The restaurant featured last week was Fazzi’s at 1813 Vandalia St. in Collinsville. It was a very enjoyable dining experience.
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This week’s review is based on a reader’s suggestion. My dining companion and I drove to the location and were able to park right in front. A sign on the door said the credit card machine was out of order, but I had cash for a change, so that was no problem. The first thing I saw was a bar with seating all along. There were plenty of tables, both to the left of the bar, in a long room to the right of the bar, and in a smoking porch closed off by glass doors. I counted 10 flat-screen televisions, but two of them were not playing. There were other couples there. One man played some excellent classic country music on the jukebox in the rear of the left room, where we decided to sit.
Our server brought us menus, flatware-in-a-napkin and took our drink orders promptly. We perused the menus and tried to take in everything around us. The walls were covered with all manner of paraphernalia, such as pithy slogans, ads, framed pictures of artists and bands, photos, and upcoming live music acts. I had seen a large whiteboard near the door with the day’s specials and chose an open-faced pork sandwich with mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans from the board. My friend chose a half-pound burger with blue cheese and bacon along with a bowl of chili from the menu.
We had our drinks immediately. I found the lemonade a little too sweet, without the sour tang that would have made it great. There were various games clustered near the door, but I did not see any video gaming machines. There was an ATM, if needed. The restrooms were reasonably clean but too small to be wheelchair-accessible.
After my little tour, I saw our food had arrived. My open-faced sandwich, on four triangles of white bread, looked enormous. The pork was plentiful, savory and tender. The gravy was steaming hot, and the green beans were bright green with bacon cooked with them. So good! My companion offered me a bite of the blue cheese and bacon burger, but it was so rich that I didn’t care for it. Our server asked if a go box was needed, but my friend said in a minute or two, nothing would be left.
After the check was brought over, we waited for our server to collect the payment but she did not return to our table. I finally walked up to the bar and paid there. Our meal came to a total of $23.09 for the pork platter, chili and the big burger. If one is in the area, I recommend he or she stop in!
Overall – 4 ½ stars
Service – 4 ½ stars
Cleanliness – 4 stars
Food – 4 ½ stars
I know there is at least one person out there who knows the name and location of this bar and grill. Everyone else, check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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