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Another interesting bit of Joliet ephemera - a matchbook from Otto's, which once served the unbeatable combination of root beer (undoubtedly homemade) and barbeque. This address is just a few blocks from where we live now but the place is sadly long gone (the building currently houses a Polish bakery/grocery/deli/restaurant/bar) as apparently also are the Lankenaus, for whom I could find no listing in the phone book.

Presumably the "Always Cold" referred to the root beer, and not the barbeque.

January 17, 2009 in Ephemera, Joliet | Permalink


Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, but I never acquired the taste because I grew up in St. Louis.

Posted by: Paul Lamb at Jan 17, 2009 8:38:02 PM