I’ve already shared about the great food at Flip’s in Glen Ellyn, IL…today I want to focus on their cool, vintage sign! I’m assuming the covered part is a branding issue (possibly it used to say Scala’s?), but other than that, it’s the same sign I remember from my childhood, and from who-knows-how-long before that!
In addition to the sign at Mack’s Golden Pheasant, there was one other vintage sign I knew I wanted to photograph when we traveled north last month…the sign at Malloy’s Liquors in Glen Ellyn:
I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a liquor store sign before, but this particular one stood out in my memory. I could just say it’s because it was on the way to the grocery store we went to when I was a child (which is true), and I saw it a lot, but I also remember it because sometimes my dad would go there, and they always gave me a Dum-Dums Pop when I went with him!
Chicago has a lot of great food, and the best kind of restaurant is one that has a wide selection of favorites like gyros, Italian beef and/or sausage, patty melts, and hamburgers. Flip’s in Glen Ellyn, IL, is just such a place.
Now, I know that when I lived in Wheaton, I drove by Flip’s on Roosevelt Road countless times. I don’t think I actually ate there back then, though. That all changed when we were up in the Chicago area for Frosty Faustings, and I’m glad I finally had a chance to try it out!
The interior is just what you would expect…small! Small and friendly, with a good menu, and fun vintage details:
The food was excellent. I went with my personal favorite, gyros, and they were prepared just right. Turkey was ambitious and ordered a gyro burger, and he loved it. Among other things, members of our group also tried the tuna melt (delicious) and the saganaki (also delicious).
There are many places like Flip’s all throughout Chicagoland, and if you’re visiting, you should pick one and try some of Chicago’s (delicious) native foods!
One of the things I really wanted to do while we were in the Chicago area was eat at Alfie’s Inn in Glen Ellyn. It was one of my favorite restaurants when I was a child, and I really wanted the children to see it.
The interior is amazing. The suit of armor was just as I remembered it, and they really have the cozy pub thing down!
In addition to the printed menus, you can also see their original menu (which consisted of less than a dozen items) on the walls around the restaurant:
I had to have the Sir Alfie Loinburger…before eating at Seamus, it was the best burger I’d ever had. Seamus still wins the contest, but it was nice to try The Sir Alfie again. We also had calamari, which Turkey has been wanting to try forever, and onion rings. Ryan tried the fish and chips, which was the first thing I ate there way back when, and was happy that they had malt vinegar to go along with it!
It’s no Seamus, but it’s still a good meal, and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane!
Yes, I’m talking about Seamus McDaniel’s. I still think it’s the best burger in St. Louis, and probably the best burger I’ve had anywhere, (except for maybe the Sir Alfie’s Cheeseburger at Alfie’s Inn in Glen Ellyn, IL).
I had the Seamus Burger with provel…I don’t think I’ve ever ordered anything different in all the years we’ve been going there. But when you find a good thing, you stick with it!
I love the atmosphere in the restaurant, too…it’s just a great place to go with the family.