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GALESBURG — When it comes to fine dining, area restaurant owners say it’s not about crisp white tablecloths, dim candlelight and menu items you can’t pronounce — it’s about the highest quality of food and service.

“To me, nothing is more fancy than a well-cooked steak or piece of fish with a hot, fresh potato. Cinnamon roll cake recipe It doesn’t get more gourmet than that,” said Kevin Cerar, owner of Cerar’s Barnstormer in Monmouth and The Packinghouse Dining Co. Cinnamon roll cake recipe easy in Galesburg.


Cinnamon roll cake recipe yellow mix He describes his restaurants as offering “meat and potatoes, nothing fancy,” with each place having its own personality.

“The Barnstormer is more of a fine dining restaurant than The Packinghouse. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pampered chef It’s more of a special occasion place for birthdays, anniversaries and so forth,” he said. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pinterest “The difference between the two is that The Packinghouse is more casual. Cinnamon bun cake recipe on facebook You can come in in shorts and blue jeans and feel comfortable — but at the Barnstormer we get blue jeans and shorts as well. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without butter We’re fine dining, but we’re still in the Midwest and we accommodate anybody.”

“My dad ran the front, Mom ran the books and I ran the kitchen,” Cerar said.

The restaurant is known for its steaks and fresh seafood, along with its warm hospitality.

“The Barnstormer is more cozy, more quaint, more relaxed,” Cerar said. Cinnamon roll icing recipe with cream cheese “We greet you at the door. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without powdered sugar The staff is always very friendly, with a warm thank you and a goodbye on your way out.”

Cerar added The Packinghouse to his repertoire in 2013. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without cream cheese The restaurant’s salad bar and cinnamon rolls had long been a staple there, and Cerar has maintained those favorites.

“It’s all fresh, homemade, well stocked and well prepared. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe without cream cheese It’s what people come for,” he said of the salad bar.

The Packinghouse also specializes in steak, salmon, ham steak, burgers and sandwiches.

For Cerar, consistency is key to the success of both of his fine dining ventures.

“Food that is simple, correct and consistently made keeps people coming back,” he said. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe cream cheese “I’ve inherited both (restaurants) and I strive to keep the quality and service at a high level.”

“What I like to hear is that it’s as good as always,” he said. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe with yeast “To me, that shows the quality is there, but also the consistency. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe laura vitale That’s the hardest thing to achieve over the years — to keep things at a consistent level, for a customer to come in and order a steak or fish and know it will be just like when they came here before.”

For Bill and Brenda Egenlauf, consistency and the ensuing relationships with customers have kept their restaurant, Chez Willy’s, a fine dining tradition in Galesburg since 1999.

“We get a lot of repeat business,” said Bill Egenlauf, who is co-owner as well as chef at the restaurant. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without yeast “Here in Galesburg, we count on those established relationships because we’re not a tourist area. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe easy Our bread and butter is the repeat customer — that’s why we always go the extra couple steps to do what we have to do. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without bread machine People can come here and get a tableside dessert done — bananas foster or strawberries romanoff. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch We always have something that is for all the senses.”

Chez Willy’s menu features fresh fish, USDA choice beef, pasta and more. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe cinnabon Calamari is always a customer favorite, and the restaurant also has an upscale wine list and top shelf cocktails.

“Our menu is small and limited, but it’s because we make everything here except for the ice cream and bread,” Bill Egenlauf said. Cinnabon cinnamon roll frosting recipe “We make everything from scratch, and we stand behind what we do.”

Like Cerar’s Barnstormer and The Packinghouse, Chez Willy’s can, and does, attract a wide range of people hungry for good food and service.

“We have tablecloths on, but it doesn’t mean we’re a special event-only restaurant,” Bill Egenlauf said. Cinnamon bun icing recipe without cream cheese “It’s casual dining. Cinnamon roll icing cream cheese In the summertime we get people in tank tops and shorts, or we have people come in dressed up for business or a first date.”

For dinner with an Italian flair, Galesburgians head to Fig’s on Prairie Street. Cinnamon sticky buns recipe no yeast The restaurant, open five years, serves steak, seafood and pasta, and owner Debra Drago said customers rave about the sea bass and risotto.

“We’re the only ones in town that do a homemade risotto,” she said.

The restaurant also has been known to serve up specialties like chicken roulade and pasta carbonara.

For those looking for a tasty appetizer or just a light meal, Drago recommends Chef Ryan’s soups.

“He’s very creative; he makes different dishes and puts them on specials. Easy sticky cinnamon bun recipe His soups are to die for. Cinnamon sticky buns recipe biscuits His soups are fantastic,” she said.

The main level and dining area at Fig’s was once the gym floor of the old YMCA, while the upstairs offers a quite space for private parties and special occasions. Sticky cinnamon bun starbucks recipe In fact, Drago said, there have been seven marriage proposals at Fig’s since they opened.

Drago said customers enjoy the “laid back and relaxed” feel at Fig’s.

“You can wear whatever you’d like,” she said. Sticky cinnamon rolls recipe “Some people dress to the nines, while others just have dungarees because they’ve just been to a rugby match at Knox College or something. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe without cream cheese … It’s a very relaxed atmosphere.”

Drago and her husband, Frank, also own The Cellar, a pizza and pasta restaurant one level below Fig’s.

“The Galesburg restaurants are all so different and unique. Best cinnamon bun filling recipe You can go out and try the different ones and see what you like,” Debra Drago said. Easy cinnamon roll filling recipe “It’s all different, and that’s what makes it interesting in this town.”

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