Cash or Credit

In today’s world of commerce there are not many establishments that are cash only. Nearly every business takes debit cards, credit cards, or cash but do not accept checks.

Lambert’s Cafe is the exception. They will gladly take your check with ID or cash. No debit or credit cards are accepted.

You can read about Lambert’s Cafe HERE.

Food fare is “down home” style and nearly everything is battered and fried. Large portions if chicken fried steak, chicken gizzards and fingers or tenders. The menu includes ribs and steaks but does not include any vegan or vegetarian items on the menu except for the plentiful side items on the menu or as “pass arounds”.

Largely staffed by college students who are there to greet, serve, pass around, and clean up behind you. There are a few of the staff that has worked at Lambert’s for 15 years or more.

Everyone gets in on the “throwed rolls” frenzy. Joe took this photo of a little girl signaling for all she was worth to have a roll tossed to her.


Yesterday’s roll thrower is this young man.


Followed closely behind by this young woman proffering sorghum molasses to sweeten your dinner roll.


And this is the dinner roll you are thrown. So tasty and delicious.


The “pass arounds” have been underway before you arrive. While you hear the call out of “Hot rolls” you will hear “Fried Okra” and this young man appeared at our table bearing a serving spoon and big pot of his offering.


The fried okra you can get before ordering your food. Paper towels are on your table for this purpose.

Next you will hear the call “Black-eyed peas” from this young man. He will serve them to you gladly after you have your food plate on the table.


The next pass around proffered, and shared when you have a plate, is the call of “Fried potatoes” delivered by this young man.


Last of all, or maybe first to you depending on where this person is, comes the call for “Macaroni” offered up by this young man.


Joe gladly accepted the proffered macaroni.


Lambert’s Cafe is a place to stop if you find yourself in need of food and are near one of their cafes. The decor is a mix of license plate covered walls, antiques, and heritage photos of the owners and their family members that continue to run the business.

After a brief stop for food we continued east on I-44 to Lebanon, Missouri and our next haunt – Shepherd Hills – where I picked up a couple more picture frames and momento holders. We called it a day in Sullivan, Missouri where we stopped for the night.

Today we are continuing eastward in our journey.


We will be south of Shelly quite a bit so I won’t be seeing her on this trip


We went through St. Louis, Missouri this morning and crossed into Illinois going over the Mississippi River that splits Missouri and Illinois.



A stop in an hour or two at Effingham, Illinois for food then continue on to Seville, Ohio for the night.

Hope your Tuesday is a productive one.



About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

4 responses to “Cash or Credit

  • sharlene peretini

    ohhhh its 9am here and I havent had breakfast and after seeing what you had Im really hungry!!!! drooling actually so short comment here cos I going to have a fried something for breakfast maaaan sensibility came toast and coffee is realistic thanks Leslie Im going to think of hot rolls for the rest of the day lol

  • gardenpinks

    Ahhh a bridge – haven’t seen too many of those so far this year 🙂

    Fried okra, macaroni and black-eyed peas – yuk. I wouldn’t do well there at all would I? Although the bread rolls look good but would I be able to catch one?????? Catching isn’t my best subject. Chicken fried steak sounds a bit contrary; steak is from a cow 🙂 Presumably this means chicken breast?? Gizzards don’t sound appetising at all. Oh stop moaning and whining 🙂
    All the staff you photographed looked very friendly and happy 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Chicken fried steak is a piece of tough round steak that is beaten into submission. Breaking down all the tough stuff. Then dredged through eggs and then a seasoned flour mixture then dropped into a deep fat fryer. Hence the chicken fried name.

      I passed on the okra, black-eyed peas, and macaroni also. The rolls buttered and smeared thoroughly in sorghum are so good *wiping drool from my chin*.

      Love you – Leslie

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