May 14, 2009

You Gotta Eat: Woody's

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 10:28 PM CDT

Over the years, the many employees here at WEEK who work the overnight or morning shift have had a favorite, convenient breakfast spot.

Eric Shangraw is following their footsteps to Woody's in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Woody's Family Restaurant is a four–minute drive south of the WEEK Studios on Springfield Road.
It has a culinary monopoly in the little hamlet of Groveland.
But "Woody's Quick Breakfast Special" on weekdays is a steal of a meal.

"Its' a real good deal before nine o'clock. It is $3.99. After that it is $4.99. So you can't beat the deal," said customer Dave Fee.

Photographer Dave Jansen and I each had the special. We ordered our two eggs each over easy. I had corn beef hash, sausage patties, and wheat toast with so many cups of coffee I got the jangles afterwards.
DJ sliced and stirred his order into a plate of breakfast chaos where he could consume multiple morning flavors at once.
He stuck with water so I gulped his glass of cold OJ.
–Back to the coffee which is key. The waitresses try to never let your mug go dry. They're tenacious when it comes to refills, top offs and warm ups.
The owner, Les Knollenberg, a.k.a. Woody: says his staff of servers is the reason for his success.

"They've all been with me for a while. Some have been with me for the 17 years that I've been here. And quite a few have been with me for five years. Debbie, who's actually out there now has been with me since I opened the restaurant," said Knollenberg.

Service and price sells. Our bill for breakfast: $8.56 plus tip!
Woody's has an unbeatable simple mix to its' breakfast menu; good and cheap. I'm Eric Shangraw reporting.

Woody's is on the main drag in Groveland.
They're open seven days a week starting at 6am.
Breakfast is served until two each afternoon.
You can order sandwiches and dinner, anytime of the day.

Phone: 309-387-6750

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