Itty-Bitty Burger Joint

Howdy Herd,

My years spent criss-crossing the USA in a semi-truck gave me the opportunity to grab grub from many different types of eating joints. Perhaps the weirdest eating experience was at the fancy Italian restaurant where my “internal sensors” commenced clamoring “DANGER” the moment I sat down to dine.

My situational awareness has been honed by years of living in the rougher part of life that the blue-collar working-poor folks experience so often while the elites and their lackeys are able to avoid via wealth and societal position.

Observing the other diners (I was the only solo diner) and their garb I knew I was out of my realm but… that was not nearly enough to set off my internal alarms.

The joint had a door man and I talked to him outside after I left. He did not respond directly to my questions but he did hint around. Yes, my prior determination arrived at while eating was a reality. The place was Mafia owned and the clientèle included made-men, their guests and the general public who received gratification by being in the presence of Mob figures.

However, this revue is for a very small firm with but one outlet and it is extremely unlikely you will ever rub shoulders there with a member of La Costa Nostra.

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Whisler’s Hamburgers

208 W McDaniel St  Springfield, MO

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Whisler’s is representative of a multitude of small, independent hamburger joints across the USA.  My experiences at these favorite places of mine since they are absent the monolithic corporate influence I despise for many damn good reasons. Perhaps the biggest differentiating factor will be the few small independents who cut costs by using sub-par ground up dead cow that has chunks and hunks of bone and gristle.

It is possible, I suppose, for a firm to receive a bad batch of meat from their supplier and that the yucky infested meat I had eaten was a rare event.

Okay, below is the review for Whisler’s I left at the Yelp Web site:   Yelp Whisler’s Review

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By golly howdy ho, folks. Before I commence babbling I shall point out the 3rd star of 5 I selected. Middle of the road. Smack-dab in the middle and that is indicative of my one trek to gobble down a bag of burgers.

Credit is due for truth in advertising. I forked over the dough and, after a short wait, received a paper bag with 5 burgers inside crying out to be devoured. And that is what I did.

There was nothing to detract from my repast. No unwanted chunks of gristle or other annoyances occasionally confronting the eater of ground up dead cow. That is a plus for Whisler’s.

No negatives leaped to the forefront to make me regret for trying the burgers. However, there was nothing about the burgers to differentiate the critters from numerous other burgers chewed upon at a multitude of other locales.

The price was neither a positive nor a negative.

Are you commencing comprehending my middle-of-the-road rating? You are? Great!!!

I have not made a trip to Whisler’s after that first one. Perhaps if it was closer to my typical cross-town trek routes I would consider a stop to grab and haul their comestibles back to my shanty and dig in.

As an aged, withered Disgruntled Old Coot I typically shun the younguns’ hot spots and other venues that makes that “square” part of the burgh a swinging scene for the cool kids. If I did hang out there the Whisler’s grub would surely be at least an occasional attractant. More-so if some bodacious babe enamored with my Adonis-like physique was willing to pay for the vittles. Oh yeah!!!

My official Old Coot Recommendation is………. (pause to build suspense)……..

If in the area stop there. Buy. Eat. Burp and/or belch your contentment. Maybe buy an extra burger and hand it to a skinny person who looks famished. Make somebody’s day or evening or night or whatever time you are there.

However, unless the Whisler’s output sends you into near-uncontrollable paroxysms of culinary delight, the trip just to get their fare if it is anything more than a few minutes easy drive is not worth the trip.

Okay, folks, the ball is in your court. It is up to you to make the final determination.

Have a nice much experience wherever you munch and whatever you chomp upon.

Casper’s Vittle Vending Folks

Being an outsider who has resided in Springfield a brief 5 years I review establishments without the bias that can occur when a firm is a large part of one’s life experiences.

Casper’s is “quaint,” in the manner I define the subjective-in-nature term but I have experienced quainter quaint in many other locales across the USA.

However, in regards to the general locale of the firm, the quaint applies and can be an attractor to some while being a negative aspect for others.

I have tried their fare several times during the period of my local residing in my shanty a few minutes drive from Casper’s. I give credit to the firm that parking has never been problematic with ample room to park.

There was always ample seating room. That may be true to my tendency to shun food firms during the rushes at typical vittles eating times.

I tried several items and walked away sated but with a nagging hunch that quality and quantity did not quite reach an equilibrium with the price paid. Not a huge difference and not enough to compel me to avoid Casper’s in the future.

