You Gotta Eat: Busy Corner

By WEEK Producer

December 1, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:08 AM CDT

GOODFIELD, Ill. -- The "Busy Corner" restaurant has been a mainstay of that community since 1947. In fact, there was a Busy Coroner eatery before Goodfield was incorporated.

Inside the new building (opened in 2005) you'll find a small town cafe atmosphere: regular folks having a hot lunch with friends and family.

Ron Heller was working on one of the daily specials, the Ruben sandwich. It was a special lunch, since his grandson, up from Arkansas, was buying lunch.

Mary Stalter, a former Chenoa resident, had just finished the smothered chicken dinner. "It's wonderful. It's what I have every time I come in here. It's absolutely out of this world," says Stalter.

I took Mary's advice and I ordered the chicken as well.

I barely had time to finish my tossed salad before my chicken and photographer Doug Smith's Ribeye sandwich were delivered.

I've had slower service in fast food restaurants.

The smothered chicken is marinated chicken breast covered with grilled mushrooms, onions and green peppers, topped with melted cheddar and monterey jack cheeses.

Now I understand why Mary Stalter has it so often. It's good eating.

Doug liked his rib-eye sandwich, and gave special praise to his cole slaw and the sweet tea---which the Louisianna-raised Mr. Smith said was done correctly.

The Busy Coroner is famous for it's least 20 ready not.

I had a pumpkin pie with ice cream and whipped cream. Doug had the coconut cream. Both were very good.

After paying our bill of $31.48 we were able to waddle back to the car.

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