March 25, 2010

Vickie's Place

By Eric Shangraw

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

A new restaurant in Tremont has taken the little town in Tazewell County by storm.

Eric Shangraw is showing off the varieties of breakfast and lunch items at Vickie's Place in this week's You Gotta Eat.

The parking lot is a little rough outside Vickie's Place, but it is clean and quaint once you step in the door. With only 13 tables you know the small volume of business wouldn't exist if there wasn't something special coming out of the kitchen.

Vickie White is the small town gourmet who's generated a following in two months of business. Her biscuit and gravy are leading in the most recent poll.

"Well, they're nice, fluffy, moist biscuits. They are not gummy or hard. And the gravy is just right," said customer Shirley Nash.

"We enjoy ourselves. We know everybody that comes and goes. And they got good food," said customer Charles Risinger.

Vickie says her recipes are handed down through the family tree.

"I grew up with everything. Grandmas'. Moms'. All the way down the line. So just thought I'd bring them to Tremont. Seems to be working," said White.

"Her food is home cooked. She has a great sense of humor. Funny. And everyday she has a joke. She comes out, mingles with the crowd. I think that has a lot to do with it," said waitress Arlene Grawe.

Vickie serves breakfast all day. I had the Big Country Platter; half order of B's and G's. Two eggs over easy. Hashbrowns. A trio of sausage links and toast. It was a lumberjack breakfast. Too much for me to take down in one sitting.

Photographer Larry Foulk had Thursday's Special: Lasagna. Larry deemed it an enormous portion on Italian goodness. He's the real lumberjack.

Big boy even had room for Vickie's fresh baked pie. She keeps an assortment in the front cooler for all to ogle over. Larry had a slice of cream chocolate.

Our bill with drinks; $20.81 plus tip. Everything we tried at Vickie's was very good.

Vickie's is on Route 9 in Tremont. She's open seven days a week starting at 5:30 in the morning. There's been a line on Sundays.

Vickie's Place
500 W. Pearl (Route 9)
Tremont, IL
(309)925-7100

Hours:
Sunday-Monday 5:30am-2pm
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30am-8pm

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