Did you figure out what restaurant was reviewed last time? It was GB Grill at 1858 E. Broadway in Alton, right next door to Jimmy the Greek’s. This has to be the oldest restaurant in the Riverbend, with good old-fashioned meals that you can watch being prepared.
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Scouting for a place to review, I saw a restaurant and lounge I had been to before with my club. My companion and I entered through a small anteroom into a large, square room with plenty of seating. A small gaming section was closed off near the door, and another good-sized room was available for band nights and the Sunday buffet. This smaller room had arcade games as well. I counted 11 televisions, all tuned to the same sports channel. I walked up to the large bar so that I could see the specials and was immediately greeted by a server.
She followed me to the booth we had chosen and elaborated on the special of the day. It was a turkey and bacon sandwich on garlic cheese bread with a special sauce made in-house. I decided to go for it, as long as I could have it without the garlic. My companion opted for a big bowl of chili with cheese and onion, and a burger. I asked for lemonade and my friend had water.
My food arrived on a small platter with fries and a fat pickle spear. I took a huge bit of the pickle before I realized that it was a spicy, garlic variety! Needless to say, my companion got the rest of the pickle. The sandwich, however, was perfect. Not too much sauce, so it wasn’t all gloppy, and the taste was superb. Not only was it delicious, but it is served every week on a certain day. My companion was very pleased with the chili, saying it was better than that of a nationwide chain that serves chili year round. The burger was also very good, and came with chips. The lemonade was weak and not recommended.
The restrooms were spacious and clean, but I was shocked to find out that the toilet paper in the stall I used was wet. I changed stalls and finished up, then told our server about it. She put me at ease when she told me that the restrooms were power-washed. I suggested that next time the ones doing the power-washing should remove the toilet paper to a dry place first.
I will definitely return to have that sandwich again. My companion suggested that since the chili was so good, the proprietor should enter Alton’s annual upcoming Chili Cook-Off.
No desserts were available. Our two meals came to $22.35. I pointed out a mistake on the bill and it was cheerfully and swiftly taken care of.
Overall – 4 1/2 stars
Service – 4 1/2 stars
Cleanliness – 4 1/2 stars
Food – 5 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 guessed correctly!
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