September 11, 2008

Good Time Chally's

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A restaurant in Brimfield is known for throwing down a hearty plate of food.
Eric Shangraw tries the special at "Good Time Chally's" in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Good Time Chally's may sound like an inviting place to get rowdy with your friends in a bar atmosphere. But the emphasis at Chally's is on chowing down, not just drinking.
Jeff Challacombe is "Chally." He says kids started calling him that in third grade.

"We are a hometown bar. We went to the food service five or six years ago. We try to keep it local and we don't let anyone leave hungry," said Challacombe.

The regulars say you leave Chally's with leftovers, or the need for nap.

"I had the cheeseburger with French fries. I come here a couple times a week. The prices are reasonable. And it is darn good food," said customer Ron Smith.

"I usually have my son with me. You can afford to feed a kid here," said customer Janie Ary.

Photographer Larry Faulk ordered the tenderloin and a side of Chally's red–relish. Quite a bit of assembly is required when you order tenderloin with everything. Larry also had Chally's chili. The red–relish recipe is similar to what they used to serve at Hunts in Peoria. I ordered the Thursday special: roast beef and mashed potatoes.
The roast beef is put on during breakfast. By the lunch hour it is fall apart tender. No assembly required. They set the plate down and you can immediately start shoveling.
Chally's also has a nice cheese spread they set out during dinner and the weekends.
Larry was able to polish off his Tenderloin and chili and have room for desert. Larry had lemon pie. Larry liked it. Finally, Larry was full.
Our bill with drinks, $19.34 plus tip.
Good time Chally's is a small town dining delight.

Good Time Chally's is open seven days a week.
They start serving breakfast at six o'clock each morning and cook throughout the day on weekends.
110 E. Knoxville in Brimfield. (309)446-3883.

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