As for friendly folks… perhaps my raw, brutal masculine rugged ugliness causes some sort of fear or loathing in others that prompts folks to ignore me. I do not scowl or growl but it seems that folks in general tend to leave me alone. That trait is handy when wandering the rougher parts of town and was a tremendous attribute when performing shore patrol duties in the most dangerous ports in the Orient but…

Reading the comments about friendliness and a being welcomed feeling does not personally apply to me. However, not many folks interact with the world as I do so it is quite likely YOU will interact with those much differently than I do so do nlt allow my not-glowing review deter you from entering Casper’s.

I read and hear many raves about the chili ladled out from the pot onto plate or bowl. As with every vittles vending firm across the USA and various territories overseas I have noticed various percentages of folks exulting about a local firm’s offerings for reasons I have determined to often be emotionally-based and wholly subjective in nature and reinforced by the raver’s cohorts making the same exultations. That interesting aspect of the human psyche is akin to a cult’s adherents shouting their glee in regards to the cult’s main figurehead(s).

I will not lambaste those giddy with glee in regards to that which is Casper’s or for any item(s) on the menu that make their liver quiver with unadulterated delight. NAY!!!

There is a more-than-good chance that you, too, will shout your exultations as you savor the edible wonderfulness of the Casper’s incredible edibles.

So, aside from my general observations about reviews and the subjective determinants as to what constitutes the good, bad and in-between of vittles vending firms my lack of negatives within this review should be construed by you, the reader, as being a kick-in-the-butt to propel you through the portal allowing entrance to Casper’s interior and grab some grub and dig in.

You will be the final, ultimate arbiter regarding the dining desirability of Casper’s.

Tell ‘em the Disgruntled Old Coot sent yah’ and they will likely give you an odd look and state “Who in the heck is the Disgruntled Old Coot.”

Have a wonderful week!!!

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Thus writeth the Disgruntled One at the nifty Yelp.com review site.

I always take a customer review with that grain of salt stuff whatever the heck that means.

Some places I enjoy eating at are despised by others.

And, some places I detest dining at others proclaim is the best damn food anywhere.

Well, that shows how ignorant some folks are and how incredibly brilliant, I, the Disgruntled Old Coot, is, am, has been and will be until the day I screech in mortal agony, fall down, convulse and die.

All I ask is that I do so in the mall food court at the busiest shopping day of the year with the place packed.

Surely a multitude of cell phones with movie-taking ability will record my demise and post it across the Web.

I will be FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well…

Wear your damn seat belts you hooligans.

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Beef: It’s What’s No Longer Affordable for Dinner

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I have noticed the steady increase in food prices for a lengthy time. Up up up and… when a price does not rise the item on the shelf is in a smaller container. How much smaller will those soup cans become? If trends continue soup cans will be packed in 6-packs with three cans barely making enough soup to feed a small skinny person!!!

What are the masses of common folks going to do? The costs of the necessities keep going up. Then up some more.

I have noticed how meat prices rise along with everything else that is edible… and inedible. Well, Televisions and other electronic devices have fallen in price over the years due in part to technological advances but the savings in some areas are not enough to make up for the ever-rising costs for life necessities.

I have always been a “hamburger person.”  Give me a delightful hamburger steak in yummy gravy and a pile of potatoes and I will burp in delight. And when done eating I will fill the air with the sound of joyful belches.

Perhaps due to advancing age I notice I fart more than I used to. Perhaps due to a decline in digestive efficiency. Anyway, let those farts also signal a happy and contented diner telling the world how satisfied I was with my meal.

From the linked-to article:

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Long periods of drought in many parts of the United States have left ranches with their lowest cattle numbers since the 1950s, causing a dramatic increase in prices when combined with rising fuel costs and increased demand for beef in other parts of the world

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Is there a possible benefit to that declaration?

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Tubbys Diner

Okay, the cartoon above exaggerates the portion size a little bit but the breakfast I ate there a few days ago actually filled the near-bottomless pit that is my tummy.

Yes… Tubby’s filled my tummy. That is quite an achievement!!!

Here is the breakfast menu:

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Tubby's Menu

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I ordered the Tubby’s BIG Lumberjack Breakfast. I love bacon… YAY BACON!!! But as for slabs of ham… that’s okay but I like biscuits and gravy better and my lovely waitress said that substituting biscuits and gravy was fine.

I ordered the eggs over medium to ensure the whites were cooked and asked that the yolk remain mobile so I could sop it up with the toast and the hash browns.

Several types of bread to convert to toast are available. I chose the sourdough… yummy!!

The meal was prepared quickly and three plates full of food were placed in front of me. The bacon was the thick, meaty type I prefer over the super-thin barely-there bacon so many other places toss at you.

