The restaurant I reviewed last week was Goldie’s Chick-N-Mex Express at 1800 Vaughn Road in Wood River. The two combos I bought were $4.99 each with drinks included. What a great value!
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I had wanted to go to this particular eatery for a long while, but I had trouble getting someone to go with me and I don’t like to eat alone. Finally, I got my chance with a good friend and jumped at it.
There is a large parking lot and since it was a Monday evening, we had no trouble parking. As we approached the building,we heard very good music rippling out to greet us. I was delighted to see that there was live music, something I did not expect on what is traditionally a slow night. There were large signs both outside and inside the building; the ones inside from past local businesses, street signs, license plates, beer and tobacco products, and just about anything else you could think of. There were at least two sets of restrooms. The large square bar was in the first area, and a little past that was the food area.
Here were more signs stating the food that was available, the only menu found. We took a minute to choose. Shrimp were in a glass case filled with ice, but I chose a grilled steak kabob and a hot dog, and my friend took a bratwurst and big cheeseburger. We ordered a basket of fries to share. I whipped out my debit card, and was told that it was a cash-only establishment. Fortunately, I was able to cover it.
There was no shortage of seating. Besides the bar area, there were two small rooms and a long rectangular room to choose from, all with a good variety of tables. Literally, unless one wanted a chaise lounge, there was something for everybody. Televisions were tucked in corners where one could be seen from just about anywhere inside.
The well-worn tile floors were littered with napkins, but I can’t fault the servers; they stayed extremely busy, and as I investigated, I found a couple of nooks where they had stashed their food, trying to grab a bite on the fly. My server was especially good. She suggested juices for my friend and myself, since we don’t drink alcohol, and kept me refreshed with water after I had finished my pineapple juice. My friend had cranberry.
We collected our food and applied catsup, mustard, diced onion and dill pickles from the condiment bar. My friend lamented the lack of tomatoes for the cheeseburger. We settled back at our table and dug in. My friend said the large cheeseburger and bratwurst tasted great. My kabob consisted of well-peppered steak grilled with slices of green pepper in between each sizable chunk of meat. It was just at my top tolerance level of spice, enough to provide a pleasant burn but not painful. The hot dog was HOT and I don’t mean temperature. I could see tiny flecks of red pepper inside the dog! I wasn’t able to finish it. My friend would not trade with me, either. I would suggest that the sign for the hot dog would give a hint about its spiciness.
All and all, I really enjoyed the atmosphere, service and music. I wish I knew the name of that band. I plan to go back again soon.
I’m pretty sure you can puzzle out what the name and location is of this fun place! Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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