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love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/19 16:23:04
Like easydoesit, this comment struck me: 
 
"As I continued to eat the slice, it hit me that I should appreciate it for what it was instead of what it isn't."
 
 
 
Not enough people--myself included--do this as much as we should. 

easydoesit
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/20 07:54:19
buffetbuster

easydoesit-
I remember you starting a thread on Bloedow's once, so obviously you are a fan.  What do you think they make best?  I would love to hear from a local.  My favorites so far have been the peanut butter roll the Sterns mentioned in the review and the maple long johns.

 
Those are indeed two big sellers, with their maple long john being a real local favorite.  Two other biggies are their raised glazed and raised sugared, both big sellers.  The glazed is on the order of a Krispy Kreme glazed, but about twice as big and, really, a lot better.  Bloedow's (Blay-doughs) really did run a short-lived Kripy Kreme out of town -- it is a local joke.  We were all far too spoiled for those dinky little KK things.
 
Their danishes are superb, and the cake donuts and muffins too.  Hamburger/hot dog buns and dinner rolls are excellent and always sell out at holidays, so we have to get there early.  The loaves of white bread, though, are rather bland, nothing special.  Cookies are OK, but no need to go out of the way.
 
Well, I guess I am more than a fan.  The family that owned the place forever had a whole houseful of boys, no girls, and every boy learned the business as they grew up (one of them ultimately took it over, though it's been sold again since then).
 
I happened to be best friends with the youngest boy, and he, being the baby , was given the one bedroom apartment upstairs to live in.  Boy, did we have parties there!  At 3:00 AM we would hear the machines start up below us, and my friend would describe what was happening, as he spent many formative teenage hours doing the same thing.
 
But the sad things is...they have NO PIE!  Why not?  I don't know, they never did.  But don't worry, I can pie you up plenty when you are in La Crosse, so that you can last until you get up the river to Stockholm again.
easydoesit
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/20 08:15:54
Just as a mild side note, there was a thread here recently about a 'chuckwagon' sandwich, and what that sandwich is.  My just-now google search showed the regional variations of both the deep fried beef patty (which sounds delicious!) and also the cold sandwich consisting of several luncheon meats and cheese.
 
There is  a long-time catering service in Winona, been around forever and with the good reason that they serve great products, and they have installed a cold case in Bloedow's.  Among the soups and potato and macaroni salads, you can always find some of the cold sandwiches labelled chuckwagon.
 
This service goes back many decades, and I believe that sandwich name has been current here for at least that long.
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/20 10:22:36
I visited the Stockholm Pie Company in very late August two years ago.  It was pretty good (I don't remember what I had.  Lemon maybe.)  The photo of the interior is exactly as I remember it; its as if nothing has moved since the morning I was there.
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/20 14:06:30
Sunday July 1, 2012 cont.
 
On our previous visit to Stockholm, WI in 2010, cousin Johnny and I looked for a Roadfood reviewed place called Bogus Creek Cafe, but couldn't find it.  Considering just how small Stockholm is, we decided the restaurant was either no longer there or we needed to get our eyes checked.  This time, I spotted the place as soon as I pulled into town.  The only excuse I can think of is that we had been suffering from a bad case of pie euphoria.  That is a real medical condition, isn't it?
 
Bogus Creek Cafe

does have inside seating, but when the outdoor seating area look like this,

where to eat is an easy decision.  And this is coming from someone who HATES to eat outdoors.  The building on the left is the cafe, while the building on the right is their bakery.

 
Bogus Creek is certainly a strange name for a restaurant, but they go into detail about the origin of the name on the menu. 

Of course, that story looks rather bogus to me, too, but maybe that is part of their charm. 
 
Are you like me, in that you look for certain little indicators early on to see if a restaurant will be good or not?  One of my things is orange juice.  If a place offers fresh squeezed orange juice, especially in an area of the country it is very uncommon, then chances are that the rest of the meal will be high quality.  It is a sign that they care about the little details and getting a lot of the little details right adds up to a good dining experience.  In fact, I don't think I have ever had a bad meal in a restaurant that offers fresh squeezed orange juice.  If you haven't guessed by now, they do have it at Bogus Creek Cafe.  

And when I asked for water, they gave me an entire carafe, which is another big plus.
 
