The Pineville Grill {Pineville, MO}

If there’s one thing I can tell you about myself on this rainy morning, it would be, I like Breakfast food. There, I said it. This coming from the person who is not now nor has ever been a morning person. I seriously can’t tell you my favorite breakfast food either. I like biscuits and gravy, I like omelets, I like pancakes, I just like breakfast food and sometimes it is difficult to go eat breakfast and make up my mind what I really want. I’m glad we got that out of the way :).

I woke up this morning and laid in bed watching it storm like crazy. Last weekend we were under flash river flood warnings and this weekend we are too. The only difference is we live on top of a hill here and last weekend we were camping at the Trails for Kids held at Crag O’Lea in Pineville, MO.

My husband Mark and I along with a bunch of our friends are on the Trails for Kids committee so we started camping on Wednesday evening so that we could be there to help check people in. Little did we know what our weekend was going to have in store for us. WOW!

But Thursday morning we woke up and we were all hungry so we decided to drive in to Pineville and eat breakfast at the Pineville Grill.

The Pineville Grill

Like I said, the girl who isn’t a morning person likes her breakfast food! This was an omelet that had pretty much everything. eggs, bacon, sausage (although I had them hold the sausage), ham, cheese, onions, bell peppers, and more cheese. Mine came with a side of either toast or biscuits and gravy or something else… I went for the biscuits and gravy. I’m actually glad I did because my darling little ate quite a bit of my biscuits and gravy. Apparently she’s a biscuits and gravy fan too.

She also likes pancakes so that’s what we ordered her. She even got it in the shape of Mickey Mouse… one of her favorites. Now this wasn’t a bad pancake but it wasn’t my favorite either. Yes, I tried a bite. It wasn’t nearly as sweet as normal pancakes. Like I said, not terrible but not the best either.

Mark and Jared got something called Skuttle Browns. It was a skillet that had hashbrowns and cheese and sausage and ham and eggs your way. They also got pancakes as a side. They weren’t impressed with their pancakes either. I didn’t try a bite of theirs… I didn’t need to, I could eat the little’s if I wanted pancakes. Hey, she was eating my biscuits and gravy.

Other than that, I’m not sure what else to tell you. I like breakfast food but we already established that. Today is another soggy wet day and we’re under another flood watch, maybe even warning now. Luckily we live on a hill, so we just have to worry about the bottom of our driveway because like the olden day phrase, I walked up hill both ways to school, I really did. down the hill to go up it to meet the bus then down the hill to go up back to the house. Does that make me old? Just a thought….

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Eagle Drive-In {Joplin, MO}

Eagle Drive-In. Must I say anymore? I think the pictures can do the talking for themselves!

This is the JoMo Po’ Boy. Calamari, Eagle Sauce, Tomato, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I obviously didn’t eat it, I don’t eat seafood. Mark though, he LOVED it. Oh and Eagle Sauce they say is similar to Thousand Island dressing, but better. This came with a side, fries were the obvious choice. Then there is the choice of sauce to go with the fries. That is Eagle Sauce.

This is the Black and bleu Burger. It was also thoroughly enjoyed. Now I don’t eat Bleu Cheese either, but my mom LOVED it. She went with a side of fries too. Her sauce of choice, Garlic Aioli.

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Andolini’s Pizzeria {Tulsa, OK}

Last month my aunt who lives in Southern Oklahoma came up to see the girls so we decided to have a girls day. We debated where to go shopping… Fayetteville, Tulsa, Springfield… Decisions decisions. Eventually we decided upon Tulsa. I’ve spent a lot of time shopping in Tulsa, my aunt actually lived there while in Med school. The one down side to Tulsa is when it comes to food. No, there are a lot of restaurants in Tulsa, but we tend to stick to the same ol same ol restaurants. I was kind of in the mood for something new. Aunt Connie had recently been in Tulsa for a convention and learned about a few new places down around Utica Square. Since we were going to Utica Square first, it was perfect. Eventually we decided upon Andolini’s Pizzeria. Let’s just say, this was an AWESOME choice.

