Sunny Side Up / Elk Grove Village, IL

Nothing better than a great skillet breakfast meal for me!  There were several to choose from here, along with all the other staples you expect from a good breakfast diner.  This strip mall beauty was clean and offered this traveler great service quickly.

My skillet breakfast included avocado slices, chorizo, jalapeno, cheddar cheese, and of course eggs, and great homemade hash brown potatoes. A very good start to a busy day.

The coffee was decent and service was just right!

This would be a great place to meet a client for a quick meal and meeting.  Very clean and comfortable.

(1142 West Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007)


Coop’s Place/ French Quarter / New Orleans

Coop’s Place is certainly not in a strip mall!   This very  unique little place is located on Decatur Street,  just across from the famous  French Market in the French Quarter in New Orleans.  You will miss it if you are not paying attention.  This is local dining at its finest.

I spent a week in New Orleans earlier this year.  I was working/staying at the Convention Center, just a short walk across Canal Street from the French Quarter.  One thing you never have to worry about in New Orleans is finding a great place to eat, they are everywhere!!  Well, that being said, I ended up eating dinner at Coop’s Place  (3) nights in a row!!!  That is how good this place is.

The menu is simple and right to the point. The food is “real” as are the servers and folks behind the bar. I licked (yes licked with my tongue)  the bowl clean the night I had pasta with chicken and Alfredo sauce!   Plenty of great fried seafood options (I have a weak spot for fried seafood in New Orleans).  Great tasting red beans and rice.  Cajun Fried Chicken very unique and tasty as well.  A great selection of beer was the icing on the cake for me.

This is really a local hang out and most tourist types will walk right by. It gets busy and full at dinner time.  Take a walk around the Quarter, have a drink somewhere and come back a bit later. Don’t miss this fantastic local treasure next time you are in New Orleans.

(1109 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116)

Bangkok House / Lansing MI

This outstanding Thai restaurant sits in a very plain,  ordinary strip mall in Lansing, MI.  Lunch time is very busy. Trying to get a seat can be a challenge, but well worth the wait.  I have been eating at this little gem for years and have never had a bad meal.  I have tried most everything on the menu and have not had anything I did not like.  The venerable Pad Thai is very good,  the Tom Yum is the best I have ever eaten, anywhere.  Consistency in food quality and service has kept me coming back for great Thai dishes for almost 10 years.

I have never eaten dinner there, but they are open later in the evening if you happen to be in town.  A great meal before a Lugnuts game for sure!!

Don’t pass this little gem when you are in Lansing.
(Bangkok House 420 East Saginaw Street Lansing, MI 48906-5255 – (517) 487-6900)

A Brief introduction

I am not sure where this blog will go.  In my rental car wandering around the suburbs of Chicago recently, I thought it might be interesting to others to have a resource of  some of the dining options lurking in the vast acres of strip malls around our country.

Your comments are encouraged.  I am not affiliated with any of the establishments mentioned here, just making very casual observations.