Childers Eatery is known for serving some of the tastiest breakfast entrees in Peoria, but what a lot of people don’t know is they also have a full lunch menu with some unique and wonderful sandwich items. And to prove this point, that’s exactly where we’re going on this 27th week in our Year In The Life Of A Sandwich food tour!
Here we are at the new Childers Eatery in Junction City. We stopped in here when we did a Taste of Junction City and I was so impressed by both the friendly and cool people in here and the food, I wanted to come back and do a full-fledged blog. And so here we are, let’s begin this full and fledged blog post, right here and now!
And as you can see, it snowed out and I spy a couple of people down there on the boardwalk and it’s my friends, Joe and Amber who are going to join us on this snowy afternoon. Great to see them, as always and now let’s get inside where it’s warm and start this 27th week of sandwiches, hey, we’re over the halfway mark on our tour! Yahoo!
As you can see, they really pack them in here. That’s Kasi and Michaela at the hostess station and they said we could sit wherever we wanted to so we got a table up by the kitchen area to watch all the action back there. As soon as we sat down, Mary, who’s the manager came over and said hi and she gave us a sandwich recommendation and then we met our server for the day, Tonda. Tonda was a lot of fun and everyone here is so nice, it’s one of the friendliest places I’ve ever been to and they really make you feel welcome here. I might just move in here next week!
I took a shot of Amber and Joe at our table and then wandered around to get some other photos of the restaurant while our food was being prepared.
There’s tables an and booths in the main dining area and more booths and tables opposite that in the other dining section. I like the leafy, floral display hanging on the far wall. Very festive!
There’s also a full bar in here and the single hanging bulbs over it, give it a nice feel and ambiance. That’s Jordan behind the bar who served us the last time we stopped in here. Great to see him again!
The kitchen and prep area is fully exposed and it’s always a hotbed of activity. That’s Eric back there taking a quick break to pose for the MBIP Camera! The food back here looks so delicious, check out the last breakfast item! I’m pretty hungry right now!
And that hunger is about to be satisfied, because as I return to the table our food is starting to arrive. I love it when that happens! We started off with an order of Bacon Gouda Lollipops. These were so amazing! It’s a square of Gouda cheese wrapped up in a strip of smoky bacon, breaded and then deep-fried. I have never seen this appetizer anywhere else and it was so good! It comes with homemade ranch dressing to dip it in and there is nothing better than this on a cold and snowy afternoon! It’s cheese, bacon and breading deep-fried. I don’t think I need to say anything more, so I’m not!
Next up we got an order of the Scotch Eggs and they were really tasty too. The eggs are hard-boiled and wrapped in spicy sausage and breading and topped off with a Dijon hollandaise sauce and chopped chives. These two wonderful appetizers could’ve been a meal unto itself, but we still had our main courses coming...
And here they are! Amber got Butternut Squash, Kale & Pepita Tacos, Joe got the Drowned Chicken Milanesa Torta and I got The Cuban sandwich, which Mary recommended. Everything looks wonderful and as you can see, they really do a great job of plate presentation for the dishes. Each one is a plate of food art!
Joe’s sandwich consisted of a fried chicken breast, honey ham, Monterey Jack cheese, onion, tomato, black bean spread and mayonnaise on drowned Telera bread. Amber’s tacos were filled with butternut squash, pepitas, kale, red onions and they were topped of with a drizzling of white balsamic vinaigrette and served up with a trio of homemade sauces.
The Cuban sandwich was really tasty and what a great combination of flavors going on in between the two slices of bread! Inside the sandwich are slices of pork belly, honey ham, melted gruyere cheese and fresh and crunchy slices of dill pickle. it was slathered with mayonnaise and homemade dark ale mustard and it was so tasty! The meats were smoky and the ham was slightly sweet. I really loved the dark ale mustard and the pickles added a nice crunch and cool zing to the sandwich. The bread was pressed French bread and it was flaky and fresh. This was a wonderful lunch and thanks to everyone at Childers Eatery for the great food and for the fun and lively hospitality! And thanks to Amber and Joe for joining me and hanging out, it was a ton of fun and a wonderful lunch!
Three and Three Quarters Dagwood Bumsteads—The Cuban sandwich and our appetizers were so tasty, if you’ve never tried Childers for lunch, you should definitely stop by and check it out. And of course their breakfast menu is legendary here in Peoria, so if you’ve never sampled that, well, get over there and try it out!
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