Saturday February 2 cont
After leaving Park Avenue Coffee
, I ran into a bit of a stumbling block. Road after road I tried to get on was closed due to the Mardi Gras parade that was soon to start. Many, many young St. Louisians walked by my car wearing beads as I sat in traffic I wasn't expecting. Finally, I made it onto the freeway and headed east into Illinois.
My destination was Carbondale and after a nice almost 2 hour drive, I arrived at my destination, Mary Lou's
As soon as I walked in the door, I fell in love, in a Roadfood sort of way.
Although there is another room to the left with tables, I appreciate a place that has so many counter seats. I sat down and asked the waitress what they make best. She immediately answered biscuits and gravy. Since it was 11:30AM by now, I had my mind made up for lunch. She then said most people get the hamburgers. Once I started looking around, I realized that everyone and I mean EVERYONE was eating the biscuits and gravy. So, I called the waitress back and ordered that.
I can't promise the biscuits were homemade, since I forgot to ask, but they sure did taste that way. And the peppery sausage gravy was outstanding! It is easy to see why this is so popular. I was conveniently sitting right in front of the gravy holding area
and probably no more than 30 seconds ever went by without one of the waitresses coming over to get another plate of biscuits and gravy.
I thought about eating a burger, too, but decided to try some pie. But my waitress informed me they don't have pie on Saturdays, which I thought was a little odd. So, I paid my bill of under three bucks and left. It is easy to see why this place is wildly popular with students from Southern Illinois Universiy just down the street.
Speaking of SIU, their bookstore was my next destination, where I bought myself a t-shirt. SIU has one of the best college sports team nicknames, the Salukis and a pretty cool logo.
On the way out of town, I stopped at an interesting bakery I had spotted.
Wasn't Christadous the name of a villian in a James Bond movie?
After looking over the pastries in the case, I decided it was easier to scan the list on the front of the case. One of the things listed was a butterfluffette. I don't know what they were, but I decided I had to have one! Unfortunately, they were out.
So, I had to settle for a black and white cookie
and a devil's food heart.
While I was driving on SR 127, just south of Pinckneyville, I passed a place called Dixie's Cup Cafe
that looked promising. The parking lot was full of pickup trucks and it had a great Roadfood look about it. But being on a bit of schedule, I didn't have time to stop. Anyone ever been there?
I got back on I-64 and headed back to St. Louis.
Much more to come.....