Haynes’ on Main — May 7, 2017

We’d been spending much of our time on a major home improvement project, and it finally was done. Well, nearly done. So we declared that this particular Sunday was for riding. Our summer vacation was less than two months away, and I’d barely been on the bike. It definitely was time to get back in the saddle.

Debating where to eat, I realized that I had yet to write about one of my favorite lunch places —Haynes’ on Main in Mackinaw.

The trip to Mackinaw from our house is relatively short, but we took a more scenic route to enjoy the wind time as long as possible. For some reason, I felt the need to cheese for the camera a bit before heading in.

Outside Haynes on Main

We have arrived at Haynes’ on Main in Mackinaw, Ill.

Haynes’ is a long, somewhat narrow restaurant and features a long bar that complements the layout. One of the best aspects is that the “kitchen” is a little prep area right behind the bar, so you can watch them make your food. While sitting at the bar during our very first trip to Haynes’, the husband noticed that they don’t have a fryer in the cooking area, which is reflected in their simple yet satisfying menu.

If you like something a bit different, the menu includes a few unique twists on old favorites — Shrimp Skins (or substitute bacon), Steak Sandwich with a bourbon glaze and Chicken Crunch Wrap with an Asian ginger glaze and crushed tortilla chips. It also offers several salads and sandwiches, such as Ham and Cheese, Turkey Burger and Philly Steak Wrap. We opted to split two appetizers — the Glazed Shrimp and Nachos.

Menu at Haynes on Main

Lovin’ the menu at Haynes’ on Main.

Tossed in a sweet and spicy glaze, the five jumbo shrimp were cooked to perfection. The tender meat paired well with the glaze, the flavor of which was enhanced by the fresh, peppery crunch of the sliced green onion.

The Nachos were ah-may-zing! Generously topped with ground beef and Monterey Jack cheese, the chips maintained their integrity well thanks to extra crisping in the oven. In fact, I did not eat even one soggy chip — a bonus in my book! The green onion also added a fresh flavor to this dish, which we lightly garnished with sour cream and salsa. (He at the jalapenos, of course.)

Lunch at Haynes on Main

Our lunch at Haynes’ on Main — Nachos and Glazed Shrimp.

While we did not have them this visit, I can tell you that you must try their Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips. They are crispy and crunchy and have a lovely homemade quality to them. They for sure will be in my order next time.

Note: Haynes’ on Main is located at 108 S. Main Street in Mackinaw and opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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Motorcycle passenger who loves the wind and wants to share great ride experiences with others. View all posts by cmiles

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