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2015/09/03 18:38:46 (permalink)

Chops in the cornfield

Chi Town Diner and Chibears15 have placed tremendous pressure on me to do a trip report for my recent Iowa trip which I just returned from. I have lots of catching up to with with work, sleep and power walking and labor day weekend is approaching and I plan to spend that time with my girlfriend. 
I may actually begin the report tomorrow evening but it won't pick up again until next week
So...in the interim, please enjoy the music
 

 
and the photo of this very distinguished looking gentleman
 
 
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post edited by wanderingjew - 2015/09/14 20:17:54
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/03 18:49:38 (permalink)

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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/03 18:54:40 (permalink)
Autographed copies on Ebay...can be personalized also for an additional fee! 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/03 19:06:33 (permalink)
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Autographed copies on Ebay...can be personalized also for an additional fee! 


If Ebay already has autographed copies how come he says he hasn't started it yet?
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/03 20:38:02 (permalink)
I want one of the cob's signature not the old guy propped up by it! 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/03 22:28:43 (permalink)
So happy to hear you are going to do a trip report!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 00:22:57 (permalink)
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I want one of the cob's signature not the old guy propped up by it! 




We'll get you a cob all right, just wait about six more weeks.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 07:50:20 (permalink)
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So happy to hear you are going to do a trip report!




Chibears15 promised to pay for all of my meals in St Augustine if I do one, he promised to pay for all of Sandra's meals if I actually complete it.
 
Chi Town Diner, just promised not to eat our meals out from under us.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2015/09/04 07:52:07
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 08:51:42 (permalink)
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ann peeples
So happy to hear you are going to do a trip report!




Chibears15 promised to pay for all of my meals in St Augustine if I do one, he promised to pay for all of Sandra's meals if I actually complete it.
 
Chi Town Diner, just promised not to eat our meals out from under us.




Fingers crossed....and toes!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 11:22:07 (permalink)
Even if you don't do a trip report, i really enjoyed the Digest entries about the chops!  So thanks for that.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 12:41:45 (permalink)
I agree, hatteras04!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 13:17:54 (permalink)
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I want one of the cob's signature not the old guy propped up by it! 




We'll get you a cob all right, just wait about six more weeks.


I am counting the hours already
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/04 14:13:14 (permalink)
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I want one of the cob's signature not the old guy propped up by it! 




We'll get you a cob all right, just wait about six more weeks.


I am counting the hours already




The expectation of a good cob will do that to you!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/05 10:17:12 (permalink)
I've been trying to upload some of  my smartphone photos onto flickr and apparently having a tough time. I've had to load my photos onto facebook, save them on my laptop and then upload them onto flickr. 
Looks like this will go live after the holiday
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/05 10:21:07 (permalink)
me and pig by ohso37, on Flickr
 
In the meantime, enjoy this new photo during the delay
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/05 11:30:41 (permalink)
I spy a Fat Boy's pizza in your photostream! I bet that was pretty different for you. 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/05 12:20:14 (permalink)
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me and pig by ohso37, on Flickr
 
In the meantime, enjoy this new photo during the delay


 
That's not what I meant when I said you made a pig of yourself on the Machine Shed (a Chris & Amy recommended stop) cinnamon roll! 
 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/05 13:01:54 (permalink)
WJ - Thats not CTD with you in that photo 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/05 17:37:27 (permalink)
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WJ - Thats not CTD with you in that photo 




Two cobs for you now!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 20:05:20 (permalink)
Monday August 24
 
Flew out of town on an early warm, muggy morning. Arriving at Midway in Chicago at 7AM sharp, I decided to tempt fate and cancel the rest of my flight and head outside the airport and see what happens. Sure enough, there was Chi Town Diner waiting for me.... And we were off to the races...
 
With a beautiful dry day with cool temps, our first stop was Starved Rock State park in Utica IL  . It was off of I 80 well west of Chicago. I thought we were going to go power walking to prepare for what's in store for us, but that didn't happen. Speaking of Starved Rock, all I had all day was an Americano at the Airport and then more Starbucks when CTD arrived. As we were leaving and heading back into town, the sign Nonie's Bakery and Cafe caught our attention.
 
IMG_20150824_103258185_HDR by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 I was hungry, CTD is well...always hungry, so that was our first spur of the moment stop.
 
We shared a cherry square and a lemon square. Both were surprisingly good and fresh, in fact the lemon square had the perfect amount of tartness
 
2015-09-04_06-21-36 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
This piqued our appetite just enough to hold us over until our next stop.
 
We ventured further west for our first official "breakfast" stop  Torri's  Ice Cream Parlour in Ladd IL.
 
