In late September, when we were in Kansas City Kansas visiting my brother Bob and his wife Clara, we took them out for dinner. We asked them to chose a place that wasn't located to far from their home...and they decided on Granite City Food & Brewery.
OK...there are a lot of places like this, so we didn't expect anything beyond the ordinary. We started out with this cone of French fries as an appetizer. These aren't just any French fries...they're "Truffle Fries". These thin cut fries are cooked to a golden brown, coated in truffle infused oil and then they're tossed in seasoning and hand grated Parmesan cheese. They're served with a side of balsamic vinaigrette dressing. These were some tasty French Fries!
We were off to a good start!
This was my soup... It's the Cream of Potato Bacon and it was good. Lots of flavor...nicely spiced with added croutons, bacon pieces and cheddar cheese. Of course, I kicked it up a notch with a few shots of Tabasco!
Someone else at the table had the Ale & Cheddar Soup. This consisted of creamy cheddar cheese soup simmered with Granite City's Northern Light ale and then garnished with toasted rye croutons. Another winner...
For a main entree, Clara went with the GC Steakhouse CAB New York Strip. This was a 14 oz New York Strip seasoned and grilled, then served on a bed of crispy onion strings. Clara chose the garlic mashed potatoes over the reggiano hash browns and steamed brocolli.
The steak was cooked just as ordered and her feedback on the meal was very positive!
Brother Bob decided to go with the Grilled Pork with Stout Au Jus. This consisted of sliced pork that was charbroiled and served with sauteed spinach, Roma tomatoes, garlic, toasted almonds, sauteed baby red potatoes with the house made GC Stout Au Jus. Bob was very happy with his choice!
This was the one clunker of the meal. Laurie ordered a Flatbread Pizza from the Appetizer Menu. It was described as a thin crispy crust, brushed with freshly made marinara sauce, then topped with sliced pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses...then topped with some julienne fresh basil. Laurie reported that it was just too bland...no real flavor. She doubted that the sauce was all that fresh or original... I tasted a piece of the 'pie' and I agreed completely on all counts. Just her luck!
And this was my entree... I ordered the Tortellini with Chicken in Creamy Tomato Pesto. This dish consisted of chicken tenderloins sauteed in olive oil, then simmered with sun dried tomato pesto and their creamy alfredo sauce tossed with the tortellini. It was very good...
We would stop by again at one of the 26 Granite City Restaurants that are spread across 11 states in the upper Midwest. (ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN & OH) This particular location was at 1701 Village West Parkway in Kansas City Kansas. Phone: 913-334-2255. For further information, go to the Granite City Website: http://www.gcfb.net/.