Lambert’s Cafe

The Lamberts café is located in Sikeston Missouri and is home of the throwed rolls. “Earl and Agnes Lambert with fourteen cents between them, borrowed one thousand five hundred dollars from Tish Jones and with five employees opened for business in a small building on South Main Street.” The building only had nine stools at the counter and eight tables. Lamberts could only sit forty-one people. “The first roll was thrown in 1976 by Norman Lambert. At the original location, he would walk around and hand out the rolls. One day it was really busy when Norman could not get get through the crowd… one of the customers welled to him, “throw the dang thing!”. And with that the “Home of the Throwed Rolls” was born.” Only a short time after, “Earl Lambert passed away in 1976, and his son Norman and wife Patti, entered into the restaurant business as partners to Agnes Lambert, who still worked eight hours a day, six days a week.” In 1994, a second Lambert’s café was opened in Springfield, Missouri, and in 1996 a third was opened in Foley, Alabama. This restaurant is truly one of a kind. There is not call ahead seating, so there is at least a three-hour wait, but it worth it. The walls of Lamberts are filled with license plates for all fifty states. The drink cups are thirty- two ounces with free refills. After seeing the huge cup, a man comes out f the kitchen yelling, “HOT ROLLS”, if you want a roll you throw your hand up in the air and wait until he throws a scorching hot roll. These rolls are about the size of a softball. Next, they come around with what they call pass-arounds. Employees walk around with huge buckets of many sides such as, fried potatoes and onions, macaroni and tomatoes, black-eyed peas, fried okra, Sorghum molasses, and apple butter. The experience of Lamberts café is like no other.

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