On US 54 in the northwestern part of Oklahoma, also known as the Panhandle, Joe found Bobbi D’s Cafe.
Traveling northeast on US 54 about halfway between Hooker, Oklahoma and Liberal, Kansas sits Tyrone. A small town surrounded by farms and ranches for miles in every direction. The largest towns in the area are Guymon, Oklahoma to the southwest and Liberal, Kansas to the northeast.
US 54 is a major truck route serving the livestock industry. Cattle, sheep, and pigs are moved to feed yards (cattle) or processing plants in Kansas. Farmers grow acres and acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, and other grains that are harvested and trucked off to local grain bins or shipped cross country to other grain storage facilities.
Joe was on US 54 on his way to Grand Island, Nebraska to deliver his trucks. Hungry and a bit warn out Joe was looking for some place to park his long set of trucks out of the way of traffic and off the highway. Liberal, Kansas is his usual stop on this route but hunger and thirst were getting the better of him. As he was driving through Tyrone he spotted a little cafe set off the street with lots of truck parking available. Too late for him to turn in immediately, Joe drove a bit further searching for a wide enough spot to turn around and head back to Bobbi D’s.
Once he got parked in the gravel and dirt lot provided by Bobbi D’s for the truck drivers he went inside expecting to be served the normal fare of tasteless and almost warm food put down on the table in front of him by hurried and harried staff. Joe figured he was in for some “Gut Bomb” food but he needed to stop and get his log book in order while taking care of his bodily needs. Food and drink.
Bobbi D’s surprised Joe in many ways. Although it is small and doesn’t have a lot of seating the wait people and staff were friendly and welcomed him with a smile and some kind words. The food, and he goes on about it today, was fantastic.
Joe called me while he was eating and could barely contain himself in his exuberance. The burger he was eating, according to Joe, is the best one he’s EVER had. The fries were not of the frozen variety but made from fresh potatoes and the cook knew what they were doing. “The next time we come this way we HAVE to stop here” I was told at least 10 times while he was eating.
Joe spent some time with the owner of the cafe before he left, telling her how pleased he was with the food they prepared. Joe also told her that he would have me do a blog entry about their place to send people over. I don’t know how far reaching this blog is, nor how much influence I have on anyone but I’ll do my part.
As is usual, once Joe got back in the trucks he was focused on delivery. His promise to the owner of Bobbi D’s long forgotten…until today as he was going through his briefcase and clearing out the old papers he had stashed inside. He came across the Guest Check from Bobbi D’s with their information and excitedly told me of his experience once again.
So here is the information you may want to jot down.
- Bobbi D’s Cafe
- 302 Highway 54
- Tyrone, Oklahoma 73951
- (580) 854-6811
- Hours are:
- Tuesday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- First and third Sunday of each month 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- CLOSED MONDAY
- Owners of Bobbi D’s are Bobbi and David Caldwell