Dad’s Junction Cafe, New Florence, MO – Gun Raffle, Keno, and a Big Breakfast

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:

This should be the “you will need to diet” plate.

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.

Look at those pancakes!

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:

  1. You can get your gambling fix by playing Keno while you eat.
  2. They have an actual beehive that they found outside their building now located inside as a decoration.
  3. You can buy tickets for a gun raffle when you go to the counter to pay.
  4. The utensils are wrapped in a paper bag.
  5. Smoke em’ if you got em’.
  6. I don’t know if this is true or not but check out the popular tip on Foursquare.
  7. 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.

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Topsy’s Restaurant, Concordia, MO – You Don’t Look A Day Over 99

If you are like me, you get tired of having to choose from the multitude of fast food choices when on a road trip.  Lately I have worn out the highway between St. Louis and Kansas City.  I have made it my mission to try different restaurants along the way.

Last weekend while heading back to St. Louis I stopped off for breakfast at Topsy’s Restaurant in Concordia, MO

Right on Main Street. Lot’s of trucks!

It is located in the downtown area of Concordia.  As I drove through I was sad to see so many closed businesses.  My guess is that the large truck stop and fast food options closer to I-70 have taken their toll on Main St.  However, this is a business that has managed to survive.

They are celebrating being in business 100 years.

Not only did it survive, but it’s been there for 100 years.  That’s impressive.  The question then becomes if it is due to lack of options or being a quality restaurant.  That’s where I come in.

I arrived for a late breakfast.  They had a buffet but I chose to order from the menu.  Buffet’s are hit or miss and too dependent on how frequently they are restocked.  I had to give this place their fair shake.  After a quick scan of the menu, I ordered two things: a cinnamon roll and the farmer’s breakfast.

First the cinnamon roll:

Hungry yet?

It was warm, sweet, and had great cinnamon flavor.  I think the only way to improve is to warm it with butter on top.  Maybe that’s just me.  When I eat something like this I like to go big on calories.  I would definitely get this again.

Next up, the farmer’s breakfast.

The farmer’s breakfast

The farmer’s breakfast is 3 eggs any style, choice of meat, and hash browns.  I chose over easy eggs and bacon.  The over easy eggs were cooked well, I prefer to be able to break open the yolk and expose the “liquid chicken”.  The hash browns were a highlight.  They had a good mix of being crispy from the grill.  The onion flavor helped add some depth to the dish.  I loved them.  The bacon…was bacon.  I like a little bit of chew to the bacon.  This was strictly crispy.

Topsy’s diner has been open for 100 years.  This is clearly due to customer service and quality food.  There was a mixed of great (cinnamon roll / hash browns) and good (eggs / bacon).  Although there isn’t anything that will stick out as being unique, it’s a good place to avoid the fast food rut when traveling I-70.  I am sure I will stop here again.

Dive 2 Five Scale – 3  Family oriented.  I saw people there in their “Sunday Best” to people wearing camo.  It captures the small town vibe and doesn’t try to be something it’s not.  The people are very friendly.  Come check out a piece of history!

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