Eric's Blog

The Double D is about 3 miles from my home. I had never been before this trip at 8am Wednesday morning. Good stuff.

They also brought out some biscuits and gravy for us to sample and pancakes. The B's and G's are fluffy. I was over stuffed and unable to sample the pancakes. Looked good.

We brought some fried food back to the station that's popular with the bar crowd. I didn't have time to get into the special beer-batter they use on the fried mushrooms, pickles, and cheese curds.

May go back to Christy's bar some evening and order from the kitchen next door.

Going to Ernie's was a suggestion from my wife earlier this week. She went with some co-workers on Tuesday and ordered the two-piece chicken dinner (Tuesday Special) for $3.49. She was excited about the price and the enthusiastic review from her co-workers who brought it back to the office to eat.

We need to do more stories on businesses on Peoria's South Side. They show unique character while staying in business at the same location while others have moved out of this troubled part of town.

I will go back on my own time for that fried chicken!
The full name of Eric's business is Eric's Mini-Market and Carniceria Hispanic American Restaurant.

That's a mouthful so we just keep it at Eric's Restaurant, which is how it appears on the carry out menu they gave us.

He's been working seven days a week for a long time. His wife seemed ready for a vacation.

I didn't have time to mention in the piece that they have a liquor license. Another customer was sucking on a beer with his soft-shell taco.

Doug really can be picky and does not like many places we visit. He really liked Eric's. Made to order goes a long way in a small business. This is the kind of restaurant I would like to visit every week.

You could go to Eric's and run across the street to the Miller Park Zoo and make it a great day.
This is one of the most unique outdoor experiences You Gotta Eat has had in a while.

I was in awe when first laying eyes on the lovely view offered out the back door of this first class hotel in East Peoria.

They've taken the time to buy some simple but effective Tiki torches to add to the backyard feel. Warm and cozy. The Illinois Rive boarding the property makes it a prime piece of real estate. This is the type of development which helps make the Peoria-area a nicer place to live.

The price for our meal was more expensive than most establishments we feature. The old adage holds true; you get what you pay for. And I think the Riverside Cafe will be worth digging a little deeper into your wallet.

Back to my roots and classic eating today. Green Gables is a true Central Illinois gem. I've been going to this local landmark since my college days at ISU.

My folks owned a share of cabin at Lake Bloomington in the late 80's and early 90's. Lake Bloomington is such a beautiful place, I would stay with them and commute to WEEK in East Peoria during the month the little green house on the lake was under Shangraw occupation.

These days, when camping with my kids at Lake Evergreen, we'll take a break from making meals on the fire and run over to Green Gables for a burger and fries.

It isn't cheap. But like they say, you get what you pay for. And Green Gables is worth each penny.