordered one Burnt End and one Pulled Pork.  The nice counter girl told us we could have the Burnt Ends, but they were sold out of pork.  We were really disappointed and practically begged her to double check to make sure there was absolutely no pork left.  She agreed, and disappeared for at least two minutes while she sorted it out.  When she came back she informed us they had just enough pork left to make a sandwich.
     
    We grabbed a seat, happy we were going to get what we wanted.  When the sandwiches came up, we saw the immense pile of Burnt Ends and realized, along with the beans and fries we had ordered, it was more than enough to feed two people, and that the Pulled Pork sandwich was totally unnecessary.  The realization was made worse when we bit into the pork sandwich and tasted what you describe in your post; "a fat n' gristle sandwich".  We didn't squawk about it because we figured we'd been warned.  The nice counter girl told us they were out of Pulled Pork, but we insisted.  We figured we'd gotten what we deserved, I reckon.
     
    To be sure, the Burnt Ends were some of the best I've ever eaten.  The beans and fresh cut fries were out of this world.  I have returned to LC's many times since--and even ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich.  It was excellent!  But, of course, those other times, the nice counter girl didn't tell me they were out of pork.
     
    The Moral: Always trust the nice counter girl when she tells you they're out of (Fill in favorite food here) and order something else.  It may not be your first choice, but at least it will be edible.
     
    I know that doesn't exactly reflect your experience at Payne's on Elvis Presley Boulevard.  But I would encourage you to get back to the Lamar location for a second chance.
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/18 09:58:17 (permalink)
    UPDATE to Germantown Commissary in Germantown, TN
     
    I forgot to include a note about how good the Lemon Icebox Pie was at this stop.  Really excellent.  The crust was made of vanilla wafers but they were able to keep it from getting spongy and mushy.  A very tart lemon filling that reminded me of a key lime pie and an excellent meringue topping.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/18 10:27:59 (permalink)
    Arcade Restaurant in Memphis, TN  -  A terrific first stop of the day.  Sweet ptato pancakes were awesome, very much like a pumpkin pancake.  Eggs bacon and grits rounded out the very good breakfast in a classic downtown diner atmosphere.  Cute servers too!
     
    Paynes in Memphis, TN  -  I tried again but did call ahead to make sure I didn't drive through town for no reason.  The phone number ofr the location on Elvis Pressley Blvd. indicated diconnected and the Lamar location rang with no answer.  Perhaps just a little too early for them to be open (around 10:00 am).  I did not want to take a chance on missing the open times for Cotham's so Payne's (and its food controversy) will have to wait for next visit.
     
    Cotham Mercantile in Scott, AR  -  I made sure to arrive prior to the 2 pm closing and realized that my GPS had the correct address BUT the wrong city on my previous attempt.  I absolutely loved the whole experience at Cotham.  The building is old and unique sitting on pilings/stilts.  All of the old store fixtures/items that have been left in place make the visit even more interesting.  The Hubcap Burger was excellent and huge!  My only complaint would be that it would be so much better if you could order it cooked medium instead of slaughtered to well done.  Onion rings were incredibly crunchy and needed only a little salt added to make them wonderful.  Cotham's will be on my list of places to return without a doubt.
     
    Neighbors Mill Bakery and Cafe in Harrison, AR - I made a quick stop here for coffee and noticed pie!  I was told that the coconut pineapple pie was a specialty so I ordered a piece.  It was good but not great, certainly not worth a special visit just for that particular item.  However, there was a cafe with many sandwiches and salads along with a variety of fresh baked breads so I will give this place another try in the near future.
     
    Bennets Donuts in Branson, MO  --  I had mentioned this place to another RaodFood poster a few days back so thought I would do a quick detour and grab a red velvet donut that I had spoken highly about.  Closed!  Not closed for good just not open at that day/time which was disappointing.
     
    Mickeys Hot Dogs in Branson West, MO  --  With my donut detour I had originally planned on stopping at Dana's BBQ in Branson West but Mickeys caught my eye for a Chicago Dog.  I had been here a few years back after playing gold at Ledgestone Golf Course and this stop was just as good.  A couple of classic Chicago Dogs executed to prefection complete with the neon relish and sport peppers.  Yummy.  Dana's will have to wait for another visit.
     
