Thursday, March 22, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 4: PLAV and the Corkscrew


On our way over to the PLAV, we drove on Green Street which was full of people wearing various articles of green attire and carrying green plastic cups.  They were especially numerous around the new bar, D.C. Cobbs by the newly reopened McHenry Theater.

We heard several people in the PLAV talking about how crowded every bar was on Riverside.

But, we intended to take a walk over to Corkscrew Pointe where friend Mark was cooking food.  The inside of that place was so packed you couldn't get a drink nor hardly move.  We had seen signs that there was another party going on outside behind the place so decided to see that.  No one was cooking at the grills back there and a deejay was playing Irish music out by the Fox River.

It was less crowded, though, so we got beers and commandeered a table.  We soon found out why there weren't a lot of people out there.  There was a mean wind blowing some really cold air on you.  After a half a cup, we had had enough and moved back to the side of the building which served as a windbreak so it was comfortable.

But, we had had enough of the too many people hassle and decided to go over to Johnsburg.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 3: Over to the PLAV


OK, so we didn't get to see the Fox River dyed green or the parade, but we were going to do as much St. patrick's Day stuff as possible, regardless.

After several green beers at Corner Tap in McHenry, Illinois, we drove over to the PLAV, Polish Legion of American Veterans, a short distance away.  McHenry is kind of a different town in that it has three "downtowns."  The very first one was by the Fox River on Riverside Drive.  The second one was around today's Green Street and the third came about because of the railroad and is called Main Street.

The Corner Tap is in the third downtown on Main Street.  The PLAV is one street off Riverside.  Corner Tap was getting really crowded, but it was standing room only at the PLAV with lots of people wearing various outfits of green.  We eventually got seats at the bar and had several more cocktails.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 2: The Mineola, Al Capone and a Green River


How about having the actual St. Patrick's Day on a Saturday.  Big grounds for some major partying.

I went to the Fox Lake/Grant Township Historical Society meeting and we had a presentation about Fox Lake's historical Mineola Hotel, built in the 1890s.  As is the case of most pl;aces out in the Chain of Lakes area, there is always the rumor that Al Capone was there, but no proof has been found to substantiate it.

The Mineola was one of many resorts and hotels around the Chain of Lakes back then when it was a major tourist attraction.

McHenry, Illinois, dyed the Fox River green (like Chicago) at 10, but I was at the meeting so didn't see it.  By the time we got to McHenry later in the day, sadly, the dye was gone.

Liz and I drove to McHenry with plans to see the St. Patrick's parade, but we could not find any parking spaces anywhere near it, so went to Binny's and bought some beer and then over to the Corner Tap on Main Street where we had green beer and met up with Kevin and Kelly, two actual Irish folks.

Not Al, So Don't Call me Al.  --RoadCapone

Monday, March 19, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 1: Donovan's & the Legion

I  kind of figured that St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, happening on a Saturday would make it an even bigger event, and it sure was around here in northeast Illinois.


Kickoff with Irish soda bread at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.  Stopped at Tommy's in Spring Grove on the way home.  And, of course, watched a whole lot of college basketball as some sort of tournament was going on.


We went to the Legion in Fox Lake for their St. Patrick's Day party.  Enjoyed the corned beef & cabbage dinners and, speaking of the Luck O' the Irish, Liz, who is half Irish on her mother's side, won the 50-50.  All sorts of green swag given out   And, we had a guy playing solo music (but, alas, no Irish music).

Watched the NCAA Tournament there and then at home in Margaritaville when we got home.

Two More Days To Go.  --RoadDog

Gas Station Completion Nearing on the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1918

From the January 10, 2018, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The new garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway is fast nearing completion, that is, as far as the contractors are concerned.

"The men have been working nearly all week and the brick walls have been climbing at an appreciative rate all during the week.  When once the walls are completed the inside work can be rushed to completion regardless of the weather conditions."

Taking Forever to Finish That Gas Station in DeKalb, Illinois.  --RoadDog

Friday, March 16, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 13: We Finally Get to PCB and the Driftwood Lodge


We finally arrived in Panama City Beach's west end on Fla. Highway 79.  As bad a s 79 is from Bonifay to Ebro, it is a fast and smooth ride when you get past Ebro.  Four lanes and 65 mph.  Hopefully it won't take much longer to get it like that from Ebro to Bonifay.

Drove east a mile on Front Beach Road and checked into the Osprey for our room at the Driftwood Lodge.  They are both owned by the same family.

We have been staying at the Driftwood Lodge for a lot of years.  It was built in the 1950s and is what would be classified as an old mom and pop motel.  There are two stories of rooms up by the street and down a short hill the rooms where we stay which are called cabana rooms.  The cabana rooms are about 200 feet from the Gulf of Mexico.  And for between $55 and $60 a night in February that is a great deal.

We Like the Price and We Like the Location and Room.  --RoadDog

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Along 66, February 2018: Kingman's Arch, Launching Pad, Cyrus Avery III

FEBRUARY 15--  Kingman oks arch near Locomotive Park.  The $177,736 cost will be paid for by motel taxes.  Like with neon signs, you can never have too many arches.

