Tavern offers fried chicken, fish, burgers, pizzas and beef rolls
I made a mistake of putting a 20-minute drive in between my order at Jerry's Tap in Ransom and eating it at home.
The smell in my car almost drove me nuts in the best way possible.
While my mistake was pretty bad, the food was incredible, and inexpensive, too. For $49, I was able to feed four adults with a beef roll, chicken strips, two orders of onion rings and two orders of pretzels with beer cheese.
Beef rolls are fairly common in central Illinois, but the Jerry’s Tap’s beef roll stood out. It wasn’t as cheesy as some of the others I’ve had, but the ingredients were all obviously homemade.
The chicken strips have a thick, crisp breading that gives all the benefits of fried chicken without the bone. The chicken itself stayed juicy.
Also, it's hard to leave Jerry's Tap without ordering a frosty draft of 1919 root beer. If you eat inside, they'll serve it in a frosty mug the old-fashioned way, but it's still just as good on the go.
Their beef rolls and pizza are available from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and their Friday and Saturday menu features a more traditional menu with items such as cod, rib-eyes, chicken, burgers and other sandwiches.
Their prices are mid-range. Appetizers run between $5 and $6, and a large beef roll costs $19, but it was large enough to feed four people.
Burgers and sandwiches run between $8 and $10, while the typically higher-priced items like steaks and cod run around $14 and $15.
Jerry's has carryout and well-spaced outdoor dining to accommodate diners during the pandemic.
Jerry’s Tap has been a staple in Ransom since 1973, when late owner Jerry Yedinak opened the restaurant after serving in the Army.
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