As soon as I saw that they offer Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce,

that became my breakfast choice.  After all, we are in Stockholm!  The pancakes were thin and spongy, in a good way and the berry sauce on top tasted fresh and not too sweet.  The bacon was also perfectly crispy.  Nothing spectacular, but a fine way to start the day.
 
Still, the best part of Bogus Creek Cafe is the house mascot.  Meet Bogus,

who was a rescue dog.  He greeted me at the hostess stand and kept me company through the first few minutes of my visit.  Eventually, there were other customers to say hello to, but he was happy to return to my table to share some bacon.  BTW, if Bogus looks a little tired, it may be because he has recently become the father of nine pups.  And apparently, this isn't the only litter that will remember him on Father's Day.  But, chances are the real reason he needed to lay down is that he is recovering from a, uh, procedure.  As far as I am concerned, he deserved all the bacon he wants! 
 
Bogus Creek Cafe
N2049 Spring Street
Stockholm, WI
715-442-5017 
 
Heading back south along the river, I had to slam on my breaks when I saw this sign. 

No, not that one, this one! 
 
I quickly turned around to investigate black cap pie.  The strikingly attractive waitress packed up a slice to go and I took it to a scenic overlook on a wide part of the Mississippi River called Lake Pepin.  

Black Cap pie

is a new one to me and is simply fresh blackberries over a cream cheese filling.  At least that is what I was told.  But, isn't there such a thing as black capberries?  Anyway, it was delicious!
 
From here, I crossed back over into Minnesota, continuing south towards Iowa.
 
Much more to come.....       
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/07/20 14:13:24
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/20 18:13:42
BB, I am loving this report.  Such beautiful scenery and amazing food.  After seeing this most recent pie I just realized that you are the Lewis & Clark of pie!  
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/20 21:04:02
Waitress picture?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/21 03:15:43
Second the nomination for the waitress picture.
 
Buddy
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/21 06:11:07
No picture, but what a smile!
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/21 09:04:27
That's understandable.  If there was pie at Roswell, buffetbuster would have missed getting a picture of the little green men.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 07:43:26
JRPfeff-
In my own defense, I have been to Roswell before, but never Pie Town, NM.  Besides, considering the name of my hometown, I see little green men all the time!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 08:29:21
Buffetbuster,
 
Now what two things do you think caught my attention on the Bogus Creek sign?
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 08:47:57
Wonderful report, BB! I love the Homemade Cafe sign - it says it all! Never heard of Black Cap pie - looks good. Speaking of chuckwagon steak sandwiches....I recently got one at a local BBQ place, trying to recapture my teenage years...ahhhh...... The sandwich was good, very fresh, as they make them to order, but I should have asked for mayo, lettuce and tomato to really make it the sandwich of my youth. Of course, eating said chuckwagon steak sandwich sitting in a '57 Chevy would have been even more authentic.
Teresa
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 08:55:41
Sunday July 1, 2012 (cont.)
 
This was a day with a very heavy schedule of restaurants I wanted to visit, so it was good that the drive down to Decorah, Iowa was a long one.  By the time I arrived in front of Mabe's Pizza, the appetite had fully returned.  The reason for the visit to a pizza joint in Iowa was due to their appearance in the Stern's 500 Things to Eat book and not just to see steam coming out of wanderingjew's ears! 
 
Mabe's goes back to 1953 and was originally a lunchroom.  They didn't make the switch to a mostly pizza restaurant until 1968.  The stone front building

looks older than that.  I walked in through the front door and the place was so packed, the only open seats I could find was a booth in the corner of the far back dining room.  I was surrounded by large tables of families, most of which were in their Sunday best, after attending church.  And almost all of them were entering and exiting through a back door.  It took about 15 minutes for me to get a server to my table, but after that, the friendly teenage waitress took great care of me.
 
The menu:   

I was very happy to see that they offer a 6" mini pizza, which is perfect for one person.  Nice variey of pizzas available and I chose the regular, which comes with sausage, pepperoni and cheese.  


The crust is thin, very crispy and slightly burnt.  The toppings were heavy on the sausage and cheese, but light on the pepperoni and a bit on the greasy side.  And I consider all of those things as positives.  I am not a big pizza lover, but this was really good.  To wash it down, some 1919 root beer.
   
 
Mabe's Pizza
110 E. Water Street
Decorah, Iowa
563-382-4297
 
There is also a second location in the town Cresco, Iowa.
 
