I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT LOONEY’S IS NOW CLOSED
August 22, 2008
Jamie Looney and LeaAnn Cords took a chance in this small Iowa town, and it’s serving the community and them well. After working in the restaurant business for over 30 years, Jamie moved to Iowa to be nearer to famliy. He met LeaAnn and they immediately got to work to open up Looney’s. Brighton and I stopped in on a sunny Friday morning for breakfast, to try it out. I’m glad we did! Not only was the service friendly, the food was great. Jamie and LeaAnn signed the lease on July 2 and had the place up and running and opened the doors the first time to hundreds of Ragbrai riders on July 21. But these crowds didn’t scare off the one and only chef, Jamie. Jamie worked in the Colorado State Penitentiary cooking up food for over 3500 inmates three times a day. So he knows how to make people happy.
Looney’s is an American dining cafe. Complete with chocolate chip pancakes, friendly service, homemade pies, good coffee, and good down home cookin’. I had a breakfast burrito that made me feel like I’d stepped into the Arizona desert. Brighton had a chocolate chip pancake (funny face pancake) that filled his plate and his tummy for two meals.
Looney’s is located on East First Street along the Old Lincoln Highway that intersects the town. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 7 AM to 8:30 PM. Sunday Brunch from 9-2 for $8.99. Friday night special is always surf and turf for $11.99. Thursday night special is BBQ chicken and Ribs for $11.99 and they also offer an all you can eat buffet for $8.99.
They will accommodate truckers and construction workers, so if you plan to stop and it’s before or after hours, just give them a ring. They are closed on Monday. They’re also available for parties during off hours.
We were so pumped that there is a new breakfast place in our area! The Skillet Cafe is located on the corner of the main intersection in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Brighton and I decided to test the breakfast menu. Just the right amount of choices made ordering a breeze. I chose the “Build Your Own Omelet” which came with american fries and toast. There is no ala carte menu, so of course I had to over order for Brighton from the “Kids Menu” that wasn’t on the board, but instead on a small paper menu beside the register. I ordered a coffee, which was in carafe’s and made for the multiples (which is OK by me – I can get my own and don’t have to wait for someone to serve it to me) but it was a little weak for my taste. All the condiments and silver were on a cart beside the self serve soda machine. It was an interesting take on breakfast but a good one.
They take your order when you walk in, then when it’s ready, they bring it out to you, but you are responsible for getting your own napkins, silverware, coffee, condiments, etc., as well as bussing your own table. Some people may not like this feature, but I rather enjoyed it. The price wasn’t outrageous, you could do things at your own pace (which is important with a toddler in tow) and you didn’t get a lot of things that you didn’t need. You certainly don’t go broke or hungry eating here, but your coffee buzz might be lacking a tad, that is if you drink the stuff.
Don’t skip it if you visit Mount Vernon.
Brighton’s Pancake Review: They were Good.
Mom’s Pancake Review: Kinda big, and a lot for him, so I feel like I wasted $3 unnecessarily, but they tasted great.
UPDATE: October 3, 2008
Brighton and I went back to Skillet Cafe this morning for breakfast. I had a philly omelet that had steak, onion, green and red pepper, and swiss cheese. It was great! They’ve started giving kids only 1 pancake (which makes sense) though the price is the same. The coffee was good. And despite my earlier post, you do NOT have to bus your own table. You CAN if you want to help out the staff, but they will come by and pick it up. It was a nice morning experience and the cafe was full which was a great thing to see!! Oh! And they’ve added free Wi-Fi. 🙂 So bring your iPod or laptop!