August 6, 2009

Not Your Average Joe

By Eric Shangraw

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

The 28th Annual Taste of Peoria is next Wednesday night on Peoria's Riverfront.

In Tonight's You Gotta Eat, Eric Shangraw has a sample of what of the vendor's is offering at the Taste.

"Not Your Average Joe" is a coffee house in Dunlap's oldest building. The locals know it as the old Bicycle Inn.
The cozy interior and menu of smoothies and sandwiches makes it a magnet for young people.

"It is really convenient. -Especially if you go to the High School. It is right on your way to school. It is delicious," said Morgan Stockman, a late afternoon customer.

Jeneen Masih opened the business two years ago not long after moving here from Florida.
She prides herself on fresh ingredients, including her sandwich bread from the Great Harvest Bread Company.

"We try to focus on quality. We can’t be everything. But we have the best of what we serve," said Masih.

"It is really a great environment. You can get great coffee. Great food. Pastries. And you can just hangout. It is a great hangout spot," said Mishy Maloof, an employee making Smoothies.

Photographer Larry Foulk and I each had half a sandwich and smoothie. I had turkey with an avocado spread on wheat. Larry did roast beef with chips and pickle. My blueberry smoothie and his strawberry one were perfect for an August afternoon.
Our bill: 17–dollars plus tip. But that's not what Joe's is featuring at the Taste next week. This Orange & Chocolate Ganache will be featured. Its' creator, Elizabeth Steffen, runs Lizzy's Kitchen out of Joe's. She's a dessert artist.

"It is a butter cake. So it is extremely rich. I used unbleached organic flour. It adds a little more depth to the flavor. And the Genache is a couverture chocolate. That means it has to have a minimum of 32% coco butter. And I also used heavy cream. It just melts in your mouth," said Steffen.

About thirty restaurants are featuring samples at the Taste of Peoria next week, look for Not Your Average Joe and Lizzy's Kitchen to cool your taste buds after hot Mexican and spicy Chinese.
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Not Your Average Joe is at 208 N. Second Street in Dunlap. It is open seven days a week.
Phone: 309-287-5297

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