Next up was a drive to the town of Gunder (near Elgin, if that helps) to visit a burger place called the Irish Shanti

If there is a town here, I didn't see it, because this is just at the intersection of two roads out in the middle of nowhere.  Irish Shanti has a fairly large menu, but is best known as the home of the Gunderburger. 

This is a colossal 1lb. burger that people drive from miles around to come eat. 
 
Knowing that the loaded Gunderburger adds another 1/2lb. of toppings (cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and grilled mushrooms) to this already immense meal, I went for the simple Cheese Gunderburger. 

The first problem I have with this is it looks like the cheese was just slapped on at the last second.  Not that I need the cheese to be completely melted on top of the burger, but this cheese wasn't even warm.  The burger is made from fresh ground beef, but the flavor just wasn't there.  Maybe I should have gone for some of the onions and mushrooms, because this burger was too plain for me.  On the side was some cheese curds

and although not very squeaky, what's not too like about deep fried cheese?
 
You know how some places just grab you and others don't?  This place didn't for me.  The service was fine.  The atmosphere (most of the interior was decorated in Irish or Boston sports memorabilia) was okay. 

Maybe I was expecting more.  Has anyone else been here?  I would love to know what others think about this place.
 
Irish Shanti
17455 Gunder Road
Elgin, IA
563-864-9289
 
Unfortunately for my appetite, there was another food stop just a short distance away.
 
Much more to come.....           
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/07/24 09:05:49
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 09:07:46
wanderingjew

Buffetbuster,

Now what two things do you think caught my attention on the Bogus Creek sign?
You like colorful rectangles?  No doubt, you would have gotten coffee or ice cream.  Would you have tried both?

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 09:37:29
buffetbuster

wanderingjew

Buffetbuster,

Now what two things do you think caught my attention on the Bogus Creek sign?
You like colorful rectangles?  No doubt, you would have gotten coffee or ice cream.  Would you have tried both?


The colorful rectangles are a given- Not only would I have tried both, but they should add beer (craft beer of course) to make it the perfect trifecta...
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 12:06:14
The first thing I would have noticed was that the sign said OPEN. I am not used to seeing that.
trzhotel
Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 14:56:52
I've eaten the Loaded Gunderburger before and found all the toppings grilled about how you expect in a small town bar. I have a photo I can dig up. Its in a nice hill country and locals regularly drive 40 miles for a good meal in this part of Iowa.
drummagick
Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 16:27:24
buffetbuster

*fresh blackberries over a cream cheese filling.  At least that is what I was told.  But, isn't there such a thing as black capberries?  Anyway, it was delicious!

 

 
Black caps, at least where I hail from in Western Washington, are small wild black raspberries. ;)
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 19:31:04
Were the cheese curds anything like the god ones inWisconsin?
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/24 22:25:42
drummagick

buffetbuster

*fresh blackberries over a cream cheese filling.  At least that is what I was told.  But, isn't there such a thing as black capberries?  Anyway, it was delicious!

 


Black caps, at least where I hail from in Western Washington, are small wild black raspberries. ;)

Those berries do look like black raspberries.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 03:06:15
Seek and ye shall find:
 
Family Rosaceae
Rubus occidentalis L.
black-cap, black raspberry
Rubus: Latin name for "bramble" or "blackberry"
occidentalis: Latin for "western"
http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/detail.asp?SpCode=RUBOCC
Birdhunter
Hamburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 07:10:29
If you going to Gunder for lunch, split the burger and from there go to the St.Olaf Tap in St.Olaf, Iowa which is just down the road from there and split there 16 ounce tenderloin sandwich. Being this closed it's a must stop at both.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:06:14
Sunday July 1, 2012 (cont.)
 
Next up was the short drive to St. Olaf, IA, to visit St. Olaf's Tap.

Now,the town of St. Olaf is small (population of 108 according to the 2010 census), but it feels like Des Moines compared to where I had just been in Gunder.  St. Olaf's Tap claims to be the Home of the World's Largest Tenderloin. 

The motto on the sign says "Put Something Big Between Your Buns".
 
As soon as I walked in the door, there was only one other person in sight and it was a woman playing darts.  Assuming she would greet me and tell me where to sit, I stood just inside the door for a few moments.  She eventually looked at me and then went right back tothrowing darts.  Awkward!  Turns out she was a customer.  The inside was so dark,

there was no good place to get photos using natural light, so I plopped down at the nearest booth.  A man in his 30s wearing a St. Louis Cardinals hat came out of the kitchen and brought me a menu and soon after, a glass of 1919 root beer

from the tap in a frosted mug.  Very nice! 
 
