Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Junction Eating Place


We were looking for a place to eat lunch on a Sunday and decided to give this place a try.  It was pretty crowded but we were seated immediately.  I noticed there were people of all ages, but there were a lot of college students.  I was surprised by that because it seemed more like an older person's restaurant.

Our waitress was very friendly and took our order promptly.

I ordered a pork tenderloin sandwich and seasoned fries. The sandwich was great!  The fries were also really good.  I totally enjoyed this meal. 

Jeff ordered a breakfast skillet with corned beef hash.  He really liked it. I tried it and liked it, too.  I would have been jealous if I hadn't been so in love with my own meal.  LOL

Breakfast skillet with corned beef hash and hash browns.
We really enjoyed eating here and we may make a return trip.

If you noticed the pictures say "Two Greyhound Town", don't worry, they are mine.  I just am lazy today and didn't change them to reflect this blog. Two Greyhound Town belongs to my greyhounds.  They write about our travel adventures.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lincoln Way Cafe

We ate at Lincoln Way Cafe on a Saturday afternoon.  We were on our way to Dixon, IL to visit Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home and we chose this restaurant from a list on our GPS.  Lincoln Way Cafe is actually in Franklin Grove, IL which is about ten miles past Dixon.  We basically drove an additional 20 miles to eat here. 

Lincoln Way Cafe is a small place that seemed to be filled with locals who knew each other.  I always feel a little uncomfortable when I am the only outsider, but that is just me.  Credit cards are not accepted.  Checks are accepted if you or local or if they know you. 

Side of building.  I love visiting small towns because of things like this.
We were greeted promptly and our waitress was very friendly.  The cafe was very crowded when we arrived.

I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with  fries.  I was surprised that a salad is included with their sandwiches.  The food was all good and while I can't remember the exact price, it was very reasonable.

Jeff ordered the Texas Burger which is on Texas Toast and has BBQ sauce.

We enjoyed the food here.  We probably will not return because it is out of the way for us, but it was a nice place to eat.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Taxco Restaurant

Taxco Restaurant is a Mexican restaurant in Sycamore, IL.  It is located in the downtown section of town. 

We ate here on a Saturday evening.  We were greeted promptly and our waitress was very friendly.  The decor in the restaurant is nice.

We were served chips and salsa while we waited for our food.  The chips were thicker than I normally like, but I liked them.  The salsa was good.  It is somewhat spicy.

My favorite dish at Mexican restaurants is a chimichanga with shredded beef for the filling.  I decided to try something different this time.  I ordered the #4 Chimtaxco which is a small skirt steak, beef burrito, chicken tostada, cheese enchilada, rice & beans for $11.

I really liked the skirt steak. The beef burrito was much smaller than I expected.  The only thing I didn't like was the chicken tostado.  I just didn't like the texture of the shredded chicken. I liked the enchilada which surprised me because I am normally not a fan.  Jeff had the same meal and he liked everything.

We really enjoyed eating here and we may return since we will be in the area for a while.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Kooky Canuck

Jeff and I ate here on a Saturday with some friends who live in Memphis.  Our friends chose this restaurant for us because they follow this blog and know the type of food that we like to eat.  They did an excellent job in their selection of this restaurant. 

Man vs. Food filmed a show here when the restaurant was called Big Foot Lodge. The name had to be changed due to a lawsuit.  Adam took what was then called the The Sasquatch Challenge.  It is now called the Kookamonga Challenge.  The challenge is eating a four pound burger in 60 minutes. Adam lost.

We started our meal with an appetizer.  We chose the Pick 3 Kooky Combo. Our three were the Fried Pickles, Buffalo Tenders and BBQ Egg Rolls.  The appetizer was delicious.

BBQ Egg Rolls, Fried Pickles and Buffalo Tenders
I chose the Yonge Street Burger.  It has two burgers, American cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms and bacon along with their signature sauce.  The burger was delicious.  I loved the signature sauce as well as the grilled mushrooms.  The fries looked like they would be soggy, but they were not.  They had a nice flavor to them.

Yonge Street Burger
Jeff ordered the Canadian Burger.  It had Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled onions and BBQ sauce.  He enjoyed it.

The Canadian Burger
Our friend, Lee, ordered the South Beach.  The South Beach is a patty pressed Cuban style with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles.  He said it was really good.

South Beach
Our friend, Donna, ordered the Fried Ham and Cheese. It is an American Cheese sandwiched between slices of ham then breaded and fried.  The waiter told her it was an excellent choice.  Waiters never seem to say that to me.  LOL   She enjoyed it.

Fried Ham and Cheese
We all had to ask for to go boxes because we couldn't finish our meals.  The food was delicious!

The waiter was very friendly and attentive.  This is definitely a place that I would like to eat at again.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Marlowe's Ribs & Restaurant

Marlowe's Ribs is very smart because they cater to the tourists. They will pick up guests at their hotel or campground in a pink limo and drive them to the restaurant. We saw that pink limo at our campground many times. We decided to drive ourselves to Marlowe's on Jeff's birthday.

The restaurant is decorated with Elvis items. There are televisions that play his concerts.

I loved this painting.  It is by Thomas Kincaid.

This is our table.  It was covered in Elvis photos.

 We started our meal with an appetizer.  It was the Combination Platter.  It consists of Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Pickles, Corn Fritters, and Chicken Tenders.  The appetizer was good.  I am not a fan of fried green tomatoes. 
I ordered a half slab of ribs since they are known for their BBQ.  My sides were coleslaw and fries.  The bread was really good.  It is fried.  The coleslaw was creamy. The fries were good.  The ribs, I did not care for at all.  They definitely had a smokey taste, but I didn't care for the texture.  Jeff said he thought they were baked.  Another diner came by and asked me what I thought of the ribs because she was thinking of ordering them.  She told me to be honest and I told her I didn't like them.

 Jeff ordered the beef brisket and the ribs.  He didn't care for the BBQ part of the meal either.

We enjoyed the decor at this restaurant, but not the BBQ.  We will not eat here again.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken

Uncle Lou's is a restaurant that has appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  Guy said on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, that the chicken was the best he had ever eaten.  We had to try it with that endorsement.

We were greeted at the door by Uncle Lou, I think, or at least it was the man that was on the show.  The menu on the wall was a little confusing, but we were handed a regular menu.

I ordered the three piece chicken meal (all dark meat) with onion rings.  Jeff ordered the three piece meal (mixed) with fried pickles.
Jeff ordered all of his chicken with the "spicy sweet love sauce".  I ordered mine regular and one with sauce.
The chicken is good.  I can't say that it is the best that I have ever eaten.  Jeff, however, thought the skin on the chicken was great.  The sauce is good.  They sell it bottles and even in gallons if you really like it.

I wasn't fond of the fried pickles.  Yes, the order is huge especially since it is a side item, but I didn't care for the breading on it.  Jeff said they cheated on the onion rings because they were definitely frozen and not made there.

I enjoyed eating here.  The staff was very friendly.  The restaurant seemed to have only tourists in it while we were there.  I say that because everyone was taking photos and even took photos with Uncle Lou.

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