August 20, 2009

Twin Towers Cafe

By Eric Shangraw

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

A second place winner at the Taste of Peoria last week is getting some added attention by one of the judges.
That would be News 25's Eric Shangraw, who highlights his favorite appetizer–entry from last week's contest, in this Week's You Gotta Eat.

The Twin Towers Café is on the first floor of Peoria's Twin Towers.
Inside the café, simmers a supreme soup.
Owner Arthur Kovach takes pride in his Roasted Pablano Chile with roasted corn concoction; and freely admits it's a recipe rip–off.

"It is a soup I learned in school actually. I studied under Chef Charles at ICC Culinary and the first time I made it for the café it was an instant success," said Kovach.

Kovach transferred the sales success into a second place finish at the Taste of Peoria this year.
And as a judge at the Taste, I needed more.
The Poblano pepper gives it a unique deep flavor.
Photographer and fellow eating enthusiast Josh Simon and I ordered the soup with a steak sandwich. Josh almost giddy as the slab of red meat is cut fresh before grilled.
The steak comes garnished with fresh onions and seasoning.
With drinks, our bill $24.16.

"It is convenient for me because I work in the Becker Building downtown. So I can just come down and grab a bite, on my lunch hour," said customer Sarah Austin.

If you like intricate flavors, sample the award winning Roasted Poblano Chili for soup satisfaction.
The Twin Towers Café is open Monday through Friday from 7am until 2 pm.
Closed on the weekends except during special events.

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