 IMG_7104 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Around for over 100 years, the prices certainly reflect it. Torri's was clearly out of a place that time forgot
 
 
 
IMG_7109 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 Here is the original menu board going back to the 1950's. Unfortunately the prices have gone up just a little
 
 
IMG_7106 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
IMG_7112 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
We shared a grilled cheese with ham and a grilled cheese with bacon.  Pure and simple comfort food. The ham and cheese was fine but the bacon and grilled cheese was loaded with thick cut bacon and lest I forget, the slaw was some of the creamiest that I've ever seen
 
IMG_7116 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_7118 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Of course we can't visit an ice cream parlor without ice cream. I finished my meal off with some fine peanut butter ice cream. 
 
IMG_7120 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
CTD had a sundae of some sought- I'm sure he can explain in more detail
 
IMG_7122 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
We finally arrived in the Quad  Cities, and since you can never have enough Ice Cream, we had to stop at Lagomarcino's in Moline IL
 
IMG_7124 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Another old school ice cream parlor that you just don't see around anymore. 
 
IMG_7134 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I went with the Cherry Chocolate Malt. This was made the old fashoned way and served with extra in the silver beaker. and what a refresher this was.
 
IMG_7139 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Although I really enjoyed my malt, CTD was disappointed with his peach ice cream. I believe he said it was vanilla ice cream with peach flavoring We agree I got the better part of the deal.
 
IMG_7140 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Afterwards, we decided  it was time for some coffee, as if we didn't have enough earlier in the day. We stopped at Milltown Coffee, a sleek coffeehouse on the river with a very relaxing vibe and a superb medium roast. In fact it was so relaxing that CTD began to doze off several times.
 
IMG_7145 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_7144 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
After a jolt of caffeine, this pumped us up for our next stop. A favorite of mine and a favorite of the BPT community. I wouldn't hesitate at this point to say that this IS the best BPT in Iowa. TC's Point After
 
 
IMG_7146 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
About 25 minutes north of the Quad Cities, TC's Point After has a sports bar feel with lots of Cubs Memorabilia
 
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I sat town to Colorado's Fat Tire Amber ale. and 
 with homemade creamy slaw, the meal comes off to a promising start
 
IMG_7157 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The star of the meal finally arrived
 
IMG_7166 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The BPT served with a side of fresh cut fries. This breaded pork tenderloin is not too large- 6 oz but is thick and juicy, has the perfect crunchy breading, and loaded with piggy flavor.  CTD declared it his best and next to Nick's Kitchen in Huntington IN it is certainly mine. 
 
When I last visited in 2010, Chuck Cox was the original owner. He is still somehow involved and apparently travels around the country in his food truck promoting these breaded beauties. In fact we discovered he parks his truck at the San Diego Charger games. The current owner Michelle also does alot of promoting at Nascar Races. We discovered all of this as Michelle and then Chuck approached us as we were leaving as Michelle wanted to meet the two famous Roadfooders who had just checked into on facebook. 
 
TC's Point After is a destination that certainly needs to be written up on Roadfood, in fact I would describe it as legendary
 
Well, the day certainly isn't over. There is much more to come
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2015/09/08 20:19:44
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 20:20:17 (permalink)
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We ventured further west for our first official "breakfast" stop  Torri's  Ice Cream Parlour in Ladd IL.  We shared a grilled cheese with ham and a grilled cheese with bacon.  Pure and simple comfort food. The ham and cheese was fine but the bacon and grilled cheese was loaded with thick cut bacon and lest I forget, the slaw was some of the creamiest that I've ever seen

This was what, about 10:00-10:30 in the morning?  Any place that'll serve you a grilled cheese sandwich at that time of day is OK with me!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 20:54:14 (permalink)
Great start....that pork tenderloin looks great. Looking forward to more!
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 21:19:02 (permalink)
I hate you for reminding me of how much a banana split used to cost.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 21:20:14 (permalink)
Keep 'em coming Dale.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 21:41:06 (permalink)
Looks good.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/08 22:14:50 (permalink)
Mrs. Roadhouse and I made a mini-roadtrip last fall that started out with stops in Starved Rock, Utica, Ladd, and Moline.  We very much enjoyed the Ice Cream Creations at Torri's in Utica, although we'd just had Fried Chicken Dinners at Rip's Tavern up the street, so weren't in the mood to try Torri's food.  Looks pretty good.  Maybe worth a return visit with empty bellies.
 
The next day, we paid a visit to Lagomarcino's in Moline, making it out first meal of the day.  As it turned out, we probably should have stuck to the Ice Cream there.  While the place does reek of authentic old time charm, and the Ice Cream is pretty good, the actual food was uninspired at best, downright disappointing at worst.
 
BTW, you were traveling with ChiTownDiner in Utica and Ladd and he didn't have you stop at Ron's Cajun Connection or Rip's Tavern?  Are you sure it was actually CTD and not some impostor in a CTD suit?  Did you look for the zipper in back?
 
