John was a little jealous that Eric and I had gone to Fast Eddies in Alton without him, so we rode over for lunch today.
At first I thought this was a tourist place. It is, sort of, a Midwest hot spot. At noon on a Saturday the parking lot was full and the place was packed. Not really a rout-y crowd, some senior citizens. But it soon became apparent that these people were mostly the locals, and this was truly a gathering place. The food was cheap but surprisingly very good. We got 10 shrimp (29 cents each) and 2 hamburgers (99 cents each). We did have to wait about 15 minutes for our food, so we sat at the bar for a couple of drinks, which were not expensive. Fast Eddies thrives on the crowd.
The yellow brick building, known as Bon-Air, has been a local drinking establishment since 1921. In 1981 it was bought by Eddie Sholar (aka Fast Eddie). A friend, who is a native to Alton, told us that it can get rough at night when the critters come out. I was disappointed that there were no pool tables.
Fast Eddies - Why go anywhere else? (It was very dark in there.)