Fried food-o-rama at Rock Island Family Restaurant, Holland

Are fried foods a separate layer on the food pyramid. I sure hope so.

I stopped at Rock Island Family Restaurant on M40 just south of the interchange with I 196. It’s basically a truck stop restaurant, but one with a nice interior and good service. I went in with an open mind and absolutely clueless as to what I was going to have. Most of the time, I have a specific food category I’m looking for (burger, nachos, bacon-wrapped ice cream cookie), but in this case, nada. But when I saw the fish and chips special, I was set.

Rock Island Family Restaurant

Rock Island Family Restaurant

They certainly didn’t skimp on the fish. Two big pieces of deep fried goodness were waiting for me aloft a bed of nicely fried fries. That’s what I’m talking about. The fish was nearly perfectly, though a crispier breading would have moved it into the perfect range. Still, they tasted good, as were the fries.  And a huge glass of Mt. Dew kept the afternoon sleepies away.

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

Now, not everything in my fish basket was fried. I’ll have you know that there was not a smidge of breading cooked in oil on my coleslaw, which is why I didn’t eat it all. Come on, let’s get some deep-fried cabbage on the menu, people.

So if you’re in a truck, of the semi-kind or otherwise, stop in to Rock Island. If fish isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other things on the menu, including nachos. (Yes, I do occasionally pass them up .)


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