A few hours in QC

TC Nole OX

HR Legend
Mar 29, 2002
12,243
26,358
113
It looks like I will be flying up to Chicago and then driving to western IL to a small town about 45 miles SE of Quad Cities. I have to check on my 90 year old uncle and make sure he is ok. Since there is not much to do in that small town, I am going to drive over to QC. Where are the must stops? Pizza? Loose Meat Sandwiches? Should I just keep driving west into Iowa?
 

OutbackBowl2017

HR Heisman
Dec 4, 2016
9,246
13,880
113
Head up to IC and watch a woman’s 11 children beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in a game of football. 🤮
 

Moral

HR Legend
Sep 29, 2017
25,537
78,764
113
The best pizza is going to be Casey’s. I would avoid the West Davenport locations. The best Casey’s are probably Park View, Eldridge, and Bettendorf. I really need to get out to Bluegrass and check their location out. Last weekend I had some from a Dubuque location and they killed it, so maybe the 70 mile trip is worth it.

By loose meat sandwiches I assume you mean Maid Rite, just go ahead and skip that one and go to Portillos.

45 miles SE of the Quad Cities makes me think you might be near Galesburg. Their dispensary never has much of a line so I would go there if you are near and load up before you start the Tour De Casey’s.
 

TC Nole OX

HR Legend
Mar 29, 2002
12,243
26,358
113
The best pizza is going to be Casey’s. I would avoid the West Davenport locations. The best Casey’s are probably Park View, Eldridge, and Bettendorf. I really need to get out to Bluegrass and check their location out. Last weekend I had some from a Dubuque location and they killed it, so maybe the 70 mile trip is worth it.

By loose meat sandwiches I assume you mean Maid Rite, just go ahead and skip that one and go to Portillos.

45 miles SE of the Quad Cities makes me think you might be near Galesburg. Their dispensary never has much of a line so I would go there if you are near and load up before you start the Tour De Casey’s.

Kewanee, there is a Casey's in town. That will be at least a couple meals.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Moral

Tenacious E

HR Legend
Gold Member
Dec 4, 2001
33,333
37,642
113
It looks like I will be flying up to Chicago and then driving to western IL to a small town about 45 miles SE of Quad Cities. I have to check on my 90 year old uncle and make sure he is ok. Since there is not much to do in that small town, I am going to drive over to QC. Where are the must stops? Pizza? Loose Meat Sandwiches? Should I just keep driving west into Iowa?
Must stops? Can’t think of one unless the channel cat is still running. Cruising across the Mississippi is something you can’t do unless you are on the Mississippi.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Moral

Tenacious E

HR Legend
Gold Member
Dec 4, 2001
33,333
37,642
113
QC Maid Rites

Okay wait so don't do that. If I was in the QC for a few hours and food is a consideration, I would do Happy Joe's taco supreme pizza. If you're solo, that is a lot of food, so get a small, unless you have a refrigerator in your hotel. The other thing I would do is a Whitey's malt. I am partial to butterfinger or heath bar, and some people like them as shakes rather than malts. But those two items are what I would do. They are both in Bettendorf across the river. I would pass on the maid rites and casey's pizza.*

Edited to note that the canadian bacon and sauerkraut pizza is pretty good too. The two places are really close to on another. Here are links:


 

Tenacious E

HR Legend
Gold Member
Dec 4, 2001
33,333
37,642
113
The best pizza is going to be Casey’s. I would avoid the West Davenport locations. The best Casey’s are probably Park View, Eldridge, and Bettendorf. I really need to get out to Bluegrass and check their location out. Last weekend I had some from a Dubuque location and they killed it, so maybe the 70 mile trip is worth it.

By loose meat sandwiches I assume you mean Maid Rite, just go ahead and skip that one and go to Portillos.

45 miles SE of the Quad Cities makes me think you might be near Galesburg. Their dispensary never has much of a line so I would go there if you are near and load up before you start the Tour De Casey’s.
Wait do you legitimately think Casey's pizza is better than Happy Joe's? I know Casey's is a running joke and some if it is okay to goodish, but if handing out serious advice to someone visiting for a day, have to go with HJ's.
 

TC Nole OX

HR Legend
Mar 29, 2002
12,243
26,358
113
Okay wait so don't do that. If I was in the QC for a few hours and food is a consideration, I would do Happy Joe's taco supreme pizza. If you're solo, that is a lot of food, so get a small, unless you have a refrigerator in your hotel. The other thing I would do is a Whitey's malt. I am partial to butterfinger or heath bar, and some people like them as shakes rather than malts. But those two items are what I would do. They are both in Bettendorf across the river. I would pass on the maid rites and casey's pizza.*

Edited to note that the canadian bacon and sauerkraut pizza is pretty good too. The two places are really close to on another. Here are links:



The taco pizza and the malts at the second place sound like a winning combo. Thanks.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Tenacious E

Moral

HR Legend
Sep 29, 2017
25,537
78,764
113
Wait do you legitimately think Casey's pizza is better than Happy Joe's? I know Casey's is a running joke and some if it is okay to goodish, but if handing out serious advice to someone visiting for a day, have to go with HJ's.

