Let's get back to the menu, a legendary tome allegedly containing 900 items. I didn't count, but the menu contained a list of dishes packed elbow to elbow, jostling for my stomach's attention. If they handed out Pulitzers for restaurant menus, Shopsin's menu would need to be considered for the award. The menu boosted my spirits, inspired me, and of course, stirred my appetite. In my twisted little mind, I've made the 1230.64 mile trip to Shopsin's several times and here is what I ordered:
- State Fair Breakfast Plate: corn dog, s'mores cakes, chicken fried eggs
- Krakatoa Breakfast Plate: eggs, sausage stuffing potato volcano
- El Paso Shepherd's Pie: bbq pork or bbq brisket, corn, veggies, corn meal crust
- Reubifoo Sandwich: corned beef chili, bok choy, fried scallions, swiss
- Blue Plate Special #10: bbq oxtails, ranch nachos, cheese stuffed fried peppers.
PS. . . The lecture titled "Conquering the Wilderness: Imaginative Imperialism and the Invasion of Legoland" was outstanding. At first I thought it would be overly intellectual for this boy from Pomona, but the down-to-earth lecture explored the challenge of raising children to be creative and imaginative in today's world.