Food Feature: Living to Ride… Riding to Eat written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide fall issue 2010 by: Joe Stormin’ Norman Hello fellow carnivores! Hope everyone had a good summer…  Barbeques and Fish Fries and every kind of food festival known to man we’ve experienced this summer.  So now we’re preparing for the fall season and the holidays feasts, so before we worry about that.  Let’s talk about some of the places we’ve experience while traveling around the Midwest. The first place is down town and since moving here from New York City I find myself drawn toward the city skyline, even though the rustic roads have such beautiful sites the cities have much to offer.  So I left Lake County down 41 south to Lake Shore Drive on a beautiful sunny day and found myself downtown.  And after cruising around town I found myself below a familiar site… a giant Weber Grill on the corner of State Street and Grand Ave.  Let me start by saying “The food was off the charts!”  Everything on the menu is cooked on a charcoal grill, even the dessert!  So I started with an appetizer, which I highly recommend, the meat starter sampler (which is also available in a fish option), it included rib fingers, beer can chicken tenders, teriyaki steak and barbecue shrimp.  This place has tremendous salads. Then the main course I chose their Wisconsin Kettle Burger with apple wood smoked bacon, cedar cheese and here’s the kicker, a pretzel bun!  For desert I had a lemon pound cake with fruit, nuts, caramel and ice-cream and yes it was prepared on the barbecue!!!  It was amazing and I can’t wait to go back and try their breakfast menu… It looks “Mint”!   The Weber Grill Restaurant is located at 539 North State Street, Chicago, IL.  Call for reservations if you’re planning on going for dinner 312-467-9696 and tell them Stormin’ from Living to Ride… Riding to Eat sent you. A little closer to home but notable and worth the ride from outside of Lake County is a New business diner called “Jerry’s Rock n’ Roll Drive-In”, it has a great burgers, chili fries and a gravy bread side order which is an Italian roll with crushed red pepper soaked in Italian beef juice and should be served in a bowl… we enjoyed the gravy bread so much we hardly had room for the ½ lb cheese burger called the “Big Baby” and chili fries… Additionally on the menu you will find, Italian beef, hot dogs including my favorite the New York Sauerkraut Dog and “The Elvis Presley” which is, you guessed it, a peanut butter and banana grilled sandwich and being a huge Elvis fan I ordered one to go and it was good.  You can order wings in orders of 6, 12, 18, 24 and a ½ pan.  And for desert ice cream and funnel cakes.  They don’t have a liquor license so coffee, hot chocolate and fountain sodas have free refills.  Jerry is a great character who is very friendly and eager to meet his customers.  During the warmer weather he hosts a classic car night on Thursday evenings and he is looking forward to having a bike night in 2012.  If you find yourself up in Antioch, stop in at ‘Jerry’s Rock n’ Roll Dive-In” on the corner of Rte. 83 and Rte 173 on the south east corner.  There is plenty of parking and it’s a nice meal at a great price. (NO LONGER OPEN) Being new to the area I was impressed with the New Glarus area, a beautiful ride through the countryside worked up our appetite and when we arrived in New Glarus we found ourselves at Tofflers Pub & Grill.   They have a daily specials menu on the days they are open and on this particular Saturday I enjoyed the Jambalaya which was loaded with chicken and sausage and shrimp and served with hushpuppies.  Others in our party enjoyed the Chicken Po’Boy, the New Glarus Brat (straight from a local meat market in New Glarus) and served with kraut.  I’m looking forward to a fall ride to try their homemade soups and their chili which is available seasonally.  They offer live music on Thursday nights and have a Chili Cook-off planned on their outdoor patio for October 9th to benefit an organization called Green Haven and will have the Packers Pre-Game on the outdoor projector screen (I’m a Jets fan so for me it’s about the food but hey the Packer’s wear green too so that’s cool… Go Green!)   Tofflers Pub & Grill is at 200 5th Avenue (on the corner of 5th Ave and 2nd Street), New Glarus, WI.  The atmosphere is always very laid back and friendly and it’s a great destination.  Check out their Fish Fry with homemade lobster bisque or clam chowder. If you have a nice ride or a great place to include in our review please send us a message.  We love breaking bread with friends so give us a call and let’s get together and ride… Stormin’ One final note… everyone stay warm, ride safe and I wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season.
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