Granite City is an excellent place to meet up after work for Beer:30, have a night out with friends or just that special someone. There are all types of seating including some private areas for parties, work or otherwise. There is the main eating area around the bar with tables, booths and bar seating; a side area with high windows and tables off the bar that can be closed off for private events, but even when it is not, the sounds of the other room does not overwhelm; and a closed off area to the side of the restaurant close to the kitchen that can sit a large party. Most of the tables and seating areas have wall plugs with USB charging ports built in so you can charge your devices while you are there.
The food runs the gambit as well. There are different types of burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches, flat bread pizzas, steaks, pastas, sea food, and, of course, deserts. We got to try a little bit of everything.
My favorite was dish is actually a side, Chef Will’s Parmesan Potatoes. I like anything with cheese and I don’t think I met a potato I didn’t like, but these slices were a little flavor-splosion with each bite. I thought they would be a typical cheesy spud, but I was pleasantly surprised. The rib-eye they came with was pretty good too.
For those that are gluten intolerant or have Celica's, Granite City is a good place for a night out. They have a pretty impressive gluten free menu, gluten free buns and deserts, as well as a dedicated deep fryer. The chefs are very willing to work with you to make something that will suit your needs. Other allergies were not discussed, but I got the impression they would be addressed with the same care and concern.
While I am not a drinker, the Granite City specialty beers were a big hit, with several of the party taking home a two liter growler of their favorite. These growlers must be named for the morning after sounds one makes after finishing one the night before. The internet would have you believe that in the 1800’s the releasing carbonation sounded like an animal growling, but this is highly suspect to this blogger. I've downed a few fizzy drinks in my day and never had one growl at me. Either way, these are interesting glass bottles that are a little expensive until you take into account you can leave with a full one for $30+tax, refills any time after that for $15. Given the popularity of the types they had on tap that day and the seasonal specialties they have coming, I can see several people I know taking advantage of this deal.
The deserts are so good you will almost want them to be brought out before the meal. While I think this is how all meals should start, you still want to leave room for everything. The crème brulee, cheese cake, sorbet, chocolate cake and cookie and ice cream. The cookie is like a small pizza size, so be able to share it, or just really like cookies. If you are not up for that much cookie, you might want to ask for the mini sampler. You can have three of their deserts and mini is kind of a misnomer. While not huge, most are their full size, except for the cookie which is closer to regular cookie size.
My favorite desert was the chocolate cake. I could only eat half there, but I had the other half the following day for lunch. Not the best idea if you are on a diet, but it was soooo good.
Granite City has friendly staff (some imported from Wisconsin), good food and a nice atmosphere. You can’t get that from a rock or a hard place (I was good the entire article, but I had to).
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