Ernie's is a classic breafast place. Even though the original owner is long gone, his family is carrying on the tradition. My photographer Dave Janssen is a Pekin native and used to go here all the time with his parents. He saw lots of old friends while we were having breakfast.
I'm working the morning show at the end of this week, so breakfast was my only option to feature. I'm going home and back to bed after the noon show today.
I'm guessing the smokers used to hang out an Ernie's all day. Now that smoking in restaurants is illegal in Illinois, its nothing but fresh air and the smell of pancakes cooking in the kitchen.