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WHAT: Invention Restaurant
WHERE: 15 N. Main St., Milan
HOURS: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.
This week we took a short drive to Milan, the birthplace of Thomas Edison. After looking at all the memorabilia and going through the many antique shops, we decided to have lunch at this little restaurant that’s been here forever.
It had closed for a while and then opened again a few years ago, much to the delight of all the friends and neighbors. It was almost 1 p.m. and they close at 2 p.m., so we hurried in. I’ve noticed that most of the smaller Ma and Pa places only stay open for breakfast and lunch, which makes sense as they only need employees for one shift, and they can keep a shorter menu and make what they do make even better.
The Invention’s breakfast menu is extensive and has many different choices, including my favorite — homemade Belgian waffles. There were lots of egg and meat sandwiches and plenty of omelets of your choice. They also have good pancakes and French toast available at all times. They also make their own homemade hash brown potatoes.
There were two daily specials and a large variety of burgers. I ordered the breaded fried chicken breast on a bun with tomato, lettuce and mayo. It came with a large pile of crispy thin French fries as a side. Of course, my husband had the usual order of a veggie omelet. I swear — will he ever have something different? This one, he said, was one of the best, with loads of finely chopped veggies and an order of really good home fries.
There was only one gal working the whole dining room, but she made everyone feel welcome and did a very good job. Of course they too make homemade pies, they looked so good.
If you’re ever in the quaint little town of Milan after seeing all the Edison history or going antiquing at their charming little shops, be sure to stop at the Invention Restaurant for a great breakfast or lunch.
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