Since its inception, my blog has encouraged readers to send me their ride suggestions, to no avail. So when “Greg” recently commented with a recommendation for Crank’s Bar and Grill in Minonk, I was ready to roll — especially after he mentioned fried deviled eggs!
Crank’s layout is unique. Prior to entering, you choose to go either right where you find yourself in a restaurant that resembles your typical small town diner or left and walk into a large bar/entertainment area with a stage (where we sat). Between the rooms is a smaller traditional bar area, where it seems most drinks are made.
The menu is extensive with a variety of appetizers, an array of burgers and sandwiches, and an intriguing selection of sliders. I already knew we just had to order the eggs, as I’d been wanting to try the dish since I first heard about it a year ago.
Talk about interesting! The hard-boiled eggs were halved and yolks removed. The whites were coated and fried then filled with a creamy deviled yolk mixture. The combination reminded me a lot of warm German potato salad. We both enjoyed them but agreed we needed more people to share the generous order.
For lunch, I tried The Primanti sandwich, featuring thinly sliced prime rib, coleslaw and diced tomatoes atop grilled Italian bread with a side of French fries. Tasty morsels! The beef was flavorful, juicy and tender, so much better than the frozen prime rib you usually find. If the meat had been frozen, they sure fooled me! Paired with the creamy, crunchy coleslaw and fresh tomato, the sandwich had a fantastically light yet tangy quality. And, well, if you read my articles with any regularity, you already know my deep love for crinkle cut fries, so you know how thrilled I was to see them on my plate.
He decided to go with a slider — the A1 Slider, to be exact. The fresh-never-frozen patties were topped with French onions and American cheese, and sat upon grilled Hawaiian sweet rolls, also with a side of fries. Two bites in, he confirmed the menu’s claim: “Now, that’s good. It’s a fresh, hand-packed burger, and you can tell!” He wasn’t kidding. Snagging my obligatory taste-test, I momentarily questioned my lunch choice, but only momentarily.
I ate every last bit of my Primanti without thinking twice. Well, other than wanting more when it was gone. Overall, our Crank’s experience was top notch, so thank you, Greg, for the recommendation and, everyone, keep the suggestions coming!
Note: Crank’s Bar and Grill — located at 102 S. Chestnut Street in Minonk, Ill. — opens daily at 5 a.m. and offers a Sunday buffet from 8 to 11 a.m.