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Armored Gardens – BBQ, Brews, Fun!

Armored Gardens, located at 315 Pershing Ave, opened up in downtown Davenport in late October of 2017. After being open almost a year, it has quickly become a fun hotspot for all types of people, for many reasons.  Armored Gardens features craft brews, with over 100 beers on tap, and BBQ but with a few delicious twists. The bar holds the most tap handles over any other business in the Quad Cities Area. To keep up with their ever-changing list, one can download an app called “Digital Pour”, that shows just what they have on tap and how much is left, as well as various other little tidbits relating to each beer. Customers order their beers at the bar by number.

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Pee Wee’s Restaurant. It’s Good for your Soul.

There’s a new (well, new to me) MUST-TRY eatery in Rock Island and it’s called Pee Wee’s Restaurant. This family affair is run by Rock Island native, Will Clay, and named after his father. His mother greeted us while we were there and was a lovely woman. Even though it opened in Spring 2017 we just recently had a chance to try it out. Boy, are we glad we didn’t put it off any longer!

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The East Moline Paletero Project

As a teacher, pride for your students never ceases to fail. Whether a homework assignment, an extracurricular, a service activity, or something different altogether — it’s an indescribable feeling. It bubbles up inside of you, and you are bursting to the seams with joy. When they get the idea to start a business to make money for a school trip, so they can further their education, and manage to present their concepts in front of the Quad Cities Chamber, you can’t help but smile. This is exactly what my former students, Sergio Garcia, 12, and Jesús Gutierrez, 13, from my time student teaching 7th and 8th grade ESL English/Language Arts at Glenview have done to “keep their eyes on the prize” and succeed in furthering their education. 

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Top 5 Healthy Eateries in Quad Cities

It isn’t always easy to making healthy choices while dining out. For those with allergies or dietary restrictions, it can seem near impossible finding a restaurant that can cater towards specialty needs. It can be done, though! There are several places locally that provide good, healthy, food and can accommodate for most restrictions you might have when ordering out.

Here is a list of my top 5 favorite healthy eateries in the Quad Cities.

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Chinese Food Freshly Made: Ming Wah

Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant, a family owned business, has been a staple restaurant for me for over 15 years. I remember going to their first restaurant, The Golden Wok, in East Moline. From there Poi and her husband moved to the present location in Moline. The restaurant is in close proximity to many businesses and residential neighborhoods. The thing that keeps me returning to Ming Wah is the use of less oil and fresh and healthy ingredients in their dishes.

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Pop Into “Popcorn Charlie” & Company!

As a lover of popcorn, “Popcorn Charlie” & Company is one of my favorite destinations in the Quad Cities. Popcorn, cheese corn and caramel corn are the reason that I visit. Located on the north west side of Davenport, Iowa, this store is packed to the ceiling with various popcorn treats and candy in all colors and flavors. The moment that I enter the building I am greeted by the enticing aroma of freshly popped popcorn.

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Cup A Jo: Great Food, Great Drink, Great Service!

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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Jimmy’s Pancake House…It’s All Good!

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.

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