Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’

The Whole Of Day 5

Ep.32> Day 5> Route 66 Hotel & Conference Centre
Ep.33> Day 5> Jungle Jim’s
Ep.34> Day 5> Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Springfield IL
Ep.35> Day 5> Lincoln Tomb
Ep.36> Day 5> Palms Grill Café, Route 66, Atlanta
Ep.37> Day 5> Winding The Town Clock, Atlanta, IL
Ep.38> Day 5> Gunnar Mast Trading Post
Ep.39> Day 5> Atlanta Roadside Attractions (Bunyan Statue & Smiley Water Tower)
Ep.40> Day 5> Bernardi’s II, Route 66, Pontiac IL
Ep.41> Day 5> Front & Center, Pontiac IL
Ep.42> Day 5> Route 66: Musical Review & The Mayors Speech

Ep.33> Jungle Jims, Route 66

Jungle Jims, Route 66 >

Waking up this morning at the Route 66 Hotel I only had one thing on my mind. A bacon butty which is Northern English for a Bacon Sandwich.

When I got to Jungle Jims i was blown by how warm it felt inside. Not in the terms of heat but the atmosphere, colours, smell and people inside. The fact it was throwing it down with rain outside made me want to just kick back. I got my booth and found my Bacon sandwich and sat back with my coffee. I then explored the menu and I was won over by the three egg breakfast! Such a vast menu! My surroundings are Nascar themed and really interesting. Jim introduced himself and we had a nice chat. I was very chilled out. I had a wonder round to take my shots of the place and met the staff and different Jungle Jim generations and got some nice photographs.

I was excited about driving the Corvette in the rain! but at the same time I really didn’t want to go back out into it after this warm welcome.

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.34 > Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library

Previous Posts >
Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean
Ep.8> Day 2>
The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2> Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center
Ep.17> Day 3> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL
Ep.18> Day 3> The Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL
Ep.19> Day 3> My Arrival In Pontiac IL
Ep.20> Day 3> Delongs Casual Dining, Pontiac IL
Ep.21> Day 3>
Road Trip Supplies on Route 66
Ep.22> Day 3> On The Road
Ep.23> Day 3> ABC News Interview
Ep.24> Day 3> Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Ep.25> Day 4> Bill Shea’s Gas Station
Ep.26> Day 4> Cosy Dog Drive In, Route 66
Ep.27> Day 4> Doc’s Soda Fountain, Deck’s Drug Store
Ep.28> Day 4> Weezy’s, Route 66
Ep.29> Day 4> The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle
Ep.30> Day 4> Wooden Nickel – Winery & Saloon, Route 66
Ep.31> Day 4> Route 66 by Night!
Ep.32> Day 5> Route 66 Hotel & Conference Centre

Ep.26> Cozy Dog, Route 66

Cosy Dog Drive In, Route 66 > Springfield IL

mmm The Corn Dog

I’ve had corn dogs before. I even remember when you could get them frozen in English supermarkets and my Mum would get them me every week. I loved them. Then they disappeared. I knew they were an American food and last year on the road trip with Annabelle we found a fantastic diner in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. It was run by a guy from Chicago and he boasted his corn dog to be the best outside of Illinois. So naturally I asked why. He proceeded to tell me that the corn dog was invented there and even told me where but I didn’t take in the name.

That name was THE COZY DOG! The inventors of the corn dog! An All-American Super-Famous Snack! Officially launch by Ed Waldmire in 1946.

I took a visit to The Cozy Dog Drive-In and found an amazing diner packed full of Route 66 and Cozy Dog memorabilia and heritage. It was fantastic to see this piece of American history still in operation.

In my opinion and many many others The Cozy Dog is THE corn dog. Once you’ve had a cosy dog all other corn dogs are nothing. It was that good. And usually corn dogs feel quite unhealthy to eat and you feel like you’re doing wrong! But the cosy dog tasted and felt so much healthier that I could literally sit in cosy dog all day throwing dogs down my neck.

I am going to have to stop typing now. I am getting hungry!

