You Gotta Eat: Kenyon's Place

By WEEK Reporter

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 10:21 PM CDT

"Kenyon's Place" in Lacon has been a local dining favorite for a quarter century, ever since Bill and Anita Kenyon decided to get back into the restaurant business.

Bill Kenyon's parents ran the Club La-Con when bill was growing up, so he's been around the food and beverage business since he was a boy. Bill says, "45 years, counting a parent's restaurant and the 25 years we've been here." Bill married Anita right out of high school.

On this Tuesday night at 5:30, Kenyon's Place is getting busy. Some regulars eat in the bar, and the bartender's been there 17 years and yes, probably does know everybody's name. One restaurant goer said, "We've been coming here for years." So, I asked for a recommendation and heard, "They've got a top sirloin here that's just wonderful."

Well, you don't have to ask me twice to eat steak. So, I order the 8 ounce Top Sirloin with rice and carrots. Photographer Doug Smith orders the half a chicken dinner.

All the main entree's include corn fritters, covered with powdered sugar. The sirloin is just as wonderful as promised. It was tender, and juicy enough to make you want to keep chewing to get all the goodness from it. I also make my mother proud and ate all my carrots.

Doug's half-chicken, he reports, was very good and of sufficient quantity that hetook some home with him.

My dessert was the carmel ice cream cake, covered with chocolate and whipped cream.

Doug had a "flookie", a chocolate filled cookie with ice cream. We were assured everybody gets this size dessert.

Our bill for this feast, with iced tea, was $43.93. Be aware that Kenyon's doesn't take plastic, but there is an ATM on site.

Kenyon's Place is open evenings every day but Monday. Carry out is available on the entire menu.

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