FEBRUARY 15--  The grandson of Cyrus "Father of Route 66" Avery dies at age 85.  Cyrus Avery III.

FEBRUARY 16--  Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois, may partially reopen for the May Red Carpet Corridor celebration.  The 30-foot tall Gemini Giant is still there, thankfully, despite the place's closure for six years.

Full opening is scheduled for 2019.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I'd Like To Add Some Food You Should Try in Illinois

That was an impressive list for sure.  But, they overlooked some so I feel obliged to include them here.

1.  CHICAGO DOG--  No ketchup, though.  All over the area.

2.  CHICAGO PIZZA--  All over (and you cut the pizza into squares)


4.  COZY DOG--  Springfield

5.  BEER NUGGETS--  Fried dough.  Started in DeKalb, but now in many places in the northeastern part of the state.

6.  ITALIAN BEEF--  Thin slices with au jus,

7.  ONION LOAF--  Hackney's  Chicago suburbs


Oh Boy.  --RoadHog

Along 66, February 2018: Wilder's and Dem Burros

FEBRUARY 10--  Wilder's Steakhouse rooftop sign removed for restoration in Joplin.  A relighting ceremony is set for April 14.  It is an animated sign and has not worked in at least 25 years.  Opened in 1936.

I saw postcards of the interior of the restaurant.  Sure wish that was still open.

FEBRUARY 13--  Contraceptive program suggested to control the population of the Oatman burros.  Something needed badly.  They're cute, but too many of them.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Illinois' 200th Anniversary: 20 Things Every Illinoisan' Should Eat-- Part 4

16.  LARS BAR--  Anderson's Candy Shop, Richmond.  Hey, that's near me!!

17.  BISTER JIBAROTO--  Jibarito's Authentic Puerto Rican Restaurant, Chicago

18.  PACZKI--  Herb's Bakery, Elgin

19.  SMOKED SALMON--  Calumet Fisheries, Chicago

20.  MOONBURGER--  Moonshine Store, Moonshine (near Martinsville)

Sounding Good To Me.  --RoadMoon

Illinois' 200th Anniversary: 20 Things Every Illinoisan Should Eat-- Part 3

11.  CHICKEN DINNER--  White Fence Farm, Romeoville.  A Route 66 Classic

12.  QUAD-CITIES-STYLE PIZZA--  Harvis Pizza,  Rock Island

13.  RAINBOW CONE--  Original Rainbow Cone,  Chicago

14.  CINNAMON ROLLS--  Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur

15.  BABY BACK RIBS--  17th Street Barbecue, Murphysboro

Eatin' Good In the Neighborhood.--  RoadFood

Monday, March 12, 2018

Illinois' 200th Anniversary: 20 Foods Every Illinoisan Should Eat:

4.  STRAWBERRY BREAD--  What's Cookin' in Charleston

5.  CHICAGO DOGS--  Superdawg inChicago

6.  SALTED CARAMEL GELATO--  Prairie Roots Farm & Creamery in Champaign

7.  RIB TIPS--  Lem's Bar-B-Q  in Chicago

8.  WHITE ASPARAGUS--  Eckert's Belleville Farm in Bellecille

9.  GARRETT MIX POPCORN--  Garrett's Popcorn Shops in Chicago

10.  CHEESE CURDS--  Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville

I'll Bite.  --RoadDog

200th Anniversary of Illinois: 20 Things Every Illinoisan Should Eat-- Part 1

Illinois became the 21st state in 1818 so we are celebrating the bicentennial of statehood.

The Chicago Tribune is running a series of articles in its Travel Section to pick out twenties.

These are 20 things every person in Illinois needs to eat at one time or another:

1..  Horseshoe--  Springfield and central Illinois.

2.  Pink Cookies--  Southern Illinois

3.  Birria--  at the Birrieria Zaragoza in Archer Heights.  (A Mexican dish)


Friday, March 9, 2018

Sycamore Drivers Going Through Stop Signs in 1943

From the January 3, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1943, 75 Years Ago.

"Observation shows that many Sycamore motorists are becoming careless at the stop signs, following removal of much of the ice at the various intersections.  When ice covered the streets, and there was a chance of becoming stalled at some of the street intersections, auto drivers became accustomed to driving past the crossing to avoid wasting gas to get going again.

"Now that most them approaches to the stop, streets have been cleared of the treacherous ice, it seems the auto drivers still cling to the former practice and drive through the stop signs, even if they delay traffic approaching from each direction."

Stop Running Through Those Stop Signs Guys!!  --RoadDog

A Fire At the Station at Fourth and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1917

From the September 20, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago

"Fire of an undetermined origin caused some alarm last night at the DeKalb Independent filling station at Fourth and Lincoln Highway.  A transient car pulled in for service and the driver was using a can to fill up his gas tank when the car suddenly burst into flames.

"The attendant at the station, while attending another car on the other side of the drive saw the flames and with the aid of a Pyrene extinguisher squelched the flames almost immediately."

A Scary Time At the Ol' Station.  --RoadDog