Yes, real beer is brewed at Granite City. However, since I don’t drink beer and I don’t like the taste of beer, I can’t comment on the brewery part.
However, I can comment on the food! The menu is typical of casual restaurants; it features many sandwiches, salads, burgers and entrees. One of my favorites is the Overlake, which is especially fine when paired with a cup of soup.
Today, though, I returned to another favorite: the buffalo burger. While many “buffalo” menu choices are really chicken with a particular kind of sauce invented in Buffalo, New York, this burger is actually buffalo. Well, not really — it’s actually bison. But we call it buffalo even though we know better.
Buffalo is simlar in taste and texture to beef. It is often considered to be one of the most healthy meat choices. It has more protein, less fat, and less cholesterol than beef. However, since it is leaner, it can tend to become dry and tough when overcooked. Therefore, it is best when cooked medium-rare.
So, I ordered my Buffalo burger medium-rare. While it’s a little risky ordering ground meat cooked only to medium rare, that’s the best way to enjoy the buffalo. The bun was perfectly toasted and I added some bleu cheese dressing to top it off. While the bleu cheese dressing may have undone any health benefits I derived from the buffalo choice, I couldn’t resist. After all, Granite City has the best bleu cheese dressing in town.
I chose the slaw as my side dish. I know that tastes in slaw run the gammut. Some prefer vinegar slaw; others prefer mayonaisse slaw. Granite City’s slaw is on the creamy side, and was, I think, the best slaw that I’ve had in quite a while.