by Tina Johansson
Peacock Family Restaurant, a local landmark, never fails to show off its plumes. Its home cooking and friendly service are reasons it stands out among other eateries, and reasons it has been around for 22 years – no doubt with many happy returns.
Portions are large and tasty. Take for instance the weekly fish fry – served all day – the cod is freshly beer-battered in house and served with soup or salad, vegetable and a choice of potato or rice pilaf. It comes in two sizes, and dessert is included.
Broasted chicken is a favorite at the place. It comes in 8 pieces to 30 pieces.
The wait staff here are cheerful, and owners Paul and Toula Alatzakis, are on a first name basis with many of the customers.
A number of diners are regulars who followed the couple from their first location at McAree and Grand before they opened the current Peacock on Belvidere. Before that, Paul and Toula had an eatery with a different name at Grand Plaza.
Millie Seay, of Gurnee, the former owner of Aunt Millie’s Diner, a defunct eatery which was located just down the street from the Peacock, is a regular here along with her husband Leon.
“I have to say the food here is good, and many of us know each other,” said Mrs. Seay. Her husband chimed in, “Why not go out to dinner and have some fun once in a while? That’s why we come here.”
They sat among friends enjoying dinner in adjacent booths, and talked all the while.
The owners are grateful to the loyal folks and it shows. “We give a discount of 50% once a year to celebrate our anniversary and to show appreciation to our customers,” said Paul who was gearing up for the all-day event.
Much of the staff at Peacock are devoted as to their jobs. Take for instance a busser named Michael who was busy serving coffee and clearing tables on a recent Friday. “I’ve been here since the place opened more than 20 years ago, and I really like it,” he said with a smile.
Customer Mike Jackson who sat down for a Friday night meal said he likes the food and the owners. “It’s just good eats,” he said while looking over a menu.
Others like Tom and Lois Koncan said the prices can’t be beat. It’s true, the prices are reasonable, and the portions are hefty.
Peacock is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves everything from superb sandwiches to steak and eggs to Greek specialties. At an ice cream fountain, staff churns out delicious malts and banana splits.
And if it’s your birthday and you are having a meal here, enjoy a free ice cream sundae on the house.
Toula came here from Greece more than four decades ago, and Paul arrived ten years later. They have five children including a girl they adopted from China.
Peacock Family Restaurant
2670 Belvidere Road
Dine-In, Delivery, Carryouts