unofficial advance scouting team ran a successful mission yesterday. The Roadhouses and ScreamingChicken converged on North Aurora, IL to check out Harner's Bakery & Restaurant
. They popped up on my radar thanks to a recent episode of Chicago's Best
. They were singled out for their Fried Chicken, but they've got a full "country menu
" including Prime Rib and all day breakfast.
We took advantage of all of the above and are pleased to report Harner's could be a strong anchor stop for a future Contingent
tour of the Fox River Valley. Everything we had was solid and well above average with a few pleasant highlights.
We started out sharing an "appetizer" of Biscuits & Gravy. We got the full order, without eggs, which included four biscuits (or maybe two biscuits cut in half, depending on how thick they were to begin with) covered in a thick milk gravy, heavy with flavorful sage sausage. We all liked it very much, although ChickenDude thought the gravy might have been a little too
thick. My personal tastes run that direction, so it was just perfect for me.
Our resident FriedChickenFanatic gave the Fried Chicken Dinner a big thumbs up, citing the delicious dark meat, real
Mashed Potatoes, and flavorful Green Beans. It was a full half bird, so everyone got the piece they wanted without any wrestling matches.
We agreed the Prime Rib was cooked to order (as rare as possible), although some in our extended group may have other ideas about what that means. Bottom line, the beef was beautifully pink and tender with a nice herb crust. it had great flavor and was very satisfying. A generous sized mound of Hash Browns came on the side. They were beautifully brown and crispy on the outside and nicely tender within.
Mrs. Roadhouse went off on her own, ordering Eggs Benedict with Sausage from the specials menu. Not my thing, but it looked very appetizing and she liked it a lot.
After lunch we headed over to the Bakery side of the store and picked up a few items for later. The highlight was the Cider Donuts with a toothsome crunch on the outside and good spiced cider flavor. The Bear Claw was good, but unspectacular. Mrs. Roadhouse's insistence on grabbing a few of the Turtle confections turned out to be a good thing. The combination of chocolate, pecans, and buttery caramel was just right.
It was a blustery day, so ScreamingChicken headed for home before worse weather set in. We made one more stop at Juquilita Tacos
. It reminded me of El Potosi
, except it's all indoors, with a little less timeworn clutter. Even though we were pretty full from Harner's, we thought the food was excellent. We enjoyed a few forkfuls of Pork in Green Sauce there in the store, wrapped up the rest for home, and grabbed a few Tamales for later. Still haven't tried them, but based on the deliciousness of the Pork dish, we're expecting good things.
UPDATE: Had the Tamales for dinner, one chicken, one pork. They were extraordinarily well stuffed with copious amounts of meat. A little dry, but that may have been due to the reheating process. I'll bet if we'd eaten them fresh at the restaurant they would have been amazing. Still, very good, more than 24 hours later, out of the microwave.
Two other stops, Bruno's Cheesesteaks
and Betty Jean's Soul Food
in Syacamore look promising, but we'll need to check them out at a later date and report back.
There might even be pictures of this excursion once HowlingYardBird gets his Daguerreotype plates developed. I've even got a couple of snaps from the Taco Joint if I can figure out how to get them from my I-Pod to the internet.
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2018/12/02 23:59:02