Yeah, yeah, I know; Cajun food in Utica, Illinois isn't regionally appropriate, but Ron's serves up some damn fine food in a building that is practically the physical embodiment of the concept of Roadfood.  It is especially welcoming after a long day of hiking through Starved Rock State Park.
 
All in all, looks like a fine trip.  Looking forward to more installments.
 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/09 06:17:39 (permalink)
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BTW, you were traveling with ChiTownDiner in Utica and Ladd and he didn't have you stop at Ron's Cajun Connection or Rip's Tavern?

They were foiled by the calendar: Ron's and Rip's are both closed on Mondays.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/09 11:11:02 (permalink)
 
As I approached Chicago Midway Airport, my spray painted sign on the side of my car - Chicago Welcomes Wandering Jew - in beautiful Rhode Island Red caught the eye of the Southwest captain.  The rear exit door opened and the plane slowed a bit on the taxiway and out popped THE wanderingjew.  Guess two hours of Iowa Chop stories and expectations to the back third of the plane including the lavatory was to much for the crew!  They decided to speed up the start of his trip...
 
Armed with a couple of house brewed Starbucks, we were off via a Chicago reverse commute route structure that missed pretty much all the traffic.  Our first stop - Starved Rock State Park - was a recon visit for me for fall foliage at a later date.  It is the most visited park in Illinois and has a nearly 100 year old log lodge on the premises as well as cabins, an indoor pool and a pretty cool restaurant.  With hiking trails from 1 mile to more than 20 and terrain from green to red in intensity, we choose to just do a brief walk through while I collected brochures for a future visit. 
 

 
Here's the view from the historic outdoor patio....lots of green this time of the year, but autumn will be a different story.
 

 
I was forced to use every diversionary tactic I know to keep wanderingjew away from this and his large scale tantrum on the floor of lodge complete with real tears certainly caused a large group of onlookers to assemble.  After a lot of prodding by various cane folk, I finally got him out to the car with promises of treats just down the road.
 
Our dilemma - cupcake shop on the left, bakery on the right...and Nonie's on the right won out. 
 

 
We were greeted by a super sweet woman behind the counter and were quickly given mugs for the self serve coffee bar.  While there is a large outdoor deck (perhaps 10 tables for nearly a capacity of 40) we choose the indoor seating area which on that morning was doubling as the town meeting place for several of the locals. I enjoyed both pastries from the partial selection case pictured above as well as stories about livestock, knitting and a local dance that was fast approaching.
 
After bussing our dishes and receiving a thank you smile from our front counter woman, we were off for the 30 mile ride to Ladd, IL...and yes, the Iowa Chop discussion continued.
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/09 11:19:14 (permalink)
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Mrs. Roadhouse and I made a mini-roadtrip last fall that started out with stops in Starved Rock, Utica, Ladd, and Moline.  We very much enjoyed the Ice Cream Creations at Torri's in Utica, although we'd just had Fried Chicken Dinners at Rip's Tavern up the street, so weren't in the mood to try Torri's food.  Looks pretty good.  Maybe worth a return visit with empty bellies.
 
The next day, we paid a visit to Lagomarcino's in Moline, making it out first meal of the day.  As it turned out, we probably should have stuck to the Ice Cream there.  While the place does reek of authentic old time charm, and the Ice Cream is pretty good, the actual food was uninspired at best, downright disappointing at worst.
 
BTW, you were traveling with ChiTownDiner in Utica and Ladd and he didn't have you stop at Ron's Cajun Connection or Rip's Tavern?  Are you sure it was actually CTD and not some impostor in a CTD suit?  Did you look for the zipper in back?
 
Yeah, yeah, I know; Cajun food in Utica, Illinois isn't regionally appropriate, but Ron's serves up some damn fine food in a building that is practically the physical embodiment of the concept of Roadfood.  It is especially welcoming after a long day of hiking through Starved Rock State Park.
 
All in all, looks like a fine trip.  Looking forward to more installments.
 
Buddy




It was 10:00am and the others hadn't opened yet.  It was much to early in the trip for breaking and entering. 
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Re: Placeholder for Iowa trip report 2015/09/09 15:35:51 (permalink)
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We ventured further west for our first official "breakfast" stop  Torri's  Ice Cream Parlour in Ladd IL.  We shared a grilled cheese with ham and a grilled cheese with bacon.  Pure and simple comfort food. The ham and cheese was fine but the bacon and grilled cheese was loaded with thick cut bacon and lest I forget, the slaw was some of the creamiest that I've ever seen

This was what, about 10:00-10:30 in the morning?  Any place that'll serve you a grilled cheese sandwich at that time of day is OK with me!




stopping along the way at Starved Rock put us behind a little- We probably didn't get to torri's till close to noon.
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