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.27> Doc’s Soda Fountain, Deck’s Drug Store

Previous Posts >
Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ep.8> Day 2> The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2>
Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center
Ep.17> Day 3> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL
Ep.18> Day 3> The Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL
Ep.19> Day 3> My Arrival In Pontiac IL
Ep.20> Day 3> Delongs Casual Dining, Pontiac IL
Ep.21> Day 3>
Road Trip Supplies on Route 66
Ep.22> Day 3> On The Road
Ep.23> Day 3> ABC News Interview
Ep.24> Day 3> Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Ep.25> Day 4> Bill Shea’s Gas Station

Ep.17> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL

The Launching Pad Drive-In > 810 E. Baltimore Street, Wilmington Illinois 60481

I wish I had more time at this diner. It was fantastic. Exactly the type of thing I love about the American open road. Independently owned diners that’s have been around for years and still serve travelers. By the time I had arrived here my tummy told me that I was still full from Lou Mitchell’s yet there was a little hole to fill. So after following the advice of the lovely owners I went for the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae. And wowzer it was gooood.

While I was there I met up with the editor of Free Press in Wilmington, IL who did a little interview and took a quick photo (below) and was great to meet. It’s me and my Corvette in front of the Gemini Giant which will be my next post! Check out the photos and the video below.

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

Next post > Gemini Giant

Previous Posts >

Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ep.8> Day 2> The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2>
Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center

Ep.14> Lou Mitchell’s Diner > Route 66

Lou Mitchell’s Diner > 565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

87 Years of great food and ‘the world’s best coffee’

The diner at the very beginning of Route 66 and what a way to start a journey! This all-american diner has all the things you’d expect in the movies. Awesome settings, great comfort food, non-stop coffee pouring hard-working table service and to top it off they have a fantastic greeter! As soon you walk in your offered a fresh donut ball from the basket and a mini pack of milk duds. On being seated there are more welcoming treats. Pieces of fresh fruit to wake your taste buds. And IF you can finish your amazing meal which will be HUGE you get complimentary ice cream. Fantastic hospitality!

My waitress was Mickey and she was great! The type of person which helped Lou Mitchell’s become a Chicago & Route 66 institution since 1923!

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

Next post > My Ride > Thanks to Chevrolet

Previous Posts >

Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ep.8> Day 2> The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2>
Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance

Ep.3> Breakfast at Ina’s

Ina’s > 1235 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60607

THE POWER MEAL FOR THE POWER DEAL... Wall St Journal

Ina’s is a fantastic little restaurant situated on the West Loop of Chicago. A quiet place to chat, socialize or hold an important meeting whilst eating a fantastic meal. Located in The Randolph Market District. The streets that feed Chicago everyday.

Ina is very proud and very honored to use local produce from local suppliers. The food couldn’t get any fresher. Everything on the menu is made from the highest quality produce and the healthiest ingredients available. After 9/11 she said that business was bad, tourism had dropped and the restaurant would not be here today if it wasnt for the fact she used local businesses. Businesses that were there for their loyal customer when it was needed. ‘If I used these big corporate companies my restaurant would have been over. they wouldn’t have thought twice about taking it away’. Thankfully it never got to that as the relationship with her local venders saved her restaurant.

The food is very unique and very interesting. My personal favourite was the ‘Scrapple’ which Ina called a ‘life saving dish’ as it dates back to when the settlers used to use all the scraps left over to make meals when they didn’t have anything else. Well this dish is definitely not made up of scraps but it uses the same traditional method using high quality ingredients.

As a thank you to Ina for the fantastic food and hospitality, customers often gift her novelty salt’n’pepper shakers. She has a huge collection from very happy customers but Ina assures me that the collection was unintentional. It just happened this way and this is the way everyone like it. She even has seasonal pairs including Christmas & Halloween. In 9 years she has only ever had two of these shakers stolen. Ina added ‘to be honest if I was sat on that table and I saw two hogs sat on motorcycles in the form of shakers I’d have taken them too’.

To this day Ina has never advertised. Word of mouth and a huge press interest is the closest thing to marketing that Ina does. That and her 2000 strong newsletter that she sends out every month. When I said send, I mean, typed, printed, enveloped, stamped and posted! Remember when we all did that?

The Food Network Magazine say that Ina’s is the best breakfast in Illinois.

Matthew Comer of Me says that Ina’s is a fantastic restaurant with some of the best food I have ever tasted and ran by a fantastic woman. Need I say more?

Thanks Ina

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City