Lambert’s Cafe….Home of the Throwed Rolls

Don took care of some things here at the Suite Pea while I did the grocery shopping. I am truly fortunate to have such a wonderful husband who volunteers to vacuum the rig, haul in the groceries & help with the laundry because he wants to save wear ‘n tear on my back. I couldn’t resist surprising him with a couple of bags of Pumpkin Spice coffee. He loves anything & everything pumpkin. Looks like we both lucked out.

We met up with our friends Jim, Kim, Michelle & Rick for dinner. All the tourists know, what’s a trip to Gulf Shores without a meal out at the famous Lambert’s Cafe, literally the Home of the Throwed Rolls. Lambert’s is actually located in Foley just a few miles north of Gulf Shores.


Lambert’s Cafes are family owned & operated restaurants that feature homestyle cooking. The original Cafe is in Sikeston, Missouri, it first opened its doors in March 1942. Eventually 2 other restaurants followed, one in Ozark, Missouri, the other in Foley, Alabama. It wasn’t until 1976 when at the Sikeston location the first roll was “throwed” by Norman Lambert.  Norman would walk around the tables handing out homemade dinner rolls to the customers. One day it was really busy & Norman was struggling to keep up with demand when one of his customers yelled to him “Throw the dang thing!” And that’s  how the Home of the Throwed Rolls” was born.


Their menu offers a wide variety of choices but usually guests opt for a meat with 2 sides meal. Each dinner includes a drink, 32 oz. to be exact, with refills if you’re so inclined, & “pass arounds”. Lambert’s “pass arounds” traditionally include fried potatoes with onions, macaroni with tomatoes, fried okra, black-eyed peas, & sorghum & apple butter for the rolls. But be wary of the servers, one never knows when they may slap a serving of ‘possum or beaver on your plate when you least expect it.

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All in all we had a great time & we left with our stomachs stuffed & carrying doggie bags to boot. Tucker appreciates that.


(I took the liberty of “borrowing” a few photos from others for today’s blog. The camera shop in Pensacola informed me that they would need to ship our camera out for repairs which doesn’t work for us. The shop in Mobile doesn’t have good reviews on their work. So, we have a new camera being delivered next week, then next month when we return to Indiana for Thanksgiving with the family, I will drop off our old camera to be fixed at the shop I patronized when we lived there.)

Here’s lookin’ at you kid…………………..

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