Northbrook raises a glass to Granite City

Northbrook raises a glass to Granite City

If you're a beer aficionado, clearly, you're going to love Northbrook's newest addition, Granite City. The restaurant has a brewery on-site, where six signature beers are made as well as seasonal varieties such as Pumpkin Lager, which is available now.

Still, as someone who is not a beer lover, rather a lover of good food and good times, I can say, unequivocally, this place rocked it for me.

There's a warm, welcoming, fun feel to Granite City Food & Brewery. It's a handsome place--light and airy with wood and stone accents and a 30-foot horseshoe-shaped bar.

I appreciated the selection of plush, horseshoe-shaped banquette seating (Yes, again, horseshoe-shaped. What can I say? It works.)  These tables look out into the restaurant, perfect for those like me who live to people-watch.

While the space is huge, it doesn't have the overwhelming barn-like feel of the previous occupant of this location (a Mexican restaurant). The eatery/brewery is divided into more manageable spaces with the clever placement of art-like wood room dividers with cut-outs, making them see-through in spots.

Although the restaurant is part of a 36 restaurant chain, it didn't feel that way. The staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, especially our waitperson, Emily, who explained the menu throughly and knowledgeably and answered our barrage of questions with patience a-plenty.

Granite City's creative menu is thoughtfully put together with tons of choices for good, tasty American food. Think Wild Boar Bratwurst Sliders, Flatbreads, Bison Burgers, Steaks, MeatLoaf, Jumbo Sea Scallops and more.

I had the Caesar Salad with Blackened Salmon, which came with pieces of thin, cracker-like Parmesan lavish bread. Other selections chosen by my party included: Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Linguini and the Pulled Pork Waffle Sandwich.

Whether it's comfort or healthier food you seek, you'll find tons of scrumptious options at Granite City. I'll definitely try the Mahi Tacos next time. And, yes, there will soon be one.

 

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