There was a decent amount of other items on the menu, but the idea of getting anything other than a breaded pork tenderloin was not a consideration.  It was just a matter of how big. 

I would have loved to have gotten the big one, but there was no way I could have tackled it, especially after eating most of a Gunderburger just a short time before.  So, I settled on the medium, figuring that would probably be a regular sized BPT at most other places.
 
And that turned out to be an accurate assessment. 

It was still much bigger than the bun, extending out on all sides.  Sitting on a plate, the size can be deceiving, so here it is in my hands. 

Not a monster, but still a substantial sandwich.  And to think, this is only the medium!  The breading was crispy, with a thin coating.  The one complaint, it was salty.  Not too much that I didn't finish it, but I am sure there are better BPTs out there.
 
The man running the place was a nice guy, trying to take orders and do the cooking at the same time.  Halfway through the meal, two couples walked in the door, but he turned them away, saying they were closing in just a few minutes and the kitchen was closed.  As he walked past, he told me, "I hated to do that, but I have to spend some time with the family this weekend."  That is life as a small restaurant owner, isn't it?
 
St. Olaf's Tap
106 S. Main Street
St. Olaf, IA
563-783-7723
 
After three food stops in such a short amount of time, I needed a long break.  The plans were to spend the night in the Quad Cities area, so I drove straight to the hotel in Davenport.  After relaxing for a while, I was ready to go back out.  There was a Machine Shed a very short distance down the road, but all I needed was some ice cream.  My friend cecif has been telling me about Whitey's Ice Cream,

a popular local chain for years, so I found one not far away.  With this being a humid Sunday night, the place was packed.  Looking over the available flavors,

I settled on a scoop of black raspberry chip and a scoop of chocolate. 

Both very good, it was a perfect way to finish off a Summer evening.  But, I apparentlymight have made an error in ordering.  Waiting for my ice cream at the register, I noticed just how many of the servers were busy making milkshakes. 

When the young girl came over with my ice cream, I asked her about it.  She told me Whitey's is best known for their excellent milkshakes.  Okay, so next time I will know what to order.
 
Whitey's Ice Cream
2419 E 53rd Street
Davenport, Iowa
563-359-0001
 
It was back to the hotel for the night.
 
Much more to come.....           
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/07/25 08:09:01
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:26:27
buffetbuster 

There was a decent amount of other items on the menu, but the idea of getting anything other than a breaded pork tenderloin was not a consideration.  I would have loved to have gotten the big one, but there was no way I could have tackled it, especially after eating most of a Gunderburger just a short time before.  So, I settled on the medium, figuring that would probably be a regular sized BPT at most other places. 
          

 
 
I think my Roadfood  radar picked up a groan coming out of the Chicagoland area that day....

ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:43:38
Very much so...
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:47:08
CTD wouldn't be impressed unless I ate the large pizza at Mabe's, a loaded Gunderburger and the Big One BPT.  Of course, I would be dead, but he would be impressed!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:50:39
Birdhunter

If you going to Gunder for lunch, split the burger and from there go to the St.Olaf Tap in St.Olaf, Iowa which is just down the road from there and split there 16 ounce tenderloin sandwich. Being this closed it's a must stop at both.
You were way ahead of me!  If I had someone to split those sandwiches with, that is exactly what we would have done. 

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:53:46
ChiTownDiner

Were the cheese curds anything like the god ones inWisconsin?
Naw, the best ones in Wisconsin are fresh and squeaky.  But like I said, how could fried cheese ever be bad?

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:58:09
buffetbuster

CTD wouldn't be impressed unless I ate the large pizza at Mabe's, a loaded Gunderburger and the Big One BPT.  Of course, I would be dead, but he would be impressed!


True, but imagine the  legacy you would have left!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 08:58:37
Thanks to Michael Hoffman and drummagick for the info on black caps.  I had heard of them before, but didn't make the connection at first.  It proved to be a great topping for that kind of pie.

trzhotel-
Thanks for the reply!  If you have a photo, I would love to see what the loaded Gunderburger looks like.
trzhotel
Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 14:01:01
Loaded Gunderburger:

I'm not exactly mr-burger-lover, but I thought it was good. Huge portion of local beef, nearly zero seasoning, grilled toppings. They go through several hundred pounds of beef every week at the Irish Shanty.
 
