Another weekend, another road trip across Missouri on I-70. This time on the return trip from KC it was time for a late breakfast. After some research on Urbanspoon and other sites, I decided to give Dad’s Junction Cafe a chance. You wouldn’t know the name from the outside:
When you walk in you quickly notice that this is an establishment that still allows smoking. There is a non-smoking section but it’s only one quarter of the place. The ceiling fans don’t help much as they seem to spread it around. It is a pretty big space so you can find something away from those that do smoke.
I ordered the “Diet Plate”. Who uses this as a diet? Check it out:
It consisted of two biscuits topped with 2 sausage patties and 2 eggs of your choice. This was served in a ring of hash browns. The whole thing was then smothered in gravy and topped with cheddar cheese and crumbled ham. This was just massive. The biscuit was on the dry side but that’s ok when covered in gravy. The egg was cooked over easy as I had requested. The sausage was a little spicy. The gravy was not over-peppered. This meal had a lot going on. It was very filling and used good ingredients.
My wife had the Exit-175 breakfast. This was two large pancakes, 2 eggs any style, and choice of meat. As you can see, she chose scramble eggs and bacon.
I did sample the bacon which was very crispy. The pancakes were my favorite thing I tried. They were nice and fluffy.
So for 2 meals and 2 drinks, the damage was only $18.96. Both of us were completely stuffed. I’m sure we will stop here again.
Dive 2 Five Scale: Folks we have our first 1. This is a true dive. Let me count the ways:
- You can get your gambling fix by playing Keno while you eat.
- They have an actual beehive that they found outside their building now located inside as a decoration.
- You can buy tickets for a gun raffle when you go to the counter to pay.
- The utensils are wrapped in a paper bag.
- Smoke em’ if you got em’.
- I don’t know if this is true or not but check out the popular tip on Foursquare.
- Booneslick road…need I say more?
The staff were all very friendly. The service was quick and efficient. If you are too pretentious to step foot in a truck stop, you probably should skip this place. However if you want good home made food, this is a great place right off I-70. I wouldn’t make a special trip out of St. Louis to try it, but it will be on my list of quality food along the interstate.