The contraption the wizards entrapped my foot in makes it difficult to stand long periods plus standing for extended periods still causes the foot to swell. I still have another week to go before my foots freedom. So most of my cooking has been limited to microwaving and frozen pizzas. Which has also meant that I have grabbed takeout meals and eaten out at restaurants way too much. That also means finding a driver and meals can get expensive. So today I am listing my favorite Quad City value restaurants I visited most over the last couple of months.
Number 1 was —> Yen Ching Express located on Avenue of the Cities, in East Moline. I think it is one of the best-kept secrets in the Quad Cities restaurant scene. You can get takeout or eat in and it does not cost a fortune, even if you are also feeding your hungry chauffeur. They make it fresh , they make to your degree of fire and they are quick. Add some eggrolls and crab rangoon and I love this place even when I am not counting my pennies.
Number 2 was—> Grinders and Spaghetti House also on Avenue of the Cities, in Moline. If it is just I, their $5 meatball sandwich is good food and a tummy filler! If you got more mouths to feed – you go for one of their family feasts to go. With the feast (takeout only) you get your choice of a half-gallon of either spaghetti, mostaccioli (I can’t spell it without spell checker, but I dang sure can eat without any help at all), ravioli, tortellini or fettuccine along with your choice of bread ( I love all their breads) and a 16″ gondola sandwich. It is enough to feed four and the cost is under $20. It is another good place to eat without breaking the piggy bank.
Number 3 was —> Golden Corral Buffet on Elmore Avenue in Davenport. A little more expensive than the first two but it is an all you can eat establishment. The best part of this place for me is that it is one of the few places that I can mix, match and choose raw vegetables to eat. Except greens (collard, spinach, mustard etc.), grilled peppers, onions and corn I am not a big eater of cooked vegetables other than in soups. I usually tried to schedule the foot-wizard appointments on Thursdays because on that day at the Corral is also shish kabob day. Their beef kabobs are a little chewy but I like prefer their sausage kabobs with a little grilled pineapple anyway.
Number 4 was—> Harlans, also over in Davenport. Harlans is on all my lists of restaurants. I have mentioned before, I like their food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. They not a fancy place but I think they prepare some of the best fried-chicken in the area. Plus they also prepare my favorite Onion Rings in the area. Over the last couple of years it has become my favorite Quad City restaurant. (I also am a fan of the fast food joint Culvers when craving takeout fried-chicken.)
Number 5 was —> Mr. Pandas on 1st Avenue in Silvis. I have been pleasantly surprised ever since the place opened. The restaurant is very small but I usually get takeout even when my foot is not on strike. They have a good-sized menu. Any food I have ordered has been tasty yet inexpensive for eating out. Price and selection make this a great value for eating takeout. Even better it is close to the home of volunteer chauffeurs willing to make a food run for me.
Does anyone else have any less-expensive local restaurants they frequent? I have to admit I also ordered from all my favorite pizza joints previously mentioned, several times. I also grabbed takeout from Rudys Tacos more than once. I even grabbed a ½ lb burrito or some chalupas from Taco Bell a few times. (The burritos and chalupas really aren’t too bad for fast food.) Still I am glad the foot will soon be freed from its prison and the cook-stove and I can strike up a relationship again. Sigh, of course it will soon be hot and that will limit cooking. On the bright side, by then the garden should be producing tomatoes and cucumbers, if this cold streak ever ends. On a down note I tried the new KFC Smoky Chipotle Crispy chicken and was greatly disappointed. My fault really – because I was hoping for something more along the lines of Popeyes spicy hot chicken. The KFC product was edible but it was not what I wanted.
On a side thought am I the only person that does not understand why KFC chooses to sell beef gravy instead of chicken gravy to accompany their chicken. !!!!!!YUCK!!!!!!