No, it is not a hard-to-find restaurant, but a new column for AdVantage News! Each week the Secret Diner will post a review of a River Bend eating establishment. The Secret Diner will not review chain or franchise restaurants, only privately owned ones. About the rating system: zero stars would mean avoid at all costs, one star is pretty bad, two stars is merely fair, three stars is OK, four stars is good, and five stars is perfect! Before posting a negative review, the Secret Diner will give the establishment a second chance at a different time of day. See if you can determine the name and location of the restaurant under review! The answer will appear in next week’s column.
Did you guess the restaurant reviewed last time? It was Uncle Linny’s Family Restaurant, located at 4112 Pontoon Road in Granite City. Even though they don’t know the difference between “mythic” and “iconic,” the food was great.
This next place was chosen for a club meeting. I had never been here before, and enjoyed my visit with my group. The restaurant shares its building with two other businesses, and makes the most of every inch of space. We met in a small room set apart from the main area, which was perfect for our group of eight, but we were told it could seat 20 comfortably.
The menu was printed on bright, professional-looking fliers, and also on chalkboards here and there. The business specializes in sandwiches, wraps, salad, soup and desserts, with specialty non-alcoholic beverages. It would be a great place for a meeting or a first date.
I had a Philly cheese steak on a baguette, with red onion, green peppers, portabella mushrooms and provolone, along with hot cinnamon apples and lemonade. Delicious! My fellow club members ordered chicken salad on cranberry bread, Asian chicken salad, Caesar salad, Greek salad and a Southwestern wrap, along with a variety of smoothies and specialty coffees. A member’s grandchild was in attendance, and said that her mac ‘n’ cheese and PB and J were both really good. Several delicious-sounding desserts were offered, but we had run out of time.
The restrooms were shared with the other two businesses in the building and were strictly utilitarian.
The flier menu looks great, but has more than five spelling errors and as many grammar errors. The beverages come in “go cups” but are delicious, nonetheless. The restaurant closes at 7 p.m., or my group would have stayed longer than we did. The atmosphere and service were very good.
I paid $8.91 with tax. My sandwich was $6.95 with one side and the lemonade was $1.39.
Cleanliness – four and a half stars
Food – four and a half stars
Wait staff – four and a half and a half stars
Overall – four and a half stars
Are you able to recognize this restaurant? Check the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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