Governor's Pub and Grill, located in Bettendorf, Iowa (3470 Middle Rd) has been around for many years. They fairly recently remodeled the exterior and now boast a large patio with ample seating.
They do not, however, have a website or any historical information available. So it shall remain a mystery as to why it's called Governor's and why Ben Franklin gets his drink on there.
Governor's seems like a typical bar and grill, dim lighting, high seat tables, TVs tuned to ESPN, and a large bar. However, as well as providing a well-stocked bar, they focus on serving a variety of quality food. My grandpa was particularly fond of their ribs, of which Richie partook.
I have to admit, service is always pretty slow. We were not terribly interested in the NBA playoffs on TV (Oklahoma City has a team?), and neither of us wanted to dip into the public popcorn cesspool. However, it picked up once our waitress noticed us and got our drinks out.
We started with an order of fried pickles, because, you know, veggies are important. The pickles had a crispy seasoned exterior hugging the delicious dill.
I am a creature of habit, and generally always order the pretzel stack. This time was no exception. It's a classy way to eat a giant pretzel, sliced in half, sandwiching a good portion of smoked turkey, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and dripping with honey mustard. Much more satisfying than nibbling a Super Pretzel while balancing a small tub of nacho cheese in your lap, in a flip-up seat at the ballpark.
The special that night was their 'famous' ribs, served with a side of onion rings. Governor's uses a "special" barbecue sauce which I assume is an original recipe, but then again, it could be KC Masterpiece dumped into an unlabeled bucket.
Richie thought they were decent for bar ribs, but nothing like slow cooked and falling off the bone. the onion rings were good, but count em- one, two, three. He also noted that the beans were pretty tasty, but sub-par when compared to his own recipe.
Overall, Governor's is always a pleasant experience, but nothing to-die-for. Probably a nice stop for the casual drinker. It seems to be a gathering place for Bettendorf's 'Athletic Booster crowd', so avoid on Sundays during football season.