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  • Writer's pictureNatalija Ugrina

Lambert's Cafe, the Home of Throwed Rolls

Hey everyone! If you've been following my road trip adventures through Missouri, you know I'm all about stumbling upon unique, off-the-beaten-path gems. And boy, did I hit the jackpot with Lambert's Cafe in Ozark!! This place isn't just a restaurant; it's an experience, famously known as the "Home of Throwed Rolls." Let me take you through my delightful visit to this quirky slice of Southern hospitality.


Lambert's Cafe, the Home of Throwed Rolls

How I Stumbled Upon Lambert's

Driving through Missouri, I was on the hunt for something authentically local — something that screamed comfort and community. That’s when I saw a sign for Lambert’s Cafe. Intrigued by the promise of "throwed rolls," I knew this was a detour I had to make. Pulling up to Lambert’s, the vibe was immediately welcoming, like stepping into a big, bustling family reunion.


First Impressions

From the moment I walked in, the energy of the place was palpable. The cafe was buzzing with laughter and chatter, and the air was filled with the aroma of home-cooked meals. And yes, there were rolls flying across the room! The staff greeted me with smiles and a quick wit, making me feel right at home.


Natalija Ugrina at the Lambert's Cafe, the Home of Throwed Rolls

The Famous Throwed Rolls

Here’s the scoop: the tradition of throwing rolls started with Norman Lambert, who decided to toss a roll to a customer during a particularly busy day to save time. This spontaneous act became a hallmark of Lambert's Cafe, turning into the fun, interactive dining experience it is today. Catching my first roll was an absolute thrill — it’s not every day you get to play catch with your food!


What’s on the Menu?

At Lambert's Cafe, you can sink your teeth into a variety of Southern comfort classics, and I opted for the fried catfish. It was perfectly crispy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside, just as good Southern catfish should be. Alongside the main dish, the "pass arounds" like fried potatoes and onions, black-eyed peas, and the sweetest macaroni & tomatoes kept coming, keeping the table lively and my plate full. And those rolls? Warm, buttery, and utterly irresistible.


Delving into the History of Lambert's Cafe

Lambert's Cafe first opened its doors back in 1942 in Sikeston, Missouri, founded by Earl and Agnes Lambert. Originally a modest operation with just 14 seats, it was their son, Norman, who transformed Lambert’s into the lively spot we know today. The family's commitment to hearty Southern meals and exceptional service turned Lambert’s into a local staple. Over the decades, Lambert's expanded to include additional locations in Ozark, MO, and Foley, AL, each maintaining the same charm and tradition that started back in 1942. Each location offers the same warm atmosphere and hearty meals, ensuring the Lambert's experience is consistent no matter which "Home of Throwed Rolls" you're dining in.

Lambert's Cafe, the Home of Throwed Rolls

The tradition of throwed rolls, which began as a fun, spur-of-the-moment solution to serve guests efficiently, has now become synonymous with Lambert's identity, turning every meal into an interactive event. The concept not only added an element of fun but also embodied a sense of community and family that is core to Lambert’s philosophy. This quirky dining practice helped catapult Lambert's Cafe into the spotlight, making it a cultural icon and a must-visit destination on the culinary map of America.


Beyond the Food

It's not just the food that makes Lambert’s special; it’s the whole atmosphere. Everyone here is ready to have a good time, from the servers to your fellow diners. There’s something truly heartwarming about a place that can bring strangers together with a simple act of throwing a roll. It’s communal, it’s nostalgic, and above all, it’s just plain fun.


Lambert’s Cafe: Not Just in Ozark

For those who might not be passing through Ozark, don’t worry — Lambert's has other locations in Sikeston, MO, and Foley, AL. Each spot carries the same charming tradition and vibe, so you won’t miss out on the fun.


Lambert's Cafe, the Home of Throwed Rolls

Wrapping Up My Visit

As I left Lambert's, I couldn’t help but feel like I was leaving a family gathering. If your travels take you through Missouri, Alabama, or the Ozarks, make sure to carve out time for Lambert's Cafe. It’s more than a meal; it’s an experience that celebrates the joy of good food and good company. Trust me, it’s worth the detour!


So, here’s to unexpected finds and delicious adventures on the road. Lambert’s Cafe, you’ve certainly thrown a memorable moment into my journey!

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Apr 26

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Apr 22

And why are you so important

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Guest
Apr 22

You’re very beautiful 😍 I appreciate your sharing I use to see people tv doing what you do nice 😊 to see someone doing it again keep it up beautiful 😍 I love ❤️ your pretty face 😘

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cawilliams2021
Apr 22

Great find with a great story! I had never heard of this place, so thank you for sharing. Super pretty as always - keep it up!

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kwhatsup67
Apr 22

Beautiful woman 🌹🌹

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