The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 21, 2013

Mike Pound: The secret is out about the Compass Cafe

When I walked into the Compass Cafe, my intention was to order a double cheeseburger.

But when I walked up to the grill area, I noticed a sandwich roughly the size of Nebraska.

“What is that?” I asked the two nice folks behind the counter.

“It’s a grilled meatloaf sandwich,” one of them said, pointing to a sign on the countertop that said the sandwich was the day’s special.

I’ve had meatloaf before, of course, and I’ve had cold meatloaf sandwiches, but I’ve never had a hot, grilled meatloaf sandwich.

It was time to take a stroll on the wild side.

“I’ll take it,” I said. “And some french fries.”

Then, in an effort to balance my fries and grilled meatloaf sandwich with some healthy food, I turned to the salad bar behind me and made myself a healthy salad. I also passed on dessert and opted for unsweetened iced tea.

I think I had health on my mind because the Compass Cafe is located inside Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage. The reason I was at the cafe is because Mary Riley sent an email to me asking that I have lunch there sometime.

I should point out that Mary sent me the email on May 2 and I didn’t drop by until Aug. 21, but for me, being three months behind schedule is well above average.

I have a system when it comes to emails. I read them every day and delete the ones that are trying to sell me things that I don’t need. Let’s be honest, if you have to read about something in an email, you probably don’t need to buy it.

Then I delete the emails from people offering to send me money. Because again, let’s face it, if someone sends you an email pretty much out of the blue offering to send you money, the opposite is probably going to happen.

Then I read the emails from the people who hate my column. I save those emails because it never hurts to be reminded that there are people out there who hate what you do for a living.

And finally, I read the emails from people who send me column ideas. If an email is from one of my editors, I delete it. Ha! That’s just an editor’s joke.

Nope, what I do is read and then save all of the emails from people sending me column ideas. Then I make a mental note to follow up on the column ideas, turn off my computer and forget to follow up.

See, the problem is, the day after I make a mental note to follow up on the column ideas, I get more emails and I make more mental notes. And then somehow, I blame Obama and my mental notes get erased.

But back to the Compass Cafe. Mary, in her email, said the cafe is the best kept secret in Carthage. I don’t know all of the best kept secrets in Carthage, but I would agree with Mary that the Compass Cafe is a pretty good secret.

You don’t normally expect hospital cafeterias to serve noteworthy food. At least, in years past you didn’t. The Joplin area is fortunate to have great hospital cafeterias located in both Mercy and Freeman hospitals. I know that because I have eaten in both. As a matter of fact, I’ve done stories for the Globe’s food page on both hospital cafeterias.

Mary asked me to stop by the Compass Cafe because a couple of years ago I did a column about a great double cheeseburger I had there. At the time, the cafeteria was not called the Compass Cafe. Mary said the cafeteria had recently been upgraded, which is why she wanted me to stop by and check it out.

The cafeteria is in the same place and pretty much looks the same, but the menu seemed a bit different. Mary, in her email, said the hospital had added a number of healthy food choices, including an expanded salad bar.

So, if you are looking for lunch, stop by the Compass Cafe. But don’t tell anybody else. It’s a secret.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA for Mike Pound’s column? Call him at 417-623-3480, ext. 7259, or email him at mpound@joplinglobe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikepoundglobe.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • State audit of Joplin School District begins

    Staff members from the state auditor’s office have begun their audit of the Joplin School District, Superintendent C.J. Huff said Monday. They are expected to be in the district four days per week for the next five to six months, or perhaps longer, until the audit is complete, Huff said.

    July 21, 2014

  • Burglary conviction draws shock prison time

    A Joplin man who received 120 days of shock incarceration time Friday in a drunken-driving case in Jasper County Circuit Court was assessed a concurrent sentence Monday in a burglary case.

    July 21, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Family gatherings mirror circle of life

    The annual family gathering is getting bigger. There tends to be an ebb and a flow to most family gatherings. When you’re a kid, and especially if you’re a kid from a large Catholic family, the gatherings seem to be huge.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • 071714 Jasper Cty Dispatch1_72.jpg Area communities, Jasper County work to improve communications

    The first law enforcement officer to respond to a fatal shooting last November at Northpark Mall was from the Duquesne Police Department — not Joplin. Joplin police Chief Jason Burns said he wasn’t bothered by that. “We dispatch for them, and they had an officer close who could get there faster,” he said. “And getting help to people as quickly as possible is more important than jurisdictions.”

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • New and old TIF districts on agenda for Joplin council

    Another tax increment financing district is being proposed for Joplin, this one along South Main Street. The area is close to the new Mercy Hospital Joplin that is set to open next year. RKS Development is seeking authorization from the Joplin City Council when it meets Monday night to prepare a request to establish a TIF district.

    July 20, 2014

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Family grows by one — a black Lab named Raven

    If you haven’t experienced the feeling of a tiny puppy in your lap at the end of a perfect July Saturday — hammock time, s’mores, leisurely walks, you know the kind — I highly recommend it. It is pure joy.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042017 Jo Ellis_c.jpg Jo Ellis: Car show, sidewalk sale and more scheduled for weekend in Carthage

    All roads leading to Carthage should be packed this weekend as numerous events geared toward entertainment, cultural pursuits and bargain hunting are expected to pull in large crowds.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Hobby Lobby lawyer to speak at watermelon feed

    Josh Hawley, who helped represent Hobby Lobby in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on contraception requirements in the Affordable Care Act, has been added to the list of speakers for Thursday’s annual watermelon feed sponsored by Newton County Republicans.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Do you think Missouri should pass legislation that would allow a prescription drug database to be kept?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter