Our wedding anniversary (number 33) was Friday. Instead of spending just a day celebrating it, we took a whole weekend!
After breakfast Hubby Tony and I packed up the car for a weekend trip to Nashville, Tennessee.
Nashville is approximately six hours from St. Louis. There are two primary ways you can get there. The most direct is through Illinois and Kentucky (going east then south on Interstates 64, 57, and 24). An alternate route, and the one we chose to take, goes south on Interstate 55 before heading east to Paducah then south again.
Why did we take the longer route? So we could stop at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, home of "throwed rolls".
The parking lot at Lambert's was disturbingly full, but we only had to wait about fifteen minutes to get a table. We ordered our meals (a hamburger for me, fried chicken for Tony) and waited for the fun to begin. We were lucky; it didn't take long for the roll thrower to wheel out a cart of large yeasty rolls. We waved our hands so he'd send one our way. There's butter and honey available on the table, but you can also get sorghum molasses or apple butter from the person walking around with a huge metal can.
It doesn't take long for our meals with sides to arrive, but in addition to the food that came from the kitchen we also got to have the pass-arounds: fried okra, macaroni and tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and fried potatoes, which are carried around the restaurant in metal bowls and doled out with large spoons. You can get as many servings as you want.
Lambert's offers dessert, but we were too stuffed to take advantage of it. We made a bathroom stop, (but passed on the gift shop on the way out of the building) and hit the road. Nashville was waiting!
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