The number one morning radio team in Peoria is having Thanksgiving with WEEK.
Eric Shangraw takes the crew from Light Rock 107 to the "Mayflower" in this week's You Gotta Eat.
Our purpose–filled ships in search of culinary freedoms met at the Mayflower Family Restaurant parking lot.
Akin to America, the Mayflower is a mutt.
Little bit Italian, Albanian, Mexican and American, and whatever else, rolled into one.
The owner, Louie Saliji (sa–lee–gee) says the name is a tribute to his roots and the pilgrims.
"I'm an immigrant myself. So that is why I thought of the old timers, they came in the Mayflower boat. I thought someone should carry on the Mayflower name," said Saliji.
Randy and Stacy are names waking up Central Illinois for six years now.
The am radio duo reminds me of breakfast growing up with my brother and sister.
"She's the health food queen of the wake–up club. So she's into the healthy stuff. I'm typically into the not so healthy stuff. So you and I go together really well," said Rundle.
"We laugh a lot and it is all genuine. And we are good friends behind the scenes. And I think it just translates well over the radio," said Campbell.
Their differences play out on the plate.
Randy ordered a grilled turkey melt.
It features two types of cheese.
He called it a great Thanksgiving appetizer.
Stacy went with a Turkey Tortilla wrap, one of the few healthier options on the mega menu. She thought it was a bit greasy for a wrap but loved the flavor.
I had the Chef's Roll. This brute can almost feed a small family.
Louie starts as if creating his pizza.
–A little flour.
–Couple trips through the flattening machine.
But instead of the oven, the dough goes right on the grill, cooked like a pancake.
–To the side, he sautés some fresh cut onion and green pepper.
You get your choice of meat, and whatever other vegetable satisfies your palate. I picked roast beef.
The sandwich is assembled cut into thirds.
Then open wide and feast on the beast.
The Chef's roll is an awesome meal all its' own And there's enough for two adults.
Randy licked his plate clean.
Stacy and I had leftovers for another day but that didn't stop us from ogling over the Mayflower's sweet deserts shipped in from Chicago.
The health–crazed morning girl was naughty and had caramel apple cream cheese pie.
Randy inhaled his mile high coconut cream pie.
I filled my November girth with Boston cream pie.
Our trio agreed each piece was perfection in texture and taste
With drinks and coffee, Our bill $28.60 plus tip.
The Mayflower will feed you like it is Thanksgiving any day of the year.
Mayflower Family Restaurant is docked right off Pioneer Parkway.
He's open seven days a week.
They're even open on Thanksgiving.