I took my dining companions to Zarda BBQ today, on Quivira and 87th St. We used to go to Zarda with my family when I was little. I remember that they had steer horns above the entrance back then, and those same ones are still in place. My dad and grandpa always had ribs. I didn't really get the appeal of ribs back then, but there was something that appealed to me about the idea of the wet nap.
This is a place where you place your order at a counter, then go pick it up when its ready. We decided on our order and stepped up to the heavily shellacked wooden counter. Roast Beef sandwiches with potato salad and baked beans. Fried Mushrooms. As our order-taker rang it up, he yelled to the back, "Mush!". We picked up the order a few minutes later and dug in. The roast beef was fine. The potato salad was great, as were the beans. Not too spicy like the ones at Oklahoma Joes, but the real treat was the fried mushrooms. Delicious.
It's too bad we always go while I'm on my lunch break, because I'm always wanting a pitcher of some watery domestic beer when I go in there. We'll be back!