Choo Choo McGoo’s

(I wrote this blog before surgery.)

Every time we travel to Kokomo, Rooster and I stop at Choo Choo McGoo’s. Rooster and I love to eat in this locally owned restaurant. It is easy to locate at 816 E Markland Avenue. The restaurant, known as Ducky’s in its former life, still has a home town feel. Dave and Melissa Trine purchased the eatery about ten years ago, making it a wonderful place to eat if you are a fan of good downhome cooking. (Melissa took down her face mask long enough for me to snap a picture. Dave was MIA the morning we were there.)

Molly’s restaurant review of Choo Choo McGoo’s

Remember all opinions expressed in this review are those of the author.


Many tasty dishes make up this restaurant’s menu. They have daily specials posted on a blackboard if you are looking for variety. My favorite is their Cheddar Bacon Burger. Rooster likes their grilled chicken dinner. On this particular visit, we made it in time for breakfast. We both ordered one of the specials from the board. Rooster had the Kitchen Sink, and he proclaimed it the best omelet he’d ever eaten. I sampled the Strawberry French Toast. They were tasty enough for me to ignore the syrup. We both enjoyed the meal.


A customer visiting Choo Choo McGoo’s should expect the prices to be what they would experience at any local diner. Rooster didn’t complain, so you know the cost of the meal was reasonable.


The service is always great at Choo Choo Magoo’s. If they are in the restaurant, Michelle or Dave Trine visit every table to ensure their customers are happy.


This eating establishment is filled with a lot of local flavor. If you visit at the right time, you might be able to pick up some local gossip flowing from a liar’s table. Dave even managed to get a hold of the local high school’s mascot before it closed and Kokomo ended up with one high school.


With a name like Choo Choo McGoo’s, you’d expect the restaurant to be filled with toy trains. Part of the décor in the restaurant honors Kokomo’s industrial heritage. The city sitting on the banks of the Wildcat has a history of being a big manufacturing town. From the glass and bricks manufactured during the depression to the present day car manufacturing, Kokomo is where things get made. The railroads became an important means of transportation to move all of the product,  so the Choo Choo McGoo’s train name is appropriate.

Overall review

If you find yourself coasting down US 31, take a side trip into the city of Kokomo and enjoy a meal at Choo Choo McGoo’s. They are located at 816 E. Markland on the main drag running through town. Rooster and I both think you will enjoy your visit.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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