Hello again everybody. I'm back with another little tour of local businesses in Morton. There just seems to be an endless supply of them.
I have to confess, there's a few of these that I haven't been to. I'm including them because I've heard nice things about them. I'll make it into them one of these days.
Let's get started,shall we?
TNT's Sports Bar & Grill—3304 Meadow Avenue—East Peoria
O.K. So it's not in Morton. But it's within rock throwing distance from that sign above. Plus, it's less than 5 minutes from my house. We come here a lot.They have more TV's in here than you can shake the proverbial stick at. If you sit in the right spot, you can see a dozen different TV's with a dozen different sports programs.
The food is great here at TNT's. They have a really good tenderloin and the Saturday night prime rib is a very tasty bargain. They also have the best onion rings around. Not some of the best, but the best. Fact. I only know two people that make onion rings as good as TNT's. One is my brother, and the other is his brother.
Paddy O'Flaherty's—201 East Ashland Street
This is a real nice Irish pub and eatery tacked on the end of a Best Western Hotel. It has a really great pub atmosphere. They serve authentic Irish fare along with traditional pub grub.
We haven't been here since we moved to Morton three years ago, but when we lived in Metamora we visited once in a while. If Moonbaby and I wanted a nice night out, we would get a room at the hotel and spend the evening in Paddy's, drinking, eating and drinking, and at the end of the evening, all we had to do was stumble back to our room. Always a pleasant time, with no chance of a D.U.I.
La Fiesta Bar and Grill—1101 West Jackson Street
Another great Mexican restaurant here in Morton. This place is big and spacious and well decorated. They have a huge menu of authentic Mexican dishes. And of course, margaritas. It sure beats the heck out of the Golden corral that used to occupy this space.
Judy's Resaurant—701 West Jackson Street
This former gas station is probably the most popular place in town to get breakfast. The good old, stick to your ribs, keep you full till suppertime breakfasts. They're only open from 6AM until 1:30PM, but for those seven and a half hours, the place is packed.
Old Smokey's BBQ 31—East Jackson Street
As somebody that loves good Q, it shames me to say I've never been here. I have no excuse. Whenever I'm in the mood for ribs, I have this habit of doing it myself. I've heard their food is great and that they also serve a good breakfast.
Lulu's on Main—142 South Main Street
At first glance, this just looks like a typical gift shop. But once you start looking, you'll find all kinds of interesting and unique items. I bought some band-aids there that looked like strips of bacon. How cool is that? I think that’s worth at least three Porky Pigs on Marty’s tenderloin rating system!
Colby Natural Health—141 South Main Street
I have no idea what this is or what they sell. I just found myself standing in front of it and took a picture. I don't think there's any fried food or beer in there. Let's move along to more familiar type MBIP territories!
Wines and More—151 South Main Street
I haven't been in here yet, but I need to soon to stock up for the holidays. They not only have a large selection of wines, they also have wine accessories and Kitchen gadgets. And they recently opened a wine bar in the rear of the shop.
Firehouse Pizza—201 South Main Street
This is a local chain with about a half dozen or so stores in and around Peoria. I haven't been in here, but I've had them deliver their pies a few times. They have a unique sweet sauce that is quite tasty.
Leaves and Beans—213 South Main Street
Yep, just like the one in Peoria Heights. It's a great place. Good coffee, plus a nice selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches along with salads and wraps. They also have several tables and chairs under the trees on the sidewalk to sit and watch the world go by.
Steak and Fries 315—South Main Street
This is another place I'm ashamed to admit to not visiting yet. I mean, with a name like "Steak and Fries," how could it not be great? My good friend Ben worked here when he was in high school and loves the place. Whenever he's back in town, he always stops in for a sandwich and their homemade fries.
Mullen's Irish Pub—128 West Queenswood Road
This is where I come when I just want to go someplace for a couple beers. Super friendly staff and patrons. I always feel very welcomed here and always have a good time. They have good food and run a lot of drink specials. And don't tell Moonbaby, but the bartenders here are very easy on the eyes.
Well, that concludes this tour of the bustling metropolis called Morton. I hope you all enjoyed it.
Happy trails everybody!