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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Cheesy Bread Sticks

Here while back I told you about my debacle with the pizza dough when I made the crockpot pizza… Well I had extra pizza dough, so what do you do? You make Cheesy Bread Sticks of course! And wow, just sitting here talking about them makes me want some cheesy bread sticks!

Okay so these are super simple….. Start with your pizza dough….

Make a mixture of butter and garlic

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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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Barton County Rescue & Recover and Smokin Joe’s BBQ

I have friends on the Barton County Rescue and Recovery team. Do you know what they are? Go get lost… they’ll find you. ha! Just kidding. They are a search and rescue team that is funded through donations and fundraisers. It is comprised of volunteers and they are part of the Barton County Emergency Management system. They specialize in swift water rescues, public safety diving, and land based search and rescue.

I mentioned that they run off donations and fundraisers. Well Smokin Joe’s BBQ located in Liberal, Missouri, is teaming up with the Barton County Rescue and Recovery team this Saturday during the Lamar City Wide Garage Sale to help keep people fed while they’re out finding their bargains!

They will be set up at Lamar First Assembly Church at 1200 Mill Street in Lamar, Missouri, from 6am until 4pm. Now who wants to eat BBQ at 6am you might be thinking… well, I’ll bet you can get some good smells from the BBQ

but, from 6am until they are gone you’ll also be able to try a Hurt’s Donut. Then at 10am until 4pm, the smells you’ll get will be able to be purchased and eaten all while helping your Barton County Rescue and Recovery team out.

Lamar First Assembly Church is located on the corner of 12th Street (hwy 160 which is the main drag in Lamar) and Mill Street. They’ll have your eating needs covered before, during, and after the bargain hunting!

Website:
bartoncountyrescue.org

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Colton’s Steakhouse {Poplar Bluff, MO}

On our drive home Sunday, we made it as far as Poplar Bluff before needing fuel for the truck and our bellies.  I did a quick search for restaurants, other than the Dairy Queen we ate at for lunch and the MacDonalds (aka McDonald’s… there’s a story there!). I came across the fact that Poplar Bluff had a Colton’s Steakhouse, so we decided to eat there.

If you’ve been to a Colton’s before, you know they serve you rolls before your meal. If you’ve never been, hey, they serve you rolls with your meal. And these rolls are so yummy! I could make a meal out of these rolls.

I went for their Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Steak, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese. Perfection! Then I went with a side of Fried Okra. If you’ve never had fried okra, you should try it! Not all people like it, but it’s really really good, IMO. But this sandwich, I wound up eating it with a knife and fork. I was so excited though to eat it! So tasty.

Other than my mother in law, everyone else at the table ordered a salad. I kind of felt like a chunky monkey… lol. Mark and Jared ordered the Grilled Sirloin Salad, cooked medium rare. Hubby went with Ranch (YUM!) and Jared went with Bleu Cheese (yuck!). Hubby also got a side of fried okra. I’m telling you the fried okra is awesome! And that salad, it’s good! I’ve had it before, well I’ve tasted it… I’ve never ordered it but it’s so worth it!

Karen had a Fried Chicken salad with Ranch. See salads all around me. I’m not sure what Memaw ordered. Yes, my mother in law is called Memaw by almost everyone. Oh… And our waitress/server. She was excellent! She made the meal even better than it already was!

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Rib Crib {Joplin, MO}

One restaurant that seems to get forgotten in my opinion in Joplin is the Rib Crib. It is at 26th street behind a Braums and a KFC I think. Heck, I don’t even pay enough attention to know what is around them. One day Mark and I were trying to find something for lunch and happened to think, what about Rib Crib, so that’s where we went. OMG, I’m so glad we did. (there’s a reason I’m overweight… LOL).

So I went with the Philly Griller. Mark wished he’d have gotten what I did… YUM! So it’s like Pennsylvania meets Texas. Chopped brisket with mild BBQ sauce, green bell peppers, caramelized onions, and Cheddar, on Grilled Texas toast. I could have eaten two although I was full with one and I really don’t need 2. Then I got a side of Onion Rings. They were the big rings that were nicely battered. Definitely would get this again!

We can’t decide what hubby had. He thinks it was like called a gut buster or something. But there were 3 meats, and 2 sides. He had brisket, polish sausage, and pulled pork, and smoked turkey.

Next time, he might go with what I ordered ;).

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