Amid all the great dishes on local menus, a few treasures can almost secretly slip by.
Occasionally, the stealthy is real: these items are off-menu, known only by a few faithful clientele. Other offerings are new and haven’t yet totally caught on. Still others somehow fly under the radar as hidden gems.
To the latter, consider the tenderloin supreme, offered for decades at Schooners, 730 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights.
To be sure, Schooners is famous for its king tenderloin, an oversized disc of pork pounded thin and deep fried. Its renown even prompted a visit from the Food Network.
But then there is its more obscure cousin, the tenderloin supreme. It’s somehow hidden in plain sight — on the menu, it’s right next to the king version — and even many regulars have gone years without noticing it.
“It happens all the time,” says general manager Brad Gebhards. “But when people discover it, they order it all the time.”