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Down Home Diner – Reading Terminal Market

The lovely ladies at Philly Food Lovers invited me to Down Home Diner at Reading Terminal Market to have lunch. I made it a point to not go during the peak lunch hours, but it was still really crazy busy in there! We got a seat in one of their booths, but everything else was full! Jack McDavid servers up home style cooking with a southern twist here. He famously wears denim overalls and a red and white “Save the Farm” trucker’s cap and is super nice. I got a chance to meet him and he certainly serves up some great food. K got the fried catfish with mashed potatoes, broccoli, and philadelphia style pepper hash. This hash is amazing! It’s a sweet and sour slaw of cabbage and bell peper with just enough spice. It would go well with anything!
Here’s C’s Poached On A Biscuit… homemade buttermilk biscuit topped with salt-cured virginia ham, sliced tomato, and two poached eggs. There’s some stewed apples to go with those too. And she also got an order of cheesy grits. After she let the grits sit for awhile, they were just the way she liked them, not too mushy.
And here’s my Cast Iron Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and collared greens. This is a whole lotta chicken that is super hot, super moist, and perfectly fried up. You know what goes really well with it? The philadelphia style pepper hash! And it was even better the next day as leftovers! The sweet potato fries were also amazing, and I think they are twice fried. But the real star of this plate was the collard greens. They are braised and are sweet and savory and not bitter at all. These are some of the best greens I’ve ever had! This was a fun and delicious lunch with some amazing women and tons of delicious food. I need to eat in the city more often!

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Luxury Diner – Cheyenne

We left Colorado and headed north to Wyoming. Why? Because I’d never been to Wyoming, and seeing as how it was so close, I thought we should check it out. Ugh. I don’t know about the rest of Wyoming, but there isn’t anything to do or see in Cheyenne. Even the landscape was blah. Just vast and flat and lifeless, like their downtown area. So we had to eat something, and we ended up at Luxury Diner. The name is funny because it’s so beyond not luxurious. But it is kind of cute.
Here’s S’s chef salad. We were still outmeated from the day before, so we were both craving vegetables. There are plenty of veggies here, but there’s also plenty of cheese and cold cuts. I don’t know where these mushrooms came from, but they must have been fed steroids.
I got a side salad instead of fries with my meal. Oh this salad was more than welcome in my belly. Crunchy fresh vegetables. My body had so missed them!
My main meal was a turkey club. Come on now, who doesn’t like a good ‘ol turkey club every now and then? And this turkey club was quite good! Service was friendly and the food showed up quick. But we were the only ones eating there. All in all, it was a nice, quick, and cheap little meal!

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Bartlesville’s Famed Heart Attack Meal

Apparently, whenever you’re in that area of the country where it’s, you know, in the middle, and you mention Bartlesville, they ask about Murphy’s. It’s supposedly a steak house, but they’re famous for these plates of hot hamburger, hot cheeseburger, hot meat, etc. What is it? Well behold – the junior hot hamburger.
It’s a piece of texas toast topped with a hamburger patty, a giant mound of fries piled on top of that, and then gravy poured all over the whole plate. Indeed, there is meat under there, though you would hardly know it. Being a fan of everything about this dish, especially the gravy, I loved it. And this was the junior. I can’t even begin to fathom how humongous the regular would be. I ate up all the hamburger patty and texas toast, and barely made it through any of these fries. Trust me, this is a ginormous portion of food. This place is quite divey, like a small town diner. It’s also on the “wrong” side of the tracks of Bartlesville. Which is funny, because Bartlesville is totally an iconic american small town.

Murphy’s Original Steak House
1625 SW Frank Phillips Blvd
Bartlesville, OK 74003
(918) 336-4789

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