Gunder with census figures from a few decades ago:

I think there are less than 20 people in the community now.
 
 
1-R's is named for the owner operator named Lary, spelled with one letter R. He did a massive remodel of the place after taking over. Its amazing what new furniture and paint can do for a small town dive bar.
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/25 22:58:09
Looking over those flavors at Whitey's Ice Cream, most of them I have tried at one time or another.  Cancun Coconut sounds interesting, as does Red Velvet Cake, but I think I would have gone with Salty Caramel, just to see how much salt was on it.
 
post edited by Louis - 2012/07/25 23:00:29
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/26 08:42:27
That Gunderburger looks fabulous.  Almost identical to one I had in Martinsburg, Nebraska (pop. 93) a few years back.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/28 18:27:52
Hahaha--that burger is hilarious!  And here I thought Iowa was all about pigs, not cows... :)
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/28 18:32:26
Mmmm... I've been to this Whitey's and can recommend the black raspberry milkshake!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 07:26:48
trzhotel-
Thanks so much for the photo of the loaded Gunderburger. If mine had looked like that,I wouldhave been much happier.  That is a gorgeous burger!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 08:57:40
Monday July 2, 2012
 
One of the tough things about visiting the Quad Cities area is that there are three different ice cream places nearby that I like to visit.  Now, I love ice cream, but three times in one day can be a bit much.  Which is why it helped getting Whitey's out of the way the previous night.  Because I knew my first stop of the day was going to be at Lagomarcino's, just over the Illinois state line in Moline.  There is a Lagomarcino's in Davenport, but the Moline location is the original one and this is definitely the one you want to visit.
 
Lagomarcino's has been in business since 1908 and they have a terific neon sign out front. 

Even though there is no review on the website, they have been in the Roadfood books many times.  On my last visit here two years ago, the entire street in front was torn up and closed.  It was a mess.  Luckily, it is open now and I snagged a parking spot right in front.
 
The inside is gorgeous!  There are rows of mahogany booths,

plus each booth has it's own Tiffany lamp.

By the front entrance is the well stocked candy cases, including their own handmade chocolates.

 
Besides the ice cream, they are also well known for sandwiches on their homemade rye bread. 

Multiple loaves of freshly baked bread were sitting on the counter.  I ordered the baked ham and swiss,

which came with lettuce, tomato and mayo, plus pickle chips on the side.  Other than the soft, chewy rye bread, no single ingredient to this sandwich was a standout, but there is something about eating it in this setting that elevates it.  Feeling very hungry, I also got a side of the ordinary potato salad.

 
To drink, they have all kinds of concoctions they can mix up for you,

including phosphates, flavored colas, green rivers, fresh lemonade or even an egg cream.  Wanting to try something different, here is what is known as a Lago,

a mixture of several fruit flavored syrups.  To me, it tasted like an especially fruity Dr. Pepper.
 
Saving the best for last, it was finally time to order ice cream.  And they have a daunting selection of sundaes.  But, there was no thought given to ordering anything but the hot fudge sundae.  They even quote Jane & Michael Stern right on the menu,

calling it "The best hot fudge sundae in this solar system or any other!".  Who could resisit that? 

The vanilla ice cream that comes with this sundae is made in house and is fine.  In fact, it is quite good.  But, the reason this sundae is special is the hot fudge.  It is dark, deeply rich and thick.  And they put it on the side so that you can pour it on when needed. 

Trying to pour with one hand while taking a photo is not the easiest thing to do, because the most important thing is not to spill a single drop.
 
One funny thing happened during my visit.  While I got up to take some interior photos, I noticed a man staring down at the booth I was sitting at with a puzzled look on his face.  I asked him, "Can I help you?"  He apologized and then sat in the next booth down.  It took me a minute to figure out that he must be a regular and I was sitting in his booth.  I got back up and asked him if he wanted to switch booths, but he laughed and said that wasn't necessary.  Soon, two other men joined him for coffee and the first thing both of them said was a remark about not getting their booth!
 
Lagomarcino's
1422 5th Avenue
Moline, IL
309-764-1814
 
I crossed back into Iowa, heading for yet another ice cream parlor.
 
