For week number 21 of our year-long sandwich tour, we’re taking a request this week and the request is from my friend, Matt Hume who turned us on to Rumsberger’s Wings over two years ago and that was such a great experience I was happy to take another request from him. This time he suggested that we try a sandwich from the Downtown Diner in Morton. We haven’t been to Morton on this “Year In The LIfe Of A Sandwich Tour,” yet and I’m always on the lookout for a great diner, so let’s head over to Morton and check this place out!
Here we are in downtown Morton and the diner is just up the street here on Adams. It looks really nice and I love the seasonal Halloween art in the front windows!
Before we go in, check out this notice on the front door, The Downtown Diner is offering a Thanksgiving Day meal for those that need a place to go to. They’re opening the doors here on Thanksgiving for those that don’t have a place to go to and they’re offering a full Thanksgiving dinner free of charge compliments of the Downtown Diner and Friends. That’s very cool! If you’d like to help out with this holiday meal, you can donate food or money you can bring it by the diner or call them at 309-266-5591 for details. Okay, let’s go in and start week number 21 of the MBIP sandwich tour!
Wow, check out the crowd in here, this place really packs them in! Luckily Matt and his daughter, Madeline came early and got a booth with a window view! And check out the other fellow at the booth, It’s MBP Contributing Writer and Pal, Scott Turley, who also lives in Morton! And our waitress for the afternoon is Amber, who’s looking very pretty and she’s not only the waitress in here, she’s family as her mom, Jessie May owns the place! Amber told us they just had their 10th year anniversary last September in here, so a belated happy anniversary to The Downtown Diner!
As Amber handed out the menus she told us that there’s pumpkin pancakes available through Thanksgiving and there’s also daily specials including a homemade chicken noodle dinner on Thursdays and chicken fried steak on Fridays. As you can see, there’s a decent selection of sandwiches here at the diner and Amber gave me a recommendation for one and you can see what that is if you keep on scrolling. While the food is being prepared, Madeline went back to her coloring and I continued to take pictures, it’s what I do!
There’s a long front counter on the opposite side of the dining area and check out the two photos on the wall behind it. The first one is owner, Jessie may and below her is a cool photo of Amber!
The kitchen is way in the back and I went and took a photo of the guys cooking back there and if that wasn’t being enough of a pest, I wriggled my way all the way back there and got a few action shots of the food being prepared for this hungry crowd. It all looks delicious!
And now for your David Gates moment of Zen!
As you can see, the crowd out here just keeps on coming, the dining room is still packed! One thing I really like is the black and white art on the walls and they’re pictures of downtown Morton and the one over by the booth is a rendering of The Downtown Diner! Very cool! The artist who drew these is Karl G. Zimmerman III and you can check out his work on his website and on facecrack.
Meanwhile, back at our booth our lunch is being served! That’s Amber with her sister Andrea serving up the meals and there’s yet another sister who works here and hopefully we can get a shot of all three before this post is done! Till then, it’s time to eat! Matt and Madeline are splitting a breakfast dish called, Sid’s Big Platter and it lives up to its name, that’s one big platter of food! Actually it’s tow, there’s eggs, toast bacon and another platter of biscuits and gravy! I hope Matt and Madeline are hungry. Scott got the Downtown Diner breakfast sandwich on whole wheat and it looks very tasty. So what is the sandwich of the week, you’re wondering?
It’s also a breakfast sandwich, but this one is on a bakery fresh croissant and it looks so good, plus it’s huge!
The sandwich has two juicy pieces of sausage, there’s melted cheddar cheese and farm fresh eggs, all housed in that buttery croissant. It looks so delicious and this is the first breakfast sandwich we’ve tried on this tour!
The sandwich is really good and it’s served all day here at the diner. I highly suggest you stop in and try it, it’s a meal unto itself! As you can see, Matt and Madeline did a great job of finishing up that giant Sid’s platter and Scott enjoyed his sandwich too. After we were done, Amber took the MBIP camera for a shot of all of us at our booth.
As I was getting ready to take a photo of Amber and her sisters, Bill came up to take his own photo of the three of them!
And who can blame him, those are three beautiful sisters! From left it’s: Andrea, Ashley and Amber! Thanks to all of them for a wonderful meal and afternoon at the Downtown Diner in Morton. And thanks to Matt, Madeline and Scott for hanging out for the day, it was a great time! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Three and a half Dagwood Bumstead’s—All of the food here is home-cooked from scratch and it’s all delicious. If you like breakfast sandwiches, you need to get over here and try this one out, it’s really special and it's a whole meal wrapped up in a delicious, buttery croissant!
112 W Adams Street
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