YGE: On the road to the Happy Hobo

By WEEK Producer

May 9, 2013 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM CDT

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ill. -- As you make your way up Route 29 in Putnam County, you just might miss Happy Hobo's Little Red Caboose on the right.

Like we did, even after Mac slammed on the breaks.

"It's a caboose in the middle of a corn field, come on," said owner Bill Eklund.

You order from the counter when you walk in.

We decided to share some boneless hell fire and damnation hot wings.

I ordered the Italian beef, Mac a burger topped with Italian Beef, onions and mozzarella... The Train Wreck.

"It's fitting." - Ashley .

"I dropped the microphone," - Mac.

"You broke the microphone," - Ashley.

"I don't know if I broke it," - Mac.

The quaint, Chicago style eatery belongs to former Chicagoan Bill Eklund.

Three years ago he purchased the train kitchen, added extra seating and his daughter came up with the name.

"We were driving down the road one day and she was like hobos and trains," said Bill, "she was like Happy Hobo's Little Red Caboose. What are you going to tell her, no?"

The food was excellent.

The wings were spicy, but in a good way.

Ashley only ate half her Italian Beef.

I finished my train wreck.

"What happened to that diet," - Ashley.

"For the purposes of this series only," - Mac

"You're doing this for the viewers," - Ashley

While Mac and his train wreck lived happily ever after, in his stomach, I left room for a good ol' root beer float.

"It's too bad you ate that whole sandwich." - Ashley
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"Do you want to share?" - Ashley

"No!" - Mac

With Ashley's root beer float the bill came to $29 bucks.

If you come, bring cash.

Look to your right a mile and a half outside Henry and don't let Mac drive.

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