2 April 2019 ... LUNCH update at BETTER DAYS!
The Desk took Real Not Perfect's owner and primary artist out to lunch to evaluate the offerings from the BRAND NEW KITCHEN at Better Days. (A profile on "Real not Perfect" is in the works!)
As it happened, Real Not Perfect had made an apron with suitable graphic so we took it over and presented it to the Executive Chef, or is she the Head Cook?
Then there was a quick tour of the rest of the facility, some of which the Desk was far more familiar with from its days as a line cook than others.
AND THEN THE FOOD ARRIVED!
The one in front is a double jalapeno burger. And it tasted as good as it looks. And was reasonably priced for what it was and that it was Made To Order by the Senior Foodservice Director.
The one in back is the grilled chicken with bacon and ranch. Equally good. Similar price.
In the basket is a collection of fried Things, some were beyond identification, but tasted really good anyway. Two adults had an excellent lunch for $20. That's hard to beat in a sit down restaurant.
Right now, check Facebook for their kitchen hours, but they're serving lunch from 10:30 until.... ... until.... well, check FB.
They also have daily specials for food and drink. There is also pool tables, slots, darts, the Deck, talk of a party in the fall, and more. So stop by and check them out.
November 2018Better Days update
The New Deck is COMING ALONG!
First the Good News: The Big Party on 21 July 2018 was bigger and better than ever with Four live Bands, as listed on their FB page (link below)
The Five Dollar entrance fee gets you in, plus all the entertainment you can stand, and a pork dinner with sides!
Gates open at noon, food available when it gets done, and the music starts at four.
Their Slot Machines have been installed, and are now working!
The Desk stopped by on the day they were supposed to go live, and, well, judging from the expressions on the gentlemen from the gaming company, things weren't going as well as they should have. But they assured everybody in the house that before they left, the machines would be up and running.
And now the bad news.
The guys that pour the beer HAVE quite literally "broken ground" for the new kitchen and deck, but, that's about as far as it has gotten for right now as all their time and attention is being spent getting ready for the upcoming rockus bash.
More news to come, and, of course, we will have to stop by the party and check it out!
TiltonProgress.com profile and feature of: "the new" Better Days
Seven Questions with Mr. Ernie Trinkle II, owner, and today, bartender!
The Desk always appreciates a beer delivered by the owner with a smile!
As Well As: A short profile on how to: "Play the cards you're dealt and do the best you can!" - Mr Trinkle.
date of interview, 9 March 2018
Up until last month, Tilton had a rum distillery. First known as "rumshine" and then, later, "Better Days" they made small batches of flavored, perhaps even 'designer' rums. For four years, they turned out their rums, which were fairly popular with those that like their booze with unusual flavors like chocolate and apple pie already in the bottle.
However, their distributor had other priorities and their offerings were never highlighted to the various outlets, or to as broad a market as they perhaps should have been. And their efforts to produce their rum basically just paid the bills generated to make it. Because of Illinois politics and politicians, they couldn't open a "brew pub" type of business because they weren't 'brewing', they were making hard liquor, so that outlet wasn't available. Mr. Trinkle and his partner, Mr. Langstone, had to do something. They were working their day jobs as contractors, then spending at least some of their nights running the distillery, and not having anything to show for it at the end of the day.
But they didn't want to just throw in the towel and call it quits. They had the building, they have plenty of land. They already had a lot of friends in the area who knew them for a quality product and a good time. So...
They changed gears, and made new plans, and, as is the way with these guys, they don't just make plans, they start building... ... and buying equipment. Such as this six burner institutional stove:
And now: our profile.
Better Days Cocktails and Bar
8 South Hodge St., Tilton, IL 61833
phone number: 217-446-6960
Sunday - Thursday 2 PM to 11 PM
Friday and Saturday, Noon to 11 PM.
Their Website is still being updated, we'll update this when they update that.
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