The restaurant featured last week was Gilliganz Bar and Grill, 7251 Saint James Drive in Edwardsville. I was intrigued by the names of the various wing orders, such as Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffet. Great food and atmosphere!
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My regular dining companion expressed a wish to visit a place we had not been to in years. Primarily providing curb service, it also had an indoor dining room, so we went in. I saw several tables with red tablecloths along both sides of the long, narrow dining room. Some tables could seat four, and some were set for two. A table near the door held plastic flatware, sugar, sweetener, mustard, coffee creamer, etc. in small tin buckets. There were also two napkin dispensers. Each table held a roll of paper towels, salt, pepper and catsup. Pop music wafted unobtrusively through the air. The walls were covered with advertisements from a previous age, for cars, Pepsi, and one for Pep-O-Mint Life Savers that read, “Fragrant onion, garlicky pickle, chase them away for only a nickle!” I saw articles from three newspapers praising the restaurant. There was also a large display for winners of the challenge to consume a 2-pound burger, loaded potatoes and a 32-ounce drink within half-an-hour. The winner receives a T-shirt and his photo on the wall of fame. I didn’t think my stomach was up to the challenge.
The menu was on the wall, and we ordered at a large window. I requested a pork tenderloin sandwich on a bun with pickle and onion, potato planks with cheese and bacon, a banana shake and a mug of home-made root beer. My companion asked for a chili bowl, a corn dog, a chocolate malt and root beer. We paid at the window when ordering.
I checked out the restrooms and was delighted to find that they were the cleanest and best-designed restrooms I had seen in a very long while. There were no decorations, but spotless trumps cute any day. Our food was ready within 15 minutes of our order. My companion was disappointed that the chili serving was on the small side, but everything tasted great.
My pork tenderloin sandwich was $3, the potato planks were $3.80, the large malt and shake were $4.75 each, the corn dog was $2.10 and the mugs of homemade root beer were $1.30 each.
Overall – 5 stars
Service – 5 stars
Cleanliness – 5 stars
Food – 5 stars
This restaurant has been around for many years. Can you figure out the name and location of this crowd favorite? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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