Much more to come.....          
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 11:39:32
Wow--gorgeous interior.  I'd have been a very happy girl with the hot fudge pecan sundae.
icecreamchick
Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 11:53:09
Wow, that sundae looks fantastic! I'll have to remember that place for the next time we visit the Midwest! 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 14:08:47
Monday July 2, 2012 (cont.)
 
I have written about the Wilton Candy Kitchen

previously and have had a few of my very favorite all-time Roadfood experiences here.  This ice cream parlor just may be the oldest one in the country.  It has been in the Napoulos family since 1910 and is currently run by 92 year old George Napoulos. 

Besides being an expert mixologist and making all the ice cream himself, George is also well known as a natural entertainer.  One of my very favortie places to be is sitting here at the counter, listening to George tell stories. 
 
When he found out I was from Pittsburgh, he told me about coming through the city on the train, headed for New Jersey, during World War II.  How many WWII veterans do you think are still working?  I bet not many.  He also showed me a newspaper article from when he was honored by the governor 

at the Iowa state capitol building.  Not only is he a local treasure, but a state-wide one, too.  This photo

shows George's beloved wife Thelma putting an apron on Governor Branstad and putting him to work inside the parlor!
 
Business was kind of slow, so George had plenty of time to chat.  But, he did warn me that he was closing up at 12:30, since he had a doctors appointment.  He also told me that Thelma recently took a nasty spill right on the front steps of the store.  He then spent the next ten minutes complaining about doctors!  We also spent some time talking about how hot it had been lately.  He pointed out to me that he has had to cover up the chocolates in the candy case

to keep them out of the hot sun.
 
Enough chit-chatting, it was timefor me to order something.  At this point, I was ice creamed out, soI went with one of the mixed sodas.  And as you can see from the list on the mirror,

there is lots to choose from.  When I asked him what was in a dipsy doodle, he replied it was just a mixture of a whole bunch of different syrups.  "Whatever I feel like putting in it", he told me.  Sold!  Here is the dipsy doodle,

which had a real nice fruity flavor.  And I have noticed that he now puts everything in paper cups and bowls, to save from doing dishes, undoubtedly.  He told he gave me two straws, "Because he liked me".  The feeling is definitely mutual.
 
Wilton Candy Kitchen
310 Cedar Street
Wilton, IA
563-732-2278
 
In all, I spent about an hour at Wilton Candy Kitchen.
 
Much more to come.....   
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 15:19:04
Two of my favs...my son and I did the same 2-step tango, just in the reverse order as we were heading back to Chicago.  George makes a mean sundae which I am sure you experienced on previous visits.
 
Separately, I am a more than a little concerned about the following line..."Now, I love ice cream, but three times in one day can be a bit much."  " />
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 20:57:26
At Wilton Candy Kitchen, what does it say on the mirror in the lower right-hand corner, just above "Suicide"?  Does that say "Hadacol"?

And someone tell me what a "Suicide" soft drink is; I've heard of them, but I don't know what they are.  I'd also like to know what an "Odd Ball" drink is?  Never heard of that one.
 
post edited by Louis - 2012/07/30 20:58:54
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 21:35:14
Back in the "old days", according to my Dad, who actually worked as a soda jerk once upon a time, a "suicide" is what you get when you mix all the flavors of your fountain drinks together in one glass.
 
I've also heard the term used by bartenders.  It's when you take those knobbly rubber mats they have behind the bar, the ones they place the tumblers on when they mix cocktails, and you take all the liquid--liquor and mixers alike--that's collected in there and pour it into a glass and drink it.
 
So there ya go.
 
Buddy
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/30 22:51:42
It does say "Hadacol". From http://www.roadfood.com/R...1/wilton-candy-kitchen : "You can also get a hadacol (root beer and cola), the name of which George Nopoulos explained: “They ‘hada call’ it something.” "
 
The same link explains the Odd ball as strawberry and vanilla.
 