We arrived around 11:25 or so, basically when we got to Tulsa. It was a good thing we went immediately because not long after we were there, a huge waiting list developed. The waitress was amazing. Normally they bring kids crayons and paper, but oh no… this was pizza playdough. It was cold so I’m fairly certain it was dough from the refrigerator. I think my 14 year old had more fun playing with it than my 2 1/2 year old.

Aunt Connie swore by this salad. This was the Andolini’s Signature Salad. It was a mixture of Field Greens, Candied Walnuts, Almonds, Strawberries, Parmesan, topped with a Mango Vinaigrette. Mom and Aunt Connie were the only ones who got one, but I must say, it was pretty!

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Fish City Grill {Rogers, Arkansas}

Happy President’s Day. Hopefully you were lucky enough to have the day off but if not, there are still lots of great sales going on for President’s Day at least, right? I’m not a huge shopper, I just hear the commercials on TV. Okay, anyway, moving on….

Over the weekend I went to Rogers, Arkansas with my mom. She wanted to go shopping… maybe to take advantages of those President’s Day Sales…. But first we eat! When we got down there, we decided to go ahead and eat first. There is a restaurant called Fish City Grill that used to be right inside the Pinnacle Hill’s Mall area, but they move to just behind the mall complex. So we used google to find the exact location and off we buzzed to Fish City Grill restaurant.

This time around I got the Blackened Chicken Sandwich with a side of Cheesy Grits. This sandwich had just the right amount of heat and taste to it. Yum! The grits were even better.

Now, the real reason to come here is for the Bread Pudding and I don’t like bread pudding, but we didn’t get any dessert this time. My little one was throwing a complete major melt down type fit and I think they just wanted us to leave… maybe not because all the wait staff were excellent with her and helping me try to calm her down. They even gave her a fun Mardi Gras type necklace.

So let’s just say, this is my 3rd or 4th time eating here and it’s totally worth it! And I don’t even like fish. LOL….

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Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina {Independence, MO}

Last Friday my friend Karen and I went to Kansas City. There is a Duluth Trading Company store up there and she needed to return/exchange some items. We started out in downtown KC and ventured out to the suburbs to find Duluth. Um… let’s just say we had an adventure. You could see all the stores you wanted to go to, but actually getting there was another story so we’d take roads that would lead us in the right direction and eventually, we got there. Yes, I know, we could have used our GPS, but what’s the fun in that?

We got out to Independence around lunch time and seeing as though we were hungry, we decided to find lunch. We passed this restaurant, Los Cabos, and eventually decided to stop and try it. So impressive things about this restaurant, it was HUGE! There was a sign in the door that said max capacity 285. That’s a lot of people. Second, the view. No, I didn’t take a picture, but where we sat, we had a gorgeous view over the lake out back. And it was cold enough that there was a thin layer of ice over half of the lake. Beautiful. I’ll bet it’s even prettier in the fall when the leaves are changing colors, but another trip for another time, because we’re now in January. Gloomy old January.

The waitress (or server for you politically correct type) told us that all the red dishes were signature dishes. I took the picture of the Camarones Alambres because here’s the thing, I like shrimp but not a lot of shrimp. I’m not a huge seafood person, but this looked absolutely AMAZING! If I had been with someone who loved shrimp, I’d have probably gotten it, that way if I didn’t care for it, I could have conned them into switching with me. Sad but true. But I wasn’t with someone who likes fish, actually I was with someone who likes it less than I do so I stuck with chicken (see below).

They brought us out chips and two types of Salsa. The one on the upper side is regular style salsa. The one on the lower side tasted like roasted peppers or something. It had a different flavor and it was a smokey flavor at that. Both were very good. Then the queso. Oh the queso. Go here for that if nothing else. I need to learn some more descriptive words. They call it white queso. While it definitely wasn’t yellow, I can’t just say it was white either. What it was though is good. That is all.

Finally, the dish I got…. Roasted Garlic and Spinach Stuffed Chicken. It is a large, stuffed chicken breast topped with Cotija cheese and served with grilled vegetables & choice of refried, borracho, or black beans. Hello, if you know me I don’t like beans so I went with rice instead. The rice was good. The vegetables were better. And then that chicken. The chicken was basically flattened out and there was a layer of garlic and spinach and cheese on both pieces (or if it was flattened and folded over, then the middle and top). I might have gone a little lighter on the spinach because it was a little over powering, but it was so good it really didn’t matter.

