No, this isn’t something from science class. What is it?
Ahhhh…Town Topic’s famous Truckstop Omelet. A 4 egg, 6 cheese, meat, onion and hashbrown pile of gooey goodness. Invented by former TT cook Flo, who worked the night shift on her own back in the 1970s when Baltimore was open 24/7. When she’d get too busy, Flo would just throw a bunch of food on the grill, cook it up in her own amazing way, and tell the customers, “This is what I’m makin’, and this is what you’re eatin’.” And eat it, they did! Back then truck drivers used to park their rigs all around the restaurant – hence the name, “Truckstop”.
Welcome to Kansas City, NASCAR fans! Check out this picture of an old Town Topic stock car taken at Riverside Stadium in 1955. Legend has it that TT owner Claude Sparks agreed to sponsor a car, but when he saw it he said, “I put my name on that piece of junk?!” Looks like that “piece of junk” won!
Claude Sparks at 2021 Broadway in this undated photo. Notice the unpainted knotty pine walls, and potato chips instead of French fries! Believe it or not, Town Topic didn’t serve French fries until 1983.
Good luck to the Kansas City Royals today at their home opener!! Flashback to a Town Topic little league team circa 1950s – a bunch of young boys with a big dream. Owner Claude Sparks is on the left. Here’s hoping the rain holds off for today’s game. Go Royals!
Claude Sparks doing some spring cleaning at the original Town Topic at 2442 1/2 Broadway in Kansas City in 1937. Malted Milks for 10 cents and coffee cups on the sign!