The restaurant reviewed last week was Bigelo’s Bistro, 140 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. Good artwork and food!
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My regular dining companion and I were searching for a place we had not been to yet, when we hit upon a bar and grill on a main road nearby. There was ample parking on a slanted lot near a side door. When we entered, I was charmed by the brick-wall interior, with the kitchen off to the right and a large bar in the center of the room, with seating on all four sides. I counted nine televisions, tuned either to the Discovery Channel or AMC. Country music filled the air. On a raised platform near the front door, there were six gaming machines, an electronic dart board, a full-sized pool table and another electronic game. The walls had Budweiser, Busch and Miller advertisements in neon and other media. There was plenty of seating, including rectangular tables and high round tables. Each rectangular table had a roll of paper towels, salt and pepper on it.
We went directly to the kitchen counter to order. My companion opted for a catfish nugget plate and chose potato salad and slaw for sides. I chose two chicken kabobs, because I never had a chicken kabob before and wanted to try it out. The cook was conscientious about explaining what foods I might find too spicy for my tender palate. I paid when ordering. The catfish plate was $5.95 and the kabobs had no price on the sign. The cook said he did not know how much they cost (but he rang up the price when I paid.) By counting my change, I figured they were a little under six dollars each, including tax. This is a cash-only establishment and to eat there, one has to order a drink. We both chose Sprite at two for $3.50. When filling the glasses, the tap started “spitting” and my soda was mostly soda water. The bartender knew this but served it to me anyway.
Our food came up and we picked it up at the counter. Dill pickle slices, onions, catsup, mustard and barbecue sauce were available for customers to use. My companion said that the catfish was perfect and the potato salad was very good, but the slaw was not the best. I was very happy with my chicken kabobs. The breading was unusual, but pleasing. However, I could only eat one, so my companion ate the other. No carry-outs were allowed. The fish and chicken were so good that my companion went to the kitchen counter to compliment the cook.
The restroom for women was clean and stylish. Something I had never seen before was French doors on the stalls, but there were no locks or coat hooks. The men’s room needed some attention to the sink.
Overall – 3 stars
Service – 3 stars
Cleanliness – 2 stars
Food – 4 stars
Can you figure out the name and location of this bar and grill? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!