Karen went with a lunch portion, 1 chicken enchilada. They brought her two. But because the waitress only put it in as 1, we only paid for 1. We didn’t complain. She said they were good and that one was filling so she had extras for later.

Interesting fact, I went on line to find their menu a few minutes ago and there are 3 locations in Oklahoma. In fact, their website said, no matter where you are in the Tulsa area, there’s one nearby. So how did one wind up in the Kansas City area? Questions, questions. So there you have it my friends.

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Jose Peppers – Belton, MO

It was the day… The day to head to Kansas City to watch the Chiefs in the Playoffs. They were divisional Champions and now it’s time to claim victory… I’d like to say the day went as planned, but sadly, it didn’t…

If you follow baseball at all (which sadly I don’t) you’ll remember that about the time of the World Series in 2015, Kansas City was painted up blue to support their team. Well this year as the Chiefs made the playoffs it was time to swap out the blue for Red.

Our noon thirty game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was pushed back to a 7:35 game so we had plenty of time to make it to Kansas City. Other than the fact, you know… they opened gates like 4 or 5 hours before the game where normal game its like 2 hours or something like that. Don’t quote me on times, I’m just usually where I’m supposed to be when I’m told to be there.

After all the health issues around Christmas time in our group of friends, we decided not to tailgate. Too much hassle and work that didn’t need to be done. So our truck stopped at Jose Peppers on the way up for lunch.

Deb and Drake got a Taco salad. Look at that thing, seriously! Grady had a Coconut Chicken Salad (which the chicken, out of this world), and Mark got some kind of seafood enchilada.

Mark and I stumbled across this place a year ago January and that time we had these. Stuffed Jalapeño peppers. These particular peppers are stuffed with chicken, jalapeño cream cheese, wrapped in Monterey Jack cheese, breaded, then deep fried and served with Tomatillo Ranch. I decided to make them my meal. I could only eat 2. The other 2 I took home and when we got home around 2am that night, Mark and I warmed them up and ate them.

Our Chiefs were division title holders so we had a bye-week last week. That left us to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While it was a good game, the results didn’t turn out like we hoped. The Steelers won the game with nothing but field goals (3 points a piece). And while I thought that was stupid they won that way, Mark made an excellent point that, they never got a touch down. We held them off. Okay, okay… The score was 18 to 16 Steelers. They go on to play the Patriots which means we have to root for the Steelers… blech!

Let’s get them next year Chiefs. Chiefs fan for life!

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Dude’s Daylight Donuts {Joplin, MO}

I’ve been on the hunt for the best donuts. Have I found them? Maybe…. But I can tell you one things for sure… these donuts are AWESOME! And they’re Daylight Donuts so they should be like the ones we get from Daylight Donuts in Carthage, but they aren’t.

A while ago I asked my dad where his favorite donuts were from and we got into a huge discussion. Then last week he had to be in Joplin for some work training. On his way from training to work, he brought a donut by for us to try from Dude’s Donuts. The next day was Wednesday. That’s Donut Day :). So we decided to try donuts from there.

OMG, they were all warm. Can you believe that? Warm Donuts. Wow! I got a Maple Bar and hubby got a Chocolate Bar. Then we got donut holes, then donuts. No they aren’t all for us. We share. But neither of us shared the maple/chocolate bar. We’re not that nice :).

The place we get donuts at in Carthage only has enough donut holes for the number of doughnuts they make that day, but Dude’s makes donut holes special. OMG. I love donut holes.

These were even Excellent.

One thing to note… this is another one of those donut places that only accepts cash. Make sure if you go, you have cash or you’ll be crying!

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D’Arpino’s Italian Cafe {Springfield, MO}

Back in 2009 I had a big group of friends that got together once a month and tried new restaurants. The girls liked to dress up so it was usually business casual or higher in dress, we tried to pick restaurants that were local to the area versus being a chain restaurant, and we went back and forth between the Joplin area and the Springfield Area. 12 Restaurants and I made 11 of them. D’Arpino’s Italian Cafe on National in Springfield was one of the places that we went to.

