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American Turners Fish Fry – Elgin, IL

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Elgin Turners Fish Fry ReviewThe “American Turners” is a social club started by German immigrants to the US in the mid 1800s.  Still with a nationwide presence today, they have about 50 locations around the country.

The movement started in Germany during the occupation by Napolean, as a way to preserve culture and promote fitness of mind and body.

The group has a number of large meeting halls where they hold special events, celebrate German holidays, and provide space rentals for events in the community.

The hall in Elgin, Illinois has seen better days, but it hosts a very lively membership with weekly events, mostly for members, but some are open to the public, including a weekly Friday night fish fry.

Fish frys are common in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, offering either a set menu or AYCE options of some or all of the following: cod, haddock, shrimp, perch, or catfish, usually accompanied by (choice of) potato and slaw.  I’ve been to a few, some are OK, and some are pretty bad and overpriced, but such is not the case at the Elgin Turners.

In fact I was delighted with the entire experience.  I chose the combo plate, which included shrimp, haddock, and perch, fries, roll and slaw. Soup and salad bar were available for a buck extra, but I passed on that. The food was cooked to order, crispy, lightly seasoned. I like perch a lot and have eaten it all over the world, and the Turners is terrific. Service was great as well.

There is an all you can eat option, or by the plate. There are plenty of extras/sides to choose from as well.

Serving times are 5-8PM, and arriving right at 5, I was the only diner, save for a few bar patrons, but the room quickly filled. Service was great. Prices are extremely reasonable.  I think it should be a regular stop for me, and I will try out some of their other events like “Beer & Sausage” night!  Full beverage service available.

Entrance to the building event is thru a small door in the back of the building, off the parking lot.  The address is 112 Villa Street, but the entrance to the lot is on the side street (Fulton). If you are coming from I-90, Villa Street is a continuation of Dundee Avenue, which you reach via the Illinois 25 exit.  Sample menu below, most plates are around $10.

Elgin Turners Fish Fry Review

Elgin Turners Meeting Hall

Elgin Turners Fish Fry Review

Fish fry crowd!

 

Elgin Turners Friday Nights Fish Fry

All dinners served with soup or salad, roll, cole slaw, mixed veggies, choice of France fries, sweet potato fries, loaded baked potato, baked sweet potato, onion rings, potato or American fried potatoes

All you can eat fish fry dinner. Fried haddock, perch or both

Fried Haddock Dinner

Fried Perch Dinner

10 Piece Shrimp Dinner

Combo Platter Includes? 1 piece haddock, 1 piece of perch, 2 shrimp and 2 scallops f

4 Piece Fried Chicken Dinner

3 Piece Chicken Tender Dinner 

Sandwich and kid options as well.

 

 

 

 

American Turners Fish Fry

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Art & Almas Century Inn – The $100 Breakfast, Burlington, IL

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Art * Alma's Century Inn

                      Exterior

The “$100 hamburger” is a concept, excuse, private pilots use for the equivalent of a leisurely Sunday drive; fuel up the private plane, fly someplace, eat a burger, dessert, or whatever. The $100 refers to the cost of operating the plane for that trip.

This weekend, I “discovered” a morning meal worthy of being called the “$100 Breakfast,” and whether you’re out for a Sunday drive or flight, Art & Alma’s Century Inn, in Burlington, IL, is worth your money, time and effort.

Burlington is roughly 50 miles west of Chicago’s loop, and 40 miles east of Rockford.  (There are actually a half dozen airports within five miles, if you’re actually contemplating a flight, map below).

The restaurant has been open in one form or another since 1908, and currently serves dinner six nights, and breakfast/brunch on Sundays.

This breakfast may well deserve the ‘subtitle’ of “the $35 breakfast,” as that’s about what you would pay for it at any fine hotel.  Start off your Sunday with one of the Inn’s 25 unique Bloody Mary recipes, before launching into perfectly cooked to order breakfasts, including a half dozen varieties of “Benedicts.”

I went with the “Country Boy,” which had diced sausage and bacon, a generous slab of ham, poached eggs with country gravy atop biscuits.  My pal opted for the “Mein Schatzi,” bacon, swiss, poached eggs, hollandaise and sour cream resting on potato pancakes.  There are ‘cakes, hash, french toast, and plenty of sides to choose from – later in the morning, they add sandwiches to the Sunday brunch menu.

The food was presently promptly, nice plating, cooked to perfection and the taste and flavors reflected quality ingredients. Two breakfasts, two coffees, less than $25.  Pleasant, historical ambiance, and great service, as well.

No question, hands down, my best meal of 2015, at any price.  Can’t wait to get back and try the dinner. Classic fish fry on Friday nights, and Prime Rib special, Wed, Fri, Saturday while it lasts.

Great job, Chef!

 

Art & Almas Century Inn

                        Country Boy Benedict

Art & Almas Century Inn

                               Hand Crafted Bar

Art & Almas Century Inn

                                Nearby Airstrips

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Art & Almas Century Inn

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