Breakfast that gives more bite for your buck

By Joe Bennett

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM CDT

GREEN VALLEY, Ill -- The Midwest is rich with family restaurants boasting big portions for a small price. The Valley Inn in Green Valley smokes the competition like barbecue.

"I came here last Thursday for ribs, and they're the best I've ever had," according to Stan Reed who regularly drives in from out of town.

Alice Lasley says, "Oh, the pancakes are so big when they double it over, it looks like a bed sheet!"

Lisa Bailey owns Valley Inn and learned to cook from her mother Wanda, who opened a restaurant at the same location in 1974

The next generation of a family cook says the affordable great taste of gargantuan meals is what brings people in from all over Central Illinois.

"You could bring a family in with three little kids, order one pancake for a dollar-eighty-five and feed all of them," Bailey says.

She's not exaggerating, and they did not prepare these meals especially large for the camera either.

Larry Foulk ordered the standard portion of their signature tenderloin with everything but onions.

Still, he ordered their home-made onion rings.

He was so excited for leftovers, he pre-ordered a to-go box.

I had The Valley, an omelet stuffed with ham, bacon, sausage, hash browns, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms and topped with gravy.

I dare anyone to show me an omelet this delicious and this big anywhere in the area

I too will have leftovers to last all weekend.

All of this food and two drinks only cost $22.15 plus tip.

As always, Larry cleaned his plate. Still, this is how much he took home.

In the words of Wanda, "Nobody goes away hungry. If you do, it's your own fault."

Valley Inn is open for breakfast and lunch all week.

They stay open until 8pm for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays.

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