Garfields Restaurant & Pub

Once Thanksgiving hits our days spiral fast toward the end of the year between parties and trips and work in general.  Yesterday, hubby and I had a free moment, a breather if you will and we decided to spend the entire day together doing nothing.  Well seeing what sales were like after Christmas but pretty much, doing nothing and just spending time together.

We are probably two of the most indecisive people you will ever meet, especially when it comes to going out to eat or even what to eat at home.  Neither of us usually care and we can always find something to eat just about anywhere.

We were driving down 7th Street in Joplin throwing out all the different restaurants we could eat at when I suggested Garfield’s. We realized right then that in the 3 1/2 years we’ve been together, we’ve never eaten at Garfield’s together; it was settled.

As a little kid, I used to love to eat at Garfield’s.  So much so that it was usually my restaurant of choice for birthdays.


Johnny Carino’s – Joplin, MO

Two Monday’s ago, wow that seems like a long time ago! Tbug had a school Christmas program.  First off I should mention she goes to public school now so with knowing everything about public schools and God being removed, it surprised and shocked me with the mention of Jesus Christ in some of their songs.  Way to go middle town America school districts!  I love it!

Anyway, moving on… on our way home from her school program we decided we needed to grab a bite to eat because it would be really late when we got home anyway.  Hubby decided we should go to Johnny Carino’s since we’d both been craving Italian.

On Monday nights they have half price family sized meals.  How cool is that?!?!  Half price Family sized Appetizers too.  Even better!

I also saw this… holy cow, I so need to try this sometime!


Christmas Cookies

I just wanted to drop in and say I hope you and your family have a….


And share with you the:

Christmas Cookie Rules…

1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.


Ol’ South – Ft. Worth

One place that is near and dear to our hearts is Ol’ South Pancake House.  One good thing is they are open 24 hrs, however don’t plan on walking in and immediately getting a seat at 2am, because it probably won’t happen.

Now generally we’re there on weekends (Texas) so possibly it’s easier to walk in and get a seat on a week day, I don’t know.

One of my aunts lives down around Ft. Worth so we called her and she and a friend decided to come meet us for breakfast before we headed home last weekend.


Uncle Julio’s – Ft. Worth

One place that we like to eat at in Ft. Worth is Uncle Julio’s.  I have no idea how my parents found it but it sure is good!  We try to make it there at least once on our trips down there… key word: at least once.  Maybe that’s more like a key phrase.

Their chips are made fresh, I know this because you watch them make them as you walk through the door.  Hubby says this is some of the best salsa he’s had.  Fairly certain they use fire roasted tomatoes because you can taste a bit of a smokey flavor in the background.


Pei Wei Asian Diner – Ft. Worth TX

On Saturday of last weekend my aunt and uncle asked if we wanted to meet up for lunch.  When we said sure they gave us two choices and we ended up at Pei Wei Asian Diner.

I have actually eaten here one time prior with my aunt, my mom didn’t remember that though, but I got the same thing both times.  Now Pei Wei is owned by the same people who own PF Changs, it’s just the “fast food” version I guess you could say.

When you walk in, you’re greeted with their menu on screens 🙂  How very modern of them :).


Joe T. Garcias – Ft. Worth

A place that my parent’s said my aunt introduced them to was Joe T. Garcias.  I’m not sure you’ll find better.  Ok, you might, I won’t argue with you there, but this is FABULOUS Mexican Food… I’m telling you!

It’s located down near the stockyards, in fact through the tree clearings you can actually see the Stockyards.  Anyway the best way I know how to tell you to find it, head on the main drag, look for the Joe T’s billboard painted on the side of a building, drive a couple blocks and bam, you’re there. 🙂

Now one of the great things about Joe T’s is the seating.  Obviously if it is cold or rainy you sit inside, however when it’s nice out, they have outdoor seating.  Their outdoor garden is BEAUTIFUL.  We planned on sitting there this particular night but at that time, they weren’t seating outside.  I’m not sure if it was too early or if it was because it was misting. Every year we eat here, even last year when it was below freezing, we’ve sat outside because it’s soooo much prettier.

Use to, the ritual was to eat there on Sunday mornings for brunch.  That was back when the Open NCHA finals were on Sunday evening.  A couple years ago, they changed up the Futurity events and we wound up going to Joe T. Garcia’s in the evening.  Their brunch was good, but once you go dinner, you never go back :).