No, it is not a hard-to-find restaurant, but a 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.
Were you able to puzzle out what exotic restaurant was reviewed last time? It was Taj India Cuisine at 4 Club Center Drive in Edwardsville. We feasted on keema samosa, delicious soup, two kinds of naan with sauces, with kheer and kulfee for dessert.
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Sometimes a person just wants some familiar comfort food. My companion and I headed out to a place where we have gone many times. Although there are many Italian pasta dishes and sandwiches from which to choose, I always seem to fall back on an old favorite, the house special pizza. We also ordered salad and soft drinks.
I mentioned that our table was sticky, and our energetic server had it cleaned in a second. I checked out the restrooms after giving our order. They were both roomy, well-stocked and clean, and I was charmed with the array of small glass tiles that cap the tiles on the walls.
Our salads were composed of iceberg and romaine lettuce, with one section of tomato, a tablespoon of sliced black olives and mozzarella cheese on top. My lemonade and my companion’s root beer arrived in quart tumblers.
We had to wait for the pizza, which came very hot and delicious. The crust was covered “wall-to-wall” with sausage, ham, cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion and green pepper. I had ordered a large, and we had plenty to fill us and some to take home. I ate a couple of slices cold the next day, and the onion flavor really came out!
Although I have suggested it many times, this particular establishment does not serve dessert. It is open every day except Monday. It always seems to be full, no matter when I go.
The 14-inch special pizza was $18.70 and worth every penny. The salads were each $4 with cheese. I did not receive an itemized receipt, but with drinks and tax the total was $32.51. I paid at the counter.
Overall – 4 ½ stars
Service – 4 ½ stars
Cleanliness – 3 ½ stars
Food – 4 ½ stars
Do you think you know the name and location of this pizza paradise? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
The Secret Diner