Years ago while driving to Kansas City via I-57 Mary and I saw and stopped at a café called the Blue Springs Café that advertised Foot Hi Pies. We weren’t really hungry, but decided to stop for a piece of pie. Unfortunately it was a very hot and humid day which caused the meringue and the pies to be rather sticky or soggy or something. The menu and food looked great and the place was packed. We wanted to stop by on another trip but we ended up not remembering where it was. We drove both I-55 and I-57 over the years but couldn’t find it. We went to KC this past weekend via I-55 and returned via I-70 to I-57 this trip. Our mistake was not looking for this restaurant on I-70 and we saw the sign about lunch time on Memorial Day so we stopped. We learned that we have been missing some fantastic meals on our trips.
The Blue Springs Café is a do not miss stop for us from now on. We split a family style meal of fried walleye between the 2 of us with no up charge. All sides were homemade and excellent. I’m sure the walleye was frozen, but not with the cornmeal on it. I’m betting they slow thaw it. The pie crusts are made with Crisco, butter and I would guess fresh fruit or quality frozen pieces. Price for lunch was a little over $22 and included 1 entrée with hot & cold sides, which we shared, 2 huge pieces of pie, and one soft drink. A bargain at twice the cost and we only ate about half the fish and sides.
The Blue Springs Café
We ordered from the menu. All meals are served family style with the same sides. I hope to eat my way through this menu except for the liver and gizzards, and the fried shrimp. A fellow diner, on his first visit, said the fried chicken was great. The waiter said the meat loaf is very popular.
Cold Sides-Cole Slaw, Pickled Beets, Applesauce
The beets were the best I have ever eaten. Cole Slaw was a little too tart for Mary but it was still good. The applesauce was canned, but it was good.
Entrée and Hot Sides- Fried Walleye (cornmeal crust), Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans w/country ham
Mashed potatoes had good texture with just enough of an occasional lump that cemented that fresh potato flavor. Gravy was smooth with that wonderful light chicken flavor. Hmmm. Canned green beans, but the country ham and onions were real. (Note: I love canned green beans better than fresh). Second best fried walleye I’ve ever had.
Outstanding Biscuits w/Homemade Apple/Cinnamon Butter & Whipped Spread
These biscuits would make Jim in Logan Square return. The apple butter was fantastic. Real butter would have been better, but when eating country style, sometimes that whipped margarine just hits the spot.
PIE NOTES: Wonderful flaky crust. They know what they are doing. I’m not sure fresh lard would have been better. When I commented on the whipped spread above, he said that their butter goes in the crusts with the Crisco!
My Blackberry Pie Piece
Mary’s Peach Pie Piece
Foot High Pies
Lemon, Chocolate, Coconut, & Banana Cream
The wait staff are all young adults high school to college age and provided great fast, friendly, and casual service that deserved the 35% tip.
The only reason we didn’t order the “Foot Hi Pie” was that they were serving 2 our favorite fruit pies.
This is one restaurant that would be well worth an LTH Road Trip.
Blue Springs Café
11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
30 Miles east of St. Louis
200 Miles west of Indianapolis
276 Miles south of Chicago
Raw meat should NOT
have an ingredients list!!