Well, it sure has been a busy year!!! Building houses, having babies…(ok ONE house and ONE baby…but that sure is enough!) no rest at the Oberbreckling home! Needless to say, our outings have been limited, but we did manage one really fantastic one recently. Al’s Blue Toad in historic and rebuilding Czech Village in Cedar Rapids.
Al’s Blue Toad is a Czech homestyle pub style restaurant in the heart of historic Czech Village in the old Zindricks restaurant. With fabulous traditional Czech recipes as well as just good ol’ rib stickin’ food. Rebuilt after the flood of 2008, this restaurant shows no sign of slowing down. With a facebook fan base of over 1000 fans, Al’s Blue Toad is definitely helping the flood recovery in Czech Village stand out and stay afloat (no pun intended).
The first time I ate at the toad was with my bestie from San Diego, Jill, her daughter and mom. Jill had the Paprika Chicken, her mom had the Tender Roast Pork Loin (seems to be their specialty – everyone orders it!), and I had the Breaded Pork Tenderloin with fries (an Iowa favorite). We all tasted each other’s dish and were all delighted. Even the 4 year old enjoyed the food. I wasn’t equipped with a camera at the time but made a mental note to bring one next time.
The next time I went with my family and one of the first things I noticed at the Toad was how clean the place was and smelled. Being a diabetic at the time (gestational diabetes) I had to excuse myself to the restroom several times for tests and shots, which smelled and looked clean. Even the garbage cans were clean and freshly changed. Impressive for such a busy bustling place. Then came the menu. Which is full of great food at great prices. I will say, though, not much on the menu for kids. I ordered the Tender Roast Pork Loin with the yummiest dumplings and my husband, the Czech Burger which is adorned with bavarian kraut and caraway swiss. Both were fantastic. So much so that I completely forgot to take photos of our meals until they were almost gone. So, much to my husband’s chagrin, I chased the waitress around when I saw her bring out one popular appetizer, the homemade breaded mac and cheese. I again, didn’t have my good camera or even my point-and-shoot but I managed a bad photo with my camera phone. The others were stolen from the facebook fan page. 🙂
Stop in some time and say hello, and tell them I sent you! The Toad is located at 86 16th Avenue SW Cedar Rapids Iowa. Their phone number is 319-265-8623 and the hours are Monday through Sunday 11AM to 2 AM and Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM. Maybe I’ll see you there!!