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Mechanicsville Fireman’s Breakfast Mechanicsville, Iowa

October 5, 2008

Ever see these kinds of signs when you’re driving through a small town?  “Spaghetti Dinner!” 

“Catfish Fry!” “Pancake Breakfast!”  Well, no one makes breakfast like the Mechanicsville Volunteer Firemen and Paramedics.  The entire town and then some comes out to have breakfast and to support our local fire and ambulance.  I’ve gone to this with my husband and mother in law every year since I’ve lived here.  It’s one of the things I look forward to every fall.  It’s $6 for adults and $4 for kids 4-12 free for kids 3 and under.  

You get in line, hand them or buy your ticket, and then wait in line for your plate.  You get your food from hard working paramedics and fireman, then go sit down at a table where the minute your plate is empty or your cup of coffee, milk, or juice is empty, there is someone there to give you another pancake, sausage, egg, potatoes, etc etc or more to drink.  You don’t leave hungry EVER and there is more than enough food and joy to go around.  It certainly gives you a sense of community and friendship when you see all the smiles and are greeted with “hellos” and “how are yas” and “hey, how’s that crop comin’. ”  

It’s a great way to see a community and to get a small town Norman Rockwell feel as you crowd into the firehouse, sit shoulder to shoulder and share a bottle of syrup and a smile.  

Next time you see one of these signs, consider stopping.  It’ll be worth it.  🙂

Looney’s Family Dining and Catering Mechanicsville, IA

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.

We’re sure glad that Jamie and LeaAnn decided to take a chance in the small town of Mechanicsville. I sure hope they stay a while.

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.