Photo by Fred Pollard
Jimmy the Greek’s Grecian Taverna is hosting its first annual pig roast and barbecue beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. From left are Chef Andrew Missey, Chef Corey Fischer, Jim Boukas, owner of the GB Grill; and restaurant owner Angelo Boukas.
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, local Grecian restaurant and taverna Jimmy the Greek’s will put away the grape leaves and the “opaaa!” in exchange for barbecued pig and other “good ole fixins.”
“This is just something fun we are doing for our customers,” owner Angelo Boukas said. “We wanted to do something different they cannot get during the week, and try to show our guests the lighter side of Jimmy the Greek’s.”
Setting aside its regular upscale menu for something a bit more “down home,” Jimmy’s will have a smoker set up in front of the restaurant, offering an assortment of beef brisket, pork ribs, lamb shanks, chicken, and pulled pork.
“We are going to have several different sides, including fresh produce from local markets such as sweet corn, grilled zucchini and eggplant, and watermelon, and some terrific homemade desserts,” Boukas said.
A beer wagon also will be set up, offering Bud Light and O’Fallon Brewery selections on tap. Frozen drinks will be on hand to help cool off a warm day, and the restaurant’s full inside bar selection will be available all evening, including an extended wine menu and Greek martinis.
Live music will round out the evening with both a full band and an acoustic set.
Boukas says he plans to donate a percentage of the proceeds to an Alton-area charity to be determined.
“I want to give something back to the community,” he said. “This is going to be a yearly thing.”
Jimmy the Greek’s opened in 2011 at 1856 East Broadway (next to the GB Grill, near the Alton Police station and Fast Eddie’s Bon Air). It has built a following in the area based upon its fine dining in a casual atmosphere.
“You can come in shorts and eat next to a guy in a suit, and both feel at home and have a great time,” Boukas said.
The restaurant features four professional chefs.
“We have more than just Greek food, as well,” Boukas said. “We have something for everyone, and our daily specials change every day.”
For more information, call (618) 462-6600.
Guided shuttle tours to visit barbecue spots in Alton and Godfrey
ALTON – The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer two-hour guided shuttle tours to barbecue restaurants along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.
Visitors can enjoy barbecue from local restaurants including Carver’s Southern-Style BBQ in Godfrey, Rib City in Alton and Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse in Alton. The shuttle tour will be from 1 to 3 p.m. June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30. Cost is $35 per person.
“These shuttle tours are an excellent way for visitors to get a feel for the town and eat like the locals do at some of their favorite BBQ restaurants,” Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Brett Stawar said.
Voted best barbecue in Madison County two years in a row is Carver’s Southern-Style BBQ, 2716 Grovelin St., Godfrey. Their meat is seasoned with a dry rub, then slow-cooked over a hickory fire in a rotisserie wood-burning pit.
Rib City, 201 E. Center Drive, Alton, started as a family-style restaurant in 1989 in Fort Myers, Fla. They will offer a tasting of their specialty, baby back ribs, with a sample of baked beans and coleslaw.
Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse, 180 Center Drive, Alton, ages their beef a minimum of 21 days, and the meat is hand-cut daily.
Boarding for the tours will be at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton, and the shuttle will return passengers to the visitor center at the tour’s conclusion.
For information or to make advanced reservations, go to www.VisitAlton.com/Shuttle or call the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.