Friday, July 01, 2011

Presidential Visit Gets Magic Mountain Sandwich Maker A Star Turn On Rachel Maddow Show

Ross' Restaurant owner Cynthia Freidhof will demo the recipes for her jumbo sandwiches...
UPDATE: A post about the star turn, including video and an interview with Freidhof and daughter Melissa Freidhof-Rogers IS HERE.
President Obama's Tuesday lunch visit to Cynthia Ross-Freidhof's Ross' Restaurant in Iowa has landed the maven of supersized sandwiches a star turn on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. Freidhof will join host Maddow tonight in her New York studio to give a demonstration of the recipes for her Magic Mountain and Volcano sandwiches. President Obama ordered four Magic Mountains and two Volcanoes during his visit, and also treated three customers to lunch. (Above: The President and Freidhof)

The Magic Mountain is mounds of loose hamburger meat topped with cheddar cheese, onions and French fries or hash browns, loaded on grilled Texas toast. The Volcano adds a spicy topping of hot chili. Freidhof's daughter, Melissa Freidhof-Rogers, will also be on the Maddow show, which airs at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

On Twitter, Maddow is hailing the Magic Mountain as "The Best New Thing In The World."

President's visit was a surprise, but Secret Service vetted the restaurant over the weekend...
The Presidential visit to Ross' completed a campaign trail promise Mr. Obama made in 2008, when he first met Freidhof at a Town hall for undecided voters in Iowa, and said he would one day visit her eatery. Freidhof was completely surprised when the President actually showed up, but it turns out that Secret Service agents had been scoping out Ross' over the weekend, according to daughter Melissa, who wrote a blog post about the trip to the Maddow show for the hometown newspaper, the Quad City Times. The Agents had also been fighting over the eatery's offerings. Melissa wrote:

"When I was making the Magic Mountain for the President, I said to one of the Secret Service agents, "I am still just in shock about you guys being here; I mean I really thought if you were coming, you would have come and checked the place out for security, etc."

He was a handsome guy with a Southern accent and he cocked his head and said to me, "Honey, we've been scoping you out all weekend!"

He said that he had been in for breakfast on Sunday, as well as several other times that weekend.

Later Tuesday afternoon after the Presidential visit, we also met one of the White House interns who had brought her parents in for lunch. She told us that she just had to come before she left town because the Secret Service guys had been bringing back cinnamon rolls and hamburgers all weekend and the staff had been fighting over them, especially the cinnamon rolls."

The White House featured the Presidential visit in this week's edition of West Wing Week, and titled the video "Magic Mountains and Volcanoes."

There's a healthy food angle to Ross' too: The restaurant partners with Iowa's Local Harvest to use fresh local produce everyday.

Info: Ross’ Restaurant is at 430 14th Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722-4820. Phone: 563.355.7573