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and cinnamon rolls, which just like the tartar sauce and
hamburger buns are freshly made every day. They also
showcase Alan's ability as a baker, a skill
he picked up while enlisted in the U.S.
Navy.
"I guess he did OK - they didn't throw
him overboard, anyway," Valerie quips.
Few diners skip the appetizer menu, and
two of the favorites - Spinach & Artichoke Dip
and Pigs In Heat - are typical of the types of
twists Alan puts on his entrees. In the former,

chopped spinach is added to sliced artichoke, diced onion,
cream cheese and heavy whipping cream for the dip which
is topped with cheddar-Jack cheese and diced bacon.
For the latter, jalapeno poppers are stuffed to the brim
with sausage, onions, bacon, cilantro plus cheddar-Jack, cream and Parmesan cheeses and Alan's
own blend of spices.
"To me, it's simple," Alan says. "I just have a
knack for putting different things together."
Across the menu, from breakfast to dinner,
Grandin
there are some commonalities among the
dishes. From the mashed and baked potatoes all the way down to the fries, Alan is
adamant that nothing comes out of the
box or the freezer. And if the main dish doesn't
incorporate fresh vegetables, you can be sure there will be
some on the side.
"There were a lot of people who weren't into vegetables,"
Alan recalls with a laugh, "including a lot of the girls on
our wait staff. But we started them off on the dip and went
from there."
Not one to waste anything, Alan followed his culinary
muse. Many of his signature dishes started with a
little bit of something left over - some dip here or
sausage gravy there - and evolved into one-of-akind entrees. The Blackened Chicken Breast was
one such creation. Chicken breasts are grilled
on top of Alan's blackened seasoning and then
served on a pool of the Spinach & Artichoke
Dip. Pico de gallo and chimichurri sauce -
made with cilantro, parsley, garlic, vinegar,
mustard, salt and pepper - are added
to create a dish popping with color and
flavor.
"It's got a little sour from the lime
juice, and the blackened chicken with
the dip underneath mellows that out,"
Alan says. "It's creamy, but it has a
bite to it. All the flavors marry well
together. They match."
One dish from Alan's cooking career in Florida sees the staple catfish
dinner served the way author Ernest
Hemingway would have preferred. A
trio of fillets are breaded in flour and
egg batter, then encased in a crust of
cornflakes and almonds and fried. It's a
little different from the cornmeal breading most Missourians are probably used
to, and Alan also uses it on grouper and
mahi when requested. Catfish also can be
ordered blackened, cornmeal breaded or
beer battered upon request.
"Cornmeal is a little saltier," Alan adds.
"This is a little sweeter, a little crunchier and
a little crispier."
The chef can make just about any version
of his special omelets and pastas with seafood,
adding scallops, shrimp and crab meat. True to
form, Alan takes a simple dish such as spaghetti
a few steps further as well. The mountainous Italian
Breakfast combines noodles with diced peppers, onions,



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