Look, I'm no foodie and sometimes all I want is a plate of potatoes, hash, eggs, and toast. I need it. I hunger for it. Vasili's definitely delivers the satiation I so desperately desire. It's got the small town charm, the delightfully friendly waitress who aren't afraid to bicker with the customers, and that certain not-so-great-yet-somehow-wonderful quality you only find in midwest diners.
This is my go to lunch spot. My job is fairly labor intensive and there really isn't anything better than walking up to the counter, plopping down on the slightly cushioned stool, having my coffee waiting for me, and doing that dance with my waitress where she asks if I need a menu. I say yea, maybe I'll try something new. But it's always the hash and potatoes. And it probably always will be...except for next time. Maybe.
And it always comes out so fast that I feel like they've been expecting me.
And that's what you should want in a diner.
There is no hyperbole in the following statement: Hunans of Mincoqua, WI is the greatest Chinese restaurant I have ever been to. Let's put it like this: my choice for a last meal would be the wonton soup, fried dumplings (more on the dumplings to follow), and Schezwan shrimp. And, hey, how 'bout some cashew chicken on the side?
Oh the dumplings....my god the dumplings! If there is one universal truth in this world it is that everyone agrees that the fried dumplings are the most delectable satchels of pork in the land. They are a necessity. If you do not order them you are missing out on the best thing on the menu.
As a side note, if you go between 11-3pm, the lunch menu items are ridiculousness cheap and heaping. Egg roll, soup, and a (large) entree will cost you $5.95 to $6.50.
Having recently moved closer to Chicago, one would think I would have stumbled upon a superior Chinese eatery than one in Podunk Wisconsin. Alas, I have not. And honestly, I don't think I ever will.