Monday, September 24, 2012
We stopped in pretty early on a weeknight, so it wasn't too crowded or loud. We found a table in the window and were promptly greeted. The menu was a bit more expansive than a typical bar with appetizers, salads, pizzas, and pastas. With a menu that big, I worried that they might not have a specialty, but they claimed to have award-winning tenderloins. When was this awards ceremony for tenderloins? I would have gone, dressed to the nines. I went ahead and ordered one because it would be unIowan to not.
Richie heard good things about their black angus burgers, so he ordered the bacon cheddar burger. I Googled black angus to figure out why they superior to normal beef, and it has to do with fat distribution throughout the cut of meat. So there you go.
As for an appetizer, we went with Chicago style fries topped with cheese and giardiniera. Apparently you can make anything Chicago style by throwing peppers and crap on it.
The food took a while to come out but maybe it just feels that way when you have a one year old mashing fruit loops all over the place.
The fries came out topped with lots of rubbery melted cheese, but no giardiniera. Our waitress brought some out for a side.
Maybe it was my extreme hunger that day, but that was the BEST pork sandwich I have ever had. It had great grilled flavor and was very tender. Not wanting to look like a porker myself, I saved half of it to eat later. The pasta salad looked suspiciously like the boxed brand, but actually tasted different and better.
Richie's burger was another story. He was quite disappointed. Thought it was a little overdone and the toppings were sparse and added no flavor. For the first time EVER he only ate half the burger. He did happily demolish the rest of it the next day though.
On the other hand, he really like the light and crispy onion rings. They have stripes, which completely baffles me as to why.
So if you happen to find yourself in the Village, you might want to stop by 11th Street and try the tenderloin. There are other cheaper, faster options such as the Deli or Lagomarcino's, but this is the best evening/sit down option in that area. Then again, it will be crowded on the weekends and it will cost you a pretty penny, so drive down a ways and check out Front Street or Boozie's for cheaper options and better burgers.