You Gotta Eat: Washington Family Restaurant

By WEEK Producer

June 26, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The Washington Family Restaurant sits inside an old Burger King building and that franchise's have-it-your-way '70s slogan fits in just fine here. The regulars don't even have to speak when they come in.

Dan and Kiki Ramadani are in their third decade of restaurant work.
Their homemade recipes make the Washington Family restaurant special.

It's down home cooking alright. Just ask WEEK salesman Mark Werner. He came in just for the liver and onions...a dish only a mother could love...or serve.

Like everyone else in Washington, the Ramadani's have a November 17 story. That devastating tornado passed within a quarter mile of the restaurant.

Photographer Larry Foulk and I started out healthy with a fruit plate of watermelon, oranges, grapes, cantaloupe and strawberries.

I had a dinner salad with homemade ranch dressing. My entrée was baked tilapia...flaky and fresh, not unlike this sportscaster.

Sides of rice and beans to go along with their homemade potato dinner rolls. The rolls alone were worth the trip.

Larry had a shrimp cocktail and steak with hash browns.

Larry says his meal reminded him of the ones he used to have at Grandma's house.

While I tried to eat healthy, as a journalist I felt it was my obligation to review the apple pie. Hey, apple's a fruit.

Like the rolls, it was so good I took a bit and giggled.

Our bill was $37.18 plus tip.

The Washington Family Restaurant is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Family Restaurant...like a visit to Grandma's.

I'm Lee Hall.

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