    Jill's Ozark BBQ in Lampe, MO  --  I had completely forgotten that I have wanted to stop and try this place out for quite some time but was just too full to make it happen this night.  I would love to hear if anyone else has feedback on this obscure place located on Highway 13 just South of Table Rock Lake.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2011/11/21 10:36:08 (permalink)
    Icy Mae's in Shell Knob, MO  -  This is my local goto breakfast place.  You would never know it exists from the outside as it is located inside a little medical building without any signage.  Today i ordered the eggs benedict and it was, as always, very good.   However, I did f=forget to order the hollandaise on the side as the cook always ladles on way too much.
     
    BBQ Station in Cassville, MO  -  I absolutely love this BBQ place as it is the closest thing to Central Texas BBQ I have found in the area.  Just like CCentral Texas BBQ they will lsice your meat request to order at the start of the line and the brisket is cut THICK not shaved thin on a slicing machine like most places.  Brisket had plenty of smoke remains nicely moist and has a good bark on it.  The only complaint with the brisket is that they trim off virtually all of the fat, which many of the "lean" eaters would love.  Ribs are just as good as the brisket with the same smokiness and bark.  They are St. Louis style cut and a pleasure to eat.  I did not get sausage this time around as they seem to be constantly changing sausage providers moving more towards a KC style polish and away from my preferred Central Texas salt and pepper.  A solid 4 out of 5 rating.
     
    Cafe on the Route in Baxter Springs, KS  --  Disappointed with my first stop at Cafe on the Route after hearing many good things about it.  It seems to me that the menu may simply be too large and varied to put out consistent quality food.  I ordered brisket and ribs at the suggestion of the server and got chcnks of pretty dry and smokeless brisket along with the oddest rib cut I have encountered.  Short flat ribs connected to a large hunk of rib tips or knuckles.  An enormous mound of thin fires sat on top of the whole thing making it difficult to eat without spilling it all over the table.  Perhaps a 2 out of 5 rating.
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/06 21:01:57 (permalink)
    Getting ready for anothr run through this area.  It will be Kansas City to Memphis/Tunica and then on to New Orleans.  I may start another thread since New Orleans will be a new stop.
     
    Paynes BBQ and Does Eat Place are on my for sure list since I didn't get them last time.  I will probably also hit Leonards and Gus' Fried Chicken in Mason, TN.
     
    In New Orleans I think I will add Mothers to the list as well as Central Grocery which has been closed my previous two trips through.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/08 13:23:45 (permalink)
    If you stop near Grenada, MS go to High on the Hog or Jake and Rips for good road food.
    High on the Hog BBQ @ 711 Lakeview Dr., Grenada, MS 662 - 226 - 5635.
    Jake and Rips @ at 1525 Sunset Dr., Grenada, MS 662 - 227 - 9955.
    Hickory Pit is a great place to stop in Jackson, MS for good BBQ.
    Hickory Pit @ 1491 Canton Mart Road, Jackson, MS 601 - 956 - 7079.
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    For good BBQ get off I 55 at Exit 72 in Crystal Springs, MS and go E on Highway 27. Go E for about a mile to the Intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 51 to Louise's for outstanding BBQ. Google has Louise's home address so a GPS may take you to the wrong place. Just go straight from I 55 on Highway 27 to the IS of 51 and 27. It's in a brown frame building with a high yellow sign. Here's a link to their menu. They are open to about 9 PM.
    Bring an ice chest and pick up some custom processed meat from Wilson's Meathouse in Crystal Springs. Get off I 55 at Exit 68 towards Crystal Springs and go E for .4 mile to Highway 51. Take a right and go 1.1 mile and Wilson's will be on your left.
    Louise Open Pit BBQ @ 26164 Hwy. 27, Crystal Springs, MS. 601 - 892 - 5003.
    http://carpejackson.com/2.../louises-open-pit-bbq/
    Wilson's Meathouse @ 23086 U.S. 51, Crystal Springs, MS 601 - 892 - 2951.
    http://www.sararoahen.com...issippi_Meathouse.html

