The restaurant covered last week was Weezie’s Route 66 Bar and Grill, 108 Old U.S. Route 66 in Hamel. The food is marvelous and reasonably priced. If you get on Route 66 and follow it south, you eventually will run into Itty Bitty Restaurant in Granite City, another place devoted to Route 66. The 2,448 miles of the Mother Road pass through eight states and three time zones, so I think we are pretty lucky to have two restaurants this close.
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My dining companion and I were visiting family in a nearby town when I noticed an eatery I had never seen before. We walked into a room with a large bar in an angular horseshoe shape, six round tables and four high tables. There were padded seats all around the bar, so we sat there. We were greeted immediately and given menus and flatware in a napkin. I perused the menu while drinking in the atmosphere.
Free wi-fi was offered. The walls were decorated with stylized metal lizards and sayings celebrating island culture. Two flat-screen televisions were on one wall and a larger one was on another wall. Everything was spotless.
We ordered water with lemon and asked about some of the menu items. The descriptions of the dishes sounded spicy, so I wanted to know what were some of the milder foods offered. Our server was very knowledgeable and gave us some excellent advice. My companion requested a No. 1, a signature sandwich bearing the name of the restaurant. It contained marinated roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on pressed specialty bread. The price was $6. I ordered turkey, cream cheese and mango marmalade on toasted sweet bread, for $5. Both sandwiches came with a small cup of red cabbage slaw and crispy frita fries, which were the thinnest fries I ever saw. These sandwiches were very different from each other, but delicious each in its own way. We finished up with servings of tres leches cake, moist and flavorful.
We paid from our seats. I saw no restrooms, so I supposed the tea room next door had them. The two businesses were connected by a large glass door.
I was very pleased with this restaurant and fully intend to return soon with more friends.
Overall – 5 stars
Service – 5 stars
Cleanliness – 5 stars
Food – 5 stars
Are you able to puzzle out the location of this island paradise? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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