Missouri Lunch in the Fall
Don and I stopped for lunch in Neohso, this past November.
We were up for a small town dining experience. There was something about the name "Charley's Grill" that sounded like a good bet!
Just off the Square
We found the cafe, on a small street off the main square.
I liked the metal awning and red trim. The hay bales and pumpkins invited us right on in.
I wondered if we might be sharing the diner with some workmen, when I saw the truck pulled up in front. We love to eat where the locals eat. The truck actually belonged to some young, local women. The happy, chatty women were leaving as we entered.
We opened the door and made a small racket, when the dangling metal cup and utensils, clanged from above.
The owner, BJ greeted from the grill. We took a table near a glassed in display case.
We learned that Charley's has been a local favorite for 38 years. BJ and his wife Amanda have owned the biz for about 7.
I'm not sure how old the building is, but it was a jewelry store at one time.
It was also a dental office for a while. But how about the fine display shelves? Maybe they were put in when Charley's first opened. I spotted lots of cookie jars and old photos.
BJ left the grill to hand us menus. His wife Amanda was in back at that moment.
I was pretty excited about trying the Lunch Plate special, "Spaghetti Red"! Pasta with chili sounded perfect! Watching BJ tend my spaghetti on the grill, just made me laugh.
I was thrilled about the presentation of my meal! I was thrilled about the price! $5.95!
My pasta was buried in chili and surround by pickle chips and shredded onions. It hit the spot! I ate every bit, which is unusual for me!
Original Charley Burger
Don's burger was equally yummy. The caramelized onions were grilled right into the patty. The flattened patty was nice and crisp around the edges! Yum!
The atmosphere surrounding us was pleasant and upbeat. I could hear BJ whistling with the radio tunes. I could see Amanda greeting a few regulars with hugs.
Thanks BJ and Amanda!
It's nice to see a young couple running a "Mom and Pop" restaurant. They've been doing this for a few years, but they showed no signs of burning out.
I would be burned out in a day. They said they had been there since 6 am and they seemed to have no other help. But they were in cheery spirits!
Cheery cheers to Spaghetti Red and to the young owners of Charley's Grill! It was a good lunch and a good visit!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.