Sunday, January 15, 2012

From Jackson to Jackson on I-55 and today we are touring Sikeston, MO

Sikeston, Mo is where the Southern Hospitality Begins, and frankly that is no exaggeration!

What is Sikeston all about? 

Photo Provided by Sikeston CVB
Sikeston’s best known attraction is the home of the “throwed rolls” where folks travel hours, drive many miles, and stand in line just to get a taste of that delicious southern home cooking and have few laughs to. 
Established in 1942 by Earl and Agnes Lambert in a small building on South Main Street in Sikeston with a total seating capacity of 41 people, today the seating capacity has more than tripled.  Anyone who thinks Lamberts immediately they think the Home of the Throwed Rolls a slogan produced by a customer who really wanted his roll and yelled “throw the D*** thing”
Lambert’s needs no flowering up this place is fantastic, the food is delicious, and the folks are friendly.  However, I am going to be fair and honest here, with great food, a well-known name; you know there is going to be lines. The waiting  time for Lamberts can be as much as an hour, while it is worth the wait parents, please be prepared as little ones do get restless.  
Lamberts Café  is located at 2305 E. Malone in Sikeston; doors open at 10:30 am and close at 9:00pm.  Be prepared Lamberts does NOT accept credit cards, but happily takes cash or checks! 

Other great places to eat:  Cheers Bar & Grill, Houchins Donuts, and Dexter BBQ  
Nearby Wineries:  River Ridge Winery and Fermentation Room Café, Indian Hills Winery

The Sikeston Depot, history, culture, and art all in one place.  The Iron Mountain Railroad Depot now known as “The Depot” built in 1916, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Do you know where the first mechanical horse was invented?  The folks at The Depot can tell you!  Let your mind be blown away by what a size 34-shoe looks like and find out who wore those gigantic shoes. 
Normal hours of operation are Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, admission is free, and visit their website regularly for events. 

 Downtown SikestonHistoric Homes Driving Tour will give you a taste of what Sikeston was like in the early 1900’s.  With Southern Hospitality come the beautiful homes of the south.  Stunning architecture, large front porches, and lavish landscaping all found along the streets of Sikeston, Mo.  Brochures are available at The Sikeston Depot or the kind folks at Sikeston’s CVB will be happy to give you directions. 

Fun family stops that are available to fill up spare to time and give you more reasons to visit Sikeston include; Beggs Family Farm, Sikeston Bowling Center, Jumpin Jackson Indoor Inflatable Party Center, Paintball Planet, and the YMCA of Southeast Missouri.

The Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo….what can I say it’s a rodeo, but it is a rodeo done Sikeston’s way.  Folks from all across Missouri make their way to the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo because it is one terrific show.  Rodeo clowns, cowgirls, and finish off the night with some of the finest country music singers.  The 60th Annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo will be held August 8-11; tickets go on sale in March.  
Photo provided by Sikeston CVB

Other exciting events in Sikeston include Sikeston’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Dogwood Azalea Festival, and their Crawfish Boil & Music Festival.  A complete list of events is available on the Sikeston CVB’s website

Where to stay in Sikeston

Video Provided by Sikeston CVB

Fun Facts about Sikeston, Mo
- Sikeston is farthest north Cotton is grown.
- The mechanical horse was invented in Sikeston, Mo

Grab yourself some Southern Hospitality in Sikeston, Mo


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