Uncooked: Meet Kelly Anderson from Cappy's Northside Tavern

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By: Marshall V. King
mking@flavor574.com

Kelly Anderson is a bubbly server who doesn’t forget an order or a name. She’s the manager of the front of the house at Cappy’s Northside Tavern, which her parents Merle and Linda Anderson own. In the bar and dining room, she brings the personality and sat down to answer our questions for Uncooked.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Protein shake. Carb-free

What is your current frame of mind?

Scattered.

What is your biggest extravagance?

Dining out.

What trait do you dislike the most in others?

Rudeness.

If you could cook dinner for one person, who would it be?

My grandmother, Lucille Kilgren.

What is the best gift anyone has ever given you?

A compliment.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve eaten?

I had snake once and that (pauses) I ate a snake. Actually, it wasn’t bad until they told me what it was.

Which of your five senses is the strongest?

My hearing.

What was your first job?

Corn detasseling. Or waitressing at an A&W.

What motto or mantra do you live by?

You should be happy every day and if you’re not, fake it and eventually you will be.

Preferred way to travel?

I would be driven everywhere.

What or who is your biggest motivator?

My dad. Most people expect me to say my mom, but it’s really my dad.

What is your favorite smell?

Lilacs.

How do you define success?

Happiness

What book has had the biggest impact on you?

“Purpose-Driven Life” or “Tuesdays with Morrie.” The one that initially popped into my head was “22 Immutable Laws of Marketing.”

Out of the restaurant, what is your favorite hobby?

Dining out.

What is one skill you still want to master?

Self-appreciation.

What is your signature characteristic or trait?

Always smiling.

If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be?

My grandpa, Pete Kilgren.

What piece of advice would you tell your younger self?

Be happy. I didn’t figure that out until about eight years ago.

One kitchen tool you couldn’t live without?

A fork. I don’t cook. I eat.

TV personality you can’t stand?

Nancy Grace.

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