And it’s a special road trip because we’re going to a town in Illinois that I’ve never been to. Scott found a restaurant in Leroy…whoops, someone’s knocking at the door, let’s see who it is…
LeRoy Neiman! you’re a great artist and I admire your work, but I wasn’t calling you out here. We’re going to LeRoy, Illinois, so you can take your paintbox and head elsewhere! Sheesh!
Okay, this is more like it, it’s Scott Turley and it’s time to hit the road!
And we’re off! There’s Scott behind the wheel and through the miracle of the interwebs you’re spared an hour ride and there’s a signpost ahead: Jack’s Cafe.
The sign says “Family Dining” I’m tempted to order a family of three and see if they taste like chicken!
Wow, the place is large and impressive looking. As usual, Scott leads the way in through the wooden doors.
There’s the front desk and as you can see, there’s a number of chicken dishes to choose from in here today! The dining room is nice and spacious, but let’s see what’s behind that doorway over there…
A bar! And all the seats are open, I think we’ve found our dining destination for the afternoon!
Prim was on bartending duty this afternoon and served us up two bottles of beer. Prim and his family own the restaurant and bar and they’re originally from Albania, John Belushi country! Prim suggested I try the baked chicken, so that’s what I ordered!
As you can see the bar is well stocked and there’s a nice selection of beer in the cooler below.
The bar is part of Jack’s Cafe but it’s kind of a separate entity and it’s called Jonnie’s Bar, check out and like their facecrack page here.
Lauren and Holly were folding silverware and napkins at a nearby table and posed for the MBIP Camera.
There’s a newspaper article about Prim’s family and the restaurant and I’m not sure who that is in the bottom photo. Anybody out there know who this mystery fellow is?
Meanwhile, back at the bar, homemade bread and chicken rice soup is served up to start our afternoon dinner. Both were delicious!
Now it’s time for the main course, served up by Prim. Scott got the fried chicken and French fries and there he is digging into his dinner. He raved about the food and now it’s time to check out this week’s featured chicken dinner!
Wow, this looks amazing! It’s baked chicken with homemade gravy slathered on top. Before we try the chicken, let’s sample the side dishes.
Prim told me that everything here is made from scratch and the mashed potatoes and gravy were so tasty. Underneath the chicken was homemade stuffing and it was a real treat! Prim said it’s made with their homemade bread and it was moist and flavorful. Okay, on to the star of the show, this week’s chicken!
The chicken was so juicy, tender and delicious! It literally melted in my mouth and the homemade gravy added to the juicy flavor. This was such a great dinner! Thanks to Scott for finding another hidden gem on the road!
They have a wonderful looking selection of desserts, but we were too full to sample them, maybe next time!
Four Dixie Chickens—The baked chicken is a Sunday special and it’s worth the drive to LeRoy to try it out! Thanks again to Scott for driving and for finding this wonderful restaurant and bar in LeRoy, Illinois!
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