We’re almost through with the first month of 2014, so it was time to have one of our monthly MBIP Contributor’s Lunch. It’s been a while since we’ve been to the Hofbrau House, so that’s where we decided to assemble, drink and dine. Sadly, I have to go to work after lunch, so I have to drink iced tea, which is a shame, but what are you going to do? I’ll need the cash after picking up the lunch tab today!
We're heading down Adams Street in downtown Peoria, we'll be there before you know it.
See, we're there and you don't even know it, but now you do. See how this shit works? Now you do!
I just about got run over by some asshole in a car who I guess thinks it's weird to be standing out in the middle of the street taking photos of The Hofbrau House. Sheesh! Some people! Anyway, here we are!
The soldiers are still standing guard overhead.
Let's go in and see what's happening inside of the Hofbrau House.
There's the bar, one day I'm going to do a post where I just hang out at the bar here, but I have to take the day off of work, because this place is closed on Sundays, my only day off. But one of these days, Alice! Stay tuned for that!
The tables and dining area is over here, opposite the bar. Our table is...
All the way in the back here, but of course I'm a half an hour early so no one else is here. Let's take a look around until everyone gets here.
We met super-cute bartender Crystal back in the Peoria Hot Dog Wars days and it's great to see her again!
These are just four taps of many more that will get a very high rating on the Spike-O-Meter, I'm guessing. As I said, I have to come back for a full-on bar post from here. Stay tuned for that!
I met this gentleman at the end of the bar and it turns out he's the founding owner of the Hofbrau House, Art. He opened this establishment over 30 years ago and it's become a family affair...
As his two sons have taken over and their sister, Henrietta runs the show at night. From left: Ike, Art and Andy, two generations of Hobrau hosts!
Here's some beer signs and photos of the old country on the paneled walls in here. You could spend days looking at everything on the walls in this classic Peoria restaurant.
Beer mugs are tucked away on a shelf up on the wall.
They're busy back in the kitchen getting ready for the lunch crowd in here.
Hello there ladies and gentlemen...are you ready to rock? I knew that you were!
And then as if by magical intervention, here we are assembled for your reading and viewing pleasure, the MBIP Contributors, clickity-clockity from left: Yours Fooly, Pastor Mark, Chip Joyce, Mike Foster and Bob Gordon. In absentia: "Boris" Boden, Gene Rubbico, Scott Turley, Brandon Hovey, Paul O'Connor, Bob "Whale" Miller and Jeff Putnam.
You have to place your order up front here in the front kitchen area.
We started off with a couple of orders of the Beer Cheese, which is Wisconsin Brick and it comes with crackers, a pickle that never gets eaten and their wonderful homemade hot mustard. It's worth the trip here just for a sampling of this German goodness.
Perfect timing happens as just as the cheese has been thoroughly sampled, Crystal arrives with our luncheon portions.
Chip had the Prime Rib sandwich.
While this looks like a lettuce and tomato sandwich that Bob ordered, there's actually a generous portion of ham and cheese below it.
Of course I had to get the chili cheese dogs, the second best chili cheese dogs in Peoria. And by the way, Andy said he was perfectly fine with coming in second place in The Peoria Hot Dog Wars, so to all of you that had a problem with the outcome of that, you can let it go now.
And now it's time to dig in!
And yes, this is two days in a row for us to be seeing Bob Gordon here at MBIP!
Here's Mike pulling his best Bobby Pittman, "How Are Ya!!" pose.
The chili cheese dogs were delicious, by the way.
Danke schön to all of the MBIP Contributors, everyone at the Hofbrau House and all of you who are reading this, we wouldn't be here without you, so thanks for checking in on a daily basis and we'll see you all tomorrow!
Bonus Tenderloin Shots From Backwood BBQ By Kathy Knapp
We got an email from Kathy Knapp along with some photos of a tenderloin stop we missed on the Twenty Week Tenderloin Tour. Here's what she wrote:
I just saw your fb posting on tenderloins, and since you did not try BackWood BBQ, which had been on Farmington Rd, but is now on Adams in Bartonville, where the 801 Club was, across from BP. I'm attaching a few photos. One to show the thickness of the meat, not the breading, and after two of us eating on one, the to-go box is the leftovers from one!
We have heard good things about the new Kenny's Westside Pub on lower Farmington Rd, and will have to give it and their tator tots a try.
Another great place for tenderloins, is Gill's in Hanna City.
The Fillin' Station in Sunnyland also has a good one, but we think BackWood BBQ is the best of what we have had.
Thanks Kathy, we'll have to hit Gills, The Fillin' Station and Backwood BBQ next year! Thanks for the email and photos!
Bonus Postcard From Jaws The Cabbie!
Minnesota just got more snow dumped on them, which inspired this postcard from Jaws the Cabbie. They're calling for 4 to 6 inches over the weekend here. That fucking groundhog better see his shadow this Sunday! Thanks, Jaws!