March 5, 2005

Dinner bell

You're starving and have earned a good meal out. If you could eat at any restaurant in the Quad Cities or surrounding area, where would you go? Points for describing the place and the food well enough to make others drool all over their keyboards. (or at least want to go there too.) And bonus points if it's an out of the way or unusual place.

(This topic has been posted before, but it didn't get the response it deserves. Don't tell me you all sit home eating tuna surprise or left-over pizza every night.)


At 3/05/2005 10:29 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

In the Quad Cities, the Red Crow and Biaggi's are excellent. However, you Quad Citians can describe them if you wish. I will devote my post instead to a wonderful restaurant in my home county, Whiteside County.

The name of the restaurant is the Candlelight Inn, and it is located at the Rock Falls exit on Illinois Route 40, just off of Interstate 88. The restaurant is the second of two Candlelight Restaurants, recently opened due to the overwhelming popularity (and incredibly long waits) at the first Candlelight Inn.

The Candlelight Inn in Rock Falls was newly constructed and just opened in the Summer of 2004. While the attire for the restaurant is casual, the ambiance is akin to that of Biaggi's. In fact, upon entering the restaurant, you will immediately observe that it appears to have been seemingly designed and decorated by the same designer as that of Biaggi's. The food, however, is absolutely nothing like Biaggi's. Frankly, there is one reason to go to the Candlelight Inn, and it is a reason so compelling that friends of ours drive from Chicago just to appease their craving for it. The reason is a dish called "Chicken George."

Chicken George is a heaping pile of tender chunks (not necessarily strips) of the succulent white breast of chicken. It is dipped in an incredibly flavorful batter, and deep fried to perfection. It is served with tha absolutely essential "Jan Sauce," which is a sweet/tart dipping sauce. Chicken George and Jan Sauce is so incredibly good, it is well worth the trip eastward. The meal also comes with a rather delicious salad and a garlic butter-dipped breadstick which is incredibly tasty in and of itself.

From the Quad Cities, travel east to the Illinois Route 40 Exit (Exit 41). Turn left (north) onto Illinois Route 40. Travel approximately a half-mile. The Candlelight Inn is on the left, immediately adjacent to the new Country Inn and Suites in Rock Falls.

At 3/05/2005 11:50 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Man.. that got my taste buds jumping.
For a second I thought you were going to be talking about a place where I had one of the best meals in years, The Forrest Inn a mile or two east of Morrison.

The business has been around for a long time, but the building apparently is only a year or two old. But it's literally wall to wall and nearly entirely covered with real, dark oak woodwork that gives it an incredible atmosphere.
They have a really rinky-dink salad bar, and the only one I've ever seen that provides shredded lettuce for the salad greens. But the rest of the food and the place more than makes up for that weakness. The owners are Greek, but the menu is pure americana, though the one Greek item that I noticed is one of my favorites, flaming cheese (Saganaki). They take a couple thick slices of Kasseri cheese, chill it and lightly coat it with flour, then quickly brown it in a hot pan. They then drizzle cognac over it all and flambe it table-side. It's quite the show. Kids dig it. And it's delicious as well.

I've never been to Red Crow, nor have I been to the winner of the River City Reader's reader poll as best restaurant, Centro, in downtown Davenport.

Any reviews?

And dissenter, you've sold me on the Candlelight. And surely, they had our fearless leader in mind when they named their signature dish!

At 3/06/2005 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Habaneros on the S-curve in Moline? In Silvis, Franks Pizza and the Ice Cream Palace are good places to eat. When in Rock Island Jim's Rib Haven, or Aurther's Garden Deli.

And don't forget that new steak house in Moline. Although it's pricy (my great uncle from Chicago took me), the food is incredible.

As long as we are on the subject of food, has anyone tried Nancy's Pizza? Ummmmmm!

In the mood for ice cream? Country Style in Moline or Easy Moline. For grazzers, who eat food by the pound, try Old Country Buffet. The food is good, the price is right and you can eat all you want!

Quality Breakfast is availabe at Denny's in Moline and Sharons in East Moline.

The area is also littered with great coffe stops. Take your pick from any Mom and Pop operation in Rock Island, Moline, East Moline. I've yet to have one not worth the cost.

How about donutes? Who knows a good spot?

At 3/06/2005 10:37 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

If you want to find out who has the best donuts, I'd suggest asking a cop. Or is that just an unfair stereotype?

I've heard good things about Nancy's pizza. Fairly costly, but all real pizza is. I guess they make deep dish that weigh a few pounds. I'll have to try it some time.

And Denny's? Ugh.... I'd say Village Inn is superior, and there's always Quad Cities USA .. they've got everything under the sun on their menu and offer double eggs with breakfast (order two, get four, etc. I guess if you want one, you'd have to order 1/2 of an egg.)

I miss the old all-night tiny dinners in the area like Jimmy Sullivan's in downtown RI or the joint up on 14th Ave. in R.I. I don't think any exist anymore.

At 3/06/2005 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the India House Restaurant in Moline on Ave of the Cities around 45 Street, or the new Exotic Thai Restaurant on John Deere Road in Moline, or The infamous Olympic Flame Greek Restaurant in Silvis by the HyVee off Ave of the Cities, or Johnny's Italian Steak House in Moline, or The Blue Ribbon in downtown Moline or good ole' Steak-N-Shake!~

At 3/06/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope loves steakburgers like Condi loves Bush. They're very expensive for burgers, but damn, they're good. One of my favorite late night indulgences is grabbing a triple cheese steakburger. They really hit the spot.

At 3/07/2005 10:33 AM, Anonymous 8omni said...

i saw dope at hardees last night finishing off a monster burger - nice hips!

At 3/07/2005 11:36 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope is proud of their girlish figure and would never gorge on such garbage.

At 3/08/2005 11:57 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

We just had a delicious Greek dinner at the Olympic Flame in Silvis, just off Ave of the Cities near the SOS office and the HyVee.
From tasty gyros meat and a Greek salad to spannikopita (sp?) and mousaka, from fried catfish to flaming cheese -- this place is well worth a fine dining experience!

At 3/09/2005 10:37 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

If "Dissenter" sees this post, could you go into more detail about "The Candlight Inn's" menu.
Are there pasta dishes? Seafood?

What is the drive time from the Quad Cities?

The spot sounds very tasty and tempting on this end.


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