March 5, 2009

Mayflower Family Restaurant

By Eric Shangraw

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

There is a restaurant on Peoria's north side trying to offer something for everyone.

Eric Shangraw takes you to the Mayflower Family Restaurant in this week's You Gotta Eat.

The Mayflower is docked off of Pioneer Parkway.
It is for the pilgrim who likes variety on demand.

"They've got so much to choose from you don't know what to choose from," said customer Helen Pelley.

"I just discovered the place and I like the crispy waffle," said customer Bill Lervaag between bites.

"I like the food. –Like the portions. And you can pretty much get whatever you want whenever you come," said customer Kerry Ramey.

Owner Louie Saliji immigrated to the US in 1976. He's been in the restaurant business since landing here and is the first Albanian I've met with a Chicago accent. I asked him to define his restaurant.

"Sort of Greek and Albanian combination. It is the same cuisine. It is a Greek food type a deal. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a family restaurant. We have dinner for the oldies (senior citizens). We are casual. We accept anybody," said Saliji.

My photographer Warren is anybody. He went with the all–American bacon cheeseburger and fries. I did the hot beef sandwich. The tender beef slipped between two pieces of white bread, buried in mashed potatoes and brown gravy.
There is no dichotomy of competing texture and flavor... just good meat and spuds. For dessert, sweet pie shipped in from Chicago.
–With coffee and drinks, our bill $21.48 plus tip.
The Mayflower is a worthy culinary expedition.


The Mayflower Family Restaurant is open seven days a week.
They are in the former Cummins Family Restaurant location at 7820 Sommer Street. Phone: (309)693-8300. Monday-Saturday 6am-8pm. Sundays 7am-2pm.

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