The sausage was an irregular-shaped patty suggesting that non-frozen formed-on-the-spot ground pork was used. Most places use that factory-formed frozen stuff that reveals its origin by its perfect round shape and flatness on both sides. The taste of my sausage at Tubby’s was a bit spicier than the frozen stuff thus, in my opinion, more flavorful along with being fresher.

Hooray for proper egg cooking!!! My three fried eggs were perfect!!! The yolk swam across the plate to caress the toast chunks and embraced the hash browns. And none of that hard stuff that often appears at the edge of the eggs.

Two big pancakes had their own plate and they almost covered the plate. Crisp on the outside yet soft inside. I wish I could cook pancakes and eggs like Tubby’s chef can cook. Maybe it requires a restaurant-type grille to cook a superior breakfast.

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Hey!!!!!!!!!! That was a great breakfast and the folks working there are super friendly and that is why I included them on this blog. I should tell you where to find Tubbys!!!!

On historic Route 66 in the western half of Springfield, Missouri… 2204 West College Street (417) 501-9633

Open 7 days a week… that is every day!!! From 7 am to 8 pm.

Tubby’s Diner has a Face Book page showing pictures of the place, their menu and some of the folks who eat there. Even Santa Claus dropped in!!!

Tubby’s Diner Face Book

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Look what I just found on their Face Book page:

Springfield MO area peeps… please remember & help spread the word that we are serving a FREE Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow at Tubby’s Diner, 11am – 5pm… or until we run out of the 22 turkeys they cooked today Suggested donation of $2.99, but no one “has to” pay. Please share this especially with people you know who may be elderly, single parents, struggling financially, don’t have family, etc. All staff will be volunteering their time to serve our customers, and we wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Tubby’s is located at 2204 W College ~ 1/2 mi west of Kansas Expressway, on the south side of the road.

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I added the bold to their message above. Dagnabbit!!!! I ate at home, alone, eating my lousy cooking when I could have had real food and good company. If I had known about that Thanksgiving affair I would have been there. I am not broke yet… though the future is uncertain for us old unemployed folks who are falling apart physically… but I would have gladly paid for myself and another person there just for well-cooked vittles and good company.

Tubby’s is not a corporate-owned chain restaurant. It is owned and operated by real people!!! Regular folks like you and I and the vast majority of folks around these parts!!!

Tubby’s has a lot of room inside so if you have a church group that gets together for an after-church meal consider visiting Tubbys. The back room holds 40 people and the front dining area holds 30… hmmmmm… by golly, that means 70 folks could gather for a darn good meal.

Of course, if other folks are already present and eating there may not be a place for some of you to sit!!!

So… I am just guessing but I bet 40 folks could pile in and start enjoying themselves with no worries about having a seat.

Next time I eat at Tubby’s Diner I will order a different item and will add it to this blog. Maybe on this page or maybe a separate page just for that new review. Until then… give Tubby’s a try and enjoy the food and the nice folks working there!!!

HEY!!!!!!!!!!! I almost forgot to mention… Tubby’s has free Wi-Fi so you can go on the Web, do the e-mail thing and those other things you folks can do with those nifty portable electronic brain computer things!!!

That’s mighty handy for folks who want to eat a meal and still be able to get work stuff done.

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Food Blogs For You

Hello herd, welcome back or just plain “welcome” if this is the first time you wandered into the   124,453,873,992,331st most popular food blog within the Web.

 

Today I am offering you links to other blogs that may assist you in your pursuit of dining Nirvana.

 

Let’s start with  Phoood

Reviewing the grub the masses dig into including fast food joint offerings and “comfort” food found in grocery stores.  Wander over and groove on the yummy stuff.

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Then there is the site that declares they  put the ” ‘ew’ in product reviews… The Impulsive Buy

Similar to Phoood above this blog may assist you in what to munch upon.  And where. And, maybe, why.  The calories within the food assists the slender-challenged and likely those not challenged but doing what is needing to keep those immense rolls of blubber from draping the body.

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Fancy Fast Food is our next adventure into the world of vittles.  Go beyond the ordinary… make your typical run-of-the-mill fast-food trek into a pleasure cruise.  Explore the wonders of converting a plain McRib meal from McDonalds into a luxurious, scrumptious feast fit for your “Thanksribbing Dinner.”

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Here’s a food blog less than a year old and it appears they are doing a fine job of covering the fast-food joint scene.  FastFoodSource  “Where happiness comes in a paper wrapper.”

So far, every blog has pics to accompany the text.  FastFoodSource appears to have taken a little extra effort to ensure the text is well-reinforced by the accompanying pictures.

