Mom & Pop Family restaurants project discussions

 

After consulting with Miss POI I am going to upload a starter file for Mom & Pop family restaurants. There will probably be a few that have specialized menus such as Italian or Mexican, but I am trying to keep the list predominately non chain privately owned restaurants that have a varied menu and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The file I am starting with is restaurants in southern WI and northern IL. If this project is to keep going It's going to take input from everyone on their favorite restaurants.

POI Files

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The file is not up, let's

The file is not up, let's get it filled eveyone!!!

I want to see these little guys staying in business.

Miss POI

Mom & Pop Family restaurants

miss poi wrote:

The file is not up, let's get it filled eveyone!!!

I want to see these little guys staying in business.

Miss POI

I guess I'm the only one that eats out.

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2 updates

Keller's
119 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA

Merts Heart & Soul
214 North College St
Charlotte NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

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another update...

Great place to eat in Franklin, TN, 20 minutes of Nashville. Unfortunately no breakfast except for brunch on Sunday but great food otherwise. We try to eat there whenever we are in the area.

The Franklin Chop House
1101 Mufreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37067

(615) 591-7666

-86.838384,35.916304

coordinates

a_user wrote:

Keller's
119 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA

Merts Heart & Soul
214 North College St
Charlotte NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

Do you have any coordinates for these?

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try here

Don B wrote:
a_user wrote:

Keller's
119 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA

Merts Heart & Soul
214 North College St
Charlotte NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

Do you have any coordinates for these?

http://www.itouchmap.com/latlong.html

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Don't work that way

a_user wrote:
Don B wrote:
a_user wrote:

Keller's
119 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA

Merts Heart & Soul
214 North College St
Charlotte NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

Do you have any coordinates for these?

http://www.itouchmap.com/latlong.html

Sorry, submitting locations just don't work that way

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Two Brothers

Not a Mom & Pop, but a great little diner run by two brothers in Clintonville, OH

Wildflower Cafe
3420 Indianola Ave
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 262-2233
-83.000585, 40.033642
http://www.wildflowercafe.biz/index.html

Or is it you don't want to be bothered looking them up?

Don B wrote:
a_user wrote:
Don B wrote:
a_user wrote:

Keller's
119 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA

Merts Heart & Soul
214 North College St
Charlotte NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

Do you have any coordinates for these?

http://www.itouchmap.com/latlong.html

Sorry, submitting locations just don't work that way

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looking them up

a_user wrote:
Don B wrote:
a_user wrote:
Don B wrote:
a_user wrote:

Keller's
119 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA

Merts Heart & Soul
214 North College St
Charlotte NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

Do you have any coordinates for these?

http://www.itouchmap.com/latlong.html

Sorry, submitting locations just don't work that way

These are supposed to be restaurants that you have eaten at and recommend. I or any of the other people on this site that furnish people updates for their files also furnish coordinates. I can look in any online phonebook and get names of restaurants anywhere in the USA. Like I said, it don't work that way. End of argument.

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Al Bawadi Grill

Mediterranean/Arabic food restaurant

I ate there few times(70 miles from my house)excellent food

Al Bawadi Grill

7216 W 87th Street

Bridgeview, IL 60455

http://www.albawadigrill.com

41.73397,-87.801236

Stobie's Family Restaurant

Stobie's
805 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR. 72034
501-327-5447
-92.454269 35.088607

Family dining at it's finest!

One of my absolute favorites...

Run by Bob & Cece Castle and nestled at the Western base of Shenandoah National Park, this quaint little roadside restaurant is open every day and serves the most awesome country cooking (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at budget-conscious prices. They have a great buffet or you can order from a full menu. Everything I've tried on the menu is great, but their chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes is my favorite! The place is motorcycle friendly and the atmosphere is as casual as it gets. Out of respect for the many geriatric retirees in the area, please leave the parking spots in front of the restaurant free. Be sure to check out the peacocks in the gazebo on the left side of the parking lot...

