Yesterday's lunch plans panned out. StfRon mentioned lunch, and based on a tip from a reader, Alice, I suggested the Spotted Cow in Peoria.
Maybe you've been following the saga of my quest for some bananas foster ice cream from the Spotted Cow. Alice clued me in to the fact that the ice cream was back on the lineup.
After placing our order at the counter, I sauntered by the ice cream case on my way to get my iced tea, and I saw it, smack in the middle of the bins of ice cream: the black cow labeled bananas foster. YESSSS!!
I selected a table and took a seat. After going up to get his drink, StfRon also checked out the ice cream case and came to the table with a puzzled look on his face. "Creme brulée?" he asked. "No, bananas foster." I said. He went back by again and came back and said they didn't have it. Surely he was pulling my leg, especially since I had already seen it. And probably just to get a rise out of me.
He went up to the counter again, and returned to tell me that he noticed an employee scooping the dregs of some ice cream into a pint container. Apparently she had already removed the bananas foster label and was packaging the leftovers up. StfRon asked her if it was bananas foster, and she said yes, so he asked her to save us some.
Our food arrived, an Italian beef sandwich for me and a cheeseburger with onion rings for StfRon. My Italian beef was OK, piled on swiss cheese and topped with peppers, but the point of the trip for me was really the ice cream.
I did snag an onion ring, and it was really good, more Schooner's style than the breadcrumb type onion rings most places serve. StfRon said his burger was really good, and said maybe we'll have to eat there more often, so I know he was serious about it.
He went up and paid for our rescued scoops of bananas foster ice cream. Finally getting to sample it, I found that it was very good, somewhat cinnamony with chunks and bits of bananas throughout.
After trying a couple of bites, I decided that some hot caramel sauce would make it divine, so next time I see the ice cream on the lineup, I'll try it out. But now I'm starting to get a hankering for some sort of peanut butter concoction...