Drive-thru offers burgers, hot dogs, soups, among other items
With the latest news about restaurant guidelines and indoor dining in the La Salle and Bureau counties area, a drive-thru restaurant happens to be perfect timing for this Mystery Diner's visit.
It wasn't planned that way, but Bulldog's serves up plenty of made-to-order favorites from its drive-thru restaurant across the street from the high school in Streator, making it a COVID precaution-friendly lunch or dinner destination.
My meal centered on the Trapp's beef sandwich ($3.99) – which pays homage to the former Streator bar/tavern. It didn't disappoint. This slow-cooked beef sandwich just soaks the bun with its juices, and the beef is stacked on there to get a full taste. Lots of folks in Streator order it by the pound for the holidays or for parties – so there's a chance you may have had it at a gathering.
The homemade onion rings ($2.79) were amazing. This isn't your typical run-of-the-mill fast food side. These sizable onion rings have a batter with a flaky crust, tasting more like the onion blossoms you'd get at a steak house.
Chili was the soup of the day ($2.75) – and I added onion and cheese to my cup. I really enjoyed the bites of seasoned hamburger in it.
I was excited to find out they have 1919 root beer served out of a tap – giving the meal a complete old-fashioned car-hop vibe.
My companion opted for the Italian sausage sandwich with green peppers and onions. This Italian sausage is provided by Harcar's Meat Market in Streator, and was a juicy link, and not too hot or spicy. Harcar's also has provided other kinds of bratwursts as specials on the menu – which are all worth trying.
My companion added chili cheese fries as their side. The chili cheese comes in a dipping cup for the wonderfully, well-salted fries.
We also tried a Bosco stick, which is a mozzarella-stuffed breadstick served with marinara sauce.
The Bulldog's menu also offers burgers, Polancic tenderloins, Chicago-style hot dogs, and nachos, among other items. They have a soup of the day, which features soups such as cheesy Wisconsin chili, ravs in beef broth, and other recipes.
For those with a sweet tooth, Bulldog's sells Eli's Cheesecake and milkshakes.
When the inside of the restaurant opens again, diners will be treated to a dining area paying nostalgic homage to Streator High School, the Bulldog mascot name, and Streator, in general, with plenty of old photographs of the community on the wall.
But for now, Bulldog's is a great option for anyone looking to order drive-thru, but also seeking more quality than the standard chain places. There are plenty of homemade and regional favorites to explore on their menu.
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