Brookside Restaurant
2978 US Highway 211 E
Luray, VA 22835
800-299-2655
540-743-5698
http://www.brooksidecabins.com/restaurant.html

-78.380407, 38.669386

Gracie's Restaurant - Maryville, TN

-83.95235, 35.78118, Gracie's Restaurant‎
766 Lincoln Rd, Maryville, TN 37804, (865) 984-7117

Louis Family Restaurant

Family run and around for decades. Great breakfast. Located outside Lancaster PA in Rohrerstown.
2211 Marietta Ave
Rohrerstown, PA 17603-2221

(717) 392-6759‎
Long -76.360541°
Lat 40.053307°

Farm House

Great place for breakfast...

Farm House
228 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234-5775
(480) 926-0676
-111.790069, 33.354595

One in Missouri

Rothschild Family Restaurant
1026 East 5th. Street
Washington, Mo. 63090
636/239-7112
38.5514231
-91.0004074

One in Missouri

Thanks. Will add it.

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I must have missed these.

Don: I have eaten at some of those places in S. Wisconsin with Leystras in Sauk City being my favorite. I will put together my list soon.
.. If anyone can add more M&Ps for Iowa that would be good. We find precious few in our trips across on the old two-lane roads.
Bob
Aledo IL

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3 in Kansas

Otto's Cafe
711 N Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS 66762
620-231-6110
-97.6308, 39.8241

Old 56 Family Restaurant
912 S Chesnut St
Olathe, KS 66061
913-390-9905
-94.8182, 38.8698

Bigfoot Freddy's
1301 18th St
Belleville, KS 66935
-97.6308, 39.8241
Couldn't find a phone number for this one. They've been open for about 6 months, but still don't show up in an online search.

Coordinates

kevputo wrote:

Otto's Cafe
711 N Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS 66762
620-231-6110
-97.6308, 39.8241

Old 56 Family Restaurant
912 S Chesnut St
Olathe, KS 66061
913-390-9905
-94.8182, 38.8698

Bigfoot Freddy's
1301 18th St
Belleville, KS 66935
-97.6308, 39.8241
Couldn't find a phone number for this one. They've been open for about 6 months, but still don't show up in an online search.

Bigfoot Freddy's and Otto's cafe have the same coordinates.

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oops

Sorry about that. Must have went cross-eyed looking at my notes or something.

-97.6308, 39.8241 is correct for Bigfoot Freddy's.

Otto's is:
-94.7050, 37.4144

Kevin

Grammy's

Grammy's Country Inn
Address: 1687 Bangor Rd
Linneus,Maine 04730
(207) 532-7808

46.101848, -67.872186
Need to have a good appetite..servings are huge..food is excellent..good prices too.

Name change

kevputo wrote:

Sorry about that. Must have went cross-eyed looking at my notes or something.

-97.6308, 39.8241 is correct for Bigfoot Freddy's.

Otto's is:
-94.7050, 37.4144

Kevin

I was looking to see if I could come up with a phone number for Bigfoot Freddy's and came up with the following:

Main Street Bar & Grill
1301 18th Street
Belleville, KS 66935-2209
(785) 527-5171

Same address, do you suppose they changed the name of the restaurant or it has new owners?

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New Owners/Management

Don B wrote:

I was looking to see if I could come up with a phone number for Bigfoot Freddy's and came up with the following:

Main Street Bar & Grill
1301 18th Street
Belleville, KS 66935-2209
(785) 527-5171

Same address, do you suppose they changed the name of the restaurant or it has new owners?

It is under new ownership (or at least new management) and has been renovated to be a family restaurant rather than a bar, so I think the number is probably different.

I'm actually heading that way this this weekend and will likely have breakfast there Saturday, so I'll try to remember to jot down the number.

Kevin

Here's Two For Iowa (and a few other places)

My wife and I were visiting Iowa in May and found this wonderful restaurant. It is actually a small chain, but but the atmosphere is like a Mom & Pop place. You'd better bring a BIG appetite, because they cater to farm hands who like to eat!