Thelma told us that the dipsy doodle was all the fruit flavors, plus vanilla.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/31 00:09:31
Buddy-you have the suicide mix correctly!!!!!! At the soda fountain these days, kids mix so many flavors. We at Target, have an "Icee Machine" with four flavors:Cherry, lime, blue raspberry and strawberry lemonade. They mix them all....
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/07/31 08:43:47
Buddy, Ralph, Ann, thanks for the explanations and the link.  I am a little smarter today thanks to all of you.  I appreciate it.  Better get back to BB.  I don't want to veer away from the focus of his trip.
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/08/01 07:35:19
Louis-
I'm glad that you brought those questions up.  Since George obviously created and named the hadocal, I wasn't sure if the other drinks were his own or fairly standard across the fiz biz.  BTW, every other customer who came in ordered pink ladies, including two teenage girls who were on their way to the local swimming pool.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/08/01 07:46:08
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/08/01 08:33:57
Monday July 2, 2012 (cont.) 
 
It is hard for someone who loves history as much as I do to drive past the West Branch, Iowa exit of I-80 and not stop in at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum

Even though I have been here three times previously. 
 
This is one of the more interesting presidential museums, since so much of the focus is on what he accomplished before he became president.  Here is a photo of him

as a recent Stanford graduate and working as a mining engineer.  That's him on the bottom left.  This World War I poster 

reminded me of the George M. Cohan song.  Hoover became a famous world wide figure because of his efforts in famine relief.  He is credited with saving countless lives throughout Europe and elsewhere.  One of my favorite things on this visit was the decorative flour sacks on display.  

As a thank you for all the food sent over, the Belgians created designs on the flour sacks and sent them to Hoover and the Commission for Relief in Belgium.
 
I probably spent about an hour walking around the museum, another half hour watching the movie, before deciding it was time to move on for lunch.
 
The obvious close place for lunch was Joensey's in Solon.  This place used to get great reviews, before falling on hard times and apparently was even closed for a while.  Curiousity got the best of me and I soon found myself outside a building with a sign

advertising that Joensey's is home to the biggest and best pork tenderloin in Iowa!  The front of the menu

shows a hungry pig, with knife and fork.  Besides the breaded pork tenderloin, the menu also offers a grilled tenderloin and a hot tenderloin.  I am kind of curious what the hot tenderloin would be.  Are there referring to a spicy tenderloin?  I should have asked while I was there.
 
And here is there BPT. 

As you can see it is quite large.  You could probably fold it in half and still have it sticking outside the bun on the two ends.  I thought it was a little on the thin side and it did have a crunchy exterior.  It wasn't particularly juicy though.  Truthfully, it was better than I thought it would be and I had no trouble eating the entire thing.  There just isn't enough flavor to rank it as a really good one.  Surely, there are much better BPTs out there.  Neither the cole slaw or french fries made much of an impression.
 
There was only one person working, as he was doing all the cooking and taking care of the tables.  And when he wasn't doing that, he was sitting and chatting with a group of locals.  A nice guy, he took good care of me.
 
Joensey's Restaurant
101 W. Main Street
Solon, Iowa
319-624-2914
 
I continued on west towards to Des Moines.
 
Much more to come.....      
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/08/01 08:36:27
icecreamchick
Cheeseburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/08/01 11:31:37
I had a Pink Lady at Wilton's too, and it was delicious!  
 
I never knew Hoover was such a famine relief champion, and I'm glad to know it now. That was a "if only we had more time, we'd stop there" place for us this time. 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/08/01 13:26:14
icecreamchick-
Very much looking forward to your report on Wilton Candy Kitchen.  I have had the pink lady before and it is a really good drink.
syrupmi
Junior Burger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/08/03 16:54:34
     Did you make to Riverside, future birthplace James Tiberius Kirk?
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2012/08/03 22:06:25
BB, another great report. Incidentally, Herbert Hoover spent his teen-age years after his parents died in Newberg, Oregon living with his uncle. The house is open on the weekends. it also happens to be about 10 miles from my boyhood home of Carlton,Oregon.
ChiBears15
Hamburger
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2013/11/20 23:15:46
Bump.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2013/11/21 01:42:57
This is definitely on the list of things to do, because TTM and I had some good meals in Des Moines.  But, the Northern California trip will get finished first.
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2013/11/21 09:12:34
The person who coined the phrase "everything old is new again" must've had premonitions about your reports!
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2013/11/21 09:45:49
Did you cut this trip report off right before I was scheduled to make an appearance?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2013/11/21 13:28:20
TTM-
Purely coincidental.  I can't wait to write about Nibblet!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:"If You Bake It, He Will Come" 2013/11/21 18:48:23
WOW - The Travelin Man gets TTM'ed from a trip report.
I do think that is a first! 
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