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You Review It: Lastrack Family Restaurant

Tell folks what you think of Lastrack by giving it a star rating or writing a review.

I remember driving past the Lastrack Family Restaurant 25 years ago and thinking it was a quirky little place that was always advertising some kind of comfort food.

To this day I've never stepped inside, let alone sampled the fare there. Have you? I don't know anything about its history. Do you?  

I'm working on getting them a proper listing on Patch so people can give it a star rating but for now, tell others what you think of Lastrack in the comment stream.

 

 

Diane Baum July 11, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hi!!! Hungry IGH resident here!!! This place is awesome! when you step inside, it harkens back to the days of the Woolworth's where the swivel chairs at the counter invited one to sit and spin!!! The comfy booths have great views of the railroad tracks just a step outside the door. If you are lucky, a huge BNSF train will roll on by, gently shaking the restaurant, if not, look UP> All along the ceiling is a model train that circles the entire restaurant! On Sunday mornings, plan to come early--it fills up FAST! But don't feel put out...you will be served quickly and by friendly waitstaff. The food is EXCELLENT!!! It is not a "greasy spoon dive," rather it is a good place to bring the kids and enjoy a meal. Afterwards, you can take a walk on the Rock Island Swing Bridge which is just a block away. My husband and I come here often for the food and service. I highly recommend it!! I also hope they don't franchise...the simplicity is what attracted me here.
Diane Baum July 11, 2012 at 03:43 PM
oh and BTW...history....the railroad engineers stop here for a meal. There is a small shack next to the restaurant where I heard they would take a shower, freshen up, eat and move on. Although I am not certain exactly how long it has been there, I know it has served for many years....
Jeff Roberts (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
This is awesome! Thanks Diane! Honestly, Fastrack is one of the iconic places I remember from family trips to IGH when I was a kid. Weird I've never been in there. That's going to change before the week is out though!
Jim Edward July 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I think they should have a "Back to the Fifties" night once a year. I remember when it was the C&H Diner and then the Glenview Grill. A hamburger steak dinner was 75 cents and a chocolate malt was 30 cents. And they brought the shiny metal container it was mixed in to the table for you so you could eat it all. In the early 60's they had someone at the door to seat you on Friday and Saturday nights as the place was so busy. Some times you had to wait half an our but the wait was well worth it. That was before all of the fast-food places opened up and Inver Grove was still called a village. It was a favorite stop for truckers but they shied away from it in later years as parking their big rigs became a problem. I've eaten at the Last Track and have enjoyed many a good meal there. It's a very competitive business and I wish them luck.
Jeff Roberts (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Thanks Jim. I always enjoy listening to your stories about some of IGH's older properties. Dinner for 75 cents! And you're right, a Back to the 50s night would be great!
Jeff Roberts (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I just read a comment on the Facebook page that Lastrack is being sold. Anyone else hear that?
Brian DeMaio July 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
http://www.inver-grove-heights-real-estate.com/listing/4152356
Jeff Roberts (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thanks Brian. That's a shame.
Ken Coy July 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
It wouldn't be the first time it has been sold. Hopefully, whoever buys it this time will maintain the quality of the food and the ambiance. It has become one of my regular places to eat in the area, though I wouldn't have bet on that many years ago when i first went there. The food was good and the staff was wonderful, but it was during the time when it was open 24 hours. I went there with a friend after attending a concert in Wisconsin, so it was about 2:00am. There was a guy who was rather inebriated hassling two couples seated in one of the booths along the south side. He pulled a knife on them, but they managed to calm him down and there was no problem. It was several years before I went back.
Jim Edward July 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
At one time there was an A&W root beer stand on the property about 100 feet north of the building in the middle of the parking lot. Just the old wooden structure about 20' x 20' painted that bright orange with that big old wooden barrel sitting on the counter behind the serving window. I don't remember them having car-hops there, but I do remember riding my bicycle down there with a nickle in my pocket and having an ice cold root beer in a big glass mug. Anybody else remember that?
Ellie Manwiller July 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Where is it? I'd love to eat there but no one has an address????
Jim Edward July 27, 2012 at 01:49 AM
It's on concord street down in the old village. First place north of the holiday gas station.
Cy Svobodny October 06, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Great place to eat, A Working Man's Eatery. All "Comfort Food", Breakfest all day, and Daily Specials. My personal favorite is Salad & Homemade Soup for lunch. They have rotating specials on Tuesday & Thursday. Check onjline at LasTrackRestaurant.Com. Only open til 2:P on Sunday & Monday, 8:P the rest of the week. ...............

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