You Gotta Eat: Uptown Cafe

By Chad Weber

You Gotta Eat: Uptown Cafe

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM CDT

ELMWOOD, Ill. -- The Uptown café sits just off the town square in Elmwood.

A step into the classic diner reveals a slice of small town Americana.

The walls are filled with pictures of the town's history and trophies from legendary high school sports teams.

In the kitchen is owner Patrick O'Brian.

Along with his wife Maria, he took over ownership of restaurant last November.

Since then he's been expanding choices on the menu.

"We now carry breakfast all day," said O'Brian. "We offer seven different skillets, eight different breakfast combos."

The cafe also serves unique soups, pastas, and of course hearty food like fried chicken, fish, and sandwiches.

And right off the square, the convenient location lends itself as a meeting place for the community.

"You usually see someone you know everyday you come," said customer Richard Geeseman.

In the party room, Virginia Harper met up with some fellow class of 57 Elmwood grads for lunch.

"We like close knit communities and we like the togetherness of everything," said Harper.

They opted for fish and sandwiches.

I decided to go for breakfast and by recommendation from the owner ordered Patrick O'Brian's Irish Breakfast.

It came with eggs, sausage links, grilled potato cakes, corned beef hash and toast.

As I scarfed down my meal, I peered out the window and enjoyed the scenic view of the town square.

After a full stomach and an empty plate, my bill came to $11.48 plus tip.

Uptown Cafe is open seven days a week.

It's open for breakfast and lunch daily, and serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

Mon: 6am-2pm
Tue: 6am-2pm
Wed-Sat: 6am-8pm
Sun: 8am-2pm