KAPOWY! After dinner we follow our waitperson’s advice and head to Paul’s Tavern just off Main Street in Dubuque, Iowa for a night-cap, and we are totally happy here. There are lots of animal heads mounted on the walls…they are encased in plexiglass to keep dust from settling on them and probably to keep patrons like us from hanging things like underwear on the antlers. . .nice pre-emptive action on Paul’s part.
We settle in and start sipping on bottles of Good Old Potosi, by far our favorite beer here in the midwest. . .the Potosi Brewery was shut down for a number of years, but then a local-guy-made-good came home to Potosi, bought the whole property–brewery and all–refurbished everything, and now they distribute their fine beers all throughout Wisconsin and a little bit in Iowa and Illinois. . .plus, the Potosi folks supposedly donate all of their profits to local not-for-profit organizations trying to do good in the community–really a fun little story. . .Google Potosi Brewery to learn more. We drink Good Old Potosi wherever we go now. . .happy to support the cause.
Anyway, after settling in real good here at Paul’s Tavern we start chatting with a couple visiting from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I have never anyone from Cedar Rapids. . .they seem like nice people, the guy is a technology person of some sort and his wife is an English teacher. They tell us the jukebox is really good here, so we start playing tunes and chit-chatting away. . .the guy then orders a Paul’s Tavern double cheeseburger. . .a young dude at the end of the bar cooks this thing up on a cast iron skillet. . .he brings it over, it is just two fresh beef patties–locally supplied, of course–with some cheddar cheese melted on them–that’s it, and it looks totally delectable. It is juicy and dripping, and the guy inhales it. . .wow! Total cost: $3.85. Yes, three dollars and eighty-five cents. . .whaaaaat??!! I know we have just eaten dinner, but I gotta try one. . .the dude cooks it up for me, I ask for mine slightly more rare, the woman just says, ‘he cooks them all the same, but I will tell him what you said.’ And BOOM my burger arrives. . .two patties, melted cheese, slightly rare-ish, drippy, and juicy. . .I gobble it, and it is freakin’ delicious. . .mmm, aaaahh! I love hangin’ out, sippin’ brews, chit-chatting, and gnoshing on inexpensive and delicious burgers at Paul’s Tavern here in Dubuque, and you will too if you are ever lucky enough to find yourself here in this fine establishment.
I send you soothing midwestern vibes from Paul’s Tavern in Dubuque. . .feel them. . .they will make you smile real-big-like.
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