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travelglutton

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Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Thu, 07/14/11 10:07 PM (permalink)
Traveling from St. Louis to Dixon, IL; then to Moline/Rock Island, IL; then back to St. Louis.  Any suggestions for en route or at destinations?
 
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    6star

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    Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Thu, 07/14/11 11:07 PM (permalink)
    If you would like to try something you are probably not familiar with in pizza toppings, go to Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream, a Quad Cities based midwest chain, and get their Happy Joe's Special.  It is Canadian bacon and sauerkraut.  Yes, it sounds weird, but I (and a lot of other people) love it.  Of their Quad City locations that I have been to, I like the one in Bettendorf, IA, (on Spruce Hills Drive just off I 74) best, but any of them will be good.  They have a very large pizza menu and a wide variety mof ice cream concoctions.  (They do have a location in St. Louis on Watson Road, so maybe you have already had it.)
    http://www.happyjoes.com/
     
    While in the Quad Cities, be sure to check out the John Deere Pavilion, if you haven't already seen it. 
    http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/corporate/our_company/fans_visitors/tours_attractions/pavilion.page?
     
     
     
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      HDtravlr1

      Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 12:28 AM (permalink)
      I really like the Amana Colonies. Out of the way but, worth it
       
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        MilwFoodlovers

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        Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 6:56 AM (permalink)
        Riefe's http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/menu_link.php?mxresto_id=1505616&url=http://www.riefes.com/ and Ross's http://www.rossrestaurant.com/ for breakfast in Davenport, The Blue Cat Brew Pub http://www.bluecatbrewpub.com/ for lunch or dinner in Rock Island and Exotic Thai for some of the most imaginative Thai food I've ever eaten anywhere http://www.exoticthaiquadcities.com/ I can no longer recommend Jim's Rib Haven in Rock Island. Very nice communities.
         
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          wanderingjew

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          Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 8:08 AM (permalink)
          The best breaded pork tenderloin I've ever had was at
          TC's Point After- about 25 miles north of the Quad Cities- it's worth the trip.
          http://tcspointafter.com/
           
          For a good classic heartland meal. Check out
          Riefe's Resaurant in Davenport.
          They've been around for over 60 years (for a good reason)
          I recommend the smoked pork chop, If they have banana cream pie - get it!
          http://riefes.com/
           
          Whiteys' - a local chain of ice cream shops has good ice cream
          http://www.whiteysicecream.com/locations.asp
           
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            travelglutton

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            Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 3:40 PM (permalink)
            You're right; it does sound weird, and I haven't tried the STL location.  Maybe this will be the time for a trial  Went to the Deere Pavilion many years ago.  Thanks for the tips.
             
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              travelglutton

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              Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 3:42 PM (permalink)
              Went there last year.  You're right; worth the trip.
               
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                buffetbuster

                Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 3:44 PM (permalink)
                Lagomarcino's in Moline is a wonderful old soda fountain and candy store.  They also make nice sandwiches on their homemade bread.
                 
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                  travelglutton

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                  Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 3:48 PM (permalink)
                  Checked out the Blue Cat web site; looks promising.  I even signed up for their email specials.  Don't know if we'll get across to Davenport for breakfast.  Thanks for the tips.
                   
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                    travelglutton

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                    Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 3:54 PM (permalink)
                    Banana cream pie: my favorite.  Must try!  Thanks.
                     
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                      travelglutton

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                      Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 4:02 PM (permalink)
                      Checked the web site for Lagomarcino's; looks just like a place in St. Louis I love (Crown Candy Kitchen).  Will be sure to drop by for some I.C.  Thanks.
                       
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                        MilwFoodlovers

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                        Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 4:54 PM (permalink)
                        We were there over the 4th and found gas to be up to 30 cents cheaper in Iowa. A really good bet (and a very nice supermarket) was the Hy-Vee on Locust. I completely agree with WJ; the smoked pork chop breakfast at Riefe's was special. Every breakfast starts out with a small plate of fresh fried doughnuts. Arsenal Island alone can be a good day. You should have a very nice time. Here's a breakfast "casino" mountain at Ross.

                         
                        and the Confederate Cemetary on Arsenal Island. They have some good museums too.

                         
                        Riefe's smoked pork chop breakfast
                         

                         
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                          MilwFoodlovers

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                          Re:Quad Cities, IL and Nearby Fri, 07/15/11 5:08 PM (permalink)
                          The Blue Cat used to have a salad with duck cracklin's that I had been looking forward to. They just took it off the menu but the manager said they had added duck drumsticks as an app. We were wolfing them down when I remembered to take a pic; sorry.
                           

                           
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