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Leo Says The Bean Tostada At Davenport’s MI Oaxaca Is Amazing

September 12th, 2023
Leo Says The Bean Tostada At Davenport's MI Oaxaca Is Amazing

I’ve been to Mexico, I’ve lived in Texas, I’ve saved 15% by switching my car insurance. This bean tostada served up MI Oaxaca is the most amazing thing I’ve tasted this week. You still have time to catch them at Marketplace at 2500 $4 and if you don’t love this, I’ll buy it off you (Minus 25 cents per bite taken.) seriously I’m for cereal. Welcome to the 10 out of 10 Club MI Oaxaca, so awesome. Your friend in food, Out to eat with Leo  Read More

Rock Island’s Igor’s Is Scary Good

September 11th, 2023
Rock Island's Igor's Is Scary Good

The first iteration of Igor graced the silver screens in 1933. Today Igor has been in some variation of different personas in many different classic horror movies as a bumbling and loyal assistant to mad scientist and evil monsters. However, Igor’s Bistro offers up something different, than a campy horror movie. You could say its less B-Movie and more Blockbuster hit. Although I wasn’t invited into the kitchen I’m sure that they aren’t cooking up meals in a bubbling cauldron, and Chef Rick, isn’t a mad scientist, but more a Chef of 40+ years. Most of the menu... Read More

The Quad-Cities Taco Pizza Competition Continues With Maria’s Pizza Colona

September 6th, 2023
The Quad-Cities Taco Pizza Competition Continues With Maria's Pizza Colona

My mother is a beautiful singer and musician. I wish I was half as good as her. Unfortunately my hands don’t work quite as well when trying to form the grip to strum a chord. My daughter is an amazing artist. I strive to be a good as her with any art I create.My son can skateboard down the street with ease. I can barely walk some days. All of them continually strive for perfection, and in my eyes they are there. I will never find anything that I can perfect. I’ll never perfect a review. I’ll never write anything worthy of more than “good”. So tonight, as we... Read More

Davenport’s Van’s Pizza Gets High Praise For Its Food

August 31st, 2023
Davenport's Van's Pizza Gets High Praise For Its Food

One of the most requested spots I’ve had here, Van’s Pizza, Pub & Grill had some hidden treats to offer. While the Taco Pizza didn’t score high, I’m giving this place some respect and high praise. The staff was in a upbeat mood and that energy transfers over to the overall feel of the business right now that means a lot in the food industry. Chips: 13 Points. Not as crispy as I’d like, kind of a bland taste. Sauce: 10 Points Refried bean sauce here, just missing the flavor I look for. Toppings: 12 points Chips were a little large for the offering here, very... Read More

Doc Kaalberg Fuels Up With QC Fuel

May 11th, 2023
Doc Kaalberg Fuels Up With QC Fuel

Just stopped by QC FUEL for a quick smoothie and ice coffee for the kid. One sip in and I feel like I just got a 1-2 combo uppercut by a mango strawberry smoothie made special by Hannah at the Moline location. I mean holy shiznit! This thing will put hair on your chest and then shave it off. I was on my way to run errands, now I’m trying on bootie shorts and getting ready to lead a virtual spin class on my neighbor’s peloton with Fergalicious blasting in the background. Do I feel emasculated because I’m drinking a smoothie and my daughter got a coffee? A little bit, but do the... Read More

Doc Kaalberg Releases His Best Iowa And Illinois Restaurants For 2023 (So Far)

April 29th, 2023
Doc Kaalberg Releases His Best Iowa And Illinois Restaurants For 2023 (So Far)

My comprehensive best of list for Spring 2023. All restuarants are always subject to change as I rotate around the QC area. Best Coffee = Wholly Grinds Coffee Shop Best Smoothie = QC FUEL Best Beer = Bent River Brewing Company Best Burger = Floyd’s Burgers Best Pizza= Totino’s Party Pizza Best Vegetarian = Taste of Ethiopia Best BBQ = Bone Collector BBQ & Catering Best Family Dining = Luli’s Best Date Night = Duck City Bistro Best Sandwiches = Cafe Express Deli and The Little Brown Box Delicatessen Best Bar = Jack’s LST Best Wings = Macstavern... Read More

Is Ruby’s Chili Better Than Sex? Doc Investigates Which Is Hotter…

April 27th, 2023
Is Ruby's Chili Better Than Sex? Doc Investigates Which Is Hotter...

People often say this food was better than sex. Frankly, that’s terrifying. I’ve been admitted to a hospital, banned from Burger King properties, chased by the Mexican police and atleast one Cartel, and had my credit score increase by 50 points after some of my escapades. So, I’d like to submit this Award winning chill served to me today at Rubys was better than dry humping. Can I say that? I mean don’t get me wrong, this is literally the best chilli I’ve ever had…Better than sex? Ehh, definitely better than dry humping. Do people still do that? My marketing... Read More

Doc Kaalberg Dishes On His Favorite French Fries In Illinois And Iowa

March 28th, 2023
Doc Kaalberg Dishes On His Favorite French Fries In Illinois And Iowa

In honor of National French Fry Day here is my quick list of my top 5 favorites in the QC. 5. Tacobar Nacho fries. Perfect for a drunk snack or a hangover. These babies are packed full of what a growing boy needs. 4. Duck City Bistro Duck fat frys… These fries are the reason ducks were invented. Don’t ask my the logic on that, just know it involves science. 3. Luli’s homemade chips. Not really fries, but since this is my page I’ll allow it. They are potatoes, they are fried, they are to die for. Pro tip get the spicy ketchup with them. 2. Bone Collector BBQ &... Read More

California Pho Is Undeniable… And Good, Says Doc Kaalberg

February 18th, 2023
California Pho Is Undeniable... And Good, Says Doc Kaalberg

I get lost sometimes in my reviews. One can only describe how a food tastes so many times without repeating themselves. It was great, amazing, flavorful, perfect, the best I’ve ever had, omg Becki so good, LIT AF. I am sure I could continue on. This weekend, I had the chance to sit down at California Pho , invited by Binh Nguyen Van. Joined by Cook and Cuffs by Chef Keys . What I was in store for was more than any of the words above. Normally I try to order 4 to 5 things off the menu to give everyone a spread of foods to ogle over. However today we are keeping it simple. 3 items... Read More

An Ode To Chicago’s Most Famous Cuisine, From Iowa’s Doc Kaalberg

January 26th, 2023
An Ode To Chicago's Most Famous Cuisine, From Iowa's Doc Kaalberg

The year is 1929. The Great Depression has started and folks are hungry. Chicagoans say “Hold my hot dog…I got you.” The origin of the Chicago Dog, is wrapped up in a time when folks were working hard and needed a nutrious yet delicious meal. The components of the Chicago Dog saved the working class and have stayed unchanged since the original rolled up and out of a hot dog stand. All Beef frank, not boiled but steam cooked and held in warm water for upto 20 to 30 minutes. Boiling makes your Frank’s tough. The steam and hold gives that perfect snap. Nathan’s... Read More