Want to go out for lunch asks my mother?
Sure, I reply. Where do you want to go?
How about Moonshine? That’s where Marge & Jeannie took me last summer. It’s a biker hangout and I’ve always wanted to go back. They do great burgers.
I look at my mother for a full 30 seconds. Does she want to go BUY Moonshine (the drink)? Does she want to go hang out with the bikers? (Marge & Jeannie are Lady Harley-Riders) Does she want her OWN bike? (cool she can be the only Scottish Ninja Granny hanging out with the cool dudes – they’ll love her) Or does she just want a burger?
I wonder if my mum is having a mid-life crisis. Mind you she’s 68 so she’s kinda on the other-side of midlife crisis time.
Anyway I agree and off we went to Moonshine, Illinois today. It’s a tiny place with the one General Store (Moonshine General Store) and they’re famous for their burgers. You tell them what you want, give them your name, then wait till they call you. The shop is a step back in time with all sorts of antiques alongside the Coke machine. I wonder if I should buy my daughter a washing-board and ban her from using the washing machine any more as she NEVER empties it and leaves her wet clothes there till some other sucker (me!) takes her clothes out before they smell. Here daughter, use this to wash your clothes from now on. Anyway I didn’t take any photograhs inside the store as it was really busy (I think it’s always busy) but I did snap some shots outside.
So if you’re ever in rural Illinois, in the middle of nowhere and you come across a town called Moonshine (population 2) then do yourself a favour and go buy a burger and sit outside at the picnic benches along with the bikers, farm workers and tourists.
The store/burger bar
See, I wasn’t exaggerating when I said the population was 2!
Daughter tells me this is called a ‘gator’…. I want one 😀
What? A hill in Illinois?
And finally the burger. Complete with plastic cheese (what I call Kraft singles) and it was sooooooo good!
Anyway, you’re probably all wondering if I bought any Moonshine.
Nope, I didn’t. I like my insides they way they are.