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Route 66 restaurant to be featured on Food Network

The Cafe on the Route, based on Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kan., will be paid a visit tomorrow by a film crew from the Food Network for an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” reports the News-Record of nearby Miami, Okla.

The segment shot at Café on the Route should be shown in a Route 66 series that will air in approximately six months, according to Cat Figgins, a researcher and coordinator with Page Productions, the producer of the travelogue show. A production crew with the show is scheduled to arrive Tuesday. […]

Could it be the producers of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives were attracted to Café on the Route by the story of how, in 1876, members of the James Gang robbed the Crowell Bank? Or that Baxter Springs is one of those charming little out of the way towns where a fine food dining establishment stands out like a Gucci suit under a Stetson?

After all the Café on the Route menu includes sure local favorites like strip and ribeye steak, grilled chicken, catfish, and fried onion, but all with a twist. The Baxter Springs Strip can be had with an avocado and pepper glaze and the flap jack ribeye stuffed with onions, mushrooms and Provolone and topped with a chopped tomato sauce. , Grilled chicken is adorned with a raspberry garlic sauce and the catfish is crusted in cornmeal, almonds and walnuts. The Tobacco Onions are fine slivers, flour crusted, fried and crisp.

With that kind of food, I don’t think Cafe on the Route fits into the “dive” category. 😉

I’ve been told that the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla., also will be featured on the show.

I’ll try to find out what other restaurants will be checked out by the network. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 8/2/07: The Joplin Globe has a story about the Food Network taping. It sounds like host Guy Fieri was at Clanton’s Cafe in Vinita, Okla., earlier.


One thought on “Route 66 restaurant to be featured on Food Network

  1. G. Barnett

    I’ve stayed at Cafe on the Route with my family. It’s an amazing B&B. Don’t miss the french toast. That in itself is worth the trip. The owners are more than accomodating. We’ll be back.

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