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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Camp Grant Restaurant and Museum

This is where we ate lunch yesterday. It doesn't look like much, but once inside this building you'll find out why it is a very popular place in our town. This building is the original building from the time of the two world wars. It was used as an induction and muster out center for Camp Grant. Camp Grant came into being in the early months of WW I. In two months time 1100 buildings were built ....the year 1917. Named Camp Grant after President Ulysses S Grant.This camp housed 50,000 officers and enlisted men. The building was a active Army site until  1924 when it was turned over to the Illinois Nat'l Guard.Today one of the original buildings is this little restaurant/museum. It looks small on the outside, but inside you'd never know it. It is filled to the brim with memorabilia of the wars. A very interesting place for both men and women...and the kids really enjoy looking at the old "Army stuff" I took my grandsons here a while back and they loved it.

The Command Post Restaurant has many delicious breakfasts to choose from all day.

PRIVATES include hamburgers, pork tenderloins, ham, barbeque's, and much more. 

OFFICERS is a collection of several dinners such as the GENERAL, a pork tenderloin,

and the MAJOR, a chopped steak.

DESSERTS and SOUPS are made fresh daily in our kitchen.

Here are Stanley and Yolanda the proprietors of this unique building. Yolanda meets you at the door and Stanley is the "bus boy" He actually helps with everything ...including setting up the tables and keeping things going smoothly. 

This is the dining room. The cleanest restaurant I have ever been in. Right now the tables are covered with checked oilcloth tablecloths in bright colors. We went in and were waited on immediately. The special of the day was a cod basket, which we both had. A very reasonable price. Everything is homemade in their, I'm sure, tiny kitchen. Homemade pies are their speciality for dessert.

The walls are covered with memorabilia. After eating you can go through the maze of this small building. Every nook and cranny has something on display. 
 Little scenes are set up. This is a typical scene from the bunkhouse in the days of the wars.

 The treasures go to the top of the room. Things like planes are hanging from the ceiling.
 A typical dining room back home during the war. 

This is one of our treasures close to home. The food is excellent, the service is great, and the entertainment is all on the walls. They also give tours and host special Army "mess" meals. Joe was mentioning to Yolanda that his Dad used to talk about Camp Grant stew. Yolanda told him that the stew is on special Tuesday. I think that we will be eating there on Tuesday...remembering back to the days of the war.


Barbee' said...

Mmmm, I love cod! Be sure to let us know about the Camp Stew. Such an interesting place! Never seen anything like it.

Margie's Musings said...

How interesting! You find the best places!

patsy said...

I was wrong

Balisha said...

Hi Barbee...The cod was very good. We're going to eat here during Lent next year. Always looking for good fish.

Balisha said...

Hi Margie...We often have places right in our own towns that we never try. This is off the beaten path and so many people have enjoyed eating there. It's like eating with history all around you.

Balisha said...

Hi Patsy...Thanks for reading today. I just sort of remembered her speaking at the last convention...I guess this year we will have both candidates wives to listen to.

Jan said...

What an great place for lunch. Jx