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Jun 2, 2009 10:24 AM

Lambert's Cafe, repost of Springfield, Mo

Repost of topic with specific question for this place. Other recommendations in the Springfield area also wanted!

We will be driving from KCI to Memphis and will be staying in Springfield for the night. I have done some searches and am coming up on the lean side for recomendations. I think an old Road Food favorite pick, Lamberts Cafe, Home of the Throwed Rolls, is within reach (Ozark, Mo. location.) When I looked at their web site, I saw they have 3 locations and welcome tour busses. Can that be good for a Chowhound looking for solid regional fare? Opinions on that, and recommendations for alternates gratefully appreciated. We are concentrating on BBQ in Memphis, then on for dogs and Italian beef in Chicago, and a myriad of favorites in KC later in the trip so favs other than BBQ would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I believe it is yes. I live in St. Louis and have gone there several times when passing through and even driven down to the Sikeston one once or twice when I was jonesin....

    It is no culinary revelation but very solid good food and unique.


    1. Lamberts is a little campy , but the food is great Country cooking. Be prepared to eat!

      1. We stopped at the Lamberts about 45 minutes outside of Branson on our drive from St. Louis and were very glad we did. They certainly know how to move people in and out -- we were seated in about half of the wait time that was estimated, and we had a big table. The rolls are delicious, soft warm and sweet, and yes they do hurl them across the room. They also passed big dishes of a couple of other sides family style so anybody could partake, I seem to remember some German fried potatoes and some okra. Entree portions are enormous, so share or expect to take some home -- we liked the chicken fried steak and the fried chicken livers the best. Prices very reasonable for hearty, basic food.

        1. Thanks for the replies, sounds like it is worth a stop. Thanks for the tip on sharing as well. Since I catch like a girl, I'm hoping you don't get rolls thrown at you unless you raise your hand!

          1. The best thing one can say about Lamberts is that it's inexpensive and the portions are huge. The quality, however, is very marginal and much of the food has little flavor and tastes like it came out of a can or freezer. You know you're in trouble when the chicken fried "steak" is really breaded and deep fried hambuger. I'd be far happier with smaller portions of higher quality food. I did like the rolls, though.