A little convenient store in downtown Peoria is doing double-duty.
It also has a cafe.
The Corner Store on Main is somewhat hidden in the Becker Building.
Eric Shangraw is stopping by for lunch in this week's You Gotta Eat.
Like reflective sunglasses, its impossible to see in the windows of the Becker Building during the day. That's one reason the Corner Store on Main is an obscure downtown gem. In the retail isle you can find candy, crayons, Kleenex, can-openers, Campbell's soup or Captain Morgans. The walk-up cafe has fresh deli sandwiches and hot food.
"I get corn dogs bites. Or chicken tenders. Or sweet potato fries. It is good. It is all good," said customer Jill Gleason, who works at the Peoria Area Conventiona and Visitors Bureau, which is locaed in the same building.
"I think it's a hidden treasure. I think maybe a lot of people don't know it is down here. And it is a great spot. You can watch TV. Grab a bite. And they have a nice variety to choose from," said customer Suzette Miller.
Owner Mike Saurs says he gets celebrity customers when they're in town performing at the Peoroa Civic Center. Mike determines the menu and merchandise selection.
"We've downsized what we don't sell and added to what we do sell. And it has been a lot of fun. You meet a lot of great people downtown. Especially visitors. They're amazed at this store. They can't believe there is this big of a store right in downtown Peoria," said Saurs.
Mike uses an expensive oil for his fryer. It has zero transfats. No sodium. No carbohydrates. No cholesterol. It is the only way his father Bruce's aging heart can tolerate fried-anything.
The top-shelf cooking oil makes for a first class not-greasy-in-the-least tenderloin. I had mine layered with pickles, fresh onion, and mustard. My photographer Larry had the tenderloin with everything on it but onion.
We also had healthier than most french fries and drinks.
These are terrific tenderloins that may not even require a cholesterol lowering statin chaser. (My cholesterol lowering medicine)
Our bill; $14.75. Even though the parking downtown stinks, this cafe is quick and convenient.
The Corner Store on Main is open eight until eight Monday through Friday. Saturday ten to eight. They're closed on Sundays.
Corner Store on Main
401 Main St.