This is the conclusion of a three part report. The first is just below this, the second is on the Midwest Board.
On Thursday evening, July 8th we were taken to The Spudder on E 50th St near S Sheridan in Tulsa, OK. This is an oilfield theme steak house which has been around for at least forty years. My Best Man and his wife each ordered Ribeye Steaks - which they always order at The Spudder. I ordered Beef Loin BBQ Ribs and Janis had fish. Dessert was Blackberry Cobbler w/Vanilla Ice Cream. Everything was top notch. The steak, ribs, fish, potatoes, salads and cobbler were all you could ask for.
Friday lunch was supposed to be at Pete's Place in Krebs, OK - except they start serving at 4pm. Not a problem! We went a couple of blocks east to Isle of Capri and found that they were closed for vacation. July 4th week is their standard shut down for vacation each year. It was already noon and we were getting hungry. We decided to stop at the next place that looked decent and hope for the best. You know - like we did before these message boards cropped up. My plan was to drive through the Ouachita National Forest - which I had never done before. It is a beautiful but slow drive - 30-50 mph most of the way. The first place we saw after leaving Krebs, was Gringo Cafe in Hayleyville - just a few miles east of Krebs. There were several cars in front - so we went in. I had the Daily Special - Pork Chops with Gravy, Mushrooms and Noodles. Janis had a Beef Burrito. We both drank Sweet Tea and shared a piece of Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cake (4" square for $1.00) for dessert. Our total bill came to $13.82 and the food was superb. While we were eating, the cook came out with a rag and erased the daily special from the board. We barely got there in time to sample it. Apparently, the practice is to offer one Daily Special (non-Mexican) until it is gone. Everything else on the menu is Mexican food or burgers. They are only open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday. The older woman who waited on us was the most impressive of all we encountered on this trip - and we encountered an amazing number of impressive servers.
Janis' sister wanted to take us to George's for breakfast Saturday in Shreveport, LA - but George's was closed for vacation. We then went to Strawn's Eat Shop, 125 Kings Hwy - which is open seven days per week from 6am-3pm. Strawn's pies have been featured in Southern Living a couple of times, as well as on Food Network. They have been in business since 1944. I ordered one of their Hot Plate Lunches ($5.50). There are three meat options available each day. Saturday's choices are Fried Chicken, Meatloaf or Chicken Fried Steak. I chose Meatloaf, and it was huge. It was served with Black-Eyed Peas, Salad and Roll. The other four all chose breakfast items - Pancakes or Eggs. I wish I had had room to sample the pie.
Saturday evening found us in Tuscaloosa, AL at mealtime, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try Dreamland. 5535 15th Avenue East sounded like an easy address to find, but it's not. We exited from I-20 eastbound onto McFarland Ave and should have gone right to McDonald's and taken the next left, which becomes Jug Factory Rd. and taken that about a mile or so to 15th Avenue East. That is what we will do next time. This time we wandered around for fifty minutes - asking for directions three times - before finally finding it. The slab of ribs ($16.95) and the two glasses of Sweet Tea arrived almost as we were seated. We were out of Dreamland within ten minutes of having arrived. We didn't realize that the slab of ribs was the only option and that the only side offered is a bag of chips for $.75 - but ribs is what we came for - and now we know. They were good, but I prefer Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell, GA.
Eleven states in twelve days - and not a bad meal. Thank you for all your help.