Monday August 30
Today was another very ambitious Roadfood day..
Like I did exactly one week ago with Julekaka Bread, I was going to have bread for breakfast. This time a big hunka
Dutch Apple Bread from Jaarsma Bakery
in Pella Iowa. I tore into half a loaf of this rugged beauty- it tasted like a big ol' apple fritter...I didn't stop there...
I couldn't turn my back on this...
Now that's a dutch letter! It tasted like a soft almond horn but in this case, there's an interesting almond paste filling. Since I only had half, the "S" ended up looking more like a "C" when I was done. It was good but the Dutch Apple cake won me over...
Unfortunately Jaarsma Bakery
doesn't have any seating so I had to eat both in my car. I wrapped up what was left and saved it for breakfast the next day..
Afterwards I walked around Pella's quaint downtown passing
Apparently I don't have to leave Iowa to pretend I'm in Holland..
I did stop at one of the meat markets and oogled at some Pella Bologna and some fine looking Iowa Chops but didn't purchase any...
I was then on my way to my next stop.... The Coffee Cup Cafe
in Sully Iowa.... (I said it was going to be an ambitious day)
Where locals come to shoot the breeze...
Since I already had a dutch letter it was now time for some ....
Dutch Lettuce- an amazing concoction of lettuce- sweet creamy mustard dressing- bacon- and chopped egg that went oh so well together....Salads are supposed to be healthy? right?
of course I had to stay for some
chocolate cream pie..
And to think I haven't even had lunch yet...
Well that changed when I made it to TC's Point After
- in Dewitt Iowa- about 25 miles north of Davenport in the eastern part of the state...
A Tavern with some of the best interior decor of the trip... TC's Point Afte
r is famous for their breaded pork tenderloin which took 2nd place in the
Iowa Pork Producer's Assocation contest...
Now, not only was their homemade creamy coleslaw a winner, but.....
The Breaded Pork Tenderloin took 1st prize in my book...this was the best tenderloin of the trip crunchy on the outside and a pronounced oinky flavor on the inside- and the fresh cut fries deserve acclaim as well....Another perfect meal!
I met the owner- Chuck Cox who told me that they hope to nab 1st place this year... Davydd
, if you're reading this - TC's Point After is a winner!
After lunch I checked into my hotel in Davenport. and then made it over to
The John Deere Store- just over the Mississippi in Moline Illinois
Comprising a museum as well, it looks like I died and went to farm tractor heaven..
Although it was overcast- it was still a warm muggy day, therefore time for an ice cream break at the original Whitey's Ice Cream
in Moline IL
although there is a huge variety of flavors to choose from I went with
a double scoop of black cherry and banana in a waffle cone- It was good but not outstanding- the best ice cream of the trip has yet to come!
My last touristy stop of the day was
The Mississippi River Visitors Center...in Rock Island IL- besides some cool exhibits, it offers some amazing views of the river. And perfect timing- I arrived just in time to watch this tug boat pushing this barge
Dinner time was arriving....I had done some research and had considered a German Restaurant called The Bier Stube, but what I was really looking for was a restaurant with some German Influences. Stopping in the Amana Colonies would have been ideal- I remember when the Stern's used to write about some of those restaurants in the Amana Colonies in the pre website
books. Ideally stopping there on the way to the Quad Cities- for lunch would have worked- but I really wanted to check out TC's Point After- and going there for dinner instead of lunch may have delayed my evening plans...
After seeing great reviews on this long time fixture... Riefe's Family Restaurant
Riefe's has been around since the 1940's and apparently has expanded over the decades
Even their multi room dining areas have different "feels" to them...
Although I couldn't find a menu on line- the food they served was described as "German Influenced". Shucks if I made it there on a Saturday I could have experienced "pork shank day" smothered in sauerkraut..
It doesn't matter because I hit a home run with my meal anyway...
Dinner always starts out with bishops bread and a yeast roll
Bishop's Bread is a German style bread and tastes very similar to a lighter version of coffee cake..
I moved on to a thick hearty cup of homemade bean and ham soup
and for the main course
A smoked chop with hash browns and green beans.
This particular chop had a muscular smokey edge which brought out the fine porcine qualities of the meat...Even the green beans were supurb- offering small morsels of porky goodness in each bite- the hash browns were so- so, lacking the crispy freshness of its predecessors...however since this was the only negative, I have no complaints
And to top it all off
a fine slice of banana cream pie...with chunks of banana in each mouthful.. Riefe's Family Restaurant
offered a sold meal- no wonder why its been around over 60 years!
From Riefe's it wasn't that far of a drive to
Modern Woodmen Park- home of the Quad City River Bandits- single A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals- this actually my first affiliated
minor league ballpark of the trip. It was also my favorite minor league park of the trip...
offering great views of the bridge and the Mississippi River from the third base side
with lip service to
The River Bandits hosted The Cedar Rapids Kernels that evening
I don't remember the score but The River Bandit's beat out the Kernels by a hair..
Of course it just wouldn't be a quad cities ballgame without
a between inning John Deere Tractor Race
And I'll leave you with a nightime view of the bridge
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