We had to eat!

Please forgive the blurry images.  This happened while importing this post from an old blog site.  The content is still good.

Here are some of the places that we ate at while in the Freeport/Stockton, IL area:

Before we went to the hospital on the night we flew in, we met my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at a place called Maria’s Pizza & Italian Dinners.  They’re located at 922 W Galena Ave, Freeport, IL 61032, Tele: (815)232-3010.  It’s casual eating.  As I was looking for their address on-line, I saw some of the reviews.  Reviews can be brutal sometimes.  Most of the reviews were positive.  All but one of us ordered sandwiches and thought they were decent.  I had a meatball sub, my sister-in-law had a turkey sub (I think), and my husband had a combo.  My brother-in-law had the mostacholi.  In so many words, he wouldn’t recommend it.  No meat in the sauce and no meatballs.  He thought the sauce was too sweet.

The next morning we all had breakfast at a fantastic restaurant, Karen’s Kitchen & Catering.  Yum, yum, yum!  We only had breakfast, but my mouth was watering just reading the list of freshly baked homemade pies!

A view of the outside from the inside:

Here’s another shot of downtown Stockton.  I’d love to be able to explore the town when it’s a little warmer (Who am I kidding?  When it’s a lot warmer!):

One of my mother-in-laws respiratory therapists recommended a place for us to have dinner.  It’s Cannova’s Italian Cuisine.  They’re located at 1101 W Empire St, Freeport, IL 61032.  Tele: (815)233-0032.  It’s a two-story establishment.  The lower level is a little fancier (but not suit & tie attire unless you want to) with live piano music (maybe just on the weekends).  The ambiance was great.  We chose to sit upstairs where they’ve got tables and chairs set-up with TV’s and a bar, so that we could watch the football play-off’s while we ate.  The Freeport restaurant was est. 1921!  They’ve also got two other locations – Galena, IL and Neenah, WI.

The meal was great!  Then my brother-in-law and sister-in-law joined us.  Guess what my brother-in-law ordered?  Mostacholi.  He was bound and determined to get a good plate of it.  This time his meal had meatballs (unlike the dinner he had at Maria’s).  Now, I can eat almost anything, but I had  to agree with him about the meatballs.  They were mush.  It could have just been a bad night.  I’m not sure.  The restaurant didn’t make him pay for his meal.  The rest of us thoroughly enjoyed ours.

Downstairs:

Upstairs:

On our trip, it was amazing that my husband kept his sanity.  He was surrounded by Packers fans!  At the Orlando airport we kept up a conversation with a really nice woman who lives in Ohio, but loves the Packers.  In the Milwaukee airport – come on!  In the Northern IL Wal-Mart, they even had Green Bay Packers attire right next to the Chicago Bears attire on a display table!  The horror!  Then, when we’re at this restaurant eating, we met a really nice couple who are teachers.  She and my husband have a little bet for this Sunday’s game against the Packers and the Bears.  I hope to God that the Bears win, but if they don’t, you’ll see what his wager was on this blog.

The last place we ate was the night before we left.  We hadn’t had anything to eat all day except for the cart of food that the hospital staff rolled into my mother-in-law’s room (which was a very nice touch).  It consisted of fruit, juice, danish, coffee.  My cousin-in-law suggested a place called Big Apple Family Restaurant.  It’s located at 1427 W Galena Ave, Freeport, IL 61032.  Tele: (815)232-2548.

What a deal!  For $6.95 I got one of the specials – soup and salad, 1/2 chicken smothered in gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and my choice out of three desserts.  I chose rice pudding – with whipped cream and cinnamon!  Fantastic!  My problem is, I don’t eat a lot.  Everyone at the hospital was able to eat off of my leftovers.  When they were splitting up my food amongst themselves, I realized there’d been stuffing hiding under the chicken and gravy!  Not only was it a deal, but it was good too.  Just like you’d expect to find in a small town.

Oh yeah, and guess what?  We ordered my brother-in-law some mostacholi to go – as a joke, but we were hoping he’d like it.  His order came with garlic bread.  He loved it!  Meat in the sauce!  Success!

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