Back in the Quad-Cities again...
Once more, I'm back in the Quad-Cities for Christmas, and once more, I'm doing a mini-tour of sorely missed local eats.
The definitive breakfast pizza around here is probably that of Casey's General Store
, but my dad pre-empted me this year with a take-and-bake one from the Wisconsin-based Kwik Star
chain of convenience stores.
This particular style of breakfast pizza, with scrambled (often powdered) eggs, sausage/ham/bacon, and cheese, all on top of either a cheese sauce or a sawmill gravy, doesn't seem to be known in CT - I've shown similar photos to several coworkers with no recognition whatsoever. There are places, generally more upscale ones, that do breakfast-type variations with over-easy eggs, avocado, what have you, but those are in a completely different spirit.
This one was respectable, not quite Casey's level, but impressive for $9 from a convenience store.
Lunch the next day was a roast beef sandwich and cheddar potato soup from Hungry Hobo
, a longtime regional chain with thirteen locations in the QC area.
Note: when you order mayo at Hungry Hobo, you get Miracle Whip. I'm fine with that.
The soup was just the hit of rich salty cheesy starchy goodness that I was looking for on a bitterly cold day.
I drove to Iowa City the following evening to visit a friend. For dinner, we went to the Sanctuary Pub
, a fixture since 1972 and my strong preference over the downtown bars during my college days.
I remembered them as having decent pizza, but they skimped on the cheese and sauce this time. Pics on Yelp suggested that this was an off-day rather than a chronic issue.
What we lacked in food, we made up for in drink, and then made up further the next morning at breakfast: Hamburg Inn No. 2,
an old-school diner and well-known political stop.
Good gravy on the biscuit and gravy - better than I've had in the northeast, honestly, and good enough that I'd have wanted two or three biscuits, if I hadn't planned on a very special lunch.
This was the very special lunch: Happy Joe's
pizza and Whitey's
Friends and coworkers in Connecticut turn up their noses at pictures of this, but folks in the Midwest / Upper Midwest know what's up.
Crispy-chewy crust, sweet sauce, a thick layer of a cheese blend that includes mozz and cheddar, finely chopped Canadan bacon (still my favorite rendition of it), finely ground sausage (but not as finely ground as QC-style, like Harris or Fat Boy's
Two months ago, Happy Joe's sold a majority stake
to the entity that is the largest franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings; the idea is to open more locations nationally. We'll see what that brings, I guess.
No trip here would be complete, of course, without a stop at Hy-Vee and the collection of some local goodies.
Look below the comically huge bowl ...
"Taco pasta salad". Only in the Midwest.
I'm not done with my trip yet, though! Visiting two more friends, tomorrow and the day after. Bent River Brewing
is likely, but other than that I haven't laid anything out yet.
post edited by Ketteract - 2017/12/25 11:17:20