Area restaurants offer something for every taste

HOWARD COUNTY - Are you tired of preparing the same meals for yourself week after week? Leave the food preparation, kitchen cleaning and dish-washing to someone else and enjoy a dining experience at one of the Howard County eating establishments featured in the Cresco Times’ Restaurant Guide.
Whether you crave breakfast, burgers, pizza or ice cream, there is a Howard County restaurant ready to serve you.
A&W/Long John Silvers: Located on Highway 9 West, Cresco. Features daily lunch specials. The menu includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, fried cheese curds, fish meals, fish sandwiches, kids’ menu, ice cream, fountain drinks and root beer.
Wayne Mashek and staff are happy to serve you from the drive-thru, which has been very popular in the past year; the privacy room; or outside at the picnic tables with an umbrella.
Looking for something even more special? Stop by the last Wednesday of each month in the spring, summer and fall by attending the Cruise to Cresco. Car enthusiasts come from all over to show off their antique cars, trucks and motorcycles. They are very excited to talk about their “babies!”
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone: 563-547-3112.
The CONEction: Located at 225 N. Elm Street, downtown Cresco, The CONEction features breakfast served all day, a full lunch menu, weekend supper ribeyes and baked cod (lobster tails second weekend of each month). Top it off with ice cream (hard serve). Customers may also build their own ice cream treat. Follow them on Facebook for the latest information.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; FridaySaturday: 10 a.m.-close (8 p.m. or later). Phone: 563- 3808271.
Fat T’s Cafe: The restaurant, located at 128 North Elm, Cresco, is the only place around to serve a large selection of panini sandwiches, which are served with chips and a pickle slice. Some of their customers’ favorites include the Fat T melt with ham, turkey and bacon, along with cheddar and Swiss cheese and chipotle mayo; the Reuben has corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and 1,000 Island dressing; and the Carnivore has four cheeses along with beef, ham, turkey and bacon and is seasoned with pickles and chipotle mayo.
The downtown Cresco business also has daily lunch specials, salad bar, soup, burgers, pizzas and more.
Free coffee is available with any dine-in basket or meal. Other special beverages
include Spring Grove pop and real fruit smoothies with many flavors. In addition, a protein, energy and veggie boost can be added to the smoothies.
The Fatty Wagon is soon to be on the road again, delivering food to different companies in the area, as well as random stops in Cresco. Look for them at area summer events as well.
There is delivery anywhere in the town of Cresco from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday ($10 minimum order for deliveries). Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday: 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Phone: 563-5471060.
The Fireman’s Inn: Located at 660 County Street Ridgeway. Featuring a variety of pizzas, burgers, salads, sandwiches. A prime rib special is held on the second Saturday of each month.
Dine-in and carry-out options are available. An outdoor seating area is also available.
Some of the favorite pizzas ordered at Fireman’s Inn include The Suunyside, The Ridgeview, Bucky Bear, Taco, Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Hawaiian, Veggie, Sweet Swine, Meatza and Fireman Favorite.
New menu item: ‘Da Protein’ pizza, featuring nine types of meat, covered in cheese and topped with Sloppy Joe.
And what goes best with a nice hot and sometimes spicy pizza . . . a draft beer. The Fireman’s Inn has one of the largest varieties of tap beer in the area. Some local favorites include Gable, Pseudo Sue, Pompeii, Good Old Potosi, Cloud City NEIPA, Breakfast Beer, West Union Berliner Weisse, Hawkey Honey Cider, New Hampton Raspberry Kolsch, Grain Belt BLU and PBR.
Hours: Monday: 4-8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Phone: 563-7372221.
The Fort: Located at 100 Oak Street, Fort Atkinson. Open for dine-in or carry-out. Home of the original Flashburger. Offering lunch specials and soups.
Some of the weekly specials include a bucket of beer on football Saturday and wings on Sunday. Make sure to ask for the house special of honey mustard sauce, which is made from scratch.
Tuesday is Busch Light Night for $1.75. Bucket of beer and wings are also a special on Wednesday night, and Thursday it is $1.50 for a can of beer.
Come for good people, good drinks, and even better eats. Follow them on Facebook.
Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
McAllister Catering and Heritage Event Center: Located at 229 3rd Avenue, Cresco.
The year 2020 forced a change, with most meals being carry out. Now that things are opening up, there is still some carry out, but diners are getting back to their weekly date nights with their significant other.
Friday night fish buffet is a great night to enjoy a meal out. The buffet carries several vegetables and desserts, along with various meat selections.
Wednesday noon specials are always a great way to celebrate hump day during the work week.
Over the years, McAllister’s has gained a pretty good following on their specially-made pizzas, They are available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, for an easy meal for mom or dad. Some customers favorites are Veggie, Everything, Bacon Cheeseburger, Hawaiian, All Meat, Breakfast, Taco, BBQ Beef and Chicken Bacon Jalapeño Ranch.
A person might need a nice cold brew to go along with the last one, which is available for dine-in as well.
Mike McAllister is also getting more wedding banquet requests, funeral meals, reunions, private parties and work parties. Call to make arrangements.
Phone: 563-380-3146 or follow their Facebook page.
Sue-Z-Q’s: Located at 726 2nd Avenue SE., Cresco. Featuring fine food and family dining, including breakfast all day.
It takes a special person to enjoy liver and onions, which is on the noon special menu every once-in-a-while, including on Monday, May 17.
One of the yummy desserts served at Sue-Z-Q’s Family Dining is hard ice cream from WW Homestead Dairy!
Tuesday’s special is country-fried chicken, Wednesday has lemon garlic cod on the menu, with chicken cordon bleu on Thursday. Friday is breaded ravioli and meatballs. Saturday’s special is always hot roast beef.
The following week, May 23-29, Sunday-Saturday includes lasagna, meatloaf, country-fried steak, tuna and noodles, pork cutlets, roast beef sliders and hot roast beef.
After those nice big meals, if you have room for dessert, there are always an assortment of pies and other treats. They have a soft-serve ice cream machine for cones or bowls, as well as hard ice cream, both are available in a variety of flavors.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 563-5475992.


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