Have Breakfast & Dinner for Supper at The Breakwater Family Restaurant

. . . have both breakfast and dinner for supper! Oh, and consider dessert . . . the list of choices makes it tempting.

The Ashland Burger with curly fries.The Breakwater Family Restaurant

1111 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, MI

Hungry but not sure if you want breakfast or dinner for supper? Give this family restaurant a try and have one or both for supper!

Booth seating inside The Breakwater Family Restaurant.Venue: Sit down diner style restaurant with lots of booth seating. There are some tables in the rear corner area.

Atmosphere: Casual hometown feel.

Food Fare: Breakfast can be ordered any time but there are lots of sandwiches, salads, and dinner choices depending how hungry you are. Pete enjoyed the Ashland Burger consisting of a 1/2 lb. burger with bacon and an over easy egg along with lettuce, tomato and American cheese. So, it is possible to have both breakfast and dinner for supper! I had the Veggie Omelet with fruit. Veggie omelet with 2 slices of bacon and slight view of fruit cup.The fruit cup was 1/2 an orange, grapes, and pineapple. The fruit was tasty and the side order of bacon was nice and crispy. We have eaten here before and we’ve not been disappointed.Two orange slices and pineapple in fruit cup bowl.

Recommendations: There are 3 locations for this restaurant. Ashland, WI; Superior, WI; and Ironwood, MI. We’ve only eaten at the Ironwood location but consider stopping at any of the 3 if your in their neck of the woods. Oh, and consider dessert. I’ve not had any of them but the list of choices makes it tempting. Check out The Breakwater Restaurant website and menu.

Desserts board listing pies, muffins, and other choices.Service: We’ve always had solid service at the Ironwood location.

Return Rating: Yes, we will definitely eat here again.The Breakwater Family Restaurant sign.

Grandpa John’s Rib Shack

We enjoyed the ribs and pulled pork served in rectangle cake pans.

Pulled pork dinner with sweet potato fries, waffle cornbread, and Cole slaw served in a rectangle cake panGrandpa John’s Rib Shack


2328 W. Willow Knolls Dr., Peoria, Illinois

We had been wanting to try this small, local diner. It appeared to be popular as shown by the number of folks that ate there during our visit.


Order counter window and soda fountainVenue: Order at the counter and grab a seat. Your food is delivered to your table.


Inside table seating at Grandpa John's Rib Shack



Atmosphere: Casual setting with homey country décor. Table seating inside as well as outside seating in season.




Ribs and French fries in rectangular cake panFood Fare: We enjoyed the ribs and pulled pork. Sweet potato fries were great. The corn bread waffle was dry but worth a try. Butter would have helped. Food is served in rectangle cake pans. While the food was tasty, there were temperature issues: the cole slaw was warm and the meat could have been hotter.


Recommendations: Check out the specials. A dinner provides a lot of food if your’re real hungry.Outside seating at Grandpa John's Rib Shack on sidewalk by front door


Service: Typical order at the counter service.


Return Rating: Have to be in the mood.

Grandpa John's Rib Shack store front

1950’s Style Diner with Super Burgers!

Small, hometown 1950’s diner with breakfast anytime. Offers mouthwatering hamburgers, solid service, and a local diner flare.

Kelly's Big Burger outdoor signKelly’s Big Burger                        405 N. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, TN

Venue:  Local diner that’s been around a long time.  Kelly’s boasts regular locals and does a brisk carryout business too.

Atmosphere:  Small, hometown 1950’s diner feel with counter stool or table seating.

Food Fare: Breakfast anytime. Mouthwatering hamburgers and crispy french fries.  Fried mushrooms and pretzels were good. Breakfast kid’s meal was a generous child portion.

Hamburger and french friesPlated cheeseburger and fries

Recommendations:  Try a burger choice—you won’t regret it!  Pace your soda (pop) as one refill is included.

Service:  Good, solid service. We received what we ordered.  Great team work by staff to get the job done.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  We love a great burger with local diner flare.

Inside Kelly's Big Burger with logo clockWhite board and inside restaurant picture