In a cost to flavor ratio Caseys absolutely beats the pants off of Happy Joes. However, if we were just going head to head on flair, Casey's still wins.
 

Tenacious E

HR Legend
Gold Member
Dec 4, 2001
33,333
37,642
113
In a cost to flavor ratio Caseys absolutely beats the pants off of Happy Joes. However, if we were just going head to head on flair, Casey's still wins.
Casey's might win in a cost to flavor ratio comparison, but it doesn't actually taste better. Like DQ doesn't taste better than Whitey's. HJ's is expensive for a pizza, no doubt, but worth if it in town for just a bit.
 

Moral

HR Legend
Sep 29, 2017
25,537
78,764
113
Casey's might win in a cost to flavor ratio comparison, but it doesn't actually taste better. Like DQ doesn't taste better than Whitey's. HJ's is expensive for a pizza, no doubt, but worth if it in town for just a bit.

Which location would you recommend for an outside? The Jungle Bungle store?

The Moline store has a cool old time feel, and the Whiteys is right down the road. There is even a Maid Rite there and a Rudys down the street. I just realized that is the most QC of all streets in the QC.
 

TC Nole OX

HR Legend
Mar 29, 2002
12,243
26,358
113
If you're driving on I80, there's a Cajun place about half way between CHicago and QC in Utica that is fantastic

Looks good...they have key lime pie

 
  • Like
Reactions: Bro D

Tenacious E

HR Legend
Gold Member
Dec 4, 2001
33,333
37,642
113
Which location would you recommend for an outside? The Jungle Bungle store?

The Moline store has a cool old time feel, and the Whiteys is right down the road. There is even a Maid Rite there and a Rudys down the street. I just realized that is the most QC of all streets in the QC.
I would go to the Bettendorf location I linked as it is a few blocks away from Whitey's. Never been to any other location in the quads so I cannot comment on them. For OP, this is how close they are:

 

torbee

HR King
Gold Member
It looks like I will be flying up to Chicago and then driving to western IL to a small town about 45 miles SE of Quad Cities. I have to check on my 90 year old uncle and make sure he is ok. Since there is not much to do in that small town, I am going to drive over to QC. Where are the must stops? Pizza? Loose Meat Sandwiches? Should I just keep driving west into Iowa?
Best QC style if you want to try it is Uncle Bills in Davenport, but it's carryout/delivery only. Frank's in Silvis will allow you to have a true sit-down QC Pizza experience, if that's what you're into.

I would check out some of the area breweries if you have time --- Stompbox, Adventurous and Wake are all pretty cool venues with good beers.

Happy to share other food/entertainment options if you give me a general idea of things you like and how much time you have.

Have fun!
 

hawkeyez

HR Heisman
Oct 21, 2002
5,387
2,739
113
Are you a golfer? TPC Deere Run and Fyre Lake are great courses, both SE of the Quad Cities.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Moral

TC Nole OX

HR Legend
Mar 29, 2002
12,243
26,358
113
I found some good food info here

 

torbee

HR King
Gold Member
It would be pretty awesome if a Viking River cruise boat was docked there during your visit.
If you don't see the Viking, there is a very good chance you will see some other cruise ship. Here is the fall schedule:

 

Bro D

HR Legend
Nov 17, 2003
20,702
11,892
113
Whoa, wait a minute here. Game changing information. I'll check this out when I'm on the way next month.
Its a very unique place with some interesting characters. You won't be disappointed. I do remember they hold some odd hours so you may wanna check that out before you go
 
  • Like
Reactions: Menace Sockeyes

praguehawk

HR MVP
Gold Member
Aug 1, 2003
1,425
1,259
113
The taco pizza and the malts at the second place sound like a winning combo. Thanks.
It's an excellent recommendation. Don't pass up trying Canadian Bacon and Sauerkraut while you are at Happy Joes. It really is spectacular. If the QC River Bandits are in town they play in a really cool stadium (Modern Woodmen Park) right on the river if you are into baseball.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Tenacious E

Bro D

HR Legend
Nov 17, 2003
20,702
11,892
113
If the QC River Bandits are in town they play in a really cool stadium (Modern Woodmen Park) right on the river if you are into baseball.
Just finished their last series of the year unfortunately
 

torbee

HR King
Gold Member
Looks like the Viking boat is here now.

Pretty cool photo from inside the new downtown YMCA:

306984196_10222640247735834_2061323488634243483_n.jpg
 

HawCory

HR Heisman
Dec 19, 2008
6,706
8,731
113
Not too far from corn
Looks like the Viking boat is here now.

Pretty cool photo from inside the new downtown YMCA:

306984196_10222640247735834_2061323488634243483_n.jpg
How often will it be here? It was just docked there last week. Are you sure this is a picture from today?

I guess I'll see for myself as I'll drive right by there in about an hour.
 

torbee

HR King
Gold Member
How often will it be here? It was just docked there last week. Are you sure this is a picture from today?

I guess I'll see for myself as I'll drive right by there in about an hour.
The pace is high this time of year, a lot of back-and-forths between St. Paul and St. Louis. I think it's pretty normal for that to mean a Davenport docking about once per week.
 
  • Like
Reactions: HawCory