I’ve been laying back in the Chicagoland area for the last few weeks during the Christmas & New Years break. Spending much of my time watching tons of DVD movies and eating out all over the city, I just haven't been typing much about it since I was in “vacation” mode.
So for my first blog of 2010 I wanted to tell you about my recent visit back to one of my favorite local area diners; The Coffee Pot in Kenosha, WI. and as usual, I wasn't disappointed.
The Coffee pot sits quietly at the northern end of Kenosha’s restaurant row in the central Kenosha harbor area immediately north of Downtown. And since the nearby harbor and beautifully redeveloped lakefront properties around this part of town are prominent here, all the local eateries always draw a good crowd. On my Thursday morning visit at 9 AM on New Years Eve, The Coffee Pot was absolutely bustling!
I've always been a big fan of the classic all-American diner, and the Coffee Pot has all the right stuff to qualify in my book as a “classic diner”. And even though the owners have dubbed themselves as a “Modern Classic”, which I suppose is due to it not being housed in a diner car, I think they have everything else required to be considered a great “classic diner”.
The Coffee Pot experience starts from the outside and flows in. Starting with a piece of museum quality neon signage that prominently hangs out front. As you step inside, a “classic” restaurant space where with a large flowing “S” shaped counter seems to run a course throughout the entire the dining area.
The menu which spans breakfast, lunch and a little bit more, ranges from the expected burgers and breakfast items, to homemade breads. Of course there’s always a few specials of the day written on the chalkboard over the counter.
For my previous visits to The Coffee Pot I’d experienced both the burgers and breakfast and loved them, so this time I just went for the 3 egg omelet called the “Carnivore”. Which also came with hash browns and a choice of three toasted bread options; white, wheat or homemade. Obviously I went for the homemade! My omelet was cooked perfectly with bacon, sausage & ham, topped with two melted cheeses.
All I can say is wow! It was absolutely delicious.
I think on my next visit I’ll get the “Godfather” omelet; which consists of 3 eggs, Italian sausage, garlic, tomato, basil and melted mozzarella. Oooh man, I’m getting hungry just typing about it now!