Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music ...
Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music Education from Truman State. Now retired, Rich enjoyed reading, writing music and short essays. He is the director of Kirksville Community Chorus.
MCKNOTES ON COLTONS STEAK HOUSE
I have a rehearsal late on Sunday afternoons, so I don’t get excited about putting together a meal after that. Lately Coltons Steak House has been where dinner is served. I don’t often eat beef, but there are other things on the menu that appeal to me. I like their shrimp, blackened salmon, pork chops and a number of other things. I rarely have room for dessert, but the cheesecake is quite yummy. That’s not, however what draws me to this restaurant. One expects decent food from a restaurant. The thing about Coltons is that the workers have a great attitude. They are courteous, friendly and really seem to enjoy their job. Such good attitudes provide for a pleasant atmosphere for dining.
My least favorite thing is their “Happy Birthday” routine. I like a quite dinner, so cow bells and hand clapping that encourage everybody present to yell “Happy Birthday” is just not my idea of an environment for enjoying a nice dinner. One Sunday night, five birthdays were being celebrated. It was raucous, but all in all, it’s not really a big deal. I suppose some people enjoy the routine.
I think the prices are reasonable. The décor is not what I’d want in my own home, but there’s nothing really wrong with it. One is seated with a bucket of peanuts in the shell. Some people feel inclined to discard the shells on the floor in spite of an extra bucket supplied by the “server” into which diners can discard their peanut shells.
Like I said, I don’t often eat beef, but I’ve had three varieties of steak there. My favorite is the T-Bone. There are plenty of drinks available. I usually have a cola and water. I don’t drink and someone has to drive home, so I’m the “designated driver.” There are overly sweetened other drinks which I have never tasted, but I’m sure they’re fine if that’s one’s preference.
Overall, it’s nice to have a place to go for a tasty meal in a comfortable setting. The quality of food and service is consistent, and that adds Coltons to the list of Kirksville’s recommended eateries. It’s nice to patronize a place where the workers act as though they’re really happy to be there. A good attitude goes a long way these days.