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The Otley Cat

1223 Otley Ave. P erry, IA 50220 515-465-4410 Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm (Kitchen closes at 9) Fri and Sat 11am-12am (Kitchen closes at 10) In a novel published posthumously (not entirely sure how that was accomplished...) in 1940 Thomas Wolfe states “You can’t go home again.” (which also happens to be the title of the book) I do understand why he waited until he was dead to publish the book... THAT’S THE BIGGEST LOAD OF HORSE PUCKY I’VE EVER HEARD!!!!!! Home is the ONE place you CAN go when you can’t go anywhere else!!!! In fact home is where Lynnette and I headed for this month’s article, Perry. (Ok, so I didn’t actually LIVE in Perry but that is where I spent all my elementary and high school years... and most of the rest of my time as well!) Just a half a block from where I had my first job (job meaning working for someone other than family) The Otley Cat is a restaurant/bar that replaced the Bally Hoo Lounge from back in the day. Having heard that the food there was great (thanks Bob) we stopped in for lunch. The first thing I noticed when we walked in was that the place seems a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside! Self seating was no problem and menus were promptly produced by our friendly waitress. The lunch special was listed on a whiteboard stand at the end of the bar. That particular day the specials were Hot Beef and Chili Dogs. It was almost as though they knew we were coming!!!! Lynnette chose the Hot Beef and I went with the Chili Dogs (I know... you’re shocked... right?). Along with my dogs I chose a bowl of potato salad for my side. The plates arrived after a short wait and we were definitely NOT disappointed!!!! My 34 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2015

plate held two HUGE hot dogs in buns that were generously covered (or more appropriately SLATHERED!) with chili and a healthy covering of grated cheese. Next to this glorious pile lusciousness was the bowl of potato salad. Those that follow us should remember that I place a lot of value in the taste of an establishment’s potato salad. This bowl ranked very high on my approval list! Chunky, sweet and definitely home made!! My initial thought on the chili dogs was to pick them up and eat them. Well, it didn’t take me very long to determine that my fork should be the weapon of choice for this battle. You see, there was so much of this awesome chili over both dogs that I couldn’t distinguish one bun from the other. I dove in with great abandon and discovered dogs that were big enough so that there were not bites without a chunk of hot dog included!! Lynnette tied into her hot beef with reckless abandon and, in between moans of ecstasy, announced that I may have to finish this for her. I think I was successful in suppressing my excitement (ok, maybe not)! The beef was tender and done to perfection, the gravy was delicious and the potatoes... Let me explain something about mashed potatoes. You see I much prefer home made mashed taters over fake ones but if fake is all there is I’ll

survive. For Lynnette, fake taters in a hot beef may very well be a deal breaker!!! Let’s just suffice it to say that this deal was definitely NOT broken!!! Oh... I did end up having to finish for her (and YES it was AWESOME!!!) Our helpful waitress came by to check if we had left enough room for desert since the cake was home made as well. Those who know me know I always have room for desert... especially home made chocolate cake!!!! This was not just any cake, this was like the Taj Mahal of chocolate cake!!!! Thick, moist and delicious with thick layers of chocolate frosting! Even Lynnette managed to find a little extra space for some home made cake!!! The Otley Cat, home cooked food at it’s best! Like them on Facebook and keep up with special happenings they offer. With food like this you definitely can go home again and again and again!!! Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! Craig Little craig@thunderroadsiowa.com PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email.

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