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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/11 10:55:12 (permalink)
You always manage to make the Midwest interesting.
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/11 12:44:41 (permalink)
A grilled cheese sandwich rolled in cornflakes and deep fried is really a Cheese Frenchie,
courtesy of the departed King's Food Hosts, previously discussed here and elsewhere.
 
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/11 22:00:08 (permalink)
Final Comments
 
(Including the Big Shoulders, Beer Barrels, Beefs and Brats trip report)
 
Best meals
 
1- Gene and Georgetti's- Chicago IL
2- Redwood Steakhouse- Anita IA
3- Farmer Brown's Steakhouse - Waterloo NE/ Breitbach's Country Dining Balltown IA (TIE)
 
Best Pie
 
1- Sour Cream Raisin - Farmer's Kitchen Anita IA
2- Raspberry Pie/ Blueberry Pie- Sweetie Pies- Skokie IL
 
Most Decadent/Over The Top
 
1- Butter Burger at Solly's Grille- Milwaukee WI - this was actually a little too much for me
2- The Triple D- Wiener and Still Champion- Evanston IL
3- Cheese Frenchee- Shirley's Diner- Omaha NE
 
Most Mundane Meal
 
1- Horseshoe at D & J Cafe- Springfield IL
 
Favorite Coffee House
 
1- Alterra's on the Lake- Milwaukee WI
 
Favorite Tourist Attraction
 
1- Field Of Dreams - Dyersville IA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/07/11 22:20:32
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/11 22:09:32 (permalink)
Davydd-the midwest IS intersesting!!!
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/12 22:10:41 (permalink)
here's the Facebook Cheese Frenchee page
 
 http://www.facebook.com/groups/59243013838?ap=1
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/13 03:36:46 (permalink)
Well, I am sorry your meals in Milwaukee didnt make it in your top picks, but am so happy we met up.That, to me, was priceless after all these years. I have enjoyed your journeys, and hope to see you in the fall!!!
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/13 07:57:24 (permalink)
ann peeples

Well, I am sorry your meals in Milwaukee didnt make it in your top picks, but am so happy we met up.That, to me, was priceless after all these years. I have enjoyed your journeys, and hope to see you in the fall!!!


Ann
 
Not necessarily. The unusual thing on this trip is that I didn't have a bad meal anywhere, even The D & J Cafe in Springfield was "ordinary" but not bad or terrible.
 
Kopps Frozen Custard will likely find itself on a top 10 dessert list at the end of the year, and although it's too early too tell where it may fare at the end of the year, The Milwaukee Brat House was certainly a highlight on this trip, oh and the best coffee house of the trip (Alterra's) was in Milwaukee
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2011/07/24 20:41:58 (permalink)
The Triple D stills weighs heavy on my soul...amongst other body parts...
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/12 07:54:44 (permalink)
Since foodbme can post threads on fast food and chains on the front page, I figured I would bump this thread since we are approaching the 4th anniversary of this trip and in preparation of my next trip to the heartland at the end of August
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/12 11:01:48 (permalink)
Same areas as before or are you hitting any new locations?  I look forward to hearing about your trip!
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/12 13:18:45 (permalink)
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Same areas as before or are you hitting any new locations?  I look forward to hearing about your trip!




Between this trip report and the one from the year prior (Heartlanding through the Breadbasket) it will be mostly the same areas- although I won't be going deep into Central Nebraska like I did on this trip. There will be a few old favorites but plenty of new places too- especially the Iowa Chop stops
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/13 09:41:21 (permalink)
I enjoyed reading this report again!
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/13 14:42:24 (permalink)
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I enjoyed reading this report again!




Me, too.  Very enjoyable to see again, and get hungry all over again.
 
WJ, last time you made it to Balltown Iowa.  If you are in that direction again, Prairie du Chien WI is not much farther away, and the home of Pete's Hamburgers, family owned for over a hundred years, and in the same location.
 
They are only open weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) during the summer months, and have only one item, hamburgers, with onions.  No cheese or pickles, but you can buy chips, and they do supply ketchup and mustard.  No inside seating, and no decent outside seating, but two blocks away just down the street is a nice park on the Mississippi with picnic tables.  And it's real close to a local tourist attraction, Villa Louis, link attached. 
 
Local tip, learned by standing in line (you will more than likely stand in line), is ask for both cooked and raw onions, a combination.  They are happy to oblige, and the combination is good.  The cooked onions are more stewed than sauteed, but they work -- and have worked for a century.
 
After that, my town of La Crosse WI is 60 miles north, on a very lovely drive up the beautiful Mississippi.  We could probably find you a good meal or two, I'd be happy to try.  (Although we are, in many ways, still a "white bread" kind of place.
 
And, you like craft beer, well, Balltown is not far from Potosi WI, and their local creations.
 
http://peteshamburgers.com/
 
http://prairieduchien.chambermaster.com/list/member/villa-louis-654
 
http://www.potosibrewery.com/museums.cfm
 
You would be quite welcome here.
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/14 22:23:14 (permalink)
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I enjoyed reading this report again!




Me, too.  Very enjoyable to see again, and get hungry all over again.
 
WJ, last time you made it to Balltown Iowa.  If you are in that direction again, Prairie du Chien WI is not much farther away, and the home of Pete's Hamburgers, family owned for over a hundred years, and in the same location.
 
They are only open weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) during the summer months, and have only one item, hamburgers, with onions.  No cheese or pickles, but you can buy chips, and they do supply ketchup and mustard.  No inside seating, and no decent outside seating, but two blocks away just down the street is a nice park on the Mississippi with picnic tables.  And it's real close to a local tourist attraction, Villa Louis, link attached. 
 
Local tip, learned by standing in line (you will more than likely stand in line), is ask for both cooked and raw onions, a combination.  They are happy to oblige, and the combination is good.  The cooked onions are more stewed than sauteed, but they work -- and have worked for a century.
 
After that, my town of La Crosse WI is 60 miles north, on a very lovely drive up the beautiful Mississippi.  We could probably find you a good meal or two, I'd be happy to try.  (Although we are, in many ways, still a "white bread" kind of place.
 
And, you like craft beer, well, Balltown is not far from Potosi WI, and their local creations.
 
http://peteshamburgers.com/
 
http://prairieduchien.chambermaster.com/list/member/villa-louis-654
 
http://www.potosibrewery.com/museums.cfm
 
You would be quite welcome here.




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I will be in Northeastern IA  and will be close to Balltown, there is a restaurant called Country Junction  in Dyersville that I want to check out.  Iowa tourism recently rated the state's best pies. Several Sterns reviewed restaurants were mentioned however Country Junction was acknowledged for having the state's best pies (now that Farmer's Kichen in Atlantic is unfortunately no longer in business) I just spoke with ChiBears15 who has been to Country Junction and gave their sour cream pie his seal of approval. Since I trust his roadfood judgement, now I'm really looking forward to checking the place out and I understand they serve a mean hot beef too. That said, I will not in the area on a weekend, so I will be unable to check out Pete's Hamburgers, and that's a shame because it sounds like a real winner.
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/15 11:27:48 (permalink)
Dale - I really do miss your trip reports.  It always felt like we were there travelling with you.
Your trips were not just about the food, but the history and the adventure.
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Re:Back to the Breadbasket! 2015/06/15 17:46:38 (permalink)
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Dale - I really do miss your trip reports.  It always felt like we were there travelling with you.
Your trips were not just about the food, but the history and the adventure.




Thank you Donald, unfortunately,  all good things must come to an end. There will still be the end of the year best of report as well as new restaurant reviews . 
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