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Des Moines)
11151 Hickman Road
(I-80 & 35/ Exit 125)
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
Ph: 515.270.6818
41.615875,-93.772173

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Davenport)
7250 Northwest Blvd
(I-80/Exit 292)
Davenport, Iowa 52806
Ph: 563.391.2427
41.595041,-90.614408

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Lake Elmo)
8515 Hudson Boulevard
(I-94 & Innwood Ave, Hwy 13 Ex. 250)
Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042
Ph: 651.735.7436
44.952362,-92.932663

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Rockford)
7475 East State Street
(I-90 & Business 20)
Rockford, Illinois 61108
Ph: 815.229.3276
42.269251,-88.971019

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Appleton)
220 North Fox River Drive
(Hwy 41 & College Ave/ Exit 137)
Grand Chute, Wisconsin 54913
Ph: 920.830.2326
44.263527,-88.468405

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thanks

Shooter wrote:

My wife and I were visiting Iowa in May and found this wonderful restaurant. It is actually a small chain, but but the atmosphere is like a Mom & Pop place. You'd better bring a BIG appetite, because they cater to farm hands who like to eat!

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Des Moines)
11151 Hickman Road
(I-80 & 35/ Exit 125)
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
Ph: 515.270.6818
41.615875,-93.772173

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Davenport)
7250 Northwest Blvd
(I-80/Exit 292)
Davenport, Iowa 52806
Ph: 563.391.2427
41.595041,-90.614408

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Lake Elmo)
8515 Hudson Boulevard
(I-94 & Innwood Ave, Hwy 13 Ex. 250)
Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042
Ph: 651.735.7436
44.952362,-92.932663

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Rockford)
7475 East State Street
(I-90 & Business 20)
Rockford, Illinois 61108
Ph: 815.229.3276
42.269251,-88.971019

The Machine Shed Restaurant (Appleton)
220 North Fox River Drive
(Hwy 41 & College Ave/ Exit 137)
Grand Chute, Wisconsin 54913
Ph: 920.830.2326
44.263527,-88.468405

I am familiar with this chain, we eat in the one in Rockford occasionally. I appreciate your efforts and your input but I would like to keep my file as I originally intended, small privately owned family restaurants that the submitter has eaten in and can vouch for the quality of the food. The small Machine Shed chain would be a good one for you to publish as a stand alone POI.

I would like to get your input on some mom & pop places in your area though, I don't think I have much from the Fort Worth area.

Don

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Fair Enough, Try This One...

A lot of the local M&Ps have closed down, but one that is still open is Julie's Fresh Kitchen. We know the owners. They have a menu you can order from, but the best deals are the daily specials. I particularly like the pot roast (Monday) and Chicken pot pie (Saturday).

Julie's Fresh Kitchen
6256 McCart Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76133
(817)263-6070
Monday - Saturday 6:30am - 8:30pm
Closed Sunday
32.654425,-97.363721

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The Little Owl Geneva IL.

The Little Owl Restaurant
And
Flagstone Pub

101 West State St.
Geneva IL 60134

Latitude = 41.8875, Longitude = -88.3054

Website: http://www.littleowlrestaurant.com/index.html

I highly recommend their burgers.

I'm new to getting the Lat.-Long. points, forgive me if its not exact.

2 nearby & one in Nebraska

Depot
233 North Main Street, Ainsworth, NE (402) 387-1201
42.54782 -99.86266
Located 2 blocks off US 20. Great lunch specials everyday. Call before your trip & they will fix anything you like that day.

Milk House Diner
1003 13th Street, Viola, IL (309) 596-2131
41.21071, -90.58707
On US 67. Attached Ice Cream Stand

Boon Docks Inc
119 West Main St. Joy, IL 61260
(309) 584-9977
41.196668, -90.879792
Great Food always. They raised their prices & did not lose any business.
Pan fried chicken dinners every Sunday.

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Since 1857

Hays House
112 West Main Street, Council Grove, KS
(620) 767-5911
38.66150, -96.48969
This is an old stage coach stop. Beautifully restored.
Like a museum. The owner showed us around & told us the history. The steaks were pricey, but worth the money.

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Durfs

Durf's Family Restaurant
150 N Main St
Fairport NY 14450
585-377-9879

-77.441042, 43.106541

Bob, the owner, is usually off hunting or fishing. This is probably a good thing because Jill, Bob's daughter and his countless other children and grandchildren, seem to be more creative and less conservative in the menu choices. All the breakfast and lunches are top notch. They close early 3PM, but open at 6AM.

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A few more from my files

Dino's Restaurant
2001 US-1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
772-465-5217
-80.33701, 27.47350
Evening hours only.
This place is popular with the elderly.

