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  • - April 28th, 2014, 8:02 am
    - April 28th, 2014, 8:02 am Post #31 - April 28th, 2014, 8:02 am
    Psst.. this time of year, its 10-15 degrees warmer out west of the city. Did the Quad Cities 2 Saturdays in a row, and last weekend it was a quick - solo shot down to Peoria to take care of some business. - 76 and sunny where I was at on Sat..

    I had a short window and a few spots to hit before I could shoot over to the shrimp farm in El Paso, IL. More on that later.. First stop was for some meat. I had read about Pottstown Meat and Deli on here from "likestoeatout", and checked them out a little more. They offer Kilgus Farms pork and beef. For those not aware, Route 24 the portion from Peoria east to about I-57 is a hotbed of farms -dairy, pork, beef.. most of which sell to the public. I usually hit Alwan Meats in Peoria, but I think Pottstown will be my choice from now on., the pork, snack sticks and beef I got from them was great and affordable.

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    this is a Kilgus Farms, aged bone-in sirloin.: $15 for the steak, not $15/Lb....:

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    found a window in the rain yesterday afternoon to put it to the fire:
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    Not crapping ya, that was the best steak I have ever cooked at home, in the top 5 of all time.

    Pottstown Meat & Deli
    4700 N. University
    Peoria, IL.

    http://www.pottstownmeat.com/

    Next stop was a bakery that has been around since 1861, Trefzgers,

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    had to get a number and wait in line, but the time it was my turn my order had gone from only some smiley face cookies to a loaf of cinnamon bread, and a blueberry coffee cake.. Blueberry coffee cake was top notch. Another spot Ill be going back to.

    Trefzger's Bakery
    3504 N. Prosect
    Peoria, IL.

    http://www.trefzgerbakery.com/Home.html

    Alright, time for a drink, Castles Patio Inn, healthy pours of bourbon, cheap beer, and complimentary cheese spread and crackers.

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    btw this spot, and the cheese spread recipe are for sale...

    Castles Patio Inn
    802 W. Loucks
    Peoria, IL.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Castles- ... 7227398118

    In order to hear about the food stops you gotta ride along for some of the shit I am interested in...

    Saw WSP at the Madison theatre back on 7/16/99 - hot night, hot show - theater has been closed down since around 2003 - Fire codes.. Built in 1920 as a silent movie house:

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    here is that show for those looking to open their minds:
    http://www.panicstream.com/vault/widesp ... peoria-il/

    Madison Theater
    502 Main
    Peoria, IL.

    The reason for my trip down to the Peoria area was to hit a saltwater shrimp farm in El Paso, IL. - maybe 30 mins from Peoria. THe Steiner Family Farm, I had been in touch with them since last year trying to get some shrimp, once the weather broke and I got the word they had shrimp I was on my way.

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    http://www.thesteinerfarm.com/

    REad about them in a few press articles:

    http://www.pjstar.com/x1522315445/El-Pa ... ll-kicking

    Got a bag of fresh Pacific White shrimp - 1# -@ $18, about $1 per shrimp as there were 15-18 in the bag. They were still moving a little as they had recently been pulled from the tanks.

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    boiled some off for a shrimp and egg salad served with crackers.. The shrimp popped and the eggs I got on the farm were fantastic as well:

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    The others I grilled and tossed in with some mahi I was grilling:

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    Big fan of these folks and hope they can make it work:

    Steiner Farm
    2298 County Road 800N
    El Paso, IL.

    Nice quick shot into a fun area of the state. - I ran out of time on this visit, & I have at least 5-6 more interesting food and drink places to visit - of course some fried chicken and more fun. Maybe this upcoming Sat.

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