The restaurant reviewed last week was Town Club, 2400 E. Broadway in Alton. If you go, don’t miss the Dessert Xanga! Wonderful!
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Many long, long years ago, I visited a restaurant that I had not been to since. Since it was still in service, my regular dining companion and I drove over to see what it’s like now.
It was in the same place, with an open-air patio added on. A tall board fence provided privacy. There was plenty of parking in the gravel lot. We passed through the entry into the main room, breathing deep lungfuls of the lovely, cold air. The bar on the right was festooned with red lights representing hot peppers. There was plenty of seating available; high tables with stools, square tables and chairs, bar seating, more tables on a raised platform, and still more on the large patio.
There were five gaming machines to the right of the door, a jukebox to the left, a full-sized pool table, and two dart machines were up on the raised platform. One wall of the platform was covered with LP record jackets from bands past. I counted four televisions inside.
We were greeted as soon as we seated ourselves and given flatware-in-a-napkin and menus. We requested lemonade and a few minutes to look over the menu. I saw a sign that mentioned $2 tacos, so I ordered two of them and a French dip roast beef sandwich. My companion ordered a cod sandwich on rye and two tacos as well. We leaned back to relax, just soaking up the atmosphere and air conditioning. There was a napkin dispenser, mustard, catsup, salt and pepper on each table. We also had a menu with a special for each day of the month. I lamented that I had not seen it before I ordered, because the special for the day sounded really good!
I knew I had made a mistake when our food came out. The tacos were huge! One could have made a sizable snack, and two would be a full meal. We each had two tacos plus a good-sized sandwich, plus crinkle fries for me and homemade chips for my friend. The tacos were in red plastic baskets with salsa and sour cream in little lidded cups, but the sandwiches and sides were on heavy china plates. Very nice!
The two restrooms were clean and well-equipped, but not wheelchair-accessible. One restroom had decorative design elements on the wall. Unfortunately, the toilet seat in that restroom was a tad smaller than necessary and could create a dangerous pinch point if a person sat on it wrong.
As I mentioned, the tacos were $2 each, the cod was $7.75 with chips, the French dip was $7.75 with fries and I didn’t catch the price of the lemonades. I paid from the table.
Overall – 5 stars
Service – 5 stars
Cleanliness – 5 stars
Food – 5 stars
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