Living The Foodie Dream

When you love food, it’s only natural to share that inclination with others — it’s what foodies do.  And that’s what my blogging friend, Missy, and her husband, John, have been doing since January 2nd — serving up platefuls of home cookin’ with generous sides of love.

It began as a dream to own a restaurant…

Known for her tasty quantity cooking at church dinners and the like, Missy mused, “Why not turn that into a living?”  Several months and lots of hard work later, the Main Street Cafe in Agra, Oklahoma opened under new management, and the rest is culinary history.

Situated 45 minutes north of I-40/Shawnee on Highway 18 (just up the road from Route 66), “Look for the oldest building in town,” says Missy.  A warm welcome awaits.  And some dang good chili.

Actually, the food was SO good, I forgot to take pictures of it!  (Well, most of it.)  Let’s just say that Missy’s burgers make Big Macs look like sliders.  And the fries… oh my.

In addition to standard lunchtime fare, Missy will be cooking up daily specials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week.  (That’s a lot of cooking!)  With the only restaurant for miles around, this food-loving couple is destined for success.

To celebrate opening, customers were treated to complimentary homemade pie…

It was a tough call… lemon meringue, key lime, chocolate cream, coconut cream — or cobbler?  (I picked lemon meringue; The Man Of Few Words had apple cobbler.)  No doubt, word will get around — this is the food that feeds mainstream America.

I’m proud of Missy and John for following their hearts.

In 2012, their dream became a reality.

And their sign aptly says:

Or… as Missy says:

When you have a minute, please stop by Missy’s website and congratulate her on living the foodie dream.  Although she won’t have much time for blogging now, I’m sure she and John would appreciate the encouragement — it’s what foodies do.  (Thanks!)

Celebrating dreams come true,

~ Kim

36 thoughts on “Living The Foodie Dream

    • Me, too, Mike! :) Since you work in the food service industry, you certainly know what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to keep it going. Thanks for your spot on comment!

  1. What a fantastic post! I love ‘Leave your diet at the door!’. I’m not a ‘healthy’ resolution person (I eat healthy as best I can, I just don’t make resolutions lol) Congrats to Missy for opening such a great restaurant – realizing her dream…the food looks awesome! Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2012 with lots of love, laughter and prosperity!!

    • Sounds like we approach food pretty much the same way, Lisa! ;) Eating healthy one day at a time is more realistic and attainable than projecting “shoulds” into the murky future — basically, “Take care of yourself today, and tomorrow will take care of itself.” I never know what I’m going to be hungry for from one day to the next, but the next time I want a really good burger & fries, I’ll be heading back to Missy’s! Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. I love love this post! Wat a wonderful tribute to your friend Missy! What a dream come true: owning a restaurant ! As usual you have brought s a great post :) I couldn’t comment on your portabella post (error on my phone) but I can’t wait to try it!

    • Thanks, Heather! It’s just so neat to see someone turn a dream into reality — couldn’t help writing about it, especially when it concerns FOOD. :)

  3. What a sweet post for your friend.. Yes dreams do come true if we follow our heart! Congrats to Missy for her courage!
    Thanks for making time to visit my blog a few weeks ago, was too swarm with stuff to visit and personally thank you. May you have a blessed 2012!

    • Shannon, it seemed like the end of the year just FLEW by and this one is off and running, too. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment — I’m so glad you did!

    • I was tickled to go to Missy & John’s one-of-a-kind place — there are fewer and fewer of those around with so many “chain” restaurants edging out the independents. Hooray for entrepreneurs following their dreams!

  4. Hey, I love the settings & certainly wish I’ll have the chance to sample their food. I admire their courage to dream big & follow their hearts.

    “Where friends meet” …. absolutely cool! Congrats to Missy & John!

    • I told the Man Of Few Words I’d drive back there any day for another piece of that pie — it was delish! Missy said she’d send me the recipe….

  5. I love this post because:

    a.) You’re helping a friend by spreading the word, and
    b.) Her chili has no beans! Okie-style.

    Kimby, I’m including this in My Exciting Weekend today to help spread it further.

  6. Kimby, thank you so much for the awesome post about my cafe! It has been an exciting 2 weeks and I’m still loving it! I have to say burgers are the #1 seller around here, the home marinated/battered chunk chicken is picking in popularity. And thanks to all who commented on this post with positive feedback! I really appreciate it and hope if you ever get to visit Agra, OK, you’ll stop in and holler at me and tell me Kimby sent you! Kim, here it is, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-lemon-meringue-pie/. I LOVE allrecipes.com, I find SO many of my recipes there!
    P.S. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Main-Street-Cafe/316485468373969 here is my cafe fb page if you want to follow daily specials and anything else going on here at the cafe!

    • Missy, there will be a lot of happy people reading your reply! Thanks for the Facebook link, too — will check it out right after this. By the way, I said (in a comment above) that I’d drive back for your pie, but I’d drive back for that “Huh” burger, too! :) I love that you toast the hamburger buns… I understand why they’re a top seller! Best wishes to you & John and WOOHOO for still living (and loving!) your foodie dream!

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