Dave’s Diner
1011 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3143
(772) 460-2810
-80.30196, 27.46375
Very small café with friendly employees. Breakfast specials

Busy Corner Restaurant
302 S Eureka St, Goodfield, IL
(309) 965-2361
-89.27544, 40.62640
Google Maps shows old location.
New building and same great food.
East of Peoria on I-74

Aunt Bea’s Café
113 Broadway Street
West Burlington, IA 52665
319-754-1442
-91.15665, 40.82515
The Sunday food is not as good as the other days.

OC Café
550 South Main Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320-2138
(270) 274-0260
-86.87729, 37.39417
Old building, down home cooking.

The Junction Inn
Jct hwys 19 & 154
Perry, MO 63462
573-565-3620
-91.63541, 39.43057
New building, nice interior

Twist & Shout
600 Schulyer St, Oquawka, IL 61469
(309) 867-6022
-90.950876, 40.932966
Pizza & Ice Cream only. Open 4pm to 10pm. Closed M-T-W
Used to be a burger joint.
The owner & wife have a nice collection of racing stuff....I included this place just because it is SO mom & pop.

Farm House Restaurant
119 West Main Street
Branson, MO 65616-2765
(417) 334-9701
-93.218013, 36.644295
This one has good salad bar with great soups & the best blackberry cobbler in whole world.
The entrees are not as good as in the past.

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one more fav

Twin Rocks Cafe
913 East Navajo Twins Drive, Bluff, UT (800) 526-3448
-109.54839, 37.28690
Best Beef Stew ever.

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Additional restaurant

Here is an independent restaurant that we always go to when we are in the Puget Sound (Seattle) area. It serves only breakfast and lunch (open 7-2) but has great food and is always busy even though it is in an out-of-the-way location.

Malty Cafe
8809 Maltby Road
Snohomish, Washington, 98296
425 483-3123

I actually live 1100 miles away, and I'm at home right now, so I had to get the coordinates from MS Streets and Trips. They are:

47.82508 N 122.11445 W

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Some Upstate NY Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite non chain eateries.

Fantastic BBQ and other items. Very good sides

Bad To the Bone Barbecue
5120 New York 104
NY 14589-9624
(315) 589-9252
Full-screen
43.235727,-77.138676

Make this one for lunch or early supper because they don't stay open late. Great variety of food and chocolate.

Original Candy Kitchen
4069 W Main St
Williamson, NY 14589
(315) 589-9085
43.223892,-77.187078

This one is a bar with a restaurant on the side. Good food and right on a beautiful bay off Lake Ontario.

Captain Jacks
8505 Greig Street
Sodus Point, NY 14555-9752
(315) 483-9570
Full-screen
43.269343,-76.978848

For a great Burger or a Dog with ice cream for desert.

Hanks
235 North Ave
Webster, NY 14580
(585) 872-0824
43.218763,-77.429949

Greek Food lots of lunch specials and very good suppers.

Konstantinou's
2030 Rt 104
Ontario, NY 14519
(315) 524-8238 ‎
43.227038,-77.282531

None of these places are fancy but they get 90% of our business when we eat out locally.

Jim...

Here is a great Mom & Pop

Here is a great Mom & Pop Family Restaurant in the literal sense of the word. The same family has been running it for over 40 years. The original Mom & Pop have retired, turning the operation of the cafe over to the next generation, with no visible drop in the quality of the food.

The correct full name is "Jongewaard's Bake and Broil", but everyone just calls it "Bake and Broil". All of the food is good, but their Lemon Lush pie was voted "Best Pie in Long Beach", and their Red Velvet cake is definitely sinful!

Bake and Broil
3679 Atlantic
Long Beach, CA
(562) 595-0396

33.82413 N
118.18515 W

I marked the location with my GPS the last time I was there, but I have not figured out yet how to extract the coordinates from my Tomtom XXL540, so I got the above values from MS Streets & Trips.

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Phoenix area independent cafe

On a visit to Phoenix, Arizona last weekend, we had Sunday breakfast at a small cafe recommended by my daughter, who lives in the neighborhood. It is just west of I-10 on Warner Ave. The details are:

Hillside Spot Cafe
4740 East Warner
Phoenix, AZ, 85044
(480) 705-7768

N 33º 19.912'
W 111º 58.969'

These coordinates are actually slightly off the street, as they were actually recorded inside the cafe itself. The cafe is in an open-air mall at the corner of 48th Street and Warner, and is set back somewhat from either street, although it is closest to 48th Street. FWIW, they have a web site on which you can see the menu.

