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Vote for your favorite QC restaurants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Monday, 17 December 2012 14:12

Have you taken the Quad Cities Dining Survey yet?  The one that was published in the Fall/Winter Quad Cities Dining Guide?  

If not, the easiest way to take the survey and give us your opinions is by going online here: and click on the link to the survey.

Please make sure you answer at least 15 of the questions (out of 50) and watch those buttons at the bottom - you want to hit the third one over - next page - and continue on.  

Thanks for taking part in our survey, and please pass it along to family, friends and co-workers!


Local Diner Makes Healthier, Local Changes to Menu
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Written by Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers   
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:07
For over 72 years, Ross’ Restaurant has been a local tradition and landmark in Bettendorf, Iowa.  It has stood the test of time, and has been in the national spotlight more than once with visits from politicians, actors, and athletes.  Now, Ross’ is gaining recognition once again, for a healthy change to their popular “diner” menu.

Best known for their Magic Mountains and plate sized cinnamon rolls, Ross’ Restaurant has been making some changes over the past 3 years.  In an effort to serve healthier food, and to support local Iowa farmers, Ross’ has been going local!  With local produce, breads, organic eggs, and ground beef already on their menu, now Ross’ is adding local sausage and bacon.

“We’ve partnered with a 7th generation family sausage company to bring in their all natural, certified gluten free sausage which only contains three ingredients: salt, spices, and pork.” Says Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers, manager of Ross’ Restaurant and granddaughter of Harold Ross, the original restaurant owner.  “Our customers are like family to us, and it give us great joy to be able to offer them healthier choices while also supporting our hard working local Iowa farmers and local economy.”

“Many of our customer’s are noticing the difference in taste and love the idea of local supporting local.  When they find out the food they are eating today is healthier than it used to be, we tell them to consider it our gift to them!” Says Ms. Freidhof-Rodgers.  Customers all seem to agree that the change is good and the food tastes better than ever.

Other changes Ross’ restaurant has made to their menu include chicken and milk that are hormone and antibiotic free, free-range bison burgers, and hand made burgers from ground beef that is delivered fresh from a local packer six days a week.  Enjoy bacon or sausage with your breakfast?  Now Ross’ has a third choice:  soy based Morningstar Patties and even all natural turkey sausage.

To celebrate their healthier menu, and to support the local farmers with whom they have partnered, Ross’ is hosting an open house and sausage tasting on December 1st.  Free samples will be available from 9 a.m. To 11 a.m. and customers will be invited to stop in and taste for themselves  the new versions of some old favorites on the menu.

For more information, contact Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers at Ross’ Restaurant, 430 14th Street, Bettendorf, Iowa. 563-676-6270This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Santa will be at the Freight House Farmers' Market on Saturdays in December. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FHFM   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:10

The elves at the market have been busy making all sorts of wonderful Christmas items, by hand in their homes and farms. You will find fragrant handmade soaps and candles, home made fudge, bakery items, cheeses, oils and vinegars, canned items from the Amish elves and honey for your sweet, and too much more to mention.

If you have stockings to fill just see Elf Dawn for her candy delights! Every flavor and size for all those good little girls and boys.

I am sure you can find it at the Market, and be sure to ask the vendors if you don't see something, they just might have it in their knapsack.

Christmas is coming the Goose is getting fat!

Please do put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

This Christmas carol puts a smile on my face every year, and I hope you are smiling too. All of the geese are spoken for this Christmas, but you still can put a fresh, pasture raised turkey on the table. Turkeys are still available from Behnke Poultry and you can visit their web site at or call them at (563) 285-7844

A good deal for Christmas just got better! 

For each $25 in Freight House Farmers Market Gift Certificates you buy you will also receive your choice of a T-Shirt or Cookbook for FREE!

Be sure to buy plenty as they make great gifts.  Remember that the certificates support local farmers and vendors and 100% of the money stays local!  Great food, wonderful gifts and local vendors all will add to you Christmas this year.  Stop by the Market and pick some up on any Tuesday or Saturday during December. They are good all year round at all of the vendors so pick some up for yourself and enjoy the market all year.

Free sausage samples tomorrow! PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Food & Dining
Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:44
Sausage Saturday Tomorrow!!!
with Jerry's Market!

Drop into GAHC anytime from 10am till 2pm to sample sausages and other treats from Jerry's Market from Moline!

Stock Up Now for Holiday Meals & Great Gifts!

Local Products from Local Producers!

Free Samples!

Upcoming Sausage Saturdays!


Join us tomorrow SAT. NOVEMBER 17th for Samples from Jerry's Market in Moline, IL
SAT. NOVEMBER 24th for Samples fromBavaria Sausage in Madison, WI
SAT. DECEMBER 15th for Samples from Bierstube/Haun Meats, Dubuque, IA

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse is having a Thanksgiving Brunch/Buffet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:36
The Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, John Deere Commons, Moline is having a traditional Thanksgiving Brunch/Buffet, Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day from 11am-3pm.

Chef Steve Hall is preparing all of your Thanksgiving favorites with all the trimmings.

Adults $20, Children $10, High chair age are free.

Make your reservations today by calling 309-736-0100.


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