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You will hopefully quickly notice that some of the fast-food firms and grocery store product offerings are not available across the USA as some stuff is… such as the found-everywhere McDonalds.  Some firms are regional and some items in grocery stores do not make it to every area while some of those items are everywhere.  Some of the reviews make the goody being taste-tested sound so yummy I wish there was an outlet near me.  Remember that what tastes mighty-fine to one person can taste so-so to another taster.

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Do you expect the most from your food-related blogs?  Sure you do!!! It is your right as an American to want, desire and lust for the finest that the universe has to offer!!!

And when you want a blog that not only includes a LOT of pictures but one that also has the nerve to boldly confront Oreo cookies in the grocery store and flip those little bastards the bird, the one-finger salute, then it is the duty of your fellow Americans to meet that need.

Fat Guy Food Blog covers grocery store foods and fast-food joint offerings.  Their review of the McDonalds BigMac and the Burger King comparable offering was an interesting read.  However, no middle-finger for those two goodies as with the Oreos.

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oreo finger.

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In my Disgruntled Old Coot Opinion any blog flipping of any food item has got to be okay with me.

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Finishing this entry we glance at that bodacious babe:  Junk Food Betty  “Junk food and fast food reviews. We eat it so you don’t have to!”

Betty has a few entries for fast food while concentrating mainly on edibles found in grocery stores.

I enjoyed how she reviewed some obscure items… the type I usually find within the cultural backwater I exist within at the local Big Lot and “dollar stores” where I am more apt to find that fare made and packaged in countries outside the USA.

When was the last time you read a review about the Chick-O-Stick?  Yeah, I thought so.  Well, Betty is the place to go to get one gal’s opinion about a candy I have not seen sold in years.

That reminds me,  it has been so damn long since I shoved a Rocky Road candy bar into my mouth.  I believe those goodies are made in California and are not shipped nation-wide.  And I’ll be damned if I trek 1,800 miles just to grab a damn candy bar… no matter how good they are!!!

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Thus concludes the latest post in the 124,453,873,992,331st most popular food blog within the Web.

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USA Buffet Springfield Missouri Leaves Old Coot Delighted and Sated

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Latter part of January 2013… arrived to sate my HUGE hunger and saw no vehicles in the parking lot. No lights inside. Sniff. Closed when it should be open.

Tried again a few days later… nope. No shoveling in enormous quantities of MANY different food-types.

Only the good die young?

USA Buffet

300 East Battlefield Springfield, MO 65807
883-8800

South side of Battlefield Road across from the Big Lots!, Food-4-Less, and CiCi Pizza stores.

Taking over the location one occupied by the Foo Kee Chinese buffet American Buffet is a marvelous addition to Springfield dining.

The two serving tables offer a multitude of choices.

Standard American fare such as mashed potatoes, fried chicken, salisbury steak and many more choices.

Then there is the small USA-style “Mexican” food offerings that allow you to create your own dishes of that food style; tacos, taco salads, etc. The burritos looked really yummy but with so many choices I will have to wait for the next visit to try the Mexican food.

Making this buffet unique is that along with American and Mexican-type foods there is also a bounty of Chinese food offerings!!!

Every item from the Chinese section tasted delicious to me. Yummy!!!!

All the standard Chinese offerings are present. I especially enjoyed the crab Rangoon that used minimal fried dough surrounding the creamy. tasty center. No BIG “wings” spreading out from the gooey center with these yummy fellows!!! A fine way to obtain maximum taste while reducing calorie content.

There is also a sushi section and a Mongolian barbeque area that appear to be typical in their offerings but I was so busy eating the delicious offerings at the main buffet I did not try those offerings.

While eating all the ingredients were tasty and appear to be of high quality.

No gristle in the chicken nor hard bits of bone in the salisbury steak and the fried chicken was large and meaty and fried excellently. The thin breading had just the right amount of “crunch” for me and seasoned well… enough to taste but not overpower the meat.

The fish was lightly breaded and tasted good. My memory is far from perfect but I believe there was also non-breaded fish offered; my favored way since the calories from breading are avoided. I always look at the fish offerings since cheaply-bought fish usually shows that it is the “cheap stuff” by the off-colors upon it. If I had seen that at American Buffet I would have remembered that!!!

There are several vegetable and soup offerings along with a small desert area I did not sample. I was too full from the yummy meats, mashed potatoes, Chinese goodies and other plate-filling gustatory delights.

I will make another trip and try to get some pictures and comment about other aspects of this new-to-Springfield non-chain, locally owned purveyor of good things to eat!!!