    Get off I 55 at Exit 81 and go W to Terry Road. Take a right and go to Wyndale's for outstanding steaks.
    Wyndale Steakhouse @ 6672 Terry Road, Terry, MS 601 - 878 - 2695.
    For the best southern cooking in the US go to Dinner Bell in McComb, MS. They are open for lunch only Tuesday through Sunday. Get off I 55 at Exit 17 and go E on Delaware Avenue to S Broadway. Take a right and go 2 blocks to 5th Avenue. Take a right and go to Dinner Bell. You will sit around large lazy susan tables filled with southern specials like fresh vegetable casseroles, fried eggplant and fried chicken. Stop by on your way N.
    The Dinner Bell @ 229 5th Ave., McComb, MS. 601 - 684 - 4883.
    http://www.thedinnerbell.net/index.html
    If you want good soul food near Summit, MS get off I 55 at Exit 20 and go W. Take your first right on Old Brookhaven Road and go N to Doretha's.
    Doretha's @ 1139 Old Brookhaven Road, Summit, MS 601 - 276 - 9594.
    BBQ Station is a good stop in Independence, LA. Get off I 55 at Exit 40 and go E on Highway 40 to Railroad Avenue. Take a right and go two blocks for good BBQ.
    Bar B Que Station @ 563 W. Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. 985 - 878 - 3747.
    If you take a rest stop near the LA/MS state line at Osyka, MS get off I 55 at Exit 1 and go E on Highway 584 and go to Second Street. Take a right and go to Nyla's for outstanding burgers. The nearby town of Kentwood, LA is the home of Britney Spears who is a frequent visitor at Nyla's.
    Nyla's Burger Basket @ 1071 Second Street, Osyka, MS 601 - 542 - 5032.
    If you have never been to Middendorf's Restaurant you must stop at Exit 15 off I 55. Go E to Highway 51 and turn right. Go S about a mile to some fine fresh seafood right off the boat. They also serve great salads, gumbo, sandwiches and steaks. Stop to rest even if you don't eat. Get a cold drink and head back.
    Middendorf's @ 30160 Highway 51, Akers, LA 985 - 386 - 6666.
    http://middendorfsrestaurant.com/
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/08 13:25:53 (permalink)
    Skip Mother's.  No one stands in that line but tourists.  Go to Red Gravy or Elizabeth's for breakfast.  Surrey's in the LGD is oustanding. 
    Red Gravy is the best place in the FQ area for breakfast or lunch.  It’s just a block W of Canal.  Take Chartres St. to Camp from the FQ.  El Gato Negro is a great Mexican place in the French Market for lunch or dinner and breakfast on the weekends.  Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch.. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Felipe's has great Mexican food using local ingredients. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. Antoine's has 25 cent martini's at lunch. Commerce Restaurant is a couple of blocks W of Canal in walking distance of FQ and has good inexpensive breakfast and lunch. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales.They have a great Sunday Jazz brunch. Daisy Dukes serves good breakfast, lunch and dinner open 24/7.
    Red Gravy @ 125 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 504 – 561 – 8844.
    http://www.redgravycafe.com/
    El Gato Negro @ 81 French Market Place, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 9752.
    http://elgatonegronola.com/
    Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
    http://www.menaspalace.com/
    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
    http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/
    Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
    http://www.felipesneworleans.com/index.html
    Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.
    http://www.clovergrill.com/
    Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
    Commerce Restaurant @ 300 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 9239.
    Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.
    http://www.buffaslounge.com/
    Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171.
    http://www.daisydukesrestaurant.com/
     
     
    Go to Port O Call in the Marigny for good burgers or Praline Connection. Buffa's has reasonable food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  And tamales too.  Three Muses has great music, good food and cold drinks.
    Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.
    http://www.portofcallneworleans.com/
    Praline Connection @ 542 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 943 - 3934.
    http://www.pralineconnection.com/
    Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.
    http://www.buffaslounge.com/
    Three Muses @ 536 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 – 298 – 8746. 
    http://www.thethreemuses.com/
     
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/08 21:05:53 (permalink)
    When you go to Gus' Fried Chicken in Mason, TN, be sure to ask them to cook it up fresh.  No matter how long you have to wait.  When I was there two or three years ago, I asked for the fried chicken and they brought me a meal that had been cooked maybe three or four hours before and warmed up (and not all that warm, either).  Gus' reminded me a lot of Bon Ton Mini Mart's fried chicken, but the latter always cooks theirs up fresh when ordered.  The potential was there, but not that day.
     
