Okay, it’s in the mid ‘70’s, partly cloudy on a wonderful July afternoon. And I have the day off from work! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Afternoon beers at Burger Barge on the Illinois River! Let’s roll on down the road and try to quench this unending thirst of mine!
Alright, we’re off and rolling towards the river with my friend Lisa looking pretty behind the wheel!
We’re getting close as we’re now in East Peoria...
Signpost ahead, The Burger Barge is right down the road...
And here we are at The Burger Barge. A nice destination for a few afternoon beers.
Let’s walk the plank and head on down the stairs...
Lisa leads the way inside to...
The Tiki Bar! Plenty of seats are available as most people are at work at this time of day. Those poor slobs!
Bartender Andre serves up an ice cold beer, I think this is his third time on the blog! Good to see him again!
This is the view of the back of the bar from our seats.
The Burger Barge is known for their burgers and here’s two of them ready to be served up.
Speaking of burgers, here’s their claim to their burger fame on the back of this t-shirt. Let’s see who’s on the other side of this shirt...
It’s Brittney, just one of the pretty waitresses here on duty.
There’s Jake back in the kitchen who’s cooking up those burgers.
Tie-dye Burger Barge shirts are hanging over here in best Pete Ham and Tom Evans style.
Here’s the main dining area at Burger Barge.
As I was taking that last photo, someone asked if I was eating chicken wings in here. I turned around and it was Annie, who told me she follows the MBIP blog and is enjoying our chicken wing tour. I told her this wasn’t a chicken wing stop, but she can tune in Tuesday to see where next week’s wing journey takes us.
Well, hello Burl Ives, fancy meeting you in here!
I always like to look at the napkin art on the walls in here.
Am I paranoid or is this napkin staring at me? Yikes!
Madison the cat is dreaming of hambgrg and fish and I’m oh so happy for him!
Here’s the outside porch area of The Burger Barge.
We actually called to make sure this place was open, due to the rising river, but they said so far they haven’t been flooded out.
It’s pretty close, but hopefully the river has crested and will start going back down.
These ducks are quacking me up. Oof, sorry about that, sometimes I just can’t stop myself.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, I think our food has been served.
We got a trio of deep-fried appetizers consisting of jalapeno poppers, chicken strips and my favorite of the three...
The Luciano Cheese Blobs named after MBIP pal, Phil Luciano! What’s better than deep-fried cheese? Not a whole hell of a lot!
And now it’s that time for the weekly thanks for people that bought us a beer by using PayPal on our Virtual Beer page.
• Jim Heid sent in a generous donation for a few beers and sent along this message: “I hope you enjoy the beers as much as I enjoy your bog. To your good health!” I’ve been friends with Jim since we were in grade school and then high school! Great to hear from him all the way out in Colorado. Cheers to you, Jim, hope to see you on your next trip to P-Town!
• Terry and Phil Burroughs sent in a nice beer donation along with these words: “Thanks for MBIP, Terry and Phil.” For those of you that don’t know, Terry is my older sister and Phil is my brother-in-law, thanks so much and maybe all my other relatives will follow suit. If so I might be able to retire!
•Brian Rambke also contributed to this week’s beer fund. He didn’t leave a message, but I thank him for his generosity!
•And last and certainly not least is a contribution from, Ragin RR, who leaves great comments and quotes that really add an extra dimension to the blog! Thanks RR, when I visit New York next year we are definitely going to tip a few!
If you’d like to help keep this blog rolling along by buying us a Virtual Beer you can find out how to do that by clicking right here. Thanks to LIsa for driving and hanging out with me at Kuchie’s! And thanks to everybody at Burger Barge for the nice hospitality, It was a lot of fun! We’ll see you all tomorrow...and hey, let’s be careful out there!