The restaurant featured last week was Mac’s Time Out Lounge, found at 315 Belle St. in Alton. Not only was the food incredibly good, but if one wanted to take a flutter on the ponies, this is the place! I heard that a big party is planned for Derby Day!
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My regular dining companion and I were far from home and in need of sustenance. It seemed as though every restaurant we passed was closed. Finally, I saw a place that looked open and my companion was able to get a parking place right in front.
When we walked in, we both said, “Wow, this is big!” The dining room was long and divided down the middle with booths. There were many long tables arranged all over the room. The other half of the room was just as large. The walls were Colonial yellow, with a shelf all along them about seven feet up. Toys, foliage and Americana ranged over the top of the walls. The three feet of wall from the shelf up to the ceiling was red.
On the left side of the restaurant was a cold case with huge servings of pie and cake. A whiteboard listed the regular and sugar-free varieties of dessert. Farther down, several narrow shelves held coffee mugs. Each mug was emblazoned with someone’s name. I could imagine a regular customer going to the shelves, taking down his or her mug, then sitting down and waiting for the coffee.
At the end of the room was a small salad bar, with hot soup, fresh greens and all the necessary accouterments for a yummy and healthful salad.
A whiteboard in the middle of the room listed the specials, but because of the time of day, my companion and I wanted breakfast. We sat down at a booth closest to the board, and had menus and flatware-in-a-napkin in a flash. Our speedy server asked what we wanted to drink, and we ordered lemonade, as per usual. She delivered the drinks so quickly that I didn’t even see her bring it. She gave us plenty of time to look over the menu. I ordered two eggs, bacon and pancakes. My friend requested a “farmer’s special” with three eggs, two sausage links, hash browns and toast.
I checked out the restrooms while waiting for the food. There were two, and the room for women was clean and fragrant.
When our food arrived, I was given two very large pancakes, buttery spread, maple-flavored syrup, scrambled eggs and four slices of crispy bacon. My companion praised the three over-easy eggs, hash browns, sausage and toast.
Mints and toothpicks were available by the cold case, but we paid from the table. Drinks were $1.99 each, my meal was $4.89 and my companion’s meal was $5.39.
Overall – 4 stars
Service – 4 stars
Cleanliness – 3 stars
Food – 4 stars
Can you figure out the name and location of this family restaurant? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
The Secret Diner