    And if Gus' Fried Chicken is closed, just down the street and across the road is Bozo's Bar-B-Q  (which was in the Sterns' 1992 Roadfood book); it is one of the best barbecue parlors I've been to in that part of far western Tennessee.  Indeed, I was there last summer on my way back home from Louisiana.
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/28 10:38:38 (permalink)
    Dropped by Gus' and Bozo's but both were closed...a Monday.  Will try again in a few days.  I did get chicken at Gus's downtown and it was excellent.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/28 13:19:25 (permalink)
    I couldn't wait...had to try Gus' in Mason out right away.  I was hugely disappointed.  The downtown location was much better in my opinion.  I like a "dive" place to eat and the downtown location gives that to you in such a way that the atmosphere is vibrant.  The Mason location is just a dirty mess and the staff seems so sad moping around like I would expect at Church's fried chicken.  I was lucky to get pretty freshly chicken at the Mason location but those coming after me will be getting stuff that was cooked and left to sit around.  Take Louis' advice and asked for freshly cooked if you can get them to do it.  The downtown location was piping hot and juicy...right out of the fryer.
     
    Sitting in Bozo's now eating a plate of mixed pork.  I like this place.  Cool decor that is kind of diner/cafe/BBQ all mixed together.  Super friendly staff.  The BBQ plate is a huge mound of pork (I got a mix of dark and light) that is very good...not a lot of smoke but a great pork flavor.  Their "medium" sauce goes perfectly with it and reminds me of the orange colored sauce served a City Market in Luling Texas.  Not sure what the spice is but it is a distinctive, and good, flavor.  Sadly, ribs are only offered on Friday and Saturday.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/02/29 22:55:44 (permalink)
    Great report on your travels. Hate to hear that about Stroud's. It has been a couple of years since I have been to the Gladstone location. Always great for me be it the fried chicken, Huge fried shrimp which are the largest I have ever had at a restaurant or the grilled pork chop. I really like the gizzards there too.
     
    What no pie in De Valls Bluff?
     
    You find any good places in Springfield MO? I am going in a couple of weeks.
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/03/02 00:28:45 (permalink)
    Springfield, MO:  I stopped at Pappy's Place for BBQ once and it was pretty good.  Interesting location in the middle of a residential neighborhood.  It would be a great place on a nice afternoon along with a couple of beers.  Obviously most folks traveling into Springfield go to Lamberts and I admit that I do like that place but I am a sucker for big yeasty rolls (thrown or not...doesn't matter to me).  Haruno Japanese Sushi is good.  About an hour West of Springfield in Cassville is BBQ Sation which is very good but that may be a long drive if you aren't headed West.  Here is a link to the February 2012 "Best Of" issue of 417 Magazine that will give you some good ideas.  http://www.pageturnpro.com/Whitaker-Publishing/35188-February-2012/index.html#6
     
    The ones that I added to my GPS favorites to try are:
    Maria's Mexican Restaurant
    Flame Steak House
    Casper's Diner
    Pizza House
    Tortilleria Perches (this one is particularly interesting and I may get there by this weekend)
    Nearly Famous Delicatesin
    St. George Donut Shop
    Rocco's Pizza
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/03/02 06:28:39 (permalink)
    In Springfield, MO:
     
    Mexican Villa - burrito enchilada-style
    Casper's - chili
    Aunt Martha's Pancake House
    Leong's Tea House - cashew chicken
    Pizza House
     
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/03/03 21:36:07 (permalink)
    I stopped at Tortilleria Perches this afternoon and it was very good.  Small place with a tortilla making machine taking up most of the kitchen space.  I had a dinner plate of discardo (not sure of the spelling but it means mixed meat) and it was super.  Came with rice, beans and a bunch of tortillas that had just been made.  Chips in the chips and salsa were great as they were very thick but still crisp and crunchy.
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    Re:Quick Road Trip (Kansas City - Springfield, MO - Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN) 2012/03/06 00:26:25 (permalink)
    mcguirejohnr and Bushie thanks for the list of places to visit in Springfield MO.
    I have had Springfield style cashew chicken in Tulsa and Joplin. Never had it in Springfield. It appears to be called Leong's Asian Cuisne now. The son has taken over. http://www.417mag.com/417-Magazine/December-2010/Eat-at-Leong-039s/
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