When I am running errands in downtown Moline, Illinois, my place to go is Cup A Jo Cafe. Open for over 12 years, Cup A Jo serves breakfast, lunch, and bakery items with coffee and tea specialties as well as Italian soda, hot chocolate, and organic Oregon black Chai tea. Their menu offers fresh salads, 14 sandwiches, soup, and various hot and cold breakfast/bakery items.
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Boetje’s Mustard is a locally made with an Old World Dutch recipe. It has been stone ground and wood-aged since 1889 in Rock Island, Illinois. The recipe hasn’t changed, and for the foreseeable future, it won’t. I was recently fortunate enough to get a tour of the facility and see how and where one of the most famous products from the Quad Cities Area is made.
Jimmy’s Pancake House in both Moline, Illinois, and Bettendorf, Iowa, are family owned restaurants where “everything is made to order with fresh, quality ingredients using Jimmy’s perfected recipes.” My artists breakfast group likes to go monthly to the Moline location to enjoy lively conversation, new idea exchanges, and the delicious food.
A few years back father and son duo, Chad and Nieko Summers, started Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in East Moline, Illinois. It’s an organic community garden and garden center. They have recently taken this venture and extended into a storefront in downtown Rock Island.
Sometimes people that don’t live in the Quad Cities anymore need a little taste of home. We understand that you can’t come back every week to get your favorite ice cream, chocolate, or pizza. Or maybe you’ve visited the Quad Cities and you don’t have taco pizza like we do. We have the info from the sources on the best way to order these items.
In the West End of Davenport, on the corner of 3rd and Pine Streets, is a small little business named GruBeez. It’s an eatery that has been in operation for a little over 3 years now and is a hidden gem in the Quad Cities.
“You can’t change the world, but maybe you can make a difference for one person,” José Martinez explains. He and his family are hoping to make a difference right here in the Quad Cities, one taco at a time.
Loosely located across from the Quad City Expo Center (on the opposite side of the curve) at 2700 5th Ave. in Rock Island, Taqueria El Pendiente is owned by Hortencia Gonzalez and Agustin Martinez.
The mission behind the restaurant (besides good food) is Gonzalez’s dream – a taco pendiente.
I recently noticed a new business open up in the West End of Davenport, Chic Soiree, and decided to take a walk down to investigate. What I discovered was a delicious bakery with an amazing story behind it.
I was greeted by Sara Whelchel, a third generation cake baker, who kindly allowed me to hang out in her kitchen with her, while she frosted a cake and told me all about her new business.
Downtown Moline, Illinois, is alive with restaurants, brew pubs and locally owned shops. The area has been rejuvenated over the past several years with attractive signage and equally attractive businesses. Moline is the home of John Deere and the John Deere Pavilion is only a few blocks from one of my favorite restaurants, LemonGrass Cafe.