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Heritage Farm Pancake House

This place only serves breakfast, but they deserve the exposure. It's a small, operating farm that grows/raises most of what they serve on site (and locally sources the rest). They even make their own maple syrup, and it's good! smile On your first trip there, you will think you are lost - you drive on some small roads that seem to go into the middle of nowhere, and just when you're sure you need to turn around and head back, you're there. Good food served family style, reasonably priced, and great rustic atmosphere.

Heritage Farm Pancake House
16 Parker Hill Road
Sanbornton, NH 03269
Phone: (603)524-5400
http://www.heritagefarmpancakehouse.com/home.htm
43.508698, -71.549942

Palace Grill - Chicago's Best Breakfast

Palace Grill Restaurant
1408 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-9529

41°52'54.41"N 87°39'44.92"W
Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

The best breakfast in Chicago, no question about it. George the owner is always there making sure that everything is going well.

Check it out with Yelp
http://www.yelp.com/biz/palace-grill-chicago

Hillside Diner, Oswegatchie, NY

Hillside Diner
Rt. 3, Oswegatchie, NY
315-848-2340
44.206881, -75.072412

Real home cooking in Adirondack country. I make a point of stopping there whenever I'm in the area. Randy and Petrea have kept me coming back for years.

Wed-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 9am-7pm, closed Mon & Tue

Love good BBQ!

Several very good BBQ places in my area. All are small and specialize in "home cooking".

BBQ Two 20
1560 Superior Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-631-4227
(33.632934, -117.925647)

Beachwood BBQ
131 ½ Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740
562-493-4500
Lunch & Dinner Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30 to 9:30
info@beachwoodbbq.com
(33.741081, -118.105428)

BT's Southern BBQ
7144 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hours of operation:
M-Th 11-8,
Fri & Sat 11-9,
Sun 11-5
(33.730063, -118.005464)

Hungry Al's BBQ
116 No. Vincent Ave.
West Covina, CA 91709
Hours:
Sunday 12pm-8:00pm
Monday 11am-9:00pm
Tuesday -CLOSED-
Wed-Fri 11am-9:00pm
Saturday 12pm-9:00pm
(34.08668002952531, -117.93977737426758)

Missouri

Steve's Family Dining
117 North Morgan Street
Kahoka, MO 63445
(660) 727-1067
-91.7207 40.4206
Buffet lunch and full menu.
On the town square.

Becky's Restaurant
US 24 and Holman St.
Madison MO, 65263
-92.20614 39.47398

Daily Specials
Recently moved from downtown.

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2 more in Northern Iowa

Lincoln Cafe
1214 8th AV
Belle Plaine IA 52208
(319) 444-2228
-92.27667 41.89679
Great specials + ice cream

7 Stars Family Restaurant
709 4th St SE
Hampton, IA 50441
(641)-456-5378
-93.20252 42.73508
10 senior specials for $5.95

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Woodruff, SC Diner/ Buffet

The Mustard Seed BBQ & Country Cooking
Not to be confused with similar named restaurant in ATL.
2000 SJ Workman Hwy
Woodruff, SC 29388
Phone number (864) 476-8700
34.7458, -81.9727

Some maps still call this Woodruff Hwy.
Open 11 am - 8 pm 7 days
Fantastic lunch & supper buffet. Breakfast on Saturdays.
Menus are posted on their Facebook page daily.

It's been a while

It's been a while since there was any activity in this thread and POI.

Here's a kick starter for those of you that happen to be in the Greenville SC/Asheville NC area.

Huckleberry's Restaurant and Bakery
62 N. Trade St
Tryon, NC 28782
828-436-0025

35.209168,-82.239011

The menu features Farm to Table cuisine and was started by a 16 year-old young lady that has gone on to complete her formal training as a chef.

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Charlie's Cafe Freeport MN

Charlie's Cafe
115 Main St E
Freeport, MN 56331
320-836-2105

-94.689546, 45.663425

Just off I-94 between Fargo and the Twin Cities
Excellent home cooking at a great price
may look small and crowded, always has a table open & fast great service

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