Jump forward to 2016, about a week ago or so, and a sort of date night, but the baby was with us, and Mark and I were trying to decide where to eat. Our normal go to in Springfield is Zio’s but we wanted something a little different. We threw out this suggestion and that and eventually landed on D’Arpino’s and asked why we’d only been there the one time.

It was settled, we were going to D’Arpino’s. Oh and the answer to why we’d only been there once… well because we usually go to Zio’s because we like it that much. But after this night, D’Arpino’s is back on the radar.

Each of our meals started out with a salad. We were asked what kind of dressing we’d like… Ranch because is there any other :). haha. The salad was good. I didn’t really miss the cheese (although there was sprinkled Parmesan Cheese) and croutons. The Kalamata olives were a great addition although I gave most of mine to Mark because he likes them a bit better than I do. I’m newer to the liking Olives bandwagon.

We also started with bread sticks. These bread sticks are good. We got more to go with our meal. I like carbs and these were definitely worth it.

We actually started with an appetizer. We got the Stuffed Pepperoni Bread. This stuff could have been a meal it was so good. It was bread stuffed with pepperoni and Mozzarella cheese… can you get any better? Definitely a good choice.

I went with the Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken. It was a chicken breast stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, breaded and pan fried, served over a bed of Fettuccine topped with Alfredo Sauce. This was excellent, don’t get me wrong, but I think they could have cut back on the Afredo sauce and it would have been just as good. I love Alfredo but I felt like it over powered the excellent chicken. And i’m telling you, it was good as is.

Hubby went with a special. It was Seafood Ravioli in a red sauce and cheese. He was exceptionally pleased. I tried a bite, but not being crazy about seafood, it was a little fishy tasting to me. He liked it so much though, he ate every last bite.

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The Original Gringos {Webb City, MO}

Did you know that yesterday was Taco Tuesday? It was also National Taco Day (Oct. 4). What does that mean? Well obviously you need to have Tacos for dinner. I guess lunch would have sufficed or better yet, both meals! :). My friend Jody met me at Gringos in Webb City for dinner. We know the owner and he came and talked to us a little bit. I mentioned how crazy it was to get into the parking lot just to park and he said that it’s typically like that on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Tuesdays there is a special for 2 Tacos since it is after all Taco Tuesday. Friday’s the special is Taco Salad. I’m not sure what was Saturday’s draw. I didn’t pay attention to the menu I guess.

Here’s the thing though, someone asked on Jody’s Facebook where the best place in Joplin is to get Tacos and we were like Webb City. That would be Webb City Gringos in case you wondered. It really is.

These tacos are awesome. I personally like crunchy tacos. The cheese is partially the whole reason for the taco but truthfully, the tacos are awesome. And my drink. I know you can’t see it but if you’re wondering what it is… Brown Sugar Sweet Tea. Yes, Brown Sugar Sweet Tea. The only place in town to serve it. Yum!

If it hadn’t been Taco Tuesday and/or National Taco day, my food of choice is this… Waffle Nachos. It’s everything on Nachos but on Waffle Fries.

So what am I telling you? Go. Eat. Here. NOW! You can thank me later!!

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Daylight Donuts {Carthage, MO}

It seems like at my house, Wednesday is known as Donut Day. As a treat, we go to the donut shop in town, get a dozen glazed donuts and then… eat them. No, not all of them, we share with friends. But my daughter, when she sees the donut shop starts going crazy yelling Donuts, donuts! I think she likes fried dough!

Oddly enough, we always get glazed donuts. We never get anything else. It’s our treat. That’s what matters. We are always willing to try donuts from other places, but these are still at the top of our list, although Haskell’s in West Monroe, Louisiana gives these a run for their money. Haskell’s, if you read this… you might want to move here so we can eat yours too, or maybe not so we’ll still continue to eat these. I guess we’ll see.

It is always fun when the donut shop gives my baby some donut holes. She loves them… but she always eats the glazed donuts as well.

Anyone have any suggestions on better ones we should try? We’re always willing. haha.

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