Yesterday we toured Butch’s Pizza in Morton, Illinois and after the tour I sampled some of their tasty pizza with our tour guide, Tim Carey. I told Tim that as much as I like them at home, they always taste the best at a bar with a cold beer or two. I asked Tim and his brother, Steave where was the first tavern they sold Butch’s Pizza to and they weren’t quite sure, but they both agreed that The Red Barn was one of the first. That’s perfect, seeing that The Red Barn is one of the rotating tavern stops here at MBIP. Let’s make tracks and go get some Butch’s Pizza and a couple of cold Budweisers over at The Red Barn.
The work night is over and so it's off we go, cruising at a moderate 25 miles per hour on Main Street.
And here we are at one of the MBIP regular stops, The Red Barn.
Let's go in and see what's going on inside.
Well, there's a familiar face greeting us behind the bar...
Into the oven it goes.
Here's the "before" picture, I can't wait for the "after" picture because I'm starvin' like Marvin over here!
This is the crew at the bar assembled for this Butch's Pizza Party, from left: Jim, Bill and Tom. Jim's been featured here on the blog before and he's known in The Red Barn as, "Nine O'Clock Jim," because he's been coming in here at 9PM on the dot since 1988. They set their clocks by Jim in here.
And here's Fletch who was hanging out at the end of the bar.
Okay I'm back at my perch at the bar and here's the view from where I sit. Two of my favorite things behind the bar are...
The Nutt Hutt, which Jim told me just got refurbished a week ago...
Looks like it's just about time to enjoy some Butch's Pizza!
Looking delicious! There's nothing like the sight and smell of a Butch's Pizza fresh out of a bar oven.
This pizza lasted about 3 minutes and four seconds at the bar before it was totally scarfed down. Best bar food in the world!
After the pizza, Jenny dared me to try a shot of this Salty Watermelon liquor. She said it was something that was...well...a little, "unique" tasting. I took her up on it, hey, I'll try anything once and usually twice!
First I took in a smell of the fragrance of Salty Watermelon...
It's now or never, down the hatch it goes...
I think this picture tells the whole story! Salty Watermelon shots are one dollar, but for two bucks, they'll hide the bottle and you'll never have to think about it again!
After that shot, we started talking about the graffiti on the wall and Jenny pointed out her favorite which is over here on the wall behind this booth.
"The Bartender On March 4th, 2012 Was/Is a total Dick!" Ha! This person needs to quit holding back and tell us how they really feel!