Six of us met for lunch at the Tea Room At The Depot in Mackinaw, IL.
Throughout the building, the decor is somewhat reminiscent of a Cracker Barrel. Knickknack sales at the entrance and visually interesting things in the dining area.
The waitstaff was wonderfully attentive throughout our visit. We were seated quickly and table service was fast and efficient without being obtrusive.
Like many of these eateries they stress lighter fare with a pared down menu. They have croissants, panini sandwiches, lots of salad choices, and,oh my, lots and lots of great deserts!
Of special note were the combo meals. The combos consist of a soup / salad, a sandwich, and a desert. They serve each meal in a three tiered carrier that makes for a visually pleasing display. The combo meal was about $17 (depending on the sandwich).
My wife and I (not being overly hungry) chose just a sandwich. I had the ruben and she had the smoked ham and cheese. Both sandwiches came panini style mine on swirled rye bread and hers on wheat bread. None of the sandwiches came with chips nor did I see the option of adding them. Opting for water with a lemon twist and passing on desert got us out the door for $17 and change. The sandwiches, while not "piled sky high", were by no means skimpy. They represented a good value for the money.
The Tea Room At The Depot is definitely geared towards the ladies, or couples out for a quiet meal. I would love to return and try one of the themed evening meals.
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