Created by local indie rocker Josh86 and his business partner, Serena Hashimoto, as a comfy, stylish diner to lounge about, the Downbeat Diner & Lounge attracts famished lunch munchers and night owls with a vegan-friendly menu of American classics. Patrons can sprawl out in the funky-patterned booths before downing the American burger, which is topped with cheddar and doused in house sauce ($7.50). Those who wake up late can still snack on the breakfast menu all day, filling bellies with the Loco Moco, a gravy- and egg-slathered burger or veggie patty ($7). Like the vegetarian superheroes of the 1930s, every menu item has its vegan foil—even dairified desserts such as the milkshake ($5) and meaty meals such as the bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich ($7.50).
Rock Island is a place where everyone can feel at home, whether you love coffee or you detest coffee. (We make lot's of other drinks, too!) Our mission is to build community through art, music, and other shared experiences. Many people, both young and old, consider us their home away from home. Smiles are always free!
Koala Moa is a family-run business that has been dizzying birds with rotisserie-style rotations since 1989. Chicken dinners come hot off the spit prepared with a recipe developed over years of practice and countless tithes to Viking poultry gods. The menu caters to stomach pits of all depths with four different plate choices. Whole ($9) and half chickens ($5) are available on their own, and the whole-chicken plate ($12), large plate ($7), and mini plate ($5) serve the bird alongside scoops of sautéed corn and rice. Additionally, Koala Moa serves its sides on the side, giving sidelong glances to patrons who can’t get enough rice ($1) or corn ($1). Adding a tasty spin not born on the rotisserie grill, the restaurant also whips up house kimchi and takuan.