There are a lot of things you could say - good and scathing - about Chubby's, the 24-hour diner at 3756 Broadway, but I had never considered using the words gracious service before. This is, after all, no place for the genteel, particularly after 1 a.m.
While a friend and I were waiting for cheeseburgers last Friday night, our server stopped by our table - without a word and totally inexplicably - and dropped off a plate of two coaster-sized iced cinnamon rolls. We eyed the rolls warily. "Did you order those?" asked my friend.
No, since I don't crave breakfast pastries with my burgers (chocolate cream pie is another story entirely). We decided that the waitress had dropped the rolls off by mistake. But when, after five or six minutes, she didn't return for them, we ate them. Nothing was said. They weren't on the bill.
But I couldn't resist calling Tony Olson, the 33-year-old restaurateur who took over the operation of the midtown diner in 2012. "What's the story with the cinnamon rolls?" I asked Olson.
The concepts of breakfast and dinner are older, apparently, than the idea of the midday meal that we now know as lunch. Culinary historians pinpoint the mid-19th century as the time when lunch, which had been treated as little more than a snack prior to that (Samuel Johnson's 1755 definition of the word was "as much food as the hand can hold"), became less of a novelty, more of a meal with a fixed timetable.
The subject of today's Central Standard program at 11 a.m. on KCUR 89.3 will be lunch in all of its possible incarnations, from a quick jaunt through the company cafeteria to the two-martini variety of the Mad Men era to the cozy romantic getaway in a dimly lit French bistro.
You can join the conversation to discuss your own favorite places to dine in that noon-2 p.m. slot in the Kansas City metro by calling 816-235-2888.
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