Did you recognize where we lunched last week? It was Big Daddy’s Bar, 132 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. I took one of the potato skin appetizers to my father, who raved about it. I recently took him some from a different establishment a little closer to home, and he said they did not compare with “the big ones I brought him last week.” The servings were plentiful and the service excellent.
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There is a new restaurant in the Riverbend and my regular dining companion wanted to give it a try. The parking lot was large and in good condition, and we found a parking spot in the shade. I noted that the interior had plenty of seating, tall round tables and normal-height round tables near the front door, and rectangular tables for four everywhere else. There was a television at each end of the L-shaped dining room. The chairs were ultramarine blue, as were the trays. A cafeteria-style steam table displayed the edibles, and the menu was on a large board above it. There were several combinations of fried chicken, and burritos, tacos and other Mexican fare. Two little TVs displayed pictures of the dishes. Everything looked really good. I decided on a three-piece chicken tenders combo, which included one side and a drink from the soda machine at the end of the steam table. I chose the “vegetable du jour” — mixed carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. My companion requested a leg and thigh combo with the same side.
Our food was up in a very short time. Each combo was on a black foam plate covered with red-checked wax paper. We each had plastic utensils, one small tub of whipped spread and one squeeze tube of real honey. The veggies were in a white foam cup, and we each had a thick biscuit. We could choose any beverage from the machine. I saw that sweet tea was available, but we both chose lemonade. It was surprisingly good. One helps himself to napkins, straws and drink lids before sitting down. Salt, pepper and sweeteners were on each table.
I noticed that an employee kept busy cleaning everything that didn’t move. I was happy to notice there was another door on the side of the building.
My chicken was a tad dry, but being all white meat I kind of expected it. My friend’s leg and thigh looked juicy. I found the food to be better than average, especially considering how quickly the meals were ready.
The restrooms were fine, except for the single push-button faucet on each sink. There is no way to regulate the temperature and the water became uncomfortably hot very quickly. Both paper towels and air-dryers were available.
Overall – 4 stars
Service – 4 stars
Cleanliness – 4 stars
Food – 4 starsDo you think you can find out